For over a year Juergen Teller contributed a column to the magazine of Die Zeit, Germany's most respected news paper. Given free creative rein, Teller presented a new image each week with an accompanying text he had written. Combining pictures and words in this way was new for Teller, and has since intensified the autobiographical element of his work. Like his images the texts are blunt, often controversial and irresistibly Telleresque. From the very beginning the column was greeted with enthusiasm but also elicited outcry - the magazine received piles of letters each week, most of them complaining that such poor photo graphs were being published in such a respected magazine. Book two Literature contains the best of these letters.
Experience a world of glamour through Testino's lensMario Testino's boundless talent with a camera must be maddening for other photographers working in a highly competitive field, but he remains one of the most revered stars in his profession. Often imitated and never equalled, Testino is graced with a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. His generosity as an artist, coupled with his striking vision, infuses his work with a warmth and intensity that invites, rather than intimidates, the viewer. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world's most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. When Testino gets "in your face" he captures you at your best--and that is what makes him the best.
This unorthodox collection of various images chosen by Testino from the span of his 30-year career reflects the diversity of his work, ranging from fashion and advertising shots to sexually-charged images and autobiographical photos. Full of color, life, and humor, this selection is a testament to the sheer brilliance of a tireless chronicler of fabulousness.
This book, published in the occasion of the 'In Your Face' exhibition at the MFA Boston (opening October 17, 2012), will only be commercialized in North/Central & South America.
Sexy, famous, beautifula Testino portrait is as unmistakeable as his subject. MARIO TESTINO: PORTRAITS features the cream of the crop in our celebrity-obsessed age: Naomi Campbell, Jude Law, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrowthose whose names have become the hallmarks, almost the logos, of the fashion world. Testinos relationship with his subjects is simply and succinctly summed up by Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue: People love to be photographed by Mario. His innate sense of fashion, which has made him the most sought-after contemporary photographer today, has transformed many of his portraits into icons.
The photographer who can do it all
If photography had a royal family, Mario Testino would be its reigning prince. So omnipresent is he at major magazine shoots and A-list eventsóan insider if ever there was oneóthat the mere mention of his name evokes a rush of adrenalin in anyone that cares, even a bit, about the worlds of fashion and celebrity. He is, too a terrific portraitist (frequently of real Royals), and what this book brings together is a smashing selection of his best studio work with gorgeous examples of his candid shots. Elizabeth Hurley perched on a piano wrapping her legs around Elton John, anyone? A beaming Gwyneth Paltrow clutching her freshly-won Oscar? Diana, Princess of Wales, and her handsome sons? Yes, please. A selection of Testinoís best recent advertising and fashion works rounds out this luscious and stupendously heterogeneous array, begging the question: does Mario Testino ever sleep?
Davos is known worldwide as one of the most beautiful and exclusive skiing resorts in the worldóand as the site of the annual World Economic Forumís summit of global leaders. The photographs in this beautifully produced collection change our viewpoint on the mountain city, revealing its familiar chalets and ski runs, but also its empty valleys and underlying infrastructure. This unexpected look at Davos comes via the lens of JoŽl Tettamanti, a rising star in Swiss art circles, whose photographs have been exhibited throughout the world. As the accompanying essay by curator Walter Keller explains, Tettamantiís work presents the resort as an open-ended location whose meanings arenítódespite its fameóin any way predetermined. Instead, he asks the viewer to experience the city in its totality, paying attention to the landscape, climate, people, dreams, and debris alike.
Imagine a New York devoid of people, its empty streets, bridges and waterways as silent and magnificent as an Ansel Adams landscape. This is the New York that Christopher Thomas reveals in duotone photographs that are at once haunting and nostalgic. Employing a large-format Polaroid camera, Thomas shot many of these images in the early hours of the day or with long exposures. The result is a rare glimpse of the Brooklyn Bridge without pedestrians; Grand Central Station without commuters; Fifth Avenue without cars, vendors, workers or shoppers. Not only do these photographs allow viewers to appreciate the spatial and architectural splendor of these New York City icons-they also evoke a dreamlike feeling that is unusual in visual depictions of the city. Timeless, yet unmistakably contemporary, this collection by an internationally acclaimed photographer is an important addition to the pantheon of photographic essays of New York's most beloved settings.
One of Japan's foremost twentieth-century photographers, Shomei Tomatsu has created a defining portrait of postwar Japan. Beginning with his meditation on the devastation caused by the atomic bombs in 11:02 Nagasaki, Tomatsu focused on the tensions between traditional Japanese culture and the nation's growing Westernization, most notably in his seminal book Nihon. Beginning in the late 1950s, Tomatsu photographed as many of the American military bases as possible--beginning with those on the main island of Japan and ending in Okinawa, a much-contested archipelago off the southernmost tip of the country. Tomatsu's photographs focused on the seismic impact of the American victory and occupation: uniformed American soldiers carousing in red-light districts with Japanese women; foreign children at play in the seedy landscape of cities like Yokosuka and Atsugi; and the emerging protest- and counter-culture formed in response to the ongoing American military presence.
From internationally acclaimed photographer Deborah Turbeville comes the first book on her highly influential visionary avant-garde fashion photography. Celebrated for her poetic grace and cinematic vision, Deborah Turbeville has produced fashion tableaux that draw the viewer into her otherworldly environments. A romantic and modernist, Turbeville bridges the boundaries between commercial fashion and fine arts photography. In this remarkable presentation, Turbeville reveals her highly individualistic point of view of fashion photography and the stories behind her photographs. This first retrospective presentation of Turbeville's fashion photography was selected by the artist herself. In addition, she has designed the evocative layouts to create yet another masterwork. The presentation includes Turbeville's most famous photographs, among them the controversial Bathhouse series of 1975 for American Vogue with disturbingly isolated figures and her Woman in the Woods series of 1977 for Italian Vogue showing psychologically charged emotions, along with her numerous photography campaigns for labels like Sonia Rykiel, Valentino, Yamamonto, Ungaro, and Commes des GarÁons, as well as commissions for Chanel and work that has never been seen before. Her most current project for Casa Vogue--Italian nobility dressed in special couture outfits--evokes Turbeville's vision of everlasting beauty.