Stephane Yu is a London based, South Korean photographer who strays away from casting professional models – creating fashion stories with the help of her friends and the faces of Instagram she seeks out. “My pictures are not going to be what you see in the fashion magazine. I do this because it’s more realistic to me,” she tells us.
Inspired by the quotidian, Asian cinema and photographers of the likes of Steven Meisel, Juergen Teller, and Tim Walker, Stephane’s images – shot on 35mm film – are staged in the urban landscapes that surround her, from the Seoul metro to the London underground. “The best way to find a location is to get lost. I just put away my mobile phones and keep walking and check out what’s there,” she explains.
As she makes plans to create an independent fashion magazine with a different perspective on fashion, we caught up with the photographer to ask what inspired her move to London, how she feels London’s fashion scene compares to South Korea, and why she chooses to shoot with film over digital.