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700 Nimes Road Hardcover – September 25, 2015
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--Tim Mendelson, as quoted in The Daily Telegraph
"Midway through the project [Elizabeth Taylor] was hospitalised, and on March 23 2011 she passed away. As an artist it was an emotional and moving time for me to bear witness to her life and to her loss. Her home underwent many changes following her death. These photographs reflect that transition in a subtle way, while still maintaining an intimate portrait of Elizabeth Taylor through her personal space."
--Catherine Opie, as quoted in the Financial Times
"...[P]hotographer Catherine Opie explores [the] connection between Elizabeth Taylor the star and Elizabeth Taylor the person through intimate and at times poignant 'indirect portraits' of the icon's life at home, including shots of movingly personal items like a pair of Taylor's red baby shoes . . . For [Opie], the caring, down-to-earth spirit of Taylor was very much alive in these inanimate possessions."
"Not long before she passed away in 2011 at age 79, Elizabeth [Taylor] opened up her surprisingly cozy six-bedroom, six-bath LA house to photographer Catherine Opie. The spectacular results can be found in the new book and exhibition named after the actress' Bel Air address, 700 Nimes Road . . . And while the space is every bit as stunning as the actress herself, Opie points out that it 'wasn't just pristine--it was a well-loved and well-used home, too . . . Everything had value to her, from the Krupp Diamond ... to the stuffed animal that leaned against a little rocker.'"
"She was one of the most photographed women in the world--but these quiet pictures of her Bel Air home, which she allowed just before her death in 2011, reveal more about Elizabeth Taylor than any portrait."
"Although the two never met in person, Opie's new book . . . assumes a powerful, shared intimacy through [her] pictures of Taylor's shoes, jewelry, heirlooms, and other artifacts of fame and family."
"[Catherine] Opie spent six months shooting some 3,000 images [of Elizabeth Taylor's home], the best of which are collected in 700 Nimes Road (Prestel), a visual biography of the legend told through her belongings."
"Liz Taylor never let a photographer into her home--until Catherine Opie came along. The result is as visual paean to the life (and loss) of a legend . . . Flipping through [700 Nimes Road], you feel a little like a child stealing into her mother's room to run her hands over dresses and rummage through drawers. All that's missing is the scent of Taylor's perfume."
--Town & Country
"With her Oscars and her activism, her great loves and even greater roles, Elizabeth Taylor will always be a Hollywood icon. But in a new book, 700 Nimes Road, photographer Catherine Opie shines a light on the private world of the legend."
"Opie's photographs present Taylor's domestic sphere as a minutely observed landscape of details and fragments, surfaces and textures."
"I remember when I first drove up to Elizabeth Taylor's House through the gates of Bel-Air in 2010--it was the little California ranch house . . . I realized she was an incredibly humble and nostalgic person--who was obviously a great shopper."
--Catherine Opie, as told by Romy Oltuski and quoted in Harper's Bazaar
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Top Customer Reviews
However the book has many blurred photos, which at first i thought.... well..must be for arts sake.. but the author and photographer had access for many months and to have included blurred photos, well she must of had plenty of ones that are better than this and to my surprise blank pages!
Why if most of the book includes photos on both sides would you not include something on a page why is it left blank?
There are at least 3 or more pages left blank, it doesnt make sense , didient she have enough of anything to place there even one of the blurry ones..
Dont buy the book thinking your going to be raiding Elizabeth Taylors fabulous closet, your going to see fabrics, not actual clothing, as if you were shopping for upholstery at a design showroom, and the living room photos ive seen in achitectual digest..
Elizabeth Taylor would not be happy. And who is Catherine Opie? So sorry I paid for this book. I love Elizabeth Taylor and I can't believe this book uses her name, they should be embarrass.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book! Marvelous way to learn and understand someone by simply viewing their cherished items. This book was a gift to my 70+ year old mother, and she loves it.Published 6 days ago by MusicStudent23
Genius. Beautiful. Opie captures the everyday life of the great actress Elizabeth Taylor, and what happens is the discovery of the essence of what it is to be human-in the things... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Deborah Harrington
Don't buy this book! If you are a passionate ET fan or looking for a Elegant art book filled with glossy pages this book is neither. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
Having purchased Bonnettstown:A House In Ireland, for the same purpose - to see interiors photographed - there is no comparison. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phillips Keane
If you loved Elizabeth Taylor and really who didn't. Probably the last of the real movie stars and an extraordinary,loving,beautiful... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Jackson
I agree with those who said it was more of an inventory than a meaningful insight into Elizabeth's life. I would have been very upset had I bought it unseen.Published 2 months ago by Starbuck