The fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø has always been one to challenge the status quo in creating his oft-otherworldly imagery, combining pre-production tricks (X-rays, smoke effects) with classic techniques, and he expects nothing less from the next generation of talent. “I would love for one of these new image makers to open up a door for me,” he says. “That’s the best thing anyone can do — show the world from a new angle.” He’s speaking specifically to the 10 hopeful finalists taking part in the 30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, in the south of France, this weekend. Sundsbø himself took the top prize in the photography category in 1999 and returns this year as one of the prestigious jury members.
Following his win, way back when, Sundsbø went on to became a big name in the industry, working regularly with the likes of i-D, Italian Vogue, McQueen, Nike and Chanel. Along the way, he drew upon a number of influences, like Irving Penn: “It’s hard to pick just one image of his, but I really like ‘Two Glasses of Water,’” Sundsbø says. “I have it hanging in my hallway at home and I see it every morning. It’s so simple but I love it.” Click through to The New York Times to see slideshow recounting Solve’s inspirational people, places and images.