Inge Morath: On Styleby Inge Morath, John P. Jacob (Editor), Justine Picardie (Introduction)
Witty, playful, and effortlessly chic, Inge Morath: On Style reveals the vital forms of fashion and self-expression that blossomed into existence in England, France, and the United States in the postwar decades. The book follows the photojournalist Inge Morath (1923–2002) through intimate sessions with Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn; scenes of/i>
Witty, playful, and effortlessly chic, Inge Morath: On Style reveals the vital forms of fashion and self-expression that blossomed into existence in England, France, and the United States in the postwar decades. The book follows the photojournalist Inge Morath (1923–2002) through intimate sessions with Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn; scenes of window-shopping on Fifth Avenue; American girls discovering Paris; the frenetic splendor of society balls; and working women—from actresses to seamstresses to writers—everywhere taking their place in the world. The photographs in On Style focus on an extraordinary period of Morath’s creativity, from the early 1950s to mid- 1960s, with a coda of work from later years. Here are the fundamental humanism, joy, and unerring eye for life’s brilliant theatricality that characterized her work and made her one of the most celebrated photographers of her time.
Photojournalist Inge Morath (1923–2002) was the first woman invited by Magnum Photos's cofounder Frank Capa to join that group in 1953 (Capa also advised Morath to buy herself more stylish outfits). Soon after, she befriended designer Cristóbal Balenciaga and came to embrace her own personal style, in addition to eliciting that quality in the more "feminine" topics she was assigned to cover: a debutante ball, beauty school, a model at work. Morath's subjects are defined though their apparent ease, confidence, and projection of singular self. She captures these elements by connecting to the subject and approaching her work with humor and tenderness. Her marriage to playwright Arthur Miller provided her access to writers and artists of the day. Editor Jacob (McEvoy Family Curator for Photography at the Smithsonian) draws upon the Morath archival collection at Yale University and her photographic corpus housed at Magnum. The work featured here, in addition to associated contact sheets, allows us to see the artist's exacting editorial eye. VERDICT Morath was less fashion photographer than documentarian of fashion and society, and this generous volume will have wide appeal for its vivid images of 1950s and 1960s style.—Nancy B. Turner, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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Meet the Author
John P. Jacob is the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Justine Picardie is the author, most recently, of the critically acclaimed biography Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life (2010) and the editor of Harper’s Bazaar UK.
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