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Brief Encounters: Underwear Inspires Art Hardcover – November 18, 2010
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The book begins with a series of essays and photographs form the underwear designers Andrew Christian (and his famous Flashback series spotlighting bubble butts), Aussiebum, Bon Bon, C-IN2, Diesel (especially their 'Be Stupid' line), ES Collection - the sport look, Nasty Pig, Papi, Rufskin, teamm8, Timoteo, and xtg - each essay accompanied by each company's ad campaign photographs her produced in rich color and large spread. The second part of the book gives Salzenstein the opportunity to curate the works of many photographic artists who have incorporated underwear into their work. These photographs are pure art without the commercial aspect - imaginative, exploratory, vividly colorful. One very well received aspect of this section is that both model and photographer are listed by name beneath each photograph: few artists are that sharing with their models' identities and the collaboration is very successful.
So in the end this is a book about current fashion as well as a book of the best in commercial photography paired with fine art photography. The star is the underwear - and the models who pose it! Grady Harp, November 10