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Laurence Vecten & One Year For Japan

December 8, 2011

The curator, blogger and independent publisher releases a beautiful photography calendar in aid of the Japanese Red Cross

  • Text by Celine Puertas

Laurence Vecten is the picture director of French Glamour, whilst also an independent blogger and a publisher. After working at an advertising agency as an assistant to the art buyers, she became more inspired by photography. "Four years ago I have started my first blog, LOZ, the idea was to show photographers' work I love," she explains. "After a few months, I wanted to be more supportive to artists and started working on books. Helped by my husband (the designer Pierre Hourquet) we are publishing books under the name Lozen Up." She tells us about her latest publication, the "One Year for Japan" calendar, a collection of beautiful pictures shot by Japanese photographers. You can find it here.

Satellite Voices: What's the idea behind this calendar?
Laurence Vecten: I curate a blog called One Year of Books, and I love Japanese photography and photobooks. I wanted to do something for Japan, I'm sure they still need help. We don't really know what's the situation there, and what their needs are, but I'm pretty sure some help is welcome. In October, I had this idea to do a calendar linked to the blog, and it became obvious that I could do the calendar to raise money, and then give it to the Japanese Red Cross.

SV: How and why did you select all these pictures?
Laurence Vecten: I asked the photographers to choose a season each and to send me some pictures to illustrate the season they had chosen, then I picked three pictures for each photographer. I trusted them for the choice of pictures, I just asked them something simple and calm.

SV: Can you introduce the photographers? How do you know them?
Laurence Vecten: Three of the four photographers are people I've met through my web activities. I like their work, their books, and became friends with them. I have shown Aya Muto, Seiji Kumagai and Hiroshi Nomura's books at the PiY/Publish it Yourself show. And I have been introduced to Yuko Amano by Ivan Vartanian. They are all Japanese photographers, and live in Tokyo, except Aya Muto who lives in LA. Madoka Rindal who designed the calendar lives in Paris, she is Japanese too.

SV: What do you like in their work?
Laurence Vecten: I love the contemplative side of Japanese photography - discreet, peaceful, nature. Showing simple things in a very simple way.

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