- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Vendome Press; First edition (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0865652295
- ISBN-13: 978-0865652293
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Checkered Past: A Visual Diary Of The 60's And 70's Hardcover – October 1, 2003
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...a Proustian vision of an intoxicating, vanished age -- its youth and vibrancy brought to life. -- Guardian of England, March 2004
Nothing opened my eyes like Peter Schlesinger's pictures, and I could go on for days about them. -- Manolo Blahnik
About the Author
Peter Schlesinger was born in Los Angeles in 1948 and studied art at UCLA, where one of his instructors was David Hockney. In 1968 he moved to London, where he attended the Slade School of Art until 1972 and spent the next six years as a painter and photographer. He moved to New York in 1978 and continues his career as a painter, sculptor, potter, and photographer. Manolo Blahnik, based in London, is the world's preeminent designer of extraordinary women's shoes.
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It's not a generous book. Too thin. I feel there is more to see and hear about. A good meal, but such small portions.
P.S. was an unevenly talented photographer, but he was in some very interesting places and social situations in England & The Continent in the 70s. He writes beautifully. He's very sparing with his words and descriptions. The expression 'Tells it like it is' springs to mind.
The best photos are sometimes quite tremendous, but a better editor would have presented them better and excluded the rubbish pics. They're embarrassing, actually.
But I'm glad to have this book. In spite of its problems, I like it a lot. It's a timetripper, really and a time and place that I knew personally, so that added to my pleasure. It definitely captures the Art World in the post-Swinging London, pre-AIDS era very well.
I would also like to see a follow on of P.S's life in New York after his move there in 1978.
Composed mainly of portraits of people he met and knew through his relationship with David Hockney. All mostly in color. Minimal descriptive captions just stating who is in the photo and the year. It would have been interesting to have included some recent closing photographs to see how the work has evolved or close the book with a photo that was staged to parallel the first one. Such as a recent portrait of himself.
Overall this is a great collection of photos that celebrates life and youth.It encapsulates a great time period into a small book that can never recaptured.