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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419702157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702150
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #455,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lillian Bassman is a beloved figure in the pantheon of fashion photographers. Her signature style, once described by Richard Avedon as making “visible that heartbreaking invisible place between the appearance and the disappearance of things,” offers a sensuous and intimate vision of modern women. She lives in New York City.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Barrett on January 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Overall: This book does a great job showing Lillian Bassman's lingerie work, and it makes a great addition to your Lillian Bassman collection. However, if you are looking for only one Lillian Bassman book, I recommend "Lillian Bassman: Women".
http://www.amazon.com/Lillian-Bassman-Women-Deborah-Solomon/dp/0810982609/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357698649&sr=8-1&keywords=lillian+bassman
I highly recommend it in addition to the Women book.

About this book: This book was compiled by Lillian and her children. It focuses on her 50s and 40s work, but it includes later pieces as well. There is a short intro, then the book is photo after beautiful photo. There are approximately 127 pages in this hard cover book. The book's dimensions are approximately 8x13. The book is all black and white photographs.

About Lillian Bassman: Lillian Bassman is a Fine Art/ Fashion photographer who is well known for her high contrast portraits. She takes fashion and beauty to a whole new level. Her compositions are amazing. Sadly, she died in February 2012. In my opinion, Lillian is perhaps one of the greatest portrait photographer ever.

What this book is not: This book does not represent most lingerie photographs of the 1950s; it represents Lillian Bassman's lingerie work. This book is not a pin up book, but it is a fine art/fashion photography book.

The moral of this review, get some Lillian Bassman and enjoy her genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Rodionov on March 5, 2013
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This book is one of three available albums of Lillian Bassman and it was published shortly before she passed away in 2012.

She was one of last true artists in photography. Its people like her, that made fashion photography into art, and it was art for a while, till it got degraded once again to its present level. Dont look at this album as some sort of historical excursion into lingerie or any kind of guidance on advertising (she did quite a number of advertising shoots for large lingerie accounts back in days).
This is artistic collection.

And if you tempted to buy it in electronic format - dont. Buy a real printed album - these prints do deserve to be viewed as intended - printed on paper.

And most of all - enjoy it. Enjoy vision of true artist from bygone era of photography that was driven by inspirations from art, dance, ballet, music and paintings. Era when Avedon, Schteichen , Penn created their masterpieces. And so did Lillian Bassman.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Short and sharp with iconic images well rendered. Only lacks clarity and depiction of how the originals groundbreaking photographs were altered later in Bassman's significant career.
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By Sharon Gordon on October 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As the photographer/author of Treasured Chests it is with great delight I see what other photographers have done with the female form. These images are really inspirational, beautiful and creative. Some of the best I have seen.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jon Shaver on October 10, 2012
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I loved the idea of seeing glamour shots from yesteryear as this is one of my favorite areas of photographic practice. I love shooting glamour when I can and thought I'd like to see how a famous women's photographer from decades ago when glamour was at least risque had made compelling shots. While I enjoyed the few photos in the book (have the Kindle version on my iPad), the text was superficial. Overall, there are very much better resources out there that deal with historical photography, including glamour and beyond. I doubt Lillian Bassman would have felt this book was sufficient to convey the substance and essence of her work.
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