Category

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: Afghanistan by Steve McCurry

Photography Book: Afghanistan by Steve McCurry – Afghanistan has long been a country overwhelmed by tribal rivalries, colonial wars, and geo-political conflict. The Afghans have called their mountains “the land of rebellion,” a land that has not been successfully occupied since the times of Alexander the Great. These invaders — Persians, Arabs, Moguls, Sikhs, British, Russians — may have been thwarted, but wandering through the bazaars of Kabul will attest to their legacy. In the people of Afghanistan, the genes of countless races meet and intermingle. Deep are the fissures in Afghan society; the schism between Sunni and Shia, the endemic violence across clans and tribes, and the blood feuds and rivalries within lineages. Yet born of such chaos and entrenched conflict are these most breathtaking of images. In this definitive retrospective of his work in Afghanistan, Steve McCurry has curated over 140 gripping images to present a torn, proud people, from the desert of Kandahar to the streets of Kabul and remote rivers of Nuristan. For almost four decades, McCurry traveled to the country regularly, documenting its people with a rare and disarming humanity. His most striking portrait Afghan Girl (1984) has graced the covers of magazines around the…

Continue Reading
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: Private View by Mario Testino

Photography Book: Private View by Mario Testino – Limited to 1,500 numbered copies, signed by Mario Testino. Available in pink, green or purple, the book features a lenticular cover portrait of Lady Gaga and is delivered in an injection-molded plastic box. The mere mention of Mario Testino’s name evokes a rush of adrenalin in anyone that cares, even a bit, about the worlds of fashion and celebrity. So omnipresent is he at major magazine shoots and A-list events—an insider if ever there was one—that he has become a celebrity himself. The launch of Testino’s latest book, to celebrate his inaugural exhibition in China, brings together an exciting selection of his best studio work with glamorous examples of his candid shots. A beaming Gwyneth Paltrow clutching her freshly-won Oscar, a fur-cloaked Jennifer Lopez atop a commode, and the unforgettable portraits of royalty including Diana Princess of Wales, and her sons are just a few of the hundreds of iconic pictures that are brought together, for the first time, inside the book. Testino’s best recent advertising and fashion work rounds out the selection, making this a must-have collector’s item. Peruvian-born Mario Testino OBE is widely regarded as one of the most influential…

Continue Reading
Photography Book Princess Diana's Life in Pictures
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: Princess Diana’s Life in Pictures

Photography Book: Princess Diana’s Life in Pictures – Commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales, this exquisite coffee table book, Remembering Diana – a Life in Photographs, with a foreword by best-selling author Tina Brown celebrates the life of one of the most iconic women in the world. Check the gallery below! For the millions who adored the People’s Princess, this lavish book celebrates Diana Spencer’s life in pictures. Page after page of inside photos from the legendary National Geographic archives document the royal’s most memorable moments in the spotlight. A luminous, personal remembrance by Diana friend and biographer Tina Brown adds context and nuance to a poignant life twenty years after her tragic death. Float down memory lane through more than 100 remarkable images of Diana, from her days as a schoolgirl to her engagement to Prince Charles, the birth of Princes William and Harry, and her life in the media as an outspoken advocate for the poor, the sick, and the downtrodden. This elegant book features reflections from those who knew her best, recollections from dignitaries and celebrities like Nelson Mandela and Elton John, and personal insight through the princess’s own words. This…

Continue Reading
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: Linda McCartney’s Life and Photography

Photography Book: Linda McCartney’s Life and Photography – In 1966, during a brief stint as a receptionist for Town and Country magazine, Linda Eastman snagged a press pass to a very exclusive promotional event for the Rolling Stones aboard a yacht on the Hudson River. With her fresh, candid photographs of the band, far superior to the formal shots made by the band’s official photographer, Linda secured her name as a rock ’n’ roll photographer. Two years later, in May 1968, she entered the record books as the first female photographer to have her work featured on the cover of Rolling Stone with her portrait of Eric Clapton. She went on to capture many of rock’s most important musicians on film, including Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, The Doors, and the Grateful Dead. In 1967, Linda went to London to document the “Swinging Sixties,” where she met Paul McCartney at the Bag ’O Nails club and subsequently photographed The Beatles during a launch event for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Paul and Linda fell in love, and were married on March 12, 1969. For the next three decades, until her untimely death, she devoted herself to her family,…

Continue Reading
Photography Book Undressed by Mario Testino (1)
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: Undressed by Mario Testino

Photography Book: Undressed by Mario Testino – Mario Testino’s Undressed removes various layers. Coinciding with an exhibition conceived exclusively for the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin, this intimate series explores the notion of undressing in photography as much as it lays Testino’s archive bare, probing beyond the photographer’s established public image to reveal a deeper understanding of his practice and oeuvre. The 50 featured photographs center on the naked body, alternately exploring and pushing the traditions and boundaries between sex, gender identity, and fashion. Honoring the influence of Helmut Newton, the images become abstracted body landscapes, the protagonists appearing as mere form, a torso, even a statue. See also: Free eBook: Modern Console Tables A special highlight are previously unseen photographs shot in the Testino studio, in which an exuberant atmosphere intermingles with the implicit frisson of nudity and where playfully amorous dynamics never slip into the obscene or pornographic. See also: Free eBook: 100 Must-See Modern Dining Tables Testino’s lineup ranges from supermodel protagonists, such as Kate Moss and Amber Valletta, to anonymous, androgynous men; from individual portraits to group photos. We see many intimate moments, some caught candidly, some consciously orchestrated, such as a young man shaving a woman’s upper…

Continue Reading
Photography Book LA History in Images (1)
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: LA History in Images

Photography Book: LA History in Images – From the first known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sweeping vistas, this photographic tribute to the City of Angels provides a fascinating journey through the city’s cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. It traces the city’s development from the 1880s real estate boom, through the early days of Hollywood and the urban sprawl of the late 20th century, right up to the present day. With over 500 images, L.A. is shown emerging from a desert wasteland to become a vast palm-studded urban metropolis. Events that made world news—including two Olympics, Bobby Kennedy’s assassination, and the Rodney King riots—reveal a city of many dimensions. The entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, and its celebrities are showcased along with many other notable residents, personalities, architects, artists, and musicians. The city’s pop cultural movements, its music, surfing, health food fads, gangs, and hot rods are included, as are its notorious crimes and criminals. See also: Free eBook: 100 Must-See Modern Dining Tables This book depicts Los Angeles in all its glory and grit, via hundreds of freshly discovered images including those of Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton and many other superb photographers,…

Continue Reading
Photography Book Barbie has a Style Icon (1)
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: Barbie has a Style Icon

Photography Book: Barbie has a Style Icon – A lively and charming volume showcasing hundreds of beautifully detailed and accessorized lifestyle images from the @BarbieStyle Instagram page, vividly illustrating the modern identity and unique point of view of Barbie, The Art of @BarbieStyle features delightful texts written by Barbie herself.   This hot-pink treasure of a book presentsing her her affirmational outlook on life, travel, and the importance of celebrating special times with good friends. Reflecting the ambitions and aspirations of generations of children, Barbie is far more than just a toy, she mirrors the evolution of modern culture and provides the ultimate canvas for artistic and fashion inspiration. Born in 1959, Barbie arrived on the scene and took the world by storm. You may also like: Book Review: 70 Years of Innovation and Play with Mattel As a new kind of doll for a more grown-up mode of children’s play, and over nearly sixty years she has become the most iconic and recognizable doll in the world.Reflecting the ambitions and aspirations of generations of children, Barbie is far more than just a toy, she mirrors the evolution of modern culture and provides the ultimate canvas for artistic and fashion inspiration. You…

Continue Reading
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: Gucci’s Limited Edition Book by Derek Ridgers

Photography Book: Gucci’s Limited Edition Book by Derek Ridgers – Italian luxury label Gucci is about to launch a limited edition book showcasing the label’s pre-fall collection, with pictures lensed by photographer Derek Ridgers. The book, titled “Hortus Sanitatis” — which means “The Garden of Health” in Latin — takes its title from the earliest natural history encyclopedia, published in 1485 in Germany. ‘Hortis Sanitatis’ connects nature, fashion, and punk photograph.   The images were shot in immaculate traditional places in Rome, ranging from diverse antique libraries to Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria della Scala, an ancient apothecary. Shot by photographer Derek Ridgers, who is appreciated for his documentation of subcultures, the book features all of the best bits of Michele’s Gucci that we have come to understand and admire. See also: Free eBook: Modern Console Tables Aside from the dreamy clothes and accessories that are naturally colorfully printed with lots of sparkle for good measure, they’re also accompanied by animals like cats and snakes. Though sadly, no skateboarding model holding a peacock. Encased in a pale-blue cover with gold leaf showing, which also adorn the page edges of the whole book, it appears with a red cotton pouch showcasing a…

Continue Reading
Photography Books: a City of Lights by Marvin E Newman
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Books: a City of Lights by Marvin E Newman

Photography Books: a City of Lights by Marvin E Newman – In 1952, after becoming one of the first-ever recipients of a Master of Science degree in Photography at Chicago’s Institute of Design, native New Yorker Marvin E. Newman returned to his hometown. Like many artists before, he set about chronicling the city. Unlike his predecessors, Newman chose color photography as the preeminent medium for capturing the people, landmarks, chaos, energy, and unique experience of 20th-century New York, and its emergence as the self-proclaimed “Greatest City in the World.” Lauded by the likes of Eastman House, MoMA, and the International Center of Photography, Newman’s images remained, up until now, largely undiscovered beyond a prestigious collector and gallery circle. After featuring Newman in New York: Portrait of a City, TASCHEN now presents the artist’s first career monograph in a Collector’s Edition of some 170 pictures from the late 1940s through to the early 1980s. See also: Free eBook: Modern Console Tables The volume includes vivid tableaux across New York, as well as top shots from his sports photography portfolio for the likes of Life, Look, and Sports Illustrated, and images from the Midwest; Chicago; a vintage 1950s circus; a legalized brothel in…

Continue Reading