The Sweater Book: Hundreds of People...One Common Thread

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A decade in the making, The Sweater Book is a fascinating study in personality. By asking his subjects to put on the same cardigan sweater and seeing how they choose to wear it, Mosher was able to capture on film a most remarkable phenomenon - when given a common item with which to express themselves, each person's distinctive personality came shining through, and the sweater becomes a symbol of what each considers to be most unique about themselves.

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A decade in the making, The Sweater Book is a fascinating study in personality. By asking his subjects to put on the same cardigan sweater and seeing how they choose to wear it, Mosher was able to capture on film a most remarkable phenomenon - when given a common item with which to express themselves, each person's distinctive personality came shining through, and the sweater becomes a symbol of what each considers to be most unique about themselves.

The resulting collection of over 500 stunning black-and-white photographs proves to be a touching and exhilarating ride from New York to Dallas, from Hollywood to London, as Mosher explores the creativity of celebrities and humbles alike - in their homes and workplaces, with their families and pets, in any way they chose. The people featured includes top names from the world of theater, film, TV, fashion, music, dance, and literature, such as Michael Bolton, Dominick Dunne, Matthew Broderick, Ted Danson, Tim Allen, Noah Wyle, Quentin Crisp, Josh Hartnett, Ryan Phillipe, and many more. See Sarah Michelle Gellar on the set of Buffy The Vampire Slayer before the first episode aired. See Swoosie Kurtz and Chris Meloni show some skin. See Jason Alexander re-enacting the behavior of his newborn child. See Jenna Elfman jumping for joy and Sela Ward snuggling her sibling. You will be amazed at how many different ways this one sweater can be worn!

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  • ISBN-13: 9780312311667
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.42 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Mosher was born in Dallas and raised in many places, from California to Switzerland. He has been behind the camera for 23 years. Specializing in portraiture and entertainment industry photography, he has shot everything from theatrical stills to CD covers, from nudes to family portraits. He proudly lives and works in New York City and is currently working on six new books, all benefits for charitable organizations. Stephen Mosher will donate a substantial portion of his proceeds from the sale of this book to AIDS organizations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    Simply Lovely

    I saw a feature on The Sweater Book in People Magazine. The photos there intrigued me and so I went in search of it. It was hard to find at first but once I did, I could not put it down and I bought it outright. In this book the artist (Stephen Mosher) has captured so many of my personal favourite actors and personalities in a light in which we, their audience, seldom see them. That is the state of being honest and themselves. More often than not, show folk are always performing or clowning for photo shoots and we rarely see any glimpse of the real person. Not so with The Sweater Book. By disarming his subjects with his common thread (a simple sweater) Mosher has given us a journey of artistry and a look into the hearts of his subjects. Bravo Stephen Mosher. You are the Herb Ritz of the 21st Century!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    A Feast for the Eyes and it's Fun too!

    How many of us can say we took a fun, and maybe slightly crazy idea and ran with it, getting better all along, and finally producing a work of art. Kudos my friend your book is a delight! The word is spreading and I suggest buying a copy ASAP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    Sweater Book: Hundreds of People...One Common Thread

    I love it. That says it all. The scope of the celebrities is amazing. Some of them are SO famous and others are quietly so. The artist, clearly, has a love of these people, to include celebrities that many might have forgotten; to include artists that many have never heard of. His love of people, of artists, of humanity is so open and visible. The photos are lovely portraits steeped in honesty and life. There is so much artistry, ranging from the outdoor shots filled with light and shadow to the indoor shots with soft detail to better flatter some of the older actresses. The text is so moving and peaceful--full of life lessons. The fact that the money goes to charity is more important to me and to many others, than can be believed. All my friends love the book and own copies and strangers I meet tell me they have it, love it or are going to buy it. I just don't see how anyone could not like this book. It's fantastick.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    Sweater Book: Hundreds of People...One Common Thread

    This book is a total treat and feast for the eyes for anyone who has ever been a FAN, basically of anyone. If you have ever thought that you were a fan of someone or of a genre of entertainment from Broadway to Outer space, there is something here for you. I mean it! Since there are Theatre Legends, Oscar Winners and a whole slew of cast members from Star Trek, Doctor Who and even the Harry Potter Films, this book is for everyone. I love the photography too. So telling of each of the subjects¿ personalities and in gorgeous black and white. I love mine and will be buying more for the holidays and since the photographer/creator is giving his money to AIDS charities, it makes it all the more special - BLESS YOU STEPHEN MOSHER!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2003

    Glorious celebration, glorious photography

    The celebrities on the cover and throughout the book may be a drawing card to get you to open the book, but once you do, you will find yourself completed awed by the photography itself and the devotion to the photographs by Stephen Mosher. Creativity abounds (the Leeza Gibbons photo is an instant classic), but most of the photographs are brilliant because of their touching simplicity. Simple backgrounds, simple attire, almost casual mood, which is rare for celebrity photography. The book isn't about their faces, it's about their devotion to the cause of fighting AIDS (or why else would they agree to be in the book--this is not a career retrospective for any of them, and their donated time is impressive). Mosher's ability to find the simplest portion of their soul in order to match them to the sweater (the link to the theme) is astounding. Some of the poses will surprise you. This not being a Hollywood-produced tome, the performers don't have to be 'on.' They get to be themselves and Mosher's camera is there to capture it. Some of the subjects truly have great fun posing, and next to all of the 'wows' you utter as you flip through the book, you will be laughing too. Photography lovers will delight in the beautiful black and white composition and his true talent as an artist at capturing portraiture. As for the sweater, it's omnipresent as a reminder of the theme, never upstaging the subjects, but standing there equal with them. The book takes multiple perusals to really feel the full impact of what Mosher has painstakingly pulled together with his abounding abilities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Beautiful pictures and a great cause

    Photographer Stephen Mosher may have started out his sweater photographs as a lark that turned into a project to raise money for AIDS, but the ultimate product is a beautiful collection of photographs. Mosher has a great eye for setting a photograph and he also captures the essence of each celebrity, whether madcap, dramatic, or touching. And his anecdotes and commentary that are inserted throughout the book are charming and eloquently written. I was swept away by the photographs in this book and everyone I have shown my copy to has wanted to buy it - what better recommendation can you ask! A great gift book, especially for Christmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2003

    Awesome

    I LOVE the book! It's wonderful that some of the money goes to AIDS related charities. It's amazing to see all the famous people who contributed and donated their time. The photographer really brought out everyone's personality. It's just delightful to look at - puts a smile on my face.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2003

    What a gorgeous treatment of life!

    We all have one common thread - such a simple concept and yet so difficult for us to grasp in a crazy, divided world. This book showcases the simplicity of humanity and all its wonderment, frailty, jubilation and failings. A beautiful testament to life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2003

    The art of Stephen Mosher

    A collection of pictures is really a canvas to a photographer. This canvas, A Sweater Book, is that of Stephen Mosher. His book illustrates the undeniable beauty that is portrayed in over 500 black and white photos containing one similar facet; a sweater. So simple, and yet so genius. Only a TRUE artist can not only create an image like this, but to pull it off is another feat. Stephen has mastered his Field, and he has this book to prove it. Not only that, but for proceeds to go to aid a charitable organization shows that its not about the money, but really about the art! Hats off to Stephen for giving us this book of precious photographs, and I am sure that all will enjoy it. Have it on your living room table, your bedroom nightstand; anywhere you sit, and relax, and enjoy the moments captured in this book. The only thing more exhilarating then observing these photographs, is the thought of witnessing the true moment of being there while the picture is taken. For now, we have the proof of that moment, in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    What a treat.

    The photography is poignant, touching, telling, and beautiful. The photographer's ability to capture a personal expression of each person photographed is a wonderful gift to the reader. I was also impressed with how many famous people I knew that appeared in the book. I can see how this was a project so many years in the making. Buy it! You'll be surprised at how many people you know. I am not a one to have a lot of 'coffee-table books' cluttering my home. But, I will enjoy sharing this book with my friends and family when they come to visit. It is also nice to know that I am supporting a charity while enjoying my new book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    What a GREAT idea!

    Thought this book was FASCINATING! What a great idea to put all of these people into the same sweater. The way each person chose to use the sweater and the occassional commentary by the photographer make this a very entertaining read and great to share with friends and guests. I'm recommending this to all my friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    A Rare Treat

    Mosher somehow got an amazing group of celebrities from every walk of life to let their guards down long enough to capture some genuinely spontaneous and personal portraits. From an completely charming Josh Hartnett to a beautiful portrait of Mary Louise Parker, Mosher has shot past the overstyled celebrity shots we normally see in glossy magazines and gotten to the heart of his subjects. Star Trek fans will also be excited to find many of their favorite stars in some more quiet moments. This one's a keeper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2003

    Blurry and Dark

    I found this book distracting. It was very blurry images, almost looked like human heads floating in darkness at times. Gave my eyes a workout. I think I now need glasses. Famous people, photographed badly. But, hey, it is for a worthy cause. So I guess I won't return my copy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2003

    An Artist's Journey

    In The Sweater Book, Mosher takes us on a journey with this unassuming garment. This journey tells a story, not only of the travels (and in the end travails) of the Sweater, but of an artist's development. As the story unfolds of how it all began and you see some of the first pictures from the collection all the way through the move to New York, the trips to Hollywood, London, Chicago and others, Mosher's touching, whimsical work develops a kind of poetry in pictures that relates his view of the world he has created. His eloquent text telling the back stories on some of the more interesting shots adds a subtle story telling flare to the photos, each of which are worth far more than the usual 1000 word market value. This is one for the coffee table that most will revisit over the years instead of allowing it to just collect dust. Highest Recommendation!

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