Through the lens of Hugo Comte: exploring the power of images
Trained as an architect, Hugo Comte is gradually turning away from the constructive lines of buildings to those of photography. Made famous for having made the album covers of Dua Lipa and Caroline Polacheck, this French photographer now reveals more personal and artistic shots in which various historical and cultural references are mixed.
Aware that the image delivers a message, he seeks to draw from his own history the iconographic material to play with the different signals that his photographs send out. His latest series Testament, made in collaboration with the stylist and editor of Dazed, Ibrahim Kamara, questions the power of ideas when translated into images and the influence of beliefs. The 15 monumental photographs in the series are clearly influenced by the aesthetics of the 1990s, but also by a desire to redistribute roles, to play with stereotypes and ultimately to create new icons.