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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Vendome Press; 1ST edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865652295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865652293
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,159,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...a Proustian vision of an intoxicating, vanished age -- its youth and vibrancy brought to life. -- Guardian of England, March 2004

Nothing opened my eyes like Peter Schlesinger's pictures, and I could go on for days about them. -- Manolo Blahnik

About the Author

Peter Schlesinger was born in Los Angeles in 1948 and studied art at UCLA, where one of his instructors was David Hockney. In 1968 he moved to London, where he attended the Slade School of Art until 1972 and spent the next six years as a painter and photographer. He moved to New York in 1978 and continues his career as a painter, sculptor, potter, and photographer. Manolo Blahnik, based in London, is the world's preeminent designer of extraordinary women's shoes.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Anyone who acts the flaneur in David Hockney's current touring exhibition DAVID HOCKNEY: PORTRAITS cannot help but encounter the many portraits and influences of Peter Schlesinger, one of Hockney's clan of admirers and students. Hockney's portraits of Schlesinger show a handsome young man with stylish dignity and a most memorable presence. All that is to say re-reading Peter Scheslinger's 'Checkered Past: A Visual Diary Of The 60's And 70's' adds credibility to the observational skills he possessed and which were nurtured by his association with Hockney.

Schlesinger was invited by Hockney to London's Slade School of Art in 1968 at a youthful age 20. Hockney favored him and imbedded him in Hockney's wide circle of acquaintances and friends living and visiting in the Notting Hill district in London. Artists of every kind, from painters and sculptors to actors, musicians, dancers, photographers, interior designers, and yes, even the hoity toity of British society were gathered around the two. Schlesinger, himself a painter and sculptor, was wise enough to see the importance of the documentation of this pregnant artistic period and kept his camera in hand, capturing this inimitable time - the 1960s and 1970s.

Schlesinger was able to address his 'portraits' in the natural surroundings of his 'models', both in England and on the European Continent. The results are casual portraits of such luminaries as Hockney himself, W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, Paloma Picasso, Twiggy, Robert Mapplethorpe, Yves Saint Laurent, Manolo Blahnik, Celia Birtwell, and Rudolf Nureyev, self portraits - many of these photographs were used by Hockney as sketch ideas for his drawings and paintings.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2003
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I enjoyed every page of this delightful photographic docu-autobiogrphy. The author's wonderful eye and witty commentary make the book a magic journey that ends too soon. Schlesinger has a unique touch, giving the book a quality which defies description. Almost from the opening page I felt as if I knew the characters personally, almost as if I was there. The images pull you in, while the commentary evokes a sense of a fairy-tale like tour. Haven't seen anything quite like it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2003
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Having spent some time in London during the late 60's, I can honestly say that this
interesting and beautiful work succeeds quite impressively in bringing alive a sense
of time, place, and especially people...very unique and out of the ordinary people.
A book worthy of reading, browsing through often, and sharing with friends.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitney VINE VOICE on November 8, 2009
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While looking through this book, I found myself wondering what it must have been like to be a young man from San Fernando Valley transported to the exclusive artsy world of '60s/'70s London. Schleisinger must have been a mature 20-year old to move in the circles of the eccentric and rich of the time. Many of his subjects were older, more experienced and much more famous than he, but his photos portray thier level of comfort with him. It's interesting to see so many photos of the young, beautiful Paloma Picasso and the different looks of Manolo Blahnik over the years. David Hockney is such a striking looking person, that it was fun to see him in all sorts of situations...and that wardrobe! You may be surprised at the odd collection of rich and famous that pop up throughout this book. The photos capture them in a gorgeous, relaxed way that is pleasantly somewhere in between the snapshot and the photo session. Compelling work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haute Literati on June 17, 2012
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Fascinating collection of photographs that are distinct of the time. It helps if you know the people photographed such as models, designers, writers, fashion editors, etc. Alone the photos are just as telling as anyone's private photo album. However as a photography book alone each photo means something different to another. Each tells a different story apropos of the period which makes this book so valuable.

Composed mainly of portraits of people he met and knew through his relationship with David Hockney. All mostly in color. Minimal descriptive captions just stating who is in the photo and the year. It would have been interesting to have included some recent closing photographs to see how the work has evolved or close the book with a photo that was staged to parallel the first one. Such as a recent portrait of himself.

Overall this is a great collection of photos that celebrates life and youth.It encapsulates a great time period into a small book that can never recaptured.
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