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Harry N. Abrams
Several of Hedgecoe's subjects reappear in Photographs by Snowdon, but then, Snowdon, n'e9 Anthony Armstrong-Jones, has been a professional photographer just as long as Hedgecoe. He is in touch with the beautiful people as well as the talented--Princess Di, trendy designers, and youngsters whose primary claims to attention seem to be their looks appear in his pages and not Hedgecoe's. Snowdon is in Hedgecoe's book, by the way, and both men divergently portray sculptor Henry Moore with an image of his hands as well as others of his face. Snowdon is far more highly conceptual than Hedgecoe, and on the evidence of the dozens of arch and theatrical depictions here, he works far more in the studio. He leavens the book's predominant frivolity with stark pictures, taken on journalistic assignments, of poor children, mental illness, and urban incidents. Ray Olson
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"I don't want a clever photograph. I want my pictures to make ordinary people react to see something that they hadn't taken in before."
-Snowdon It has been said that English photographer Lord Snowdon (born Tony Armstrong-Jones) knows everyone worth knowing. In this first retrospective on his nearly 50-year career, it seems he has also been everywhere and seen everything-and captured it all, brilliantly, on camera. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, the book unveils fashion shots for Vogue, pictures of actors, playwrights, dancers, designers, writers, and artists, and piercing photographs revealing the pain of the lonely and the disadvantaged. All bear the unmistakable signature of one of the foremost photographers of our time. The book ranges from Snowdon's early reportage for LIFE to his dynamic pictures of Alec Guinness, Helen Mirren, the British royal family, Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and many more. Snowdon's friends and colleagues contribute texts on the various aspects of his career, revealing the full, extraordinary range of his work. DRUSILLA BEYFUS is a contributing editor at the Sunday Telegraph Magazine. SIMON CALLOW is an actor, director, and author. GEORGINA HOWELL writes for the London Sunday Times Magazine. PATRICK KINMONTH is a writer, fashion editor, and set and costume designer. ANTHONY POWELL is a three-time Academy Award-winning costume designer. CARL TOMS was one of Britain's great theater, ballet, and opera designers. MARJORIE WALLACE is a noted journalist and a leading authority on schizophrenia. All of the contributors have had close personal and professional ties with Snowdon. 220 photographs, 79 in full color, pages, 12 x 105/8"