What to buy in October 2008

September 29, 2008


I am not a big fan of fashion photography. In recent years it has somewhat become a haven for digital designers who seem to believe that an overload of editing in photoshop, over sharpening and the elimination of anything human in the faces of the models is a sign of good photography. This trend towards artificiality has not only changed the way many people see and think; it has also changed the standards of beauty.
Well, let’s face it: Fashion photography has never been about real people but more about the image of the ideal woman/man, face, body in conjunction with clothes. But if you want to see images from a time when the top fashion photographers were great portrait artists in the first place, then you should buy this new collection of images from the 1960s by David Bailey.

Among photographers like Irving Penn, Jeanloup Sieff, and Richard Avedon, David Dailey is certainly one of the most influential and skilled fashion- and portrait photographers of his time. The book shows some of his best works from the 1960s. A display of wonderful images in an art book that didn’t try to safe money on size and/or print quality. Definitely worth every cent!

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