Marilyn Mugot: Trading Fashion for Urban Night Photography

Once a photographer is known for a specific type of work, in her case fashion, it is hard to break out of the confines of one’s predominant work.

Marilyn Mugot typically works with fashion models in Paris, but even that job can become banal. To escape the routine of her fashion work, Mugot went traveling around the world and ended up being inspired by China’s urban evening scenes. Only in Mugot’s vision of one of the most densely populated countries on the planet, the streets are nearly void of people.

Mugot claims that Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott are her muses, and that is easily believable after viewing her series Night Projects. Commenting on her new series, she says, “I prefer to work at night because it’s exciting. The lights and the elements take on mystical and secret dimensions which are not always real but a result of my imagination.”

As is true for many photographers, Instagram has given Mugot a platform to display her personal work that reaches her 10K+ followers. Without the use of her Instagram account, this work would arguably not have made its way to the art scene. Once a photographer is known for a specific type of work, in her case fashion, it is hard to break out of the confines of one’s predominant work. Her approach to capturing these nights scenes are full of magic and mystery and share her joy of solitude.