A#1 MMM (2004-2021)

as seen by Keisuke Otobe

I. The transparent cover wrap designed by Paul Boudens.

II. A white ‘readymade’ power cord, scanned by Maison Martin Margiela.

In celebration of the 2021 limited edition reprint of A Magazine Curated By Maison Martin Margiela (2004), the Milan-based Japanese artist Keisuke Otobe reinterpreted a series of images from inside the issue through his digital-meets-analogue photographic practice.

Through a meticulous layering of physical manipulation, flatbed scanning and collage techniques, Otobe continues the legacy of unconventional image-making that is present throughout this landmark issue – a document that unites so many diverse styles of photographic methodologies across its pages, from X-ray to cyanotypes, photocopying and more.

Starting with the transparent cover wrap with white screen-printed typography designed by Paul Boudens, Otobe delved into A#1 selecting existing imagery that corresponded to his wishes to transform bodies and objects, isolating flat imagery from the printed document and giving it a new three dimensionality.

Scroll below to investigate Otobe’s personal interpretation of this historical project, flowers and flies included.

III. Photography by Ronald Stoops & Inge Grognard.

IV. Fabric and newspaper collages by Julian House.

V. Girardi, a long-time house model, meets Maison Martin Margiela’s written motto.

VI. Violeta Sanchez by Laurent Mercier.

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