sébastien cuvelier

paradise city
kuck elei
eunma town
instant star
gypsy queens



Instant Star Instant Star Instant Star

The series

A portrait of the contemporary indie music scene captured on Polaroid film

Instant Star gathers a collection of musicians’ portraits taken with a Polaroid camera between 2008 and 2014. The book shows a subjective vision of the current independent music scene, rarely brought to the eyes of the public. Each page can be seen as a life fragment, one of 165 rough portraits of pop, rock, hip hop and electronic music artists, simultaneously setting and unsetting trends with their creativity, far from the spotlight and glamorous pictures on glossy paper. In this wealth of images, a central theme stands out: the magic of the instant. All portraits result from one quick, unique shot taken on the go, thereby freezing a moment in time of these modern day travellers, if just for an instant.

The book

Self-published, 2014
20,5x15,5cm, 204 pages, hardcover
165 Polaroid & Impossible photographs
Text in French, foreword by Michel Cloup
ISBN 978-99959-0-085-4

500 copies including a limited edition of 25 where I take a Polaroid of you wearing Bowie's mask


- Goûte Mes Disques (BE), Oct 2014 | web
- d'Lëtzebuerger Land (LU), Aug 2014 | web
- Le Jeudi (LU), Aug 2014 | print
- La Meuse (BE), Aug 2014 | print
- Interview on Ara City Radio (LU), Aug 2014

- Interview on 100.7 (LU), Aug 2014

Available at:

- Paris: Colette, All Access, Impossible Store Paris
- Bruxelles: Tipi Bookshop (signed), Hors Format
- Liège: Livre aux Trésors
- Luxembourg: Stitch

Buy it online here


Carré Rotondes, Luxembourg (LU), Aug 2014

165 polaroids of: 2manydjs 65daysofstatic a place to bury strangers amenra an pierlé andrew weatherhall anika arnaud rebotini au revoir simone austra baxter dury beak> beirut benjamin damage billy corgan birdy nam nam blouse boys noize braids breton brns brodinski busy p camera caribou carl barât cascadeur cheveu circlesquare clock opera crocodiles daniel darc darkstar daughter death in vegas die die die diiv dj hell dj mehdi dr lektroluv drums of death duchess says elektro guzzi ewert and the two dragons felix da housecat fm belfast fuck buttons future islands gablé gesaffelstein ghostpoet gold panda halls herman dune holograms house of wolves hunx and his punx imaad wasif is tropical ivan smagghe jacco gardner jackson and his computer band jean-louis murat jeff mills jeffrey lewis and the junkyards jon spencer blues explosion juveniles katerine kavinsky kevin saunderson king charles king khan kitty, daisy & lewis kurt vile k-x-p lana del rey larry gus laurent garnier lee ranaldo lescop lisa germano lucrecia dalt lydia lunch mac demarco madensuyu maia vidal maserati method man metz michel cloup mixhell mmoths mondkopf moon duo mujeres naive new beaters nashville pussy nathan fake nicolas jaar nina kraviz nisennenmondai olafur arnalds orval carlos sibelius other lives owen pallett peter kernel peter von poehl petite noir publicist rainbow arabia raketkanon renaissance man reverend beat-man rich aucoin rocketnumbernine rone rubin steiner scott h biram scott kelly sebastian shabazz palaces shackleton shannon & the clams shearwater simian mobile disco sin fang sinkane soley son lux spoek mathambo stanley brinks stephen o’mailley stubborn heart suuns svper tall ships telefon tel aviv the bony king of nowhere the experimental tropic blues band the feeling of love the field the hacker the horrors the hundred in the hands the magician the pains of being pure at heart the rakes the streets the subs the suicide of western culture the twilight sad thee oh sees thieves like us timber timbre triggerfinger troy von balthazar tune-yards twin shadow ty segall veronica falls warpaint we have band zombie zombie