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Discover the Amazing Art Edition of Ellen von Unwerth New Book

Discover the Amazing Art Edition of Ellen von Unwerth New Book – Ellen von Unwerth’s puckish humor pervades the pages of Heimat, an enchanted tour around Bavaria. The renowned fashion and music photographer revisits her childhood homeland to shoot a posse of gorgeous girls out for fun and adventure amid the region’s undulating fields; age-old traditions; and deep, mysterious forests. As they happily discard their dirndls and run riot across the countryside, von Unwerth’s heroines demonstrate the attributes and attractions of the region, whether munching on pretzels, striding out across pristine pastures, or seducing lederhosen-clad farmhands (and each other). Blending old-world charm with a rebellious edge and a sly subversion of traditional gender roles, Heimat bursts with fresh, provocative eroticism, tied up with wit, laced with an abiding love for a proud and beautiful region. Ellen von Unwerth worked as a top fashion model for 10 years, before taking up the camera and becoming one of the world’s most in-demand fashion photographers. Her work has featured in countless magazines, including Vogue, Interview, Vanity Fair, and i-D, while her advertising campaigns include Victoria’s Secret, Banana Republic, and Chanel. Von Unwerth’s TASCHEN books include Heimat, Fräulein, and The Story of Olga. Mark Schulz…

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The History of Playboy and its Legendary Founder (1)
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The History of Playboy and its Legendary Founder

The History of Playboy and its Legendary Founder – Hugh Hefner never authorized any biography to his name, but trusted TASCHEN with his only illustrated coming-of-age story, a huge, six-volume edition for which he personally curated hundreds of unpublished pages from his own scrapbook, as well as some of Playboy’s spiciest centerfolds and finest writing. Hefner began publishing Playboy from his kitchen in 1953. With its candid shots of women and open discussion of sex, it helped transform social and sexual mores in the United States, at a time when states could still legally ban contraceptives. The magazine was also a pioneering intellectual force, championing gay and civil rights and regularly publishing leading writers including James Baldwin, Margaret Atwood, Norman Mailer, and Jack Kerouac. Its trailblazing interviews were at the very forefront of the social, cultural, and political agenda and included Martin Luther King Jr., Fidel Castro, and The Beatles’ John Lennon. It was this facet of Playboythat gave the leggy Bunnies a run for their money—and elevated it above, as famously coined by Tom Wolfe, “a one-handed magazine.” This is the history of Playboy and its legendary founder. Hugh M. Hefner presents an illustrated autobiography with chronological highlights from Playboy’s first 25 years. His personal life and career—from cartoon-drawing childhood to astonishing success with Playboy—are revealed in the most intimate portrait…

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A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard (5)
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A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard

A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard – “The deeper the white man went into Africa, the faster the life flowed out of it, off the plains and out of the bush, vanishing in acres of trophies and hides and carcasses.” — Peter Beard. A landmark publication on Africa, The End of the Game combines Peter Beard’s salient text and remarkable photographs to document the overpopulation and starvation of tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos, and hippos in Kenya’s Tsavo lowlands and Uganda parklands in the 1960s and ’70s. Researched and compiled over two decades, Beard’s work is a powerful and poignant testimony to the damage done by human intervention in Africa. His own images and texts are supplemented by historical photographs of, and writings from, the enterprisers, explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quest for adventure and “progress” were to change the face of a continent: Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courteney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Philip Percival, J.A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway, and J.H. Patterson. Marking the 50th anniversary of its first publication, Taschen now republishes The End of the Game in a limited edition of 5,000 copies, with an updated foreword by internationally renowned travel and fiction writer Paul…

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Book Review: The Italian Dream, a Photographic Adventure

Book Review: The Italian Dream, a Photographic Adventure – For more than three years, Aline Coquelle, the well-known globe-trotting photographer, and Count Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, a member of one of the oldest aristocratic Italian families, have followed the map of Italy’s best wines. Guided by Gelasio, readers are introduced to a tribe of artistic and wine-loving amici who share their passion for their country’s heritage and bounty. The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul is an escape into the effortlessly elegant Italian lifestyle, savoring wine behind the private gates of family castles and vineyards, from the foothills of the Alps to the hill towns of Tuscany to the relaxed southern seasides. See also: Take a Tour of the World’s Most Beautiful Hotels with Chic Stays Winemaker, industry consultant, cellar advisor, speaker and visiting lecturer, Count Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli is an eclectic and versatile authority on Italian and international wines, having traveled and worked in the U.S., South America, England, and the Far East. Inheriting from his maternal grandfather, Baron Raimondo Franchetti, a passion for wine, agriculture, and terroir, Gaetani studied agricultural sciences in Italy, attended the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London, and gained industry experience working for Julius Wile…

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Portraits Of The New Architecture by Richard Schulman

Portraits Of The New Architecture by Richard Schulman  – Following the first volume’s success, Portraits of the New Architecture 2 introduces thirty-two architects and firms whose projects are shaping the architectural landscape of tomorrow, including David Adjaye, Asymptote, Annabelle Selldorf, Tatiana Bilbao, and Dominique Perrault. This volume features Richard Schulman’s stunning portraits and select photographs of the architects’ projects, as well as sketches and designs, and an introduction by Paul Goldberger. Richard Schulman has photographed unique architectural masterpieces for over thirty years. His first book for Assouline, Portraits of the New Architecture (2004), featured such luminaries as Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and Zaha Hadid and was a bestseller. Schulman’s work has appeared in The New York Times, the London Times, Vanity Fair, Paris Match, and Der Spiegel. His archives include portraits of leading artists, collectors, and patrons of the arts. He is currently a lecturer on the history of photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Paul Goldberger is a Pulitzer Prize–winning architectural critic and educator who holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City, and was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design. Goldberger is…

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton – Alexander McQueen (17 March 1969 – 11 February 2010) was an icon in the fashion industry. This book is a fine tribute to one of the best fashion designer and conceptual artist who died far too young but whose contributions to contemporary fashion and art will live on. This book is likely to become a collector’s item, so handsomely designed and present as it is. The artist was the most influential, imaginative, and provocative designer of his generation- The artist both challenged and expanded fashion conventions to express ideas about race, class, sexuality, religion, and the environment. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty examines the full breadth of the designer’s career, from the start of his fledgling label to the triumphs of his own world-renowned London house.   It features his most iconic and radical designs, revealing how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture, and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures underpinning his collections and extravagant runway presentations, with their echoes of avant-garde installation and performance art. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty celebrates the astounding creativity and originality of a…

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Books Review The Rolling Stones official photographic record
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Books Review: The Rolling Stones official photographic record

  The kind of fame and success The Rolling Stones have achieved in their 50-years and counting career is without parallel; their most famous riffs and catchiest lyrics are indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With their bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and mesmerizing off and onstage presence, the Stones redefined the music of the 1960s and 1970s and paved the way for rock as we know it today. They also set the standard for how a rock band should look and behave. Produced in close collaboration with the band, this book charts the Stones’ remarkable history and outrageously cool lifestyle in over 500 pages of photographs and illustrations, many previously unseen, and gathered from archives all over the world in a Taschen edition. Unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones’ own archives in New York and London adds an equally extraordinary, more private side to their story. For Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie this is their official photographic record. Features: Over 500 pages of incredible images from some of the world’s greatest photographers, including David Bailey, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton, Bob Bonis, Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, Bent Rej, and Ethan Russel. A foreword written by…

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Book Review The Spirit of India by Steve McCurry
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Book Review: The Spirit of India by Steve McCurry

The Magnum photographer’s new photography book draws together iconic images he has taken in 40 years of visiting India, showcasing the people and extraordinary settings of one of the most spiritual countries on Earth. Check out our selection of photos: Mahouts sleep with their elephant. Rajasthan, 2012 See also: Book Review: Photographs From The Hunger A devotee carries a statue of Lord Ganesh into the Arabian Sea during an immersion ritual off Chowpatty beach. Mumbai, 1993 Bicycles hanging from the side of a train, West Bengal, 1983 A crowd carries a man during the Holi festival. Rajasthan, 1996 A rabari tribal elder, Rajasthan, 2010 A tailor carries his sewing machine through monsoon waters, Porbandar, Gujarat, 1983 Crowds gather for the Kumbh Mela festival on pontoon bridges across the Ganges, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, 2001 A man in an orange turban, pictured in Rajasthan, 2009 Stepwells have existed in India for hundreds of years, and helped to provide water storage during the dry seasons and offer people a place to socialise. This one was pictured in Rajasthan, 2002 See also: Book Review: Gisele Bündchen is back Medical assistants review files at the cancer hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan, 2009 The new book of Steve McCurry,…

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Book Review Gisele Bündchen is back (2)
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Book Review: Gisele Bündchen is back

She is not just a supermodel; she is a beautiful, successful businesswoman, activist, mother and a powerful woman. This is Gisele Bündchen, the top – earning super model, which had only 18 years old when she made her first big breakthrough in the fashion world, and she is launching an amazing book! The fashion icon has more than 1.ooo covers in top magazines, like Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, GQ, Bazaar and the list goes on, with more than 450 fashion shows. Widely loved by designers for her sensual and firm body lines and for her characteristic smooth cat walk, the Brazilian beauty has always been active in different art, fashion, social campaigns. SEE ALSO – Book review: Rijks, Masters of the Golden Age by Marcel   Earlier this month the 35 years old fashion star announced that to celebrate her 20 years of amazing, rich career, is publishing a limited edition fashion book. This book will have only 1.000 copies available worldwide for a price of 700 $. There’s little room for doubts, when it comes to the content of this book, when collaborating with the highest level of fashion industry, like Giselle did. Irving Penn, David La Chapelle, Juergen Teller, Inez…

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Book Review Photographs From The Hunger Games (5)
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Book Review: Photographs From The Hunger Games

In exclusive collaboration with Lionsgate, Assouline is proud to release Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games. In this luxurious large-format volume, Tim Palen’s evocative and powerful photographs of the cast from the enormously successful series The Hunger Games come to life as never seen before. Palen is widely recognized as an industry pioneer in creating innovative marketing campaigns and his work for The Hunger Games has helped catapult the films to the top of the market. His unique relationship with each of the actors over the course of the filming of the series allowed him to capture each of them with striking intimacy and to transform the high-octane adventure of the films into exquisite visual art. Thirty-three exclusive portraits from Mockingjay – Part II, the final film of The Hunger Games, provide a moving conclusion to Palen’s cycle of photographs. This limited-edition hand-bound Ultimate Collection volume, signed by Tim Palen, includes a limited-edition art print and is presented in a soft-touch clamshell case. Tim Palen, chief brand officer and president of worldwide marketing at Lionsgate, is an award-winning fine-art photographer whose work encompasses editorial, advertising, fashion, portraiture, and video portraiture. He was named an AdWeek 2012 Brand Genius for…

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Book Review: Pirelli the Calendar – 50 Years And More

The notoriously exclusive Pirelli Calendar, featuring glamorous shots of beautiful women, was first published in 1964. Reserved for important clients and VIPs, the calendar has since grown into a legend of its own, showcasing the beauty of models such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Laetitia Casta, Cindy Crawford, Penélope Cruz, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Angela Lindvall, Sophia Loren, and Kate Moss. See also: THE AMAZING ROBERT DOISNEAU PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the now-legendary institution that is the Pirelli Calendar, TASCHEN brings you a retrospective volume reproducing the complete calendars, photographed by Richard Avedon, Peter Beard, Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight, Karl Lagerfeld, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Annie Leibovitz, Peter Lindbergh, Sarah Moon, Uwe Ommer, Terry Richardson, Herb Ritts, Mario Sorrenti, Bert Stern, Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, and many more. See also: ANGELS: THE ICONIC VICTORIA’S SECRET BOOK BY RUSSELL JAMES Bonus features include rarely and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes images of the shoots, the unpublished 1963 calendar, and a selection of “censored” imagesdeemed too risqué by the editors of the time. With an introduction by Philippe Daverioand an interview with art directors Derek Forsyth and Martyn Walsh.   The author Born in 1949, Philippe…

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