TALK SHOW WITH HARPER SIMON | EPISODE 26

Purple Magazine’s Olivier Zahm on Sex, Power, Models, and Photography

Sex, power and the relationship between desire, creativity, and control are explored with Purple Fashion Magazine editor, Olivier Zahm. The nature of attraction, how that creates misconceptions about the fashion industry dolce vita, the controversy around Terry Richardson, and schizophrenia of pornography and politics is discussed. Zahm's new book, O.Z.


Guest Bio

Since 1992, Olivier Zahm has been Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Purple Fashion, the biannual magazine molded out of his unique vision of bridging the art and fashion worlds. Zahm also runs the Paris-based think tank Purple Institute, an art direction society and consulting company aimed at creating links between the art world and industry.

Olivier Zahm worked as a freelance arts journalist contributing to Artforum, Flash Art, Art Press and Texte Zur Kunst during the 1980s and early 1990s. He has also curated selected exhibitions at PS1, MoMA, and Centre Pompidou.

He recently released the book, O.Z.: Olivier Zahm: Diary, in collaboration with Glenn O’Brien and Donatien Grau


Sex, power and the relationship between desire, creativity, and control are explored with Purple Fashion Magazine editor, Olivier Zahm. The nature of attraction, how that creates misconceptions about the fashion industry dolce vita, the controversy around Terry Richardson, and schizophrenia of pornography and politics is discussed. Zahm’s new book, O.Z. Olivier Zahm: Diary, and his decades long career at Purple and influences from film to Andy Warhol are shared with Harper Simon on this uncensored episode of Talk Show.