Paris may be known as the birthplace of modern art and fashion, but these days, the city isn’t exactly a petri dish of emerging or independent creative talents. Rather, it has a reputation for largely clinging to all things old-guard, and that’s precisely why Studio57 is such an essential breath of fresh air.
Founded by fashion industry vets Prosper Keating and Jean-Baptiste Pauchard, Paris’ newest creative space bowed this summer with an intimate (albeit raucous) soirée during the Fall 2016 Haute Couture shows. With a mission of supporting budding artists—largely photographers—and offering affordable works, Studio57 grew out of 7Post, a cultural journal Keating and Pauchard launched back in 2013. “It was the logical evolution,” explained Keating, a journalist and the former editor of Vogue Hommes International. “With the magazine, we started sponsoring shows for young photographers in Paris, and then a couple of [bigger] shows and events around Steve Hiett and Ellen von Unwerth. To put it simply, we reached the stage where it was becoming such a problem to deal with people who have spaces in Paris and in New York that we decided the next step was to open our own.”