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Agnés Varda, Portrait of an Artist
Photography Hugo Huerta Marin

Meeting Agnés Varda, FKA twigs, and more for intimate conversations on life

Hugo Huerta Marin looks back over his polaroids and encounters with influential women in the creative industries for his book Portrait of an Artist, from Miuccia Prada at her Milan studio to Cate Blanchett in her NY hotel room

On a journey encompassing Agnés Varda’s colourful home on the Left Bank, Miuccia Prada’s Milan office in Prada HQ, and Julianne Moore’s West Village brownstone, artist Hugo Huerta Marin has travelled the globe to speak with remarkable women who have profoundly shaped the cultural landscape. His new book Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women, published by Prestel, gathers together his conversations with some of the most extraordinary women on the planet. 

The photographer brings us along to the homes, hotel rooms, and studios of legendary artists and creatives, where they share intimate stories of their lives and their work. The line-up of pioneering women featured in Marin’s book reads like the guestlist for the fantasy house party of your dreams. Marin’s candid polaroid portraits illustrate the conversations and musings – peep Varda in her trademark colourful garb at a kitchen table, and Marina Abramović concentrating intently on her knitting. Portrait of an Artist features revealing discussions with the likes of Varda, Prada, FKA twigs, Isabelle Huppert, Carrie Mae Weems, Abramović, and Catherine Deneuve (whom Marin recalls sweeping impressively into the exquisite lobby of a glamorous Parisian hotel in true filmstar style). 

Portrait of an Artist is a project inspired by remarkable female artists that shifted the culture by shaking the structures of established belief systems,” Marin explains. “They have no rules. They break all the borders. And their voice should resonate throughout the new generations of artists.”

We speak to Hugo Huerta Marin about his recollections of his meetings with these legendary figures. Take a look through the gallery below, as he talks through a selection of his most memorable encounters.

Portrait of an Artist: Conversations with Trailblazing Creative Women by Hugo Huerta Marin is published in hardback by Prestel on September 7 2021