Quenum, a native of Paris, was also known under his blog name of "J'ai Perdu Ma Veste." As photographable as the street style stars he captured, Quenum's presence was always noted outside fashion shows thanks to his signature round glasses, innate sense of style and his permanent smile and sunny attitude. Over the course of his career, Quenum shot for multiple international iterations of legacy publications like Vogue and GQ, as well as smaller outlets like CR Fashion Book and Fucking Young!; his most recent photographs were for New York magazine. He was also a leader of the "No Free Photos" campaign in 2017.
Quenum's peers in the industry, including Adam Katz Sinding, Scott Schuman and Lee Oliveira, as well as the faces he so frequently shot, like Gala Gonzalez, Jenny Walton and BryanBoy, took to Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute. His presence will undoubtedly be deeply felt, especially during this upcoming fashion month in February. In the meantime, we can all follow the best advice he'd been given, as he told "Fashion We Like": "Be yourself and always be polite."
UPDATE, Thurs. Jan. 11, 2018: Quenum's family has released an official statement, which can be read in full below:
It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Nounagnon Nabile Eude Quenum, 32. He was pronounced dead in Paris, France on January 8, 2018. Nabile was born November 6, 1985 in Créteil, France. He was an internationally-celebrated photographer, creator of the popular fashion blog, J'ai Perdu Ma Veste, and photographer for outlets such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler, and Adidas. He is survived by his father Adolphe Lazare Richard Quenum and eight siblings. A private memorial service will be held on Saturday January 13th, 2018.
Here is the French version:
Son père Adolphe Lazare Richard Quenum ainsi que toute sa famille ont l'immense douleur de vous faire part du décès de Nounagnon Nabile Eude Quenum à l'âge de 32 ans. Il a été déclaré décédé à Paris le 8 janvier 2018. Il était né le 6 novembre 1985 à Créteil, France. Nabile était un photographe de renommée internationale, créateur du blog de mode J'ai Perdu Ma Veste, et photographe pour des magazines tels que le New York Times, le New York Magazine, et des marques telles que Louis Vuitton, Moncler et Adidas. Un service commémoratif privé aura lieu le samedi 13 janvier 2018.
This post also originally stated that the reported cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning; it has been updated to reflect that an official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.