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|Archaeology of Elegance, 1980-2000: 20 Years of Fashion Photoraphy |
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About the Author
Marion de BeauprT is the agent for photographers Jeanloup Sieff, Peter Lindbergh, Paolo Roversi, Ellen von Unwerth, and Thierry le GouFs. In 1997 she opened Galerie 213 for contemporary photography in Paris.
StTphane Baumet has curated numerous photography exhibitions in France since 1993.
Ulf Poschardt is the creative director of the Welt am Sonntag newspaper. He teaches art theory as a visiting lecturer at the Berlin Academy of the Arts and is the author of four previous books.
Archeology of Elegance is an exceptional and dynamic collection of 200 superb photographs by sixty-two of today's most acclaimed photographers from Robert Mapplethorpe to Peter Lindbergh, Miles Aldridge, Herb Ritts, Ellen von Unwerth, Nick Knight, David Lachapelle and Jean-Baptiste Mondino, presenting fashion photography as art. During the past twenty years, there is no question that fashion photography has become a driving force for new directions in fashion, design and cosmetics and a vital source of ideas for the visual arts and design-manifesting itself in forms as diverse as punk rock, glamour or high-tech futurism. According to culture critic Ulf Poschardt, fashion photography has become the new, almost self-sufficient leitmedia of international culture, a culture that is expressed increasingly in visual terms. As seen in Archeology of Elegance, this once commercial and functional craft has become, without question, an art form in itself.
The book accompanies an exhibition in Paris and Hamburg with upcoming venues in New York, LA, Tokyo and London.