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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 23, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419704478
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419704475
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.4 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Stefano Tonchi assumed the position of editor in chief at W in 2010. He was previously the creator and editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lilly Ford on December 22, 2012
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This is an attractive picture book documenting the history of W magazine. The book features hundreds of large colorful photos and editorials spanning four decades from the magazine's early years when it was more like a newspaper to the very recent editorials.

W is famous for its avaunt-grande if not controversial photography and this is evident in the book. I'd say that it is a mixed bag of really attractive fashion photography and less attractive ones.

I guess some sections were weak like the section entitled "where", the big spenders section also included some random names that I did not recognize and could care less to read about. The thumbnails documenting all the magazine's covers since the first issue should have been enlarged in order to gain a better view of the covers like the books documenting the history of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.

Final verdict, it is a nice picture book for fans of W and fashion photography, but as mentioned before it has several weaknesses and there was room for more improvements.
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This book looks great on a glass coffee table (aka mine) but after having been a fan of the mag for several years I was a bit disappointed. It does however include some groundbreaking editorials like the Beckham and the Smith's f. but they had so much repertoire to pick from, I think the editor got a bit too scissor friendly!
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By Linda W. Ash on February 5, 2014
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The person to whom I gave the book for Christmas said she loved it. It was definitely her kind of thing, not mine, and I hesitated to get it for her but when she said it was awesome, I knew I'd made the right choice.
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By Nitza Ferra Cordero on February 4, 2015
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Excellent item, highly satisfied, prompt delivery
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By Beverly Bigwood on January 15, 2015
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Brilliant. Fashion and art, my 2 favorites!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By daniel sharp on July 22, 2013
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I bought this for a photography student with a preference towards fashion, and she loved it. Liked the pictures and articles and the cover makes a great decoration on a shelf after you’re done reading it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elsa Trumpy on December 22, 2012
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I received this book as a a gift and I love it! It's packed with photos that are both iconic and offbeat. Not sure what the previous reviewer was wanting in this book, evidently looking for a specific thing that was left out.
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