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American Beauty Hardcover – February 28, 2012

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About the Author

Claiborne Swanson Frank is a fine art portrait photographer. After assisting Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour, Frank went on to pursue a career in photography. In 2010, she released her first body of work, Indigo Light, a collection of 29 portraits of the women in her life, which served as the inspiration for American Beauty. Frank exhibited in her first solo show, at Lu Magnus gallery, in 2012. She resides in Manhattan with her husband, James Frank.

Genevieve Bahrenburg is a journalist, writer, and magazine editor. She has worked in the features departments at Vogue and Elle, and is currently the executive editor of Above magazine and Above Live.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614280509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614280507
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 10.2 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I agree with the other reviewers that the photography is nothing to write home about... mediocrity at best. She just happens to be well connected (Swanson TV dinners) so she was able to get this made. It's not horrible, but I've seen much, much better photography.
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Love love this book. Lots of fresh faces of American Beauty, well captured in an authentic and intriguing way. A perfect gift for someone's coffee table. In this ephemeral world, I love having something more substantive, lasting, and beautiful to look at.
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Boring!!!
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I really enjoyed this book, very well photographed. Interesting models! Makes a great coffee table book and is great for browsing!
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Photo taking skill is more like amateur, nothing fancy or professional look. Kinda waste of money and time to read through it!
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This book is an incredible embarrassment. It should be titled "Rich, White American Beauties with a few Black and Asian Women thrown in so I can show I support diversity -- up to a point." In addition to the need for a major reality check on what constitutes beauty, the photography and text are pathetically puerile and amateurish. Check out the author's self-portrait for laughs. Oh yes, she's included herself as one of the beauties. Did somebody say ego-check? The book is absolutely incestuous in that Swanson has included a number of her personal friends and women who run in her social circle in the Bay Area -- Vanessa Getty, Alexis Swanson Traina, Katie Traina, to name a few. They all circulate at the same gala events. A great number of the women in the book are from wealthy families or are married to investment banker-types who finance their decorating, fashion and glamour careers. The book is a huge ego stroke that would have never been published except for obvious reasons. Truly sad when so many worthy books by talented people don't make it into print.
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If the cover, which portrays an American flag dragging the ground and being used as a prop, is any indication of the photographer's love of America then I'm unimpressed.
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I stumbled upon this coffee table book at a museum gift shop this past summer and was immediately drawn in by the stunning cover! A collection of portraits of modern American woman, woman of our time that are creating and contributing artistic relevance to our world. After flipping through the pages I became increasingly intrigued with the story the photographer was presenting, and am now basically obsessed! I often go back and visit my favorite images and read the accompanying text, captivated by each woman's story. On more than one occasion I have had a guest over who picks up the book for the first time and later admits to buying a copy for themselves as soon as they got home! My friends (women and men!!) all rave about this book! It makes a wonderful gift and looks chic on any living room table. Claiborne Swanson Frank has captured a beautiful, intimate moment with each of her subjects that truly resonates with the viewer. Hoping she will come out with another photography book soon!
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