A great photograph can have a unique way of transporting you directly to a particular place and time. When those photographic prints are as breathtaking and distinctive as Stuart Cantor's, you'd be forgiven for believing you were on a luxurious trip through Europe, despite lounging in your living room.
With a passion for architecture, design and colour, Stuart Cantor naturally gravitates to capturing landscapes and lifestyle photographs of his favourite travel destinations. With a focus on old-school glamour, his prints ooze understated luxury, which comes as a result of the decade he spent living and travelling throughout Europe.
His new RIVIERA DREAMING collection is a spectacular tribute to some of the world’s most glamorous destinations. Stuart says, “With all my work, I try to trigger an emotional connection to it. Whether it be Venice, the Amalfi Coast or the French Riviera, these are lifetime memories for those lucky enough to visit and I hope my work takes the viewer back to those good times, or if they yet to have visited, they imagine they are there.” He continues, “With my latest series, RIVIERA DREAMING, I wanted to capture the old world charm & glamour that has drawn people to the area since the 1900s. The series features three iconic hotels of the area, the renowned beach clubs in the area, as well as the extraordinary Rothschild villa in Saint-jean-Cap-Ferrat.” The hotels in the series include Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, La Reserve de Beaulieu and the Monte Carlo Beach. Stuart shared a few details with us about these iconic destinations. On the edge of Cap d’Antibes, Hotel du Cap Eden Roc is one of the most iconic hotels in Europe, if not the world. I’ve wanted to stay here for a very long time as it was famously photographed by the American photographer Slim Aarons from the 60s to the 80s. Since 1929, Monte Carlo Beach has been favourite destination for many with its glamorous Olympic sized swimming pool and dramatic, mountainous backdrop of Monaco. I was drawn to this hotel as it is positioned slightly out of Monaco and set on the beach, which is unique for this area. Positioned between Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and Monaco, La Reserve de Beaulieu opened as a hotel in 1905 and became the preferred destination of the world’s aristocracy as well as European royalty. Perfectly perched over the Mediterranean, with its striking pink façade and classic motor yachts dotted across the water – this hotel was one of our favourite destinations. “La Plage Keller in Antibes and Paloma Beach in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrrat are iconic beach clubs in the area. A series on the Cote D’Azur would not be complete without the ever popular St Tropez and in particular the famous Le Club 55 beach club, popular since opening in the late 1950s.
If these destinations aren’t currently on your travel list, then perhaps one of Stuart Cantor’s prints should be added to your wish list instead. We’ll consider that done.