Photographer Janette Beckman began her career in the UK at the birth of punk, working for seminal magazines including The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands and musicians from The Clash to Boy George, as well as three Police album covers, including their first, released in 1978. Beckman later moved to New York to immortalize the emergence of hip hop, along the way capturing Debbie Harry and Keith Haring.
Bob Mizer began his photographic career in 1942, focusing on men as the objects of desire, mastering a sensual, campy style all his own. He gave equal attention to the muscular aesthetic of bodybuilders as the fresh-faced boy next door, creating a new male erotic ideal.
A modern version of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera La Traviata opened in Rome, directed by Sofia Coppola (the filmmaker's first opera), with four costumes by Valentino Garavani for the main character, Violetta, and the rest by Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli...
A spritely fixture on the New York and Paris fashion scene in the 1970s, Antonio Lopez primarily worked as an illustrator for the likes of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and Elle. For kicks, he bought an Instamatic camera to capture his famous social swirl — Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Divine, Grace Jones, Paloma Picasso, Jessica Lange — thus keeping a kind of visual diary of the era.
In July of 2014, months before David Bowie's death, Taschen released a book of photos by Mick Rock, the official photographer of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust period. The images have taken on new importance since Bowie's passing, thus Taschen Gallery in L.A. opened Starman Remembered, an exhibit of 45 photos from the book, many of them previously unseen.
From spectacular stage shots to intimate backstage scenes, Mick Rock’s images immortalized the many facets of Bowie’s creativity. We see the sparkling phenomenon of Ziggy Stardust performing before rapturous crowds, as well as behind-the-scenes moments that few could have predicted would become iconic images.
When viewing Catherine Opie's new works, photographs of Elizabeth Taylor's Bel-Air home around the time of her death, the viewer is struck by a paradox — that although she was a Hollywood demigod, she was, underneath all that glitz and glamour, a human and a humanitarian.
Inspired by intimate images of Elvis Presley’s Graceland by William Eggleston, Opie carefully cataloged rooms, closets, shoes, clothing, and jewelry, created an personal composite of the actress — although the two never met. In all, Opie spent six months in the beginning of 2011 capturing roughly 3,000 images of her residence and belongings.
Context is everything. In the spirit of artistic relativism, Taschen is reprinting Pages from the Glossies, a book of Helmut Newton photos as they initially appeared in magazines, from Vogue and Elle to Queen and Stern, between 1956 and 1998. Which is to say, these images — many of which have acquired iconic status — remain true to their source, retaining all the accoutrements of their original glory: headlines, text, captions, and so on.
In tandem, the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin will present blowups from the softcover book beginning December 4, 2015, showcasing more than 230 magazine pages.
Is there a designer who doesn't take photos on the side? How better to reinforce a label's image? That's the thinking behind Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy's new book, Youth Hotel ($45), published by Dover Street Market's IDEA imprint. That IDEA is in the business of fast-publishing — as in only a few days — is very much in keeping with the transient, move-by-night nature of Rubchinskiy's own youth in Russia.
From the late 1950s until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol toted a Polaroid camera with him wherever he went. He was thus able to capture the barrage of famous faces — including his own — and fleeting moments that swirled around him with every step. Not even his private time was off-limits.
A new book, Instant Andy (Taschen), features hundreds of the instant snaps he took — many of them unseen — decades before Instagram. In conjunction with the book's release, Christie's will hold an auction of the artist's polaroids from September 17-29.