- Venus Williams
- At the tender age of 14, Venus Williams was already a professional athlete and taking the world of tennis by storm. Fiercely determined and wielding an impressive physical prowess, she spent the next decade rising to the top-ranked position and winning numerous championships, including the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, doubles at the Australian Open and French Open, and two Olympic gold medals. In June 2007, Venus won her fourth Wimbledon Championship. The photographer Koto Bolofo has been granted unrivalled access to the athlete during both her public tournaments and during many private moments to create this unique and intimate portrait of both Venus and world of competitive tennis.
- La Maison
- Koto Bolofo is the first photographer to have been granted unlimited access to the secret workshops of Hermès, the house famous for its leather goods, scarves and other beautiful objects. La Maison, itself an elaborate object comprising eleven volumes and the result of seven years' work, showcases Bolofo's painstaking documentation of the Hermès universe.
- Vroom! Vroom!
“Three generations – one vision” – with this slogan the company Dutton Ltd. presents their work on historical Bugatti racing cars.
From 1909 to 1963 Bugatti, founded by Ettore Bugatti and based in Molsheim, Alsace, produced the most powerful racing cars of the time. Today Ivan Dutton still wants to serve this legend: His twelve employees are able to reproduce every original piece and to build whole cars using the old techniques.
- I Spy with My Little Eye, Something beginning with S
- In the age of digital photography, Koto Bolofo is an old-school photographer who still uses an analogue camera. With his patient, thoughtful approach to photo-documentation, his pictures celebrate objects and people in a humble, uncluttered way. Over a period of two months, Bolofo explored the corridors of Steidlville in Göttingen with the aim of creating a portrait of the printing and publishing house more personal than the photojournalistic series that have been made in the past. He achieved this by focusing on often overlooked everyday details such as smeared rubber gloves, tubs of ink and scraps of paper in a wire basket, and by photographing those who work at Steidl in settings and poses chosen by the sitters themselves. I Spy with My Little Eye, Something beginning with S is Bolofo’s homage to the craftsmanship and creativity of bookmaking.
- Six years ago in rural France, Koto Bolofo discovered a treasure trove of vintage linen sheets – some from hospitals and convents, others from the homes of peasants and aristocrats. For Bolofo, the sheets embodied the dreams and the forgotten histories of those who had once slept in them, and he was inspired to transform these materials into unique handmade garments. The resulting creations were simple and sophisticated like the photos Bolofo then made of them; but the idea stopped there, and the clothes were packed away for safekeeping in a trunk.
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