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The Incredible Dior Photography Book

Florence Muller is an art and fashion historian and curator of numerous important exhibitions. She is a professor at the Institut Francais de la Mode and also the author of many publications on fashion, art, and design. Reaching beyond the intimate setting of the fashion show, in this incredible book (published by Rizzoli) the photographer paints a portrait of haute couture that takes the couturier’s intention to enchant the public and elevates it to the level of the sublime. The great names in photography, the mythical photos that have constructed Dior’s image, and the emblematic subjects of the house’s iconography—whether they are dreams of a faraway place or captured in the vast open-sky “studios” of Paris or Versailles—are all evoked in this vast panorama that takes us through more than sixty years in the history of fashion photography. Published to accompany the Dior and Fashion Photography exhibition presented at the Musée Christian Dior in Granville, France, this lavish volume presents a wealth of gorgeous photographs that bring the character of the couturier’s dresses to life, with each photographer interpreting them in his or her unique style. Legendary contributors include Horst P. Horst, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Norman Parkinson, Henry Clarke, William…

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The Audrey Hepburn PhotoBook by Taschen

Bob Willoughby (1927-2009)  author of numerous books on photography took his first photo at the age of twelve. By 1954 his exhibitions of photographs of jazz musicians and dancers led to a contract with Globe Photos, followed by work at Harper’s Bazaar. After shooting Judy Garland during the filming of A Star is Born he became the first “unit photographer”, hired specifically by movie studios to take on-set promotional “stills”. In his distinguished career as a Hollywood photographer, Bob Willoughby took iconic photos of Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Fonda, but remains unequivocal about his favorite subject: Audrey Kathleen Ruston, later Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston, best known as Audrey Hepburn.  Willoughby was called in to shoot the new starlet one morning shortly after she arrived in Hollywood in 1953. It was a humdrum commission for the portraitist often credited with having perfected the photojournalistic movie still, but when he met the Belgian-born beauty, Willoughby was enraptured. “She took my hand like…well a princess, and dazzled me with that smile that God designed to melt mortal men’s hearts,” he recalled. As Hepburn’s career soared following her Oscar-winning US debut in Roman Holiday, Willoughby became a trusted friend, framing her working and home life. His historic, perfectionist, tender photographs seek out the…

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The New Photography Annie Leibovitz Book by Taschen

Annie Leibovitz has been a working photographer for 40 years. She was the chief photographer for Rolling Stone and then the first contributing photographer for the revived Vanity Fair. In addition to her editorial work at Vanity Fair, and later at Vogue, she has created several award-winning advertising campaigns. The well renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz is the latest artist to be added to a long list of other artists who have been added to the SUMO volumes (published by Taschen). Measuring in at two and a half feet tall and weighing  a hefty 57 pounds the book contains over 476 pages of work that spans 40 years and showcases imagery that has been seen in publications such as  Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and Vogue. A supplementary book that’s about half the size features essays by Leibovitz, Graydon Carter, Paul Roth, and Hans Ulrich Obris and brief descriptions of the 250 photographs. The project took several years to develop and proved to be revelatory. Annie Leibovitz drew from over 40 years of work, starting with the viscerally intimate reportage she created for Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s and extending through the more stylized portraiture of her work for Vanity Fair and Vogue. Celebrated images such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono entwined in a last embrace…

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In focus: National Geographic Photography Book

The Collectors Series edition of In Focus (published by National Geographic) is simply the existing book at a smaller trim size. This magnificent collection of 280 photographs by many of the world’s greatest photographers tells the tale of portrait photography over time in page after page of arresting images. Each photograph stands proudly on its own, yet taken together, they tell a much more complex and subtle story of the ever-evolving art form in constant creative response to new ideas, new eras, and new technologies. Through the years, National Geographic magazine’s staff photographers have often elevatedstock depictions of “exotic” cultures into haunting glimpses of other lives. In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits presents a century of captivating images of ordinary people from around the world – 280 photographs of pleasure, grief, stoicism, shyness and sheer endurance. In thoughtful essays, five photographers frankly assess changing notions of authenticity and discuss their own methods of capturing a stranger’s personality on the run. In the beginning, the magazine showed people stiffly posed in their native costumes, viewed as anthropological specimens. Advances in camera technology created a greater degree of intimacy and spontaneity. Then came color film, which ushered in an era dominated by corny themes and perkily posed subjects…

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Inspirational Photo Books – Color Photography by Assouline Books

Gabriel Bauret regularly organizes photography exhibitions in Europe and has written for Zoom magazine. Inspirational photo book Color Photography is his most popular book. Color Photography (published by Assouline Books) is an homage to the photographers who elevated the use of color to an art form. Depending on the photographer, the subject and the period, color can be beautiful or ugly, showy or neutral. Color Photography represents an incredible range of styles and genres, including nudes and still lifes, fashion, portraits and landscapes, in the work of more than one hundred photographers. The collection includes images by John Rawlings, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Cecil Beaton, Guy Bourdin, Paolo Roversi, Erwin Blumenfeld, Edward Weston, Joel Meyerowitz, Martin Parr, Andreas Gursky, William Eggleston, Edward Steichen, Annie Leibovitz, Sarah Moon, Sheila Metzner, Paul Outerbridge, Horst P. Horst, Javier Valhonrat, among others. This oversized coffee-table book mainly comprises meticulously printed, full-page reproductions of 150 images created by many of the premier photographers working in the color medium during the 20th century. The illustrations are divided into eight thematic sections, including nudes, landscapes, fashion, and reportage. The works on display Larry Burrows’s Vietnam combat scenes, Robert Polidori’s architectural studies, Andres Serrano’s ironical body fluids, and Richard Misrach’s Dali-esque desertscapes, among many…

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50 Photo Icons, The Story Behind the Pictures

Hans-Michael Koetzle is a Munich-based freelance author and journalist, focusing mainly on history and the aesthetics of photography. He has published numerous books on photography, including Die Zeitschrift twen(1995), Photo Icons (2001), Das Lexikon der Fotografen (2002), and René Burri (2004). 50 Photo Icons, The Story Behind the Pictures (published by Taschen) is a resume of some of the most remarkable and unforgettable photographs of history. “A picture is worth a thousand words” as the saying goes. Taschen‘s beautifully bound edition is a fascinating must read for photographers and photo enthusiasts. Filled with images of the “decisive moment” every photographer strives to capture, “50 Photo Icons. The Story Behind the Pictures“ not only provides a historical account behind the shot but also serves an inspirational and compelling addition to any photographer’s library.” Photographs have a strange and powerful way of shaping the way we see the world and influencing our perceptions of reality. To demonstrate the unique and profound influence on culture and society that photographs have, Photo Icons puts the most important landmarks in the history of photography under the microscope. Each chapter of this special edition focuses on a single image which is described and analyzed in detail, in aesthetic, historical, and artistic contexts. The book begins with the very…

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