Tag

Photography Book

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 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

Photography Book: Milan’s Sumptuous Modernist Hallways

Photography Book – First impressions count, especially in Milano. In this unprecedented photographic journey, editor Karl Kolbitz opens the door to 144 of the city’s most sumptuous entrance halls, captivating in their diversity and splendor. These vibrant Milanese entryways, until now hidden away behind often restrained façades, are revealed as dazzling examples of Italian modernism, mediating public and private space with vivid configurations of color and form, from floors of juxtaposed stones to murals of minimalist geometry. See also: Free eBook: Top 25 Jaw-Dropping Home Design Ideas The collection spans buildings from 1920 to 1970 and showcases the work of some of the city’s most illustrious architects and designers, including Giovanni Muzio, Gio Ponti, Piero Portaluppi, and Luigi Caccia Dominioni, as well as non-pedigreed architecture of equal impact and interest. The photographs for the publication were exclusively created by Delfino Sisto Legnani, Paola Pansini, and Matthew Billings, each evoking the entryways with individual sensibility and a stylistic interplay of detail shots—such as stones, door handles, and handrails—with larger architectural views. The images are accompanied by outstanding written contributions from Penny Sparke, Fabrizio Ballabio, Lisa Hockemeyer, Daniel Sherer, Brian Kish, and Grazia Signori, together bringing a wealth of architecture, design, and natural…

Continue Reading
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: Candida Höfer in Mexico

Photography Book: Candida Höfer in Mexico – In 2014, Candida Höfer (b. Eberswalde, Germany, 1944; lives and works in Cologne) traveled to Mexico, visiting the eight cities Ciudad de México, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Puebla, Tepotzotlán, Tlacochahuaya, and Tonantzintla, where she photographed old and new libraries, theaters and opera houses, churches and museums, poorhouses and palaces. See also: Interior Design Books: Kaleidoscope, Living in Color and Patterns Most of the pictures are organized by symmetry along a central axis, a characteristic feature of her art. If these works suggest her training with Hilla and Bernd Becher, who taught photography in Düsseldorf—she is now the best-known of their students—others show a “new” Candida Höfer: old-fashioned offices, weather-beaten walls, and simple stores as well as a few expertly captured details of façades, floors, and interiors. Candida Höfer is a German photographer best known for her large-scale color images of empty interiors. She prefers to shoot semi-public spaces, most notably cultural and institutional architecture, in the absence of people, as evidenced in her ongoing Räume (Spaces) series that she began in 1980. The lack of visitors has allowed Höfer to concentrate her lens meticulously on the building’s design details and spatial qualities, and how they…

Continue Reading
PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography Book: The Queen’s People

Photography Book: The Queen’s People – The British monarchy’s rich and storied heritage has been preserved for centuries, and The Queen’s People, made with Royal Household approval, presents a magnificent collection of photography that brings Queen Elizabeth II and important members of Her Majesty’s court to life as rarely seen before. Featuring forty-two unique portraits by prominent British photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas, this hand-bound limited-edition volume captures the pageantry of the Royal Court’s intricate ceremonial dress and regalia, and highlights the pride each individual takes in serving his or her nation and sovereign. A historical essay by the Garter Principal King of Arms completes this grand tome. See also: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, 18th Duke of Norfolk and Earl Marshal, is the son of Miles Francis Stapleton Fitzalan-Howard, 17th Duke of Norfolk. He worked with various companies, and from 2000 to 2002 was Deputy Earl Marshal. Upon the death of his father in 2002, he inherited the late Duke of Norfolk’s peerages and the position of Earl Marshal. He was until 2010 the President of 1st Arundel (Earl of Arundel’s Own) Scout Group, and is the president of the Arundel & Littlehampton District Scouts. He…

Continue Reading