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Phyllis Posnick and Eva Respini

Skira, 2009
200 pages
Fully illustrated in colour and black & white.
ISBN: 9788857200323

This book, published to coincide with an exhibition in Milan in 2009, is produced in collaboration with Dolce & Gabbana. Always audacious, sometimes outrageous, Vogue's images distinguish themselves by their willingness to explore the limits of contemporary ideas of beauty. The one hundred or so featured prints reveal profoundly sensual and highly provocative narratives that bear witness to complex cultural attitudes toward female appearance and self-expression. From the neoclassical figures of Edward Steichen to the unconventional nudes of Annie Leibovitz, the aggressive portraiture of Helmut Newton, and the modernism of Steven Klein, the photographs in this volume consider the evolving female subject, in all her strength and contradiction. An entire section is devoted to Irving Penn, who transforms the face and body into images of extraordinary imaginative and aesthetic power.


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