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Checkered Past: A Visual Diary Of The 60's And 70's Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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Nothing opened my eyes like Peter Schlesinger's pictures, and I could go on for days about them. -- Manolo Blahnik
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
It's not a generous book. Too thin. I feel there is more to see and hear about. A good meal, but such small portions.
P.S. was an unevenly talented photographer, but he was in some very interesting places and social situations in England & The Continent in the 70s. He writes beautifully. He's very sparing with his words and descriptions. The expression 'Tells it like it is' springs to mind.
The best photos are sometimes quite tremendous, but a better editor would have presented them better and excluded the rubbish pics. They're embarrassing, actually.
But I'm glad to have this book. In spite of its problems, I like it a lot. It's a timetripper, really and a time and place that I knew personally, so that added to my pleasure. It definitely captures the Art World in the post-Swinging London, pre-AIDS era very well.
I would also like to see a follow on of P.S's life in New York after his move there in 1978.
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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... Read morePublished on November 8, 2009 by A. Whitney
I ordered this thinking it was a fun coffee table book about fashion from the 60s and 70s, as the cover would have you believe. Read morePublished on March 3, 2006 by Gina
This book is a feast for for the eyes . The photographs are delicious in that cherry pie, sweet tart sort of way... overwhelming in their beauty and composition. Read morePublished on December 1, 2004 by Kenny Covington