’89 domande a Viktor Vauthier – Artist

Name? Vik (@viktorvauthier).

What’s your job? Artist.

What did you study? I’m an autodidact.

When did you start your job? Early 2000.

How did you start? Documenting my artists friends in London.

Can you give us a definition of art? Art is an act of expressing feelings.

Your favorite style icons? Kid Lohan (@kidlohan).

Kid Lohan, Viktor’s son

If you can choose 5 celebrities for a photo shoot who they would be? Pete Davidson, Chloé Sévigny, Safdie Brothers, Frank Ocean, Brett Easton Ellis.

If you could speak in world vision for 15 minutes what would you say? That we need to stop social media and the doomscrolling.

Do you have any political orientation? Green ideology. 

A model you would like to work with? The answer would be Lara Stone (@lara_stone), but I already did, so I would say Claudia Schiffer.

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What is the night you spent the most money to have fun? Las Vegas with my girlfriend playing roulette all night.

The best photographer in history? Helmut Newton.

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What’s your favorite artist? Dash Snow.

What’s your favorite show business character? Joaquin Phoenix.

If you could live in one historical era, which one would you choose? 1970s.

If you could spend a day with an historical figure who would you choose? Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Who are the people that inspired you the most? Kid Lohan, Word To Mother, Alex Olson,  Balboa Blonde, Ed Templeton (read here ’89 domande a Ed Templeton), River Phœnix, Virgil Abloh.

Viktor and Elodie photographed by Andrey Tarasov

If you can choose a famous man or a woman for a night, who would it be? Vincent Gallo.

And for a relationship? Robert Pattinson.

What do you do for fun? Driving cars and motorcycles.

How much do you earn now? Love doesn’t care about how much money you have.

What makes a photographer better than another? Originality against Imitation.

Viktor photographed by Grace Small

What’s your best shot? A shot of my friend artist Word To Mother (@wordtomother) for magazine Juxtapoz. The idea was to shoot his portrait without revealing his face as he is a vandal graffiti writer. The photo was shot using an old Yashica T5 in a single and first frame. One of my friend throwing a bucket of white paint in front of his face while I shot. Luckily the shot turn out perfect and hide just his eyes.

And the one you are most proud of? A photograph of my fiancée Elodie Christ (@balboablonde) for Bianca Chandôn shot in my hometown on the beach of Camargue.

The most appreciated one? A shot of model and friend Grace Small (@monikerlewinski).

Who’s the person you photographed that you liked the most? My fiancée.

What people don’t know about your job? That I have “Impostor syndrome”.

Where have you been on vacation when you wereyoung? To New York City, my older brother Patrick took me with him when I was 16 years old and it literally change my life. It open an entire world of Art. 

Viktor, 16 years old

Where are you going on vacation now? South of France.

What’s the topic you are most expert in? Cars and motorcycles.

A 1972 Buick Skylark V8 and a Yamaha 500 XS café Racer, both designed by Viktor

What’s the most exciting part of your job? And the most boring one? Being creative, work with non creative.

Have you ever been in love? Yes.

Did you fall in love with some models you worked with? Never.

What was your job before becoming a professional photographer? Worked at a skateshop.

Have you ever had a homosexual experience? Yes.

Where do you live? Milan, Italy.

Which neighbourhood? Chinatown.

Where are you from? South of France, Camargue.

Other cities where you’ve been living and how long? London 7 years, Los Angeles 2 years, Paris 3 years.

Which languages do you speak? French, Spanish, English. I’m learning Italian. Finally trying Russian with my girlfriend. 

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Which are your favorite places in your city? Chinatown, Brera, Isola.

Who are the people you like to work with the most? Without Alex olson from Bianca Chandôn and Virgil Abloh from Off-White I will never be the artist I’am today, they help me shape my own style and present me to the world at my best artistically.  I really want to tell them that I will forever be grateful to both of them. ❤️

Favorite movies? Belle de jour from Luis Buñuel; Cesar et Rosalie from Claude Sautet; La Grande Bellezza from Paolo Sorrentino;  GoodTime and Uncut Gems from The Safdie’s brothers; A Prophet from Jacques Audiard; Gummo from Harmony Korrine; Week-end from Jean-Luc Godard; La Belle Noiseuse from Jacques Rivette.

Favorite songs? Requiem Pour Un Con Serge Gainsbourg; T.O.J. by El-P; Pen Expers by Autechre; Love in the time of Lexapro by Oneohtrix Point Never; So watcha want by Beastie Boys; WEpt by Salem; Livin’ Astro by Kool Keith; Last good sleep by Company Flow; The Genesis by Nas; When You’re going down by Camu Tao.

Favorite bands? Read up 👆.

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Favorite books? American Psycho by Brest Easton Ellis; On the Road by Jack Kerouac; Fear and loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S Thompson; L’Arrache-cœur by Boris Vian; The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things by JT LeRoy.

Favorite authors? Read up 👆.

Favorite artworks? The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci.

The craziest experience you’ve ever had? A car crash.

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What do you think about influencers? I influence them.

Do you consider yourself an influencer? I wish I wasn’t.

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How the advent of the smartphones and socials media affected the job of professional photographers? Everything after the start of social media transform Art forever and unfortunately nothing will not be the same.

Has it ever happened to you that someone was on drugs during your photo shoot? Yes quite often.

What’s your favorite historical character? Jesus.

Can you define yourself with an adjective? Original.

What’s the best photographer right now in your opinion? Ryan McGinley (@ryanmcginleystudios).

Aaron Bondaroff, Viktor and Ryan Mcginley

The most overrated? Popularity is overrated.

The most underestimated? Imperfection is underrated.

One you don’t like? The one that like themselves.

Favorite TV series? True Detective season one.

If you were an animal which one would you like to be? A wolf.

Have you ever had sex with more than one person? Yes.

Have you ever cheated on your fiancée? No.

Have you ever cheated on a friend? Yes.

Do you have some regrets about things you wanted to do but you didn’t do? If so which ones? No regrets.

Do you have some remorses for something you did but you should have done differently? If so which ones? No remorses. 

Do you have some dreams that you are trying to realize? If so which ones? Being a Director.

What time do you usually go to sleep? Late.

What time do you usually wake up? More and more early.

What’s your favorite city in the world? Planet Earth.

Do you believe in some religions? I was raised by a Spanish mother that believe in Jesus Christ and Christianity but I mostly believe in Karma, being healthy and my own God the one that take care of me and the people I love. I still pray  sometimes 🙏.

Your typical day? Wake up , go out to get a coffee, take some snaps, eat healthy food, watch movies, listen to music, read, make love to my fiancée, sleep. 

Do you have many friends? No.

What’s the first thing you would do if you win the lottery? Buying a house with my fiancée in the south of France but we are doing it without wining at the lottery 😉 

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The richest person you know? Probably Virgil (Abloh n.d.r).

What’s the thing you like most? Riding motorcycle in the South of France garrigues with my son Kid Lohan.

Your favorite dish? Vegan mix plates.

Do you have some phobias? Insects.

What car do you own? Audi Avant, Buick skylark, Citroen Meharie.

Last book you read? White by Brett Easton Ellis.

Favorite fashion brand? Bianca Chandôn (@biancachandon; biancachandon.com).

Alex Olson (@olsonstuff), the owner of Bianca Chandôn.

The most precious material thing you own? Gold cross chain.

What do you usually drink at the bar? Prosecco.

What do you usually have for breakfast? Açaí bowl.

An advice you can give to someone that want to do your job? Don’t do my job.

Best party you’ve been to? I don’t go to parties.

What drugs have you done? Weed, Cocaine, Extasy, MDMA, Mushrooms.

If so which one is your favorite? Weed.

And which one you use more often? I don’t do drugs no more for about two years now.

If you had the chance to document an historical event, which one would it be? The making of Egypt by the Pharaohs. 

What’s your best talent? Give advices.

What are the clothes you can’t stand to see on a man and on a woman? Anything that they wear because it’s a trend and they saw it on Instagram. 

Can you recommend us some photographers? Patrick O’Dell, Ed Templeton, Cheryl Dunn.

What’s the item of clothing you spent the most money on? Gucci suit.

Your ideal holiday? Driving along the coast with my girlfriend.

If you could have a super power what would you choose? Disappearing.

Which people are you most grateful to? My mum & dad, my son Kid Lohan, my fiancée Elodie, my agent Vincent Tsouderos, my agents Dorothée & Émilie, my agency The Art Board, Alex Olson and Robin, Bianca Chandôn, Virgil Abloh, Off-White, and Word To Mother.

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If you could choose a person you know to read this interview, who would it be? My mum.