Whether shooting Russian skaters or Gemma Ward backstage at Prada, Colombo’s images are heavy on atmosphere, multi-faceted and utterly distinctive. Flouting conventions of flat, front-on runway images, it’s no surprise that the 21-year-old has been snapped up to photograph backstage by the likes of Saint Laurent and Maison Martin Margiela. Keep your eyes peeled for her new book.
How would you sum up what you do in a sentence?
Lea Colombo: I get caught up in my camera straps.
How do you think style and pop culture will change in 2015?
Lea Colombo: As a Chanel protest banner so eloquently put it: “Be your own stylist.”
What’s the most exciting thing about the fashion industry today?
Lea Colombo: If you’re not stupid, your opportunities can be limitless.
What new skill did you learn this year?
Lea Colombo: Mastering a relationship.
Who’s an unsung cultural hero that you discovered this year?
Lea Colombo: Genesis P-Orridge.
What’s the most surprising thing we’d find out if we looked at your phone?
Lea Colombo: Naked photos of my girlfriend and unread emails.
Who should have been at number one on the Dazed 100?
Lea Colombo: Kendall Jenner, I saw her a lot this season. She should be number one.
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