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Louisa's top list of art and photography books

There’s something very nostalgic about flicking through pages of a book...

Here we will look at Louisa’s top list of art and photography books to kick off 2018.

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First up we have Kevin Lears, A Glass Darkly. Darkly takes us on an intense poetic meditation on urban spaces in Kent and London, dating from 1971 until the 1990s. Often shot at twilight, the works transform everyday street landscapes into sculptural forms. The photographs are imbued with a foreboding and unease, offering alien scenes of a world made unfamiliar by the photographer’s lens.

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Matisse - Bonnard: Long Live Painting!

In this beautifully illustrated book, the forty year friendship between Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard, widely considered two of the greatest painters of French modernism, becomes a platform for new perspectives on the development of the European avant-garde. Focusing throughout on their creative exchanges, it highlights their respective contributions to the development of modern art, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the Second World War.

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Matisse - Bonnard: Long Live Painting!

Focusing throughout on their creative exchanges, the book highlights their respective contributions to the development of modern art, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the end of the Second World War. Comprising over 100 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints, the book makes palpable the many intersections between their artistic visions, and investigates their shared interest in subjects such as interiors, still life, landscape, and the nude.

 

Brian Duffy was an English photographer and film producer, best remembered for his fashion and portrait photography of the 1960s and 1970s. Together with the photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy revolutionised British photography in the 1960s and his work visually captured the mood and mentality of a period full of bravado, swagger, drive for adventure, sexiness and an irreverence towards authority.

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Saving Grace: My Fashion Archive 1968-2016 (Limited Edition of 300 copies)

Grace Coddington is known for her powerful visual narratives, impeccable taste, and unmatched attention to detail. To celebrate Coddington's work as an editor, stylist, and creative director for Vogue, Phaidon presented a stunning two-book collection that spans her remarkable career. 

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Guy Bourdin, Image Maker.

Throughout his career, and notably as a star photographer through three decades for Vogue Paris, Guy Bourdin dramatically extended the possibilities of what a fashion photograph could be, making images that are distinctive, intense, haunting, and unforgettable. 

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Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn. Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography.

Arguably one of the most beautiful books on the history of fashion ever produced is now back in print. Swedish by birth, Parisian by inclination, and American following her 1950 marriage to Irving Penn, Lisa Fonssagrives was, for three decades, the most sought-after model of fashion photography. She posed for Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld, Louise Dahl- Wolfe, Norman Parkinson, Richard Avedon, for her first husband Fernand Fonssagrives, her fellow European immigrant Horst P. Horst, and, of course, her second husband Irving Penn. Compiled and arranged by fashion photographer David Seidner in 1997, the book draws upon a collection of photographs which once belonged to Lisa Fonssagrives.