For kort tid siden ble det kjent at Nabile Quenum har gått bort.
Ifølge en anonym kilde, og det franske nettstedet Le Dauphine, døde han i sin egen leilighet i Paris, natt til 26. desember i forbindelse med en gasslekasje.
Under navnet «Jaiperdumaveste» – som betyr «jeg har mistet jakken min» på norsk – klarte han å opprette seg en følgermenge på flere hundre tusen på Instagram, gjennom sine stadig deling av stilfulle bilder. For tiden var han fast streetstyle-fotograf for GQ og The New York Times moteavdeling, The Cut. Gjennom en årrekke har den 32-år gamle franskmannen vært fast inventar på alt av moteuker, i sin rolle som streetstyle-fotograf. Han har jobbet for alt fra luksusmerker som Louis Vuitton og Missoni, sportsmerker som Adidas, kleskjeder som H&M, og motemagasiner som Vogue, Elle, Hypebeast og L’officiel.
I høst var Quenum også en av grunnleggerne bak bevegelsen #Nofreephotos, der et knippe av verdens mest aktive gatemotefotografer gikk sammen og skapte en uoffisiell union. Bakgrunnen var at de hadde sett seg lei av de mange tilfellene av kommersiell bruk av bilder de har fotografert for redaksjonelle utsalgssteder, i tillegg til ukreditert deling av bildene deres.
På tross av at dødsfallet hendte for nesten to uker siden, ble det først viden kjent torsdag kveld blant motesfæren.
I løpet av kvelden har det pøst ut med insta-stories og -poster med «hvil i fred», og sjokkerte utrop i en moteverden som tydeligvis hadde blitt glade i den franske fotografen.
De norske influencerne Tine Andrea og Darja Barannik sier blant annet «Du var enestående», og «Du var alltid så snill, morsom og spredde god energi», i sine insta stories i forbindelse med dødsfallet. Annabel Rosendahl deler et morsomt minne på sin insta story der hun stjeler hatten han var velkjent for å bruke, og løper avsted.
Her er noen av de andre postene dedikert til Quenum:
I am regretful to be the bearer of some extremely sad and troubling news. Today we observe the passing of a colleague and friend to many of us, Nabile Quenum. I learned of this shocking and unimaginable news on January 9th, 2018 and – as I’m sure is the case for many of you – am having a hard time wrapping my head around it. I met Nabile in London in 2013 as he exited the backstage of a show at Somerset House. As was often the case for him then, he was dressed in head-to-toe KTZ and hard to miss. With the aide of his ice-breaking sense of humor, we immediately fell into an easy rhythm which then led to many Fashion Week seasons’ worth of traveling, working, and partying together. As soon as I got to know him I admired him for his passion as well as his work ethic; we’ve shared countless nights of sifting through days’ worth of images until dawn while our friends drunkenly snored around our shared AirBnbs. Today, his book is closed. Nothing could have prepared us for this news. To think that someone I was once so close to could be so far away is an absolutely tragic thought but if anything, this should inspire the rest of us to take a step back. To respect our bodies. Respect our health. Each other. To create lives outside of our work. And think about our futures. This is not a message I write with the intention of being bombarded with condolences. In fact, I request that you do the opposite. Do not DM or text me. Instead, redirect this message to someone you are close to, someone who you care for and someone who may need your kind words. Reach to a friend who is traveling but perhaps feeling lonely. Sympathize with someone who is dealing with a broken heart. Call your parents. Pass on your message to someone who matters to you personally. This is the only moment any of us are to be sure of. I’m sure there is some ridiculously hilarious quote of Nabile’s I could share to make everyone smile at the end of reading this…he was a funny dude…But I can’t seem to find anything which would sum this all up. None of us were ready to read this today. Just make sure you make the best of the rest of your day, and take this message into tomorrow as well.
So saddened by the news of Nabile’s passing, this truly incredible, funny, dancy, colourful and happy soul won’t be forgotten. I will remember how we used to dance at Sunday club, how you inspired me and so many others, not to mention your laugh and scepticism of every single word that came out of my mouth. Rest in peace darling❤️
RIP Nabile Quenum 💔 The man behind the lens. Today is a very sad for Street Style. We lost a very dear and esteemed friend to all of us. Like all street style photographers, his contribution to the fashion industry was nothing short of outstanding. Rain, hail, shine or snow he was always buzzing around fashion week working as hard as he possibly could with a smile and his music box. For all those fashion brands, bloggers / influencers and PR’s, please show your respect for his amazing work and input into the industry promoting others from the goodness of his heart. We will miss you Nabile.
INCREDIBLY SAD TO HEAR ABOUT THE PASSING OF NABILE QUENUM. YOU ALWAYS SHOT ME AT FASHION WEEK SEASONS AND ALWAYS HAD TIME TO SPEAK TO ME. YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED FOR YOUR AMAZING TALENT, & INCREDIBLE SMILE. IVE ALWAYS HAD SUCH A HUGE RESPECT FOR THE STREET STYLE PHOTOGRAPHERS AT FASHION WEEKS & THE JOB THEY DO! THEIR TALENT AND HARD WORK IS NOT CELEBRATED ENOUGH IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY. 🌹RIP NABILE #nabilequenum
incredibly sad news to hear about the passing of Nabile. undoubtedly the life and soul of the street style community during fashion weeks. we met for the first time a few seasons ago, at my first fashion week – he asked if i was new, and then proceeded to give me the ‘rules and etiquette’ of street style photography – thanks for showing me the ropes before i ruined a million photos. tell someone you love them, call your family, listen to someone who needs to talk and just be kind to one another. RIP my friend. #JaiperDumaveste #NabileQuenum