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The Photographic Work of Christian Fuchs

James Andrew - photograph by Christian Fuchs

WIJW has opened a wonderful conduit to so many truly talented people throughout the world, and we count our artist friend Christian Fuchs high among them!

Given the tiny sample of Fuchs’ work here, it should come as no surprise to you that I’ve acquired several of his spectacular photos for both myself and for my clients.

Photograph by Christian Fuchs

Fuchs tells us that much of his inspiration can be found within the beautiful photographic albums of his grandparents, whose journey took them from Germany to Chile and then to Peru (Fuchs’ current home).

Photograph by Christian Fuchs

Through his lens, Fuchs travels inwards and seemingly into the past, bringing us photographic evidence of a nearly forgotten time—a half-light recollection of a dream within a dream that is at once alien and somehow strangely familiar. Imbued with a thick atmosphere of highly expressive nostalgia that verges on the surreal, Fuchs’ heavily manipulated work harks back to the turn of the century experiments in Pictorialism championed by such photographic groups as the Photo-Secessionists led by Stieglitz. Certainly there is more than a touch of German Romanticism to Fuchs’ aesthetic as well!

Contact christianh.fuchs@gmail.com to inquire.

For my Fuchs portrait, I’m sporting a Gucci mauve cotton safari jacket, Tom Ford khaki safari shirt and woven olive suede espadrilles, pale olive silk scarf from Paul Smith, Gucci chartreuse python belt with silver double horse head buckle and sunglasses are KVA for Oliver Peoples, my fragrance is Creed Bois de Cedrat.

A Joyful Jaunt

James Andrew at Lords South Beach Hotel.

As you have probably gathered from our previous posts, we had a rather fantastic mini holiday at Lords South Beach Hotel. They provide the perfect staging for a South Beach weekend—with their super fun vibe, and very well priced rooms, you’ll feel compelled to assemble a group of your most fascinating friends to join you there! And incidentally, one needn’t feel guilty for indulging, since the hotel donates a good portion of the price of your room to its “give-back groups:” The Hetrick Martin Institute, The Point Foundation, and Care Resource.

Lords South Beach Hotel

We’ll be visiting Lords again in the very near future—hopefully before we lose our Miami bronze to NYC’s winter shadows!

Enjoying the “Brokedown Palace” beauty of the lush tropical garden and pool area, I’m sporting a white cotton pinstripe suit by Gucci, TurnBull and Asser turquoise herringbone weave cotton shirt with contrast white collar and cuffs, Charvet turquoise silk pocket square, Seaman Schepps precious turquoise cuff links, Hermes “blue jeans blue” leather belt with silver buckle, Lanvin teal suede sneakers add a more playful feel to my ensemble, white sunglasses by KVA for Oliver Peoples and my fragrance is Creed Erolfa.

Bruno Romeda at the Kouros Gallery

James Andrew with Bruno Romeda sculpture, Kouros Gallery - photo Justin Williams

I was originally introduced to the elegant work of sculptor Bruno Romeda by my mentor, the legendary Albert Hadley, and I’ve used Romeda’s sculpture on several projects, both indoors and out, as well as in my own home. The austere simplicity of these works belie a highly complex and richly poetic symbolization. Ramada’s sculpture seems to be more a celebration of space itself than of material, making his work well suited to virtually any environment—a designer’s dream!

James Andrew's home with Romeda tabletop sculpture, Albert Hadley mercury ball, and abstract paintings by A. C. Scott in background - photo Jeffrey Hirsch, from the New York Social Diary.

I recently visited the Kouros Gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East side to look at a monumental Romeda sculpture (top) to place in a client’s garden—it will provide the perfect focal point from my client’s library window, while framing a rather fantastic view of the landscape beyond. The Kouros Gallery specializes in 20th century art and sculpture and also operates a sculpture center in Ridgefield, Connecticut—a selection of important works from around the globe can be seen there on permanent exhibit—it’s well worth a visit!

Tiffany & Co. Designer table settings, and a Rameda sculpture - James Andrew design for Parish Hadley

Admiring a brilliant piece by Bruno Romeda (top), I’m sporting a sensational shearling jacket, cream cashmere turtleneck sweater, oatmeal cotton corduroy pants and python loafers all by Gucci, my sunglasses are KVA for Oliver Peoples and my fragrance is Creed Imperial Millesime. My photo by Justin Williams.