50 Photo Icons | The Story Behind The Pictures by Hans-Michael Koetzle
“A meticulous analysis by an erudite historian.
Each shot is accompanied by a fascinating commentary.”— Le Monde, Paris
I saw this newly published book the other day at a friend’s home. Each photo, each essay, takes you to a different point in history. Each photographer becomes a visual historian – for our eyes to take in what they wanted to convey.
“Photographs have a strange and powerful way of shaping the way we see the world and influencing our perceptions of reality. To demonstrate the unique and profound influence on culture and society that photographs have, Photo Icons puts the most important landmarks in the history of photography under the microscope.
Each chapter of this special edition focuses on a single image which is described and analyzed in detail, in aesthetic, historical, and artistic contexts. The book begins with the very first permanent images (Nicéphore Niépce’s 1827 eight-hour-exposure rooftop picture and Louis Daguerre’s famous 1839 street scene) and takes the reader up through the present day, via the avant-garde photography of the 1920s and works such as Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (1936), Robert Doisneau’s Kiss in Front of City Hall (1950), and Martin Parr’s ’New European photography.” from TASCHEN | See & Read more at their web site:
We are pleased to present a new book designed by our faculty member, Emily Wardwell. After graduating from Parsons Emily started her design career as an editorial designer with the redesign of TeenVogue, In 2005 she became the Art Director responsible for the full redesign of the Almay brand staged by Revlon. Once the launch was set in motion, Emily moved on to become the art director of Delia*s tween fashion catalog. She returned to Condé Nast in 2006 to design for Vogue in the editorial art department focusing on special projects such as Vogue Living, Fashion Rocks and a series of coffee table books published between 2007 and 2009 including; Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People [Knopf, 2007], The World in Vogue: People, Places Parties [Knopf, 2009] and Extreme Beauty in Vogue [Skira, 2009]. In 2008, when Glamourmagazine came under new design direction she was responsible for the redesign of the beauty section among other elements.
Over the past four years Emily has been running the 40/4 Design Studio, which she founded. The boutique design studio specializes in fashion, lifestyle and beauty branding along with the design of publications for both large and small publishing houses. Projects have included Herb Ritts: The Golden Hour [Rizzoli, 2010], It’s Modern: The Eye and Visual Influence of Alexander Liberman [Rizzoli, 2013] for Charles Churchward and most recently, Tory Burch In Color [Abrams, 2014] for Tory Burch.
Marina Abramovic is a Yugoslavian-born performance artist based out of NYC. Described as the “grandmother of performance art”, her performance works explore and question many elements of the human experience, such as patience, endurance, resistance, gesturing, and stillness.
Rest Energy With Ulay, 1980.
AAA AAA (1978)
Another great video to watch is this one:
, in which Abramovic describes her transformation from performance artist to fashionista.
In the 1970s and 80s, around the time of Abramovic’s emergence, it was contemporary thought to look down upon interplay between art and fashion. Abramovic says “In the 70s, when artists wore red lipstick, and nail polish, and any kind of relation to fashion, it was discussed like [you were being a] really bad artist, as if [fashion is] the way you have to prove yourself because you can’t do it with the work.” However, after her relationship with her artistic collaborator, Ulay Laysiepen was dissolved, Abramovic felt more artistic freedom to explore femininity, and in particular, fashion as it relates to art. After this time, Abramovic says she “didn’t need to prove to anybody anything anymore … [now] I can really embrace fashion”.
Since then, Abramovic has appeared on the covers of Elle Magazine, Vogue Ukraine, and V Magazine:
An inspiring artist who used her talents and infused them into the world of fashion.