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Diana: Princess of Wales Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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However, the blurry images may disturb some, like myself. It's a style of photography that may work well in fashion, but I prefer portraiture to have more in-focus images. I'm a bit of a photography buff, and understand the unconventional, shoot-from -the-hip, spontaneous kind of photography that these photos show, but since Diana is such an interesting and beautiful subject, I would liked to have seen more of the rest of her, not just closeups of her face, that were often blurry. But perhaps I am being overly picky. Otherwise, I did enjoy the relaxed, comfortable and upbeat mood of the pictures and yes, they are some of the best portraits of her.
These were not necessarily about the dresses that were going to be in the auction, but about Diana, and seeing her in a fresh light. Most striking were her eyes; they were so blue, so animated and full of vitality, things that had not been revealed in previous portraits. As a Diana fan, I am very pleased, despite the blurry images. This is a perfect addition to any fan's collection.
I had never been particularly fond of the Testino's protraits of Diana that I had seen until I saw them in person at Kensington. There the photos were so large that I could see every aspect of Diana's beauty. Testino was able to capture the real Diana in all her many moods in these photos also. Diana is captured in her playful mood, laughing and being silly, and then again, caught in a moment of quiet thought. There are many photos I had never seen before. Now these portraits are preserved forever in this wonderful book. I love the artistry of the blurred photos, the black and white and the color images. They all set a tone of their own. To not have this book if you loved Diana would be a shame. And, any portrait photographer could learn much from these images also. Testino is a genius at capturing so many unique views of the woman who had been photographed more than any other woman in history. I bought two copies of the book just in case something should happen to one.
Many of the photographs seem almost as if they were snapped on a whim they are so unposed looking. More than one of them will be seen to be somewhat blurred or not quite focused, maybe that's fashion style photography but it looks strange to me.
Don't skip over the introduction/ preface stuff (written in 3 languages) there are some pictures slipped in there too, not all in each version of the writing. At the back of the book there's a listing of each photo (with a mini example of it)telling who currently owns the dress and when it was originally worn. There's even one with Testino himself posing with the Princess.
I don't have much to complain about with this book, I'm glad I bought a copy, I just wish there were more photos, some more full length. I'd also like a clearer, less blurred look to some of the pictures.
This book is worth adding to your collection even if you aren't a Diana fan, it's got a lot of great photography in it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
AWESOME, Beautiful book- please dont miss this one. Getting hard to find now, the photography is beautiful and natural- she seems more relaxed and this photographer seemed to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by MELISSA EMERSON
Most beautiful photographs of Diana ever taken! Well done Mario!!Published 23 months ago by Jeanette Vaughan
great book for my library! the photos were magnificent - great book to have in my collection in her memory.Published on March 31, 2014 by m&m
beautiful book of a beautiful lady in the prime of life. so happy to have found it here. Will cherish this book forever.Published on December 3, 2013 by C. Moore
This is a beautiful book of photographs of the late Princess Diana wearing many of the dresses which she put up for auction in June of 1997, just two months before she died. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Tina the S.
Seeing all of these beautiful photos of Diana at this stage in life just leaves me in awe. There is a change to her- you can feel it in every photo. She genuinely seems happy. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by LadyW
This book shows the complete transformation from the original "shy" Di to the very essence of a modern Princess! Truly a must have for any "Princess Diana" collector.Published on October 9, 2011 by Ladydianna922
This book is exceptional. Without the jewelry and a lot of scenery, it becomes a book about Diana and the dresses. Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Erik
This book has some of the most beautiful photos of Princess Diana that I have ever seen! She looks happy and full of confidence! Read morePublished on December 27, 2010 by gidget716