Kids of Cosplay: Thurstan Redding

A bold, photographic celebration of the fantastical beauty of cosplay

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The book

• Signed by the author
• Handmade clamshell case
• Edition exclusive to Volume

The book

The book + print

• Includes signed ‘Mystique’ print
• Signed by the author
• Handmade clamshell case
• Edition exclusive to Volume

The book + print

The works

• Includes actual page from Redding’s Kids of Cosplay diary
• Includes signed ‘Mystique’ print
• Signed by the author
• Handmade clamshell case
• Edition exclusive to Volume

The works

Overview

Cosplay is a powerful expression of both individuality and diversity. It is a global phenomenon that unexpectedly allows many to fit together into one single chaotic, but cohesive community. It allows anyone to become a hero for a day. Whether it’s becoming a fictional character or becoming the ‘you’ the world sees, cosplay is everywhere – we are all always cosplaying in some shape or form.

After attending a cosplay convention in 2018, photographer Thurstan Redding became captivated by cosplay as a subject matter and embarked on a three-year photographic project to portray cosplay in a way it had never been seen before.

In this bold and surprising volume, Redding captures the transfixing world of cosplay. Brought to life through the presentation of cosplayers in the most unassuming of places, this exceptional book highlights how creativity can thrive in the most mundane realities. Ingenious costumes are pictured in suburban homes, full regalia is shown at a local bus stop, handmade armour is shot in a teenage bedroom. Kids of Cosplay is a celebration of fandom and a window into a world where everyone can be united through their dedication to the fantastical art of transformation.

Sometimes, all it takes is to scratch the surface of our realities to reveal the fantasy that lies beneath…

Author

Thurstan Redding

Genre

Photography

Specification

280 x 250 mm
144 pages
Hardcover
Housed in handmade clamshell case
Tip-in cover image

The book

Presented in a beautiful clamshell box in contrasting acid pastel shades, this outstanding limited edition book contains striking photographs of cosplayers in full regalia, accompanied by commentary from the cosplayers themselves, together with behind-the-scenes pages from Thurstan’s personal diary. The book presents cosplay as you have never seen it before, with art direction by Jean-Baptiste Talbourdet-Napoleone and Lolita Jacobs and casting by Finlay MacAulay at Establishment.

A foreword by fashion powerhouse Katie Grand, an essay by writer and performer Tom Rasmussen, who discusses the social and cultural context of cosplay, and an illuminating interview with Redding by noted fashion writer Sara McAlpine complete this compelling volume.

Thurstan and I grew up together, or at least I like to think we grew up together digitally. Thurstan was always top of the list and every single time came through with challenging and beautiful work.

Katie Grand

Giclée print

Also available as part of this edition is a beautifully produced 280 x 150 mm signed Giclée print of a cosplay portrayal of Mystique, signed by the author. This stunning photograph will be the first print to ever be produced and released by Thurstan Redding.

Cosplay is a new form of artwork that we’re all still figuring out the rules, benefits and boundaries of. It gives an individual a voice that is stronger than their own, and I enjoy using that for good. The memes are great too.

‘Aquaman’

Diary page

Our top edition tier will include one of twenty-three unique, double-sided pages taken from Redding’s original research diary for Kids of Cosplay, which is reproduced in full in the book.

The pages offer a glimpse into Redding’s working process – from test shots, to field research ephemera, to contact sheets for the photoshoots themselves. This exclusive edition is an opportunity to own a very special companion piece to the Kids of Cosplay project.

Meet the author

Thurstan Redding is a photographer and director whose work applies a cinematic lens to subcultural subject matter. Since graduating from Cambridge University, where he read Politics, Psychology and Sociology, he has contributed to Vogue, WSJ, M Le Monde, Arena Homme +, i-D and Dazed. He has also shot campaigns for clients, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Gucci.