When he's not designing some of our favorite collections, Saint Laurent's creative director Hedi Slimane spends his time shooting black-and-white pictures of rock stars like the late Lou Reed and Amy Winehouse. If you're heading to Paris for the next round of womenswear shows, you can swing by the Pierre Berge—Yves Saint Laurent Foundation starting September 18 (through January 11, 2015) to see some of that work on display.
Slimane is definitely not what you'd call a novice behind the camera. After leaving his post as Dior's menswear designer in 2007, he decamped to Los Angeles to pursue a career in photography. In 2011 he published a book of photos called Anthology of a Decade; later that year, he mounted an exhibit of his work at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art called California Song.
Since he arrived at Saint Laurent in 2012, Slimane has photographed many of the brand's advertising campaigns, and even started a special program called the Music Project Campaign that has featured everyone from Daft Punk to BB King fully decked out in the brand's clothing. At this point, it's safe to say he knows his way around musicians.
While there's no word yet on exactly which images his Paris exhibit, titled Hedi Slimane: Sonic, will include, we're hoping to see a few snaps of guys like The Kills' Jamie Hince and Pete Doherty. You can see photos of those two below (Doherty is the one with the cat), but there's a wider selection of Slimane's rock-and-roll photography here.
—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.