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The Alice Springs portfolio Faces, Places and Punk
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The Alice Springs portfolio: Faces, Places and Punk

The Alice Springs portfolio: Faces, Places and Punk – Coinciding with her exhibitions at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie and Helmut Newton Foundation, this June Newton / Alice Springs collection focuses on the glamour and seedy excitement of her 1980s Melrose shots, as well as some of her most compelling self-portraits and studies of Helmut. When her husband – who happened to be world-famous photographer Helmut Newton fell sick with flu on the eve of a pressing deadline in 1970 – it was up to his wife, June, to photograph an advertisement for Gitanes cigarettes. After the barest instruction in lighting and camerawork, June clicked the shutter on a smoking model and ignited her own career behind the lens. Using the pseudonym Alice Springs, June Newton began as a commercial photographer, shooting advertisements for French and international fashion magazines, before exploring portraiture and celebrity via the highlife in Hollywood and lowlife of the L.A. punk scene during the 1980s. She became Helmut’s artistic director, collaborating on exhibitions and books as well as developing her own characteristically intense, revealing photography. Coinciding with a major retrospective at the Helmut Newton Foundation which was shown at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, this…

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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with his only illustrated coming-of-age story, a huge, six-volume edition for which he personally curated hundreds of unpublished pages from his own scrapbook, as well as some of Playboy’s spiciest centerfolds and finest writing.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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Art Book: The Pedro Almodóvar Archives

Art Book: The Pedro Almodóvar Archives – Sexy and subversive, colorful and controversial, passionate and provocative, the world of Pedro Almodóvar world is unlike any other. Thanks to his remarkably cohesive and consistent œuvre, the Manchegan maverick has become a cinematic brand, his name a byword for the visual opulence, experimentation, and eroticism of post-Franco Spanish cinema. A self-taught auteur, Almodóvar found fame with self-penned, gender-bending plots depicting the often comic misfortunes of junkies, nuns, housewives, whores, transvestites and transsexuals. Praised by critics, championed by fellow film-makers, adored by actors and adorned with international awards, he has become the most successful Spanish film-maker since Luis Buñuel.His films draws on influences as diverse as Douglas Sirk, Frank Tashlin, Andy Warhol and John Waters and simultaneoulsy borrow liberally from, and frequently invert, traditional genres of classic American cinema—including film noir, melodrama and screwball comedy. At the same time, his aesthetic remains unmistakably Iberian, rooted predominantly in the director’s beloved Madrid, exploring Spanish myths and modernity to the rhythms of bolero-laden soundtracks. For this unprecedented Art Edition monograph, Pedro Almodóvar has given TASCHEN complete access to his archives, including never-before-published images, including personal photos he took during filming. The director has personally written…

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Cinema Book: Taxi Driver Unseen Photographs

Cinema Book: Taxi Driver Unseen Photographs – The Art Edition (No. 101–200) is limited to just 100 signed and numbered copies, each with the original pigment print “Jodie Foster on the street,” Taxi Driver, New York, 1975. Signed by Steve Schapiro. Taxi Driver has long been regarded as a cinematic milestone, and Robert DeNiro’s portrait of a trigger-happy psychopath with a mohawk is widely believed to be one of the greatest performances ever filmed. Time magazine includes the film in its list of 100 Greatest Movies, saying: “The power of Scorsese’s filmmaking grows ever more punishing with the passage of time.”   Steve Schapiro—whose photographs were featured in TASCHEN’s Godfather Family Album—was the special photographer on the set of Taxi Driver, capturing the film’s most intense and violent moments from behind the scenes. This book—more than a film still book but a pure photo book on its own—features hundreds of unseen images selected from Schapiro’s archives, painting a chilling portrait of a deranged gunman in the angry climate of the post-Vietnam era. See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Steve Schapiro is a distinguished photographer whose pictures have graced the covers of Vanity Fair, Time, Sports…

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Cinema Books: 100 Must-See Movies You Will Love to Discover

Cinema Books: 100 Must-See Movies You Will Love to Discover – Take a journey through the makers and shapers of celluloid history. From horror to romance, noir to slapstick, adventure to tragedy, Western to new wave, this selection gathers the greats of 20th-century cinema into one indispensable guide to movie gold. The collection is arranged chronologically and in an extra-handy format. Film entries include a synopsis, cast/crew listings, technical information, actor/director bios, trivia, and lists of awards, as well as film stills, production photos, and the original poster for each film. From Metropolis to Modern Times, A Clockwork Orange to Buñuel’s The Young and the Damned, from the blockbusters to lesser-known masterpieces, thumb through and transform a quiet evening into an unforgettable screen encounter. See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Since Tachen started to work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia. Jürgen Müller has worked as an art critic, a curator, a visiting professor at various…

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Book Review A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s (2)
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Book Review: A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s

Book Review: A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s – This Movies series enters the 21st century with this definitive lineup of the most important films made during the 2000s, an age of evergreen franchises, historical epics, and comic-book superheroes, as well as fast-evolving CGI aesthetics, low-key global indies gaining unprecedented audiences, and hard-hitting documentaries (and mockumentaries) becoming mainstream feature hits. Through the gripping stories, insightful dramas, and thrilling, mindless escapism Movies of the 2000s gathers the best of the best around the globe, from the blockbuster Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings installments to cult classics Lost in Translation, Inglourious Basterds, No Country for Old Men, The Lives of Others, and And Your Mother Too. Each movie masterpiece is profiled with stills and production photos, a synopsis, analysis, and movie-buff trivia, as well as cast, crew, and technical listings.   See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Since Taschen started their work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art,…

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Book Review: 1000 Pin-Up Girls by Taschen

Book Review: 1000 Pin-Up Girls by Taschen – “Girls, Gags & Giggles,” ran publisher Robert Harrison’s recipe for dishing up pin-up to the American male. Men loved his tasty dishes, a mixture of strippers and starlets dressed in outfits so fetishistic no one noticed they were never nude. While other magazines delivered the girl next door, Harrison’s publications banked on bad girls in satin and leather, fishnet stockings, and six-inch heels performing slapstick stunts straight from the burlesque stage. Harrison lured his readers in with vibrantly painted covers by top pin-up artists Earl Moran, Billy DeVorss and, most famously, Peter Driben. This Bibliotheca Universalis edition celebrates this eye-catching candy with every single cover from Beauty Parade, Wink, Titter, Eyeful, Flirt, and Whisper, from 1942 to 1955, as well as interior spreads, featuring, among others, a budding Bettie Page. In an age when far more graphic material is the norm, 1000 Pin-Up Girls celebrates an era of pin-up and pulp style to fuel your erotic imagination. See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room About the series: Bibliotheca Universalis — Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price! The name TASCHEN has become synonymous with…

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Book Review Gala Dinner, Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist Cookbook (3)
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Book Review: Gala Dinner, Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist Cookbook

Book Review: Gala Dinner, Salvador Dalí’s Surrealist Cookbook – “Les diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste … If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.”—Salvador Dalí. Food and surrealism make perfect bedfellows: sex and lobsters, collage and cannibalism, the meeting of a swan and a toothbrush on a pastry case. The opulent dinner parties thrown by Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) and his wife and muse, Gala (1894–1982) were the stuff of legend. Luckily for us, Dalí published a cookbook in 1973, Les diners de Gala, which reveals some of the sensual, imaginative, and exotic elements that made up their notorious gatherings.   See also: Book Review: Inspirations Book, Room by Room This reprint features all 136 recipes over 12 chapters, specially illustrated by Dalí, and organized by meal courses, including aphrodisiacs. The illustrations and recipes are accompanied by Dalí’s extravagant musings on subjects such as dinner conversation: “The jaw is our best tool to grasp philosophical knowledge.” All these rich recipes can be cooked at home, although…

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