The celebrated photographer Brian Duffy collaborated with David Bowie during the 1970s, helping to create his highly influential album artwork. The images in this catalogue, which was inspired by the V&A’s ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition, are supported by the recollections of people who worked on the shoots.
Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Alice Cooper, Aboriginal Australians, icons from the fashion world, East End club-goers from the 1960s, rock stars, film stars and Nelson Mandela: David Bailey’s photographs prove that, in the words of Sandy Nairne, the National Portrait Gallery’s director, ‘we stand equal in life’. Published to accompany the 'Bailey’s Stardust' exhibition in 2014, this volume contains over 250 portraits – each one extraordinary – chosen by the photographer himself and introduced by Tim Marlow’s essay, ‘Bailey and Portraiture’.
Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill
Jerry Dantzic was commissioned to photograph Billie Holiday during a week-long engagement at Sugar Hill jazz club in Newark, New Jersey, in 1957. Allowed into her inner circle, Dantzic was able to capture intimate moments backstage and at the singer's Manhattan apartment, as well as atmospheric shots of her performances. The 100 images in this portfolio present a poignant portrait of the troubled star two years before her death at the age of 44.
Witnessing the Robbing of the Jews
A Photographic Album, Paris, 1940–1944
When the Germans occupied Paris in 1940, it was not only the city’s art treasures that aroused their greed, but the belongings of ordinary people, especially Jews. A photograph album discovered in German archives systematically recorded the pillage. Reproduced here with an informative commentary, it offers a chilling insight into the relation between greed and mass destruction, as furniture, toys, saucepans and bedlinen are loaded into crates and trucks by Nazi officers, French collaborators and prisoners from the camps.
The jacket assures us that ‘No dogs were harmed in the making of this book’, but some of them do look a bit apprehensive, some are loving it and the bull terrier is just humouring the odd photographer lady with the Frisbees and the wind machine (therein lies the trick). We dare you not to smile. No jacket.
The Elio Sorci Collection
From the success of Roman Holiday in 1953, the arrival of the film industry in Rome and the release of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita in 1960, a new breed of celebrity-scoop photographers emerged, the paparazzi, with Elio Sorci at the forefront. A virtual who’s who of 1960s and 1970s cinema, this portfolio of Sorci’s work includes his famous ‘kissing picture’ that confirmed the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of Cleopatra.
National Geographic: Greatest Portraits
Drawing on the archives of National Geographic, this collection of 280 photographs spans more than a century: from Julia Margaret Cameron's portrait of Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll's inspiration for Alice in Wonderland, to grieving villagers photographed in Kosovo in 2000, each picture tells its own story and together they show how photographic portraiture has evolved in creative response to new technologies, new eras and new ideas. Accompanying the photographs are essays by five National Geographic photographers.
Life On The Line
People of the Arctic Circle
The photographer Cristian Barnett travelled eastward from Alaska, through Canada, Greenland and the countries of Scandinavia, completing the Arctic Circle in Russia, and capturing images of life and work along 'the line where each year there is one day when the sun does not set, and one when the sun does not rise'. Accompanying the portfolio of 182 colour photographs are an interview in which Barnett talks about his northern journeys and an Alaskan resident's reflections on the Arctic year.
Culture on the Edge
The Tibetan way of life is changing fast, with new transport links and communications infrastructure bringing ever more tourists and technology. The environment itself is also in jeopardy as the region heats up and glaciers that feed important water sources flowing into China, India and Pakistan recede. This photographic portfolio presents studies of the striking people, landscapes and customs of Tibet with reference to how these modern threats are affecting the country's traditional devotional Buddhist culture.
A Life in Pictures
Destined for the limelight from childhood, Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011) was just twelve when National Velvet made her a star. And while later films such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) established her depth and power as an actress, she was better known for her many marriages and passion for diamonds. Illustrated with photographs, this handsome book charts her life and career, her turbulent relationship with Richard Burton, and her charity work. Off-mint.
A Life in Pictures
'Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.' Sophia Loren (b.1934) is one of the most magnetic actresses in the history of cinema, yet her off-screen life has been a quiet one, and she counts motherhood and her 40-year marriage to producer Carlo Ponti (1912–2007) as her greatest achievements. This lavish photographic biography covers her impoverished childhood, her early films and her subsequent international success, and explores the contradictions of her public and private personae.
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
During the golden age of Hollywood the style and elegance of the studios' most famous stars were enhanced by the regular appearance of well-groomed dogs in their promotional photographs. The images collected here feature more than 130 actors posing alongside their canine friends, from the greats of the silent era, such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mary Pickford, to Joan Collins and Lee Marvin in the 1960s, while Elvis Presley meets a real-life Hound Dog.
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
'Never act with children or animals,' they say, but many of Hollywood's greatest stars were only too happy to be captured on film with their feline companions. This collection of over 100 vintage photographs offers a glimpse of such luminaries as Dirk Bogarde, Marlon Brando, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Jayne Mansfield, Kim Novak and Elizabeth Taylor in charming unguarded moments with their beloved pets, as well as the nameless strays who ruled the studios.
Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles
Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) became famous for his society portraits in the 1920s and went on to photograph people in all walks of life – from royalty to rock stars. This volume presents more than 120 of his portraits, accompanied by the photographer's written observations or reflections on his sitters. His thoughts are often wicked – John Betjeman is described as 'an Edwardian vaudeville tramp' – but always compelling as notes from Beaton's vast experience of the worlds of society, art, literature and performance.
Queen Elizabeth II
From bridesmaid to great-grandmother, this selection of photographs from the Press Association archives presents scenes from the life of possibly the most photographed woman in the world: Queen Elizabeth II. The photographs span a period of 80 years, from 1931 to 2011, and are mostly informal, whether Her Majesty is trooping the colour or the corgis. 20 snap out postcards.
The Three Graces
Snapshots of 20th-Century Women
Chosen for some distinctive element – an enigmatic pose or whimsical outfit – this collection of 135 snapshots dating from 1910 to the 1940s and reproduced in sepia tone, all depict three women posing together. Such snaps, displaced from personal albums, give only fragments of stories, but for Michal Raz-Russo, the photographs are 'transformed into cultural artefacts that collectively reveal a great deal about the evolving ritual of self-presentation before the camera'.
Queen Elizabeth II
Portraits by Cecil Beaton
The photographs of the British royal family by Sir Cecil Beaton (1904–80) are among the most widely published portraits of the 20th century and were instrumental in shaping the monarchy's public image. From teenage princess to mother and sovereign, Elizabeth II posed for his camera on numerous occasions. Containing over 50 formal portraits as well as candid behind-the-scenes photographs, and enlivened with anecdotes from Beaton's personal diaries, this book celebrates a unique collaboration.