Magic touch

Photographer Duane Michals and actor Josh O'Connor on Loewe’s pantomine-inspired A/W 2018 menswear publication

‘I’m quite willing to abandon the rules about what a photograph is,’ says the American art photographer Duane Michals, the mastermind behind Loewe’s latest A/W 2018 menswear publication. The series of images, shot at the Teatro Reina Victoria in Madrid, Spain, and devised in collaboration with M/M Paris, stars actor and Loewe campaign star Josh O’Connor as ‘Francois Fauxpas’, a top-hat clad failed magician, who attempts to perform a series of miscalculated tricks on the model Erik Frey. Michals’ black and white pantomine-centric images, which feature giant playing cards, flying chairs and crystal balls, will feature in a hardcover photo book in a limited edition of 1,200 hand-numbered copies. Here, in conversation with O’Connor, he reveals more about his practice, from the emotive lies captured in photography to its need to reveal an educative narrative thread…

Fashion Features Editor

Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*, joining the team in 2022. Having previously been the digital features editor at AnOther and digital editor at 10 and 10 Men magazines, he has also contributed to titles including i-D, Dazed, 10 Magazine, Mr Porter’s The Journal and more, while also featuring in Dazed: 32 Years Confused: The Covers, published by Rizzoli. He is particularly interested in the moments when fashion intersects with other creative disciplines – notably art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and reporting from international fashion weeks. Across his career, he has interviewed the fashion industry’s leading figures, including Rick Owens, Pieter Mulier, Jonathan Anderson, Grace Wales Bonner, Christian Lacroix, Kate Moss and Manolo Blahnik.