Silvana Michel Comte: Not only Women Feminine Icons of Our Times Alessandro Luigi Perna, Maurizio Vanni & Enrico Stefanelli Available: February 2011 ISBN: 9788836618750 Price: £16.25 Format: Paperback Pages: 72 Illustrations: 60 col photos Size: 280 x 230 mm Category: Photography Rights: UK, Eire & Scandinavia only
This book accompanies an exhibition offering a selection of sixty images from one of the biggest names in photography and portrait painting, Michel Comte, creator of advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabana, Armani and Versace, and loved by models and actresses from all around the world. Through his photographic technique, he reinvents the portrait with dynamic images, that make stand out the spiritual essence of his subjects. Over the course of his thirty year career, Michel Comte has photographed the big cinema stars and those from the world of fashion, theatre, music and art, including Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, Cindy Crawford, Carla Bruni, Letitia Casta, Sophia Loren and Whitney Houston “Not only “ brings together the most intense and significant portraits of women realized by the artist. And it defines who were, who are and who will be the women of our times.
Han Lei: Book of Photography Xia Jifeng
Available: February 2011 ISBN: 9789881890740 Price: £25.95 Format: Paperback Pages: 208 Illustrations: 194 col photos Size: 250 x 185mm Category: Photography Rights: UK, Scand, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Eastern Europe & Russia only
Han Lei was born in 1967 and is one of the most important young photographic artists in China. His work is a perfect combination of both conceptual and documenting aspects which are two major functions of photography as a tool for artistic creation. Han Lei’s achievement in photography hardly matches his young age. Starting in 1985, he started using black and white photos to record the daily life of Northern China, which later became an important part in China’s self-image of that period of time in history. After 2000, Han Lei start working with conceptual photography, by posing photography, which has also become an essential episode in Chinese contemporary art. In China, the success of documentation photography is usually by ascetic practices and opportunities, while success of conceptual photography is reached by talent and mind. The perfect composition which is in Han Le’s work is rare.
JOHN RULE SPRING 2011