- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Steidl (October 31, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3865217362
- ISBN-13: 978-3865217363
- Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.6 x 12.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What you get: 82 black-and-white photographic plates, most of which are formatted to fill the entire page. With a few exceptions, all were taken from the late-80s to the mid-90s, and about half were taken from fashion magazines or designer ads. Most are of people, the majority of whom are recognizable (to me) celebrities. About one-forth feature the nude or semi-nude female body. For good measure, a couple pictues featuring members of the Demarchelier family are also included. All photographs are presented "stand-alone," with no notes or credits; however, this information is clearly referenced at the back of the book.
What you see: a straightforwardness of subject matter. Where other photographers might dazzle by snaring a moment in time from an event (e.g., Robert Doisneau), Demarchelier presents his subjects with no mystery as to what the viewer is to behold: the intricacies of the baobab branches in contrast to its massive trunk; the variations in lighting between two figures, one illuminated, one silhouetted, seated in front of a window; or the calm, confident gaze of Christy Turlington wearing only a tangle of wet hair, and a sheet around her hips. The side-by-side photos of Helena Christensen are perhaps the best of her ever, as may be the one of Turlington. Not to forget the face: the shots of Versace, César, Corbassière and Nastassja Kinski are absolute gems. I'm having a hard time puting this book down, and I'd love to know who that is hanging from the tree on the front cover.
Although Patrick Demarchelier is known as a fashion photographer, most of the images of top models and celebrities in this book are really portaits, many of them nudes. These photos are masterpeices of B&W portaiture. Among the great photographers who have published photo books, there are less than 5 I know that are in Demarchelier's league.
There are so many great images in this book. The nudes of Helena Christensen and Cindy Crawford are especially superb. Incidentally, contact sheets from the nudes of Cindy Crawford were recently expositioned by DeMarchelier.
If you appriciate great black and white photography, you will probably love this book.
If you are interested in looking at photos of celebrities, you will probably love this book.
If you are offended by nudity, even artistic nudes, you should probably avoid this book.
Before going further, let me observe that the book contains much female nudity that would earn an "R" rating if this were a motion picture.
Glenn O'Brien in the book's introduction captures the essence of the book well, "The beauty standard is being raised once again."
Whether the subjects are beautiful (and many are) or not, the result is the same -- a deep look into the personality and character of the model done in large, vivid detail in wonderfully contrasting duotone. One of the best tests for this book is to compare the celebrity images you see here with others you have seen of these same people. These images are more warm, more revealing, and more fun to see. Mr. Demarchelier has a light touch that gets out the happiest version of a person. You'll find yourself laughing and smiling your way through this collection, for sure.
The portraits displayed here are uniformly of very high quality, and provide nice contrasts of subjects (nose rings, boulders, children, and elephants among the beautiful people).
Here are some of my many favorites:
Nude, St. Barthelemy, 1994
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is a great book by a great photographer, a must for every fashion-lover ! pictures of the supermodels agesPublished on September 24, 2012 by j t
I have always been a big fan of Sante D'Orazio's and Patrick De Marchelier's work.... this is ART by all means! Read morePublished on June 6, 2010 by Charbel Abi Serhal
Patrick Demarchelier is widely regarding as one of, if not the, world's leading fashion photographer of our times. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by BlogOnBooks
Patrick Demarchelier is one of the best artist of this age; his Photographs are pieces of history. Into this book you'll find his masterpieces: emotions in B&W!Published on December 13, 2002 by Nicola Bellotti
A must own book for people that love b&w photography. Patrick is excellent at getting the perfect angle for the image. Read morePublished on February 4, 2002 by Saul Fernandez Jr
My 12 year old saw this book on one of the display tables, picked it up... for the cover (naked lady) and glanced through it. He then later came running up to me saying... Read morePublished on July 20, 2001
This depicts some of what we know and expect of Mr. Demarchelier. His ability to capture so much in a photograph, in a look, is what makes him so incredible as an artist. Read morePublished on June 22, 2000 by Rachel