Harry N Abrams
"Fashion photography seeks out the voyeur in all of us. . . . It plays with our dreams."
-Catherine Chermayeff Traditional fashion photography was always about making the clothes look beautiful and flattering. "Today, fashion photography is more about innuendo. It captures a mood, a moment," explains Catherine Chermayeff, author of this stylish book-a compilation of some of the most innovative and provocative fashion photography of the past two years. Fashion photography-both editorial and advertising-has attained cult status; gallery and auction sales of fashion photographs are at an all-time high. From the work of familiar names such as Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, and Ellen von Unwerth to up-and-coming talents such as Kent Baker, Jeff Minton, and Carmen Freudenthal, from the digitally altered images of Lillian Bassman to the stripped-down look of collaborators Alex + Laila, the pictures in this seductive book offer mystery, fantasy, cultural diversity, desire, oddity, and whimsy. CATHERINE CHERMAYEFF is former picture editor of Fortune and the former director of special projects at Magnum Photos. In 1990 she co-founded Umbra, a book-packaging company. She is a partner in i2i, where she directs the fashion photography division. The daughter of graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff, she lives in New York City with her husband and their two children. 100 photographs in full color, 81/4 x 83/4"