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The West Hardcover – August 4, 2015
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Richard Phibbs brings an artist's eye to every photograph he takes — in advertising and editorial, fine art, and his personal work. His work has appeared in major publications worldwide. He has shot advertising campaigns for iconic brands like Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, and Calvin Klein. His fine art photography is in the private collections of many notable collectors. Phibbs's portraits present varied subjects — from Meryl Streep to Rafael Nadal, from Beyonce to Bernard-Henri Levy. Phibbs is also an experienced director. He is currently working on a project that he filmed in Turkey. Phibbs's passion is photography. His provocative book, Chasing Beauty, published in 2010, highlights a decade's worth of work from his archive. Phibbs's compassion for his longtime causes — animal rescue and children with AIDS, are his inspiration. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of New York. Richard Phibbs was born and raised in Western Canada. He lives in New York City.
Alfredo Paredes is Executive Vice President of Global Creative Services, Polo Store Development and Home Collection Design Studio. He is known for bringing Mr. Lauren's cinematic vision to life in Ralph Lauren stores around the globe and leading Ralph Lauren Home's creative direction, design, and advertising. Parades passionately serves on the National Board of Trustees for Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA) and sits on The Empire State Pride Agenda's Board of Directors. Parades was born and raised in Miami, Florida, attended the Art Institute of Atlanta, and currently resides in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.
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There’s a slight nod to Herb Ritz, Edward Curtis and Bruce Webber, (all my favorite photographers) but not too much……and there doesn’t need to be.
Phibbs has his own vision of this idyllic, western life……and luckily, he shares it with us in this beautiful book.
Get a copy now. You won’t regret it.
The subjects are vast and varied--a wheat field in Alberta, horses in the snow, a young cowboy sporting a missing front tooth at the Calgary Stampede. Each image is unique, yet each represents the sprawling, vibrant, impactful and intimate vision that Richard is known for. Most of the images are shot on film and include both color and black and white photographs. My favorite shots have a quality similar to ones taken from an older camera, like plate glass photography and feel historic in nature.
If you or your friends love beautiful photography and/or western images, this book is a must-have. Both The West and Chasing Beauty reside on a table in my living room and are repeatedly picked up and talked about by those who visit. I've given each as gifts over the years, with two more wrapped and ready for the 2015 holidays! It's also good karma to purchase from those who give--100% of Phibbs' proceeds for The West go to support indigenous youth and education, as well as animal rescue.
And the personalities! Young anticipation and possibilities, laser focus in athletes, and family honoured passion for tradition and training deep in all their bones, no matter what their age and stage. He caught it in them all. And then he linked it right back to the remote, unseen relationship between man and horse out on the prairie of movement and weather. And gorgeous skies and clouds witness it all in passing. Those selective bits of colour of land and sky fill me up sweetly.