The Atmosphere in the art diretor SAM SHAHID ´s NY apartment
“And then you come here and it’s serene, calm.”
“I always use the words ‘simplicity’ and ‘direct,’ ”
To enter Shahid’s three-story prewar apartment in Greenwich Village is to understand those words, and to get the sense that success has bought him something else: silence.
“Friends come by and say, ‘Art in the closet?’ Yes, because I don’t always want to see it. I want it to be a surprise.”
“I’m not big on lamps,” he says — hence the indirect lighting throughout the apartment.
“What’s amazing to me on a shoot is all the garbage around — stuff here, stuff over there — and then you frame it,” he says. “And all of a sudden you look at just that moment.”
A similar experience occurs in Shahid’s bedroom, on the second floor. Groups of dazzling photographs — by Walker Evans, George Platt Lynes, Bruce Weber and Larry Clark, among others — are arranged above his shirts and trousers, dozens of nearly identical styles.
|Photos by François Halard via NYT|