Benoit Florencon is the founder of Bureau36, an artist, photographer, heir of Free The Wax, therefore music promoter, and music lover, and now we can add to that, editor and publisher.
Since many years ago, Benoit has been shooting concerts, beat makers’ gigs, sound checks, back stage moments, musicians, producers, and music lovers like him. Then over a year ago this passion shaped into a new project for Benoit’s busy schedule, to capture the work of Shanghai’s underground artists in their home studios, their ideas about Shanghai’s music scene, their struggles, and general feelings. Benoit explains “I chose to shoot them in their studios as opposed to on stage, where most people see them, to have a more intimate insight of their personality, and also peep the environment in which they are creating.”
Benoit interviewed them and photographed them working in their studios, then he extracted from those conversations the main thoughts, and print them on his favorite shots. He worked long time on this, put a lot of energy in the details, and took care to be as invisible as possible to show the most reliable image of the reality revealed by the artists he has met until now. Add to that Benoit’s talent for photography and understanding of music, and you will see that the result is as beautiful as insightful.
Inner Spaces first edition is digital, and shows the working spaces of fourteen artists active in Shanghai’s electronic scene, producers, and MCs, including MHP, JaySoul, The Horses, EmpFab, Steven Lorenz, Sunbiz, NoDjs and many more. Benoit’s plan is to add more artists to the fourteen featured until now, and once he is ready, Inner Spaces will go to print and distribution. The first edition now, the digital one, as it is right now it looks very nice, and it accomplishes rightfully Benoit’s objective.
This is Benoit’s introduction to Inner Spaces:
“Under the thick layers of concrete, business and pollution that coat Shanghai, there are a group of talented producers and MCs shaping the musical landscape of this ever-growing city.
Mixing quotes and imagery, Inner Spaces is a photo documentary introducing these talents and voicing their opinions on different aspects of the city’s music scene.
Inner Spaces is an hymn for the local underground movement.”
Now, go to see it yourself, while you listen to some of the music produced by these artists. Take a peek at Shanghai’s electronic scene, like it, share it, enjoy it. Inner Spaces