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Notorious
     

Notorious

by Herb Ritts
 

The foremost photographer for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Interview offers a sweeping array of virtually unpublished portraits of Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor, William Burroughs, and other well-known personalities from the art, entertainment, and literary worlds. 120 duotone photographs, plus three 8-page gate-folds.

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The foremost photographer for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Interview offers a sweeping array of virtually unpublished portraits of Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor, William Burroughs, and other well-known personalities from the art, entertainment, and literary worlds. 120 duotone photographs, plus three 8-page gate-folds.

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Gretchen Garner
Weighing in as top contender for the heavyweight celebrity photobook of the season, Ritts' album is packed with visual punch, gorgeously printed, and sure to be a crowd pleaser. Ritts' style combines zany, spirited Annie Leibovitz-like collaboration with his subjects with the heavy sensuality of a Bruce Weber. He is superb at his craft, which he practices mostly in the employ of the slick fashion and entertainment magazines. Each of the 124 black-and-white portraits herein is bled to cover a page, or sometimes a 15-by-231/2-inch, two-page spread. Most are close-up, in-your-face shots, especially the one on the cover--an enormous view of Sandra Bernhard's open mouth. Other subjects range from genuine heroes (Stephen Hawking, Mikhail Gorbachev, Louise Bourgeois, the Dalai Lama) to the usual show-biz types (there's lots of Madonna). Such range clearly reflects a state of mind Daniel Boorstin warned against in "The Image" (1961) when he wrote, "Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day. . . . We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety." Well, the book "is" called "Notorious".

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821219119
Publisher:
Bulfinch
Publication date:
11/28/1992
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
12.00(w) x 15.37(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Herb Ritts is among the foremost international fashion, celebrity and fine art photographers today: he is considered to be in the same league as Annie Liebowitz and Bruce Weber. His work is extensively published in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Interview, and Rolling Stone. His previous books include Pictures (1988, Twin Palms), Men/Women (1989, Twin Palms) and Duo (1991, Twin Palms).

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