Todd Selby Traverses the World for Airbnb x The Selby
Airbnb sent Todd Selby on a five-city tour to photograph the group's travel rentals, The Selby-style. "I wanted to work with Airbnb for a while – it's a service that I use and it hinges on people and their spaces, so the project seemed to be a natural match," explained Selby. "I had been discussing different ideas with the team and an around-the-world concept came up ... also, they had recently moved into a new office and wanted art for the gallery space inside, so we embarked on the shoot – comprising photos, illustrations, and interviews – with that in mind, as well as the possibility of featuring it on my website."
He spent 48 hours in London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, and L.A. documenting his hosts' daily activities, homes, and neighborhoods. "I stayed in a water tower in London's Kensal Town with a woman named Florence Dickson," he recalled. "It was next to her little bakery, Tart, and we went to the Westminster Flower Show and spent a lot of time in the West End." Other highlights from his trip included John and LP's Harajuku apartment containing countless tiny paintings mounted on plywood and crashing with Scott Brundson's family in Marrickville, a Sydney suburb, which meant "a lot of coffee-drinking, going to buy fish, and hanging out."
Granted, Airbnb x The Selby was a more immersive experience than The Selby Is in Your Place. "Instead of three or four hours with somebody, I had two days," he pointed out, "and that's a fun element to Airbnb that made for a totally new photo-shoot concept."