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Traces the history of fashion photography from the end of World War II to the 1980s
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Photography as a fine art is often shaped by work done in the field of fashion. As well as peddling clothes in the pages of women's magazines, fashion photographers also influence and reflect society's attitudes and obsessions. Thus, the elegant, chic, and sophisticated fashion images of the postwar period gradually evolved into the decadent, soft-porn statements typical of the 1980s and 1990s. Art historian Harrison discusses the sociological issues behind these photographic trends by examining not only the impact made by fashion photographers but also the influence of certain powerful and creative art directors. In addition, he covers the often overlooked area of male fashion, attempting to explain why this subject has received such little serious attention.The author does well in identifying the models used in each fashion shot. (Most of us have forgotten that Anjelica Huston also worked as a model.) Unfortunately, there is little new material in this book--little that was not covered in the same author's Shots of Style (Faber & Faber, 1986), written as an exhibition catalog for the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1985. Although neither book is indexed (which makes anthologies of this size difficult to use), the earlier work lists the photographers alphabetically in the table of contents, while the present work does not, merely offering such vague chapter headings as "Inside" and "White Heat." Chicago readers will be disappointed that Victor Skrebneski's work is not included. Superfluous if your library has Shots of Style .
- Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description London : Jonathan Cape, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 310 x 290 mm. 312 pp., illustrated throughout, many in colour [ISBN: 978-0224028875] Clothbound. A very good bright copy in like dustwrapper. Seller Inventory # 32372
Book Description Jonathan Cape, London, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Well illustrated examination of the development of fashion photography since 1945. It creates a social history of the post-war period, and suggests that fashion photography has now acquired serious artistic legitimacy. 312 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 32 cm. First edition, first printing. Brown cloth boards, unclipped dust jacket (now in a removable protective sleeve). Slight shelf wear to jacket, edges a little tanned, no inscriptions, tight and square binding. Photographs available on request. All books dispatched same or next working day in robust packaging. Seller Inventory # 009546
Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1991. Gut/Very good: Buch bzw. Schutzumschlag mit wenigen Gebrauchsspuren an Einband, Schutzumschlag oder Seiten. / Describes a book or dust jacket that does show some signs of wear on either the binding, dust jacket or pages. Seller Inventory # M00224028871-V
Book Description Jonathan Cape. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0224028871 312pp. Folio. First Edition. 1991. Jonathan Cape Ltd. Numerous photographs in colour and black and white supported by text. A near fine copy in a very good wrapper. The slightest of bumps to one corner. Light shelf wear to the wrapper. A lovely copy of a beautiful book. Shipping from the UK. Seller Inventory # SKU000402