Has anyone seen in the back pages of the A/W Le Monde that a famous photographer Koto has been given access to the Hermes workshops for a photographic book on Hermes. Does anyone know when it is published?
by Koto Bolofo
Koto Bolofo’s dream came true in 2004 when he started working for Monde d’Hermès, the Hermès magazine, and when he met the Chairman: “Mr Dumas asked where I came from. I said South Africa. He asked what part. I said Lesotho. He was shocked and very excited. He explained that his great great great grandfather was a missionary in Lesotho and that the Zulus used to attack his mission, but the Sothos – my tribe – protected him. I was very happy to be a Lesothan in Mr Dumas’s office that day. He called me his cousin and said that his cousin was welcome any time and I had carte blanche to photograph what I liked in Hermès”.
Over the next six years, Koto Bolofo worked his way through all the workshops of the Maison Hermès, getting to know the craftsmen and discovering how everything is made: from handbags, perfumes, scarves, prêt-à-porter, and shoes to the original objects of the house, saddles. Nothing escaped his lens, even the most secret places, such as the museum, a treasure trove of history and all things Hermès tucked away in the midst of the Maison on rue du faubourg St Honoré.
Price UK £103.00 US $148.00 EC €115.00
Edited by Koto Bolofo and Gerhard Steidl
Text by Ménéhould du Chatelle
Book design by Koto Bolofo and Gerhard Steidl
11 clothbound hardcover books housed in a slipcase
18 cm x 23.2 cm
Publication date: November 2009
I have posted things in the past, sometimes with no reply so had to think twice about sharing this news on this forum, thinking I would buy up every copy but thought I would share anyway