Thandie Newton becomes latest star captured in Louis Vuitton’s ‘Double Exposure’ series

Louis Vuitton has unveiled Thandie Newton as the second star of its Double Exposure series, an innovative film project using the 19th century collodion wet plate photographic process.

Following in the footsteps of Sam Taylor-Wood, who first featured in the series in March, the Hollywood actress had to pose for 12 seconds to create the unique images, but the aim of the project was to then bring the authentic technique into the digital age through online film.

“Amidst the frenetic hustle and bustle of the modern consumer landscape one of the key creative objectives for Louis Vuitton was to slow things down, and take a moment to capture the true essence of the sitter, in order to create something that was unique, exclusive and timeless,” reads the write-up.

“In an ‘on-demand’ digital age where new images are created faster and more frequently than ever before, ‘Double Exposure’ was envisioned and commissioned by Louis Vuitton as a counterbalance to today’s disposable media culture. This age old photographic process is a luxurious and languid medium that depicts time standing still.”

Double Exposure also documents its subject with a series of intimate belongings. In Newton’s case there is an object created by her eldest daughter Ripley, a painting from her childhood which symbolises iconic memories from her youth, and her passport – an item considered vital to her life and career.

Newton said: “The images really take you into the heart of history itself. To parallel that we’re getting into the history of me through the items I’ve chosen. One of the things about these photographs is the layers of meaning. Each picture is so unique so it just creates this desire to be my most essential self.”

Watch Newton’s film, below:

By Rachel Arthur

Rachel Arthur is Editor-in-Chief of Current Daily, the leading news source for fashion, retail and innovation, and the co-host of its weekly Innovators podcast. She otherwise serves as Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Current Global, a transformation consultancy driving growth within fashion luxury and retail. By background she is an award-winning business journalist and consultant, contributing to titles including Wired, Forbes and Business of Fashion.

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