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This stunning collection of the work of Vogue photographer John Rawlings (1912-70) offers an unintended historical message: the Thirties could look modern, the Forties were not all black and white, the Fifties were rich with sophisticated design, and the Sixties included careful, colorful composition, not just hippie chaos. Rawlings left a significant body of work, including 200 Vogue covers, of which Yohannan is the curator. Rawlings was a fashion photographer determined to show more than clothes, which for him were simply one of several elements in an environment where the model dwelt for a camera instant. What resulted from his approach were fully developed works of art that beg for analysis; each image has the quality of a starting point for a tale. In selecting photographs that defy time, Yohannan has built a volume that is both a tribute to an artist and an insight into how genius can endure in a world that is often thought of as "commercial." Recommended for both public and academic libraries. David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
With over 200 Vogue and Glamour covers to his credit and 30,000 photos in archive, John Rawlings (1921-1970) immortalized the era in which American fashion and style truly came into their own. During his three-decade affiliation with Conde Nast, Rawlings’s work paralleled his publishers’ and editors’ efforts to reformat and expand the power and scope of the fashion press. Rawlings was in the elite circle of Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, and George Platt Lynes, all top Vogue photographers, yet never received the kind of attention lauded on his colleagues — until now. Drawing on the photographer’s recently rediscovered archive, curator Kohle Yohannan presents glamour portraits as well as never-before-published nudes that testify to the artist’s ground-breaking and compelling body of work. Photographs of stage, screen, and society stars of the 1940s and 1950s, including Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali, Veronica Lake, Lena Horne, and Montgomery Clift are featured.