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Diana: Princess of Wales Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-3822849309 ISBN-10: 3822849308

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3822849308
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822849309
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Candid, tender, poignant, provocative–the photographs by Mario Testino in Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace allow readers an entree into the private world of a beloved icon where an uncensored view - of a woman who influenced the world - is on display. This book is being launched to coincide with an exhibition at Kensington Palace, opening in November 2005.

From the Author

Peruvian-born Mario Testino is currently based in London, though he travels extensively shooting for Vanity Fair, American, British, French and Italian Vogue and GQ. Other clients include Estee Lauder, Burberry & Versace. Galleries around the globe from Japan to Italy to the USA have featured his solo exhibitions and his work is held in collections of many institutions worldwide, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, V&A Museum in London and New York University. Mario is an Honorary Doctor of the University of the Arts London and has recently received the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award for his outstanding contribution to the world of fashion and entertainment.

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I'm quite sure I'll treasure it for a long time to come.
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This is a lovely book with many pictures that portray Diana at her most natural and happiest.
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This book has some of the most beautiful photos of Princess Diana that I have ever seen!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Perry on September 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is book of photos is well-put together, stylish and fun. Diana fans rejoice!

However, the blurry images may disturb some, like myself. It's a style of photography that may work well in fashion, but I prefer portraiture to have more in-focus images. I'm a bit of a photography buff, and understand the unconventional, shoot-from -the-hip, spontaneous kind of photography that these photos show, but since Diana is such an interesting and beautiful subject, I would liked to have seen more of the rest of her, not just closeups of her face, that were often blurry. But perhaps I am being overly picky. Otherwise, I did enjoy the relaxed, comfortable and upbeat mood of the pictures and yes, they are some of the best portraits of her.

These were not necessarily about the dresses that were going to be in the auction, but about Diana, and seeing her in a fresh light. Most striking were her eyes; they were so blue, so animated and full of vitality, things that had not been revealed in previous portraits. As a Diana fan, I am very pleased, despite the blurry images. This is a perfect addition to any fan's collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donna Borok Moss on August 7, 2006
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If you only own one book about Princess Diana, this is the one to have! You can never get tired of looking at this book . . . her beauty, elegance, class and "playfulness" come right off the pages like no other book does. It's page after beautiful page of Diana - some photos just penetrate right through you. The book is touching and Diana looks relaxed and happy - as she deserved to be. It is my most favorite book about her (and I should know - I own over 200!)
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Burchfield on March 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Taken at Kensington Palace a few months before the Princess died (I think before her famous dress sale)you'll find a series of beautiful photographs of the Princess, some in color- some black & white. She looks very happy and relaxed in every one of them, only a few are more than head and shoulder shots and no really formal poses.

Many of the photographs seem almost as if they were snapped on a whim they are so unposed looking. More than one of them will be seen to be somewhat blurred or not quite focused, maybe that's fashion style photography but it looks strange to me.

Don't skip over the introduction/ preface stuff (written in 3 languages) there are some pictures slipped in there too, not all in each version of the writing. At the back of the book there's a listing of each photo (with a mini example of it)telling who currently owns the dress and when it was originally worn. There's even one with Testino himself posing with the Princess.

I don't have much to complain about with this book, I'm glad I bought a copy, I just wish there were more photos, some more full length. I'd also like a clearer, less blurred look to some of the pictures.

This book is worth adding to your collection even if you aren't a Diana fan, it's got a lot of great photography in it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doris Amaral on September 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The title of this book seems to have thrown some fans off. The title does not mean to imply that the photos were taken at Kensington Palace. The book was produced to go along with the exhibit of Mario Testino's portraits of Diana that are on display at Kensington Palace. Anyone who is lucky enough to visit Kensington Palace to see these magnificent photos while they are on exhibit will want to have a copy of this book to commemorate the event forever.

I had never been particularly fond of the Testino's protraits of Diana that I had seen until I saw them in person at Kensington. There the photos were so large that I could see every aspect of Diana's beauty. Testino was able to capture the real Diana in all her many moods in these photos also. Diana is captured in her playful mood, laughing and being silly, and then again, caught in a moment of quiet thought. There are many photos I had never seen before. Now these portraits are preserved forever in this wonderful book. I love the artistry of the blurred photos, the black and white and the color images. They all set a tone of their own. To not have this book if you loved Diana would be a shame. And, any portrait photographer could learn much from these images also. Testino is a genius at capturing so many unique views of the woman who had been photographed more than any other woman in history. I bought two copies of the book just in case something should happen to one.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MONICA SIMPSON-JEANNETTE on March 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
PRINCESS DIANA WAS THE MOST BELOVED WOMAN OF THE 20TH CENTURY. MANY OF US STILL ADMIRE AND WONDER AT HER INCREDIBLE LIFE, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY A BREAKTHROUGH TO THE "REAL WOMAN", OUR PRINCESS BECAME. TESTINO'S BOOK IS A HEALING, AND INCREDIBLE ACCOMPLISHMENT. IT WAS A JOY TO SEE THIS BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, CONFIDENT AND VIVACIOUS. WE HAD KNOW HER LIFE WAS DIFFICULT, AND FILLED WITH PAIN. SHE WAS "ALWAYS ON". SHE SHOWED THE WORLD WHAT IT WANTED TO SEE; A RADIANT, BEAUTIFUL, AND CARING PRINCESS. WE SAW THE GLAMOUR, AND ROYAL STYLE SHE CULTIVATED, FOR HER ADMIRERS. WHAT WE NEVER SAW, AND DID'NT REALIZE, WAS HER LACK OF HAPPINESS AND PEACE. TESTINO SHOWS US THE WOMAN SHE BECAME. HE OPENS THE DOOR TO A NEW, HAPPY DIANA. FOR THOSE OF US CRUSHED BY HER ALL TO SOON DEATH; HE ALOWS US TO SEE OUR PRINCESS AT PEACE. WE ARE ALLOWED TO SEE, THAT HER PAIN WAS GONE. PEACE HAD HEALED HER. SHE WAS SUFFERING NO MORE. IT ALSO MAKES ONE WONDER WHAT SHE COULD HAVE ACCOMPLISHED WITH THIS NEW FOUND HAPPINESS? WHAT WONDERS COULD OUR PRINCESS HAVE ACCOMPLISHED; AS A WHOLE, HEALED, WONDERFULLY HAPPY WOMAN? WE WILL NEVER KNOW. THE BOOK IS BITTER SWEET. WE ARE HEALED BY BY THE HAPPINESS OF HER NEW FOUND LIFE. YET, WE ARE LEFT WITH THE SADNESS, THAT THIS CARING AND GIVING SOUL WAS TAKEN, ALL TOO SOON. SHE HAD SO LITTLE TIME TO ENJOY HER HARD WON HAPPINESS, AND PEACE.
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