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Corinne Day: Diary Hardcover – 1 Jan 2001

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  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Kruse Verlag (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3934923011
  • ISBN-13: 978-3934923010
  • Product Dimensions: 28.8 x 23.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,430,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Famous for her 1990 photographs of a young Kate Moss resplendent in Native American head-dress and little else, self-taught photographer Corinne Day has come to epitomise the late-20th century "heroin chic" look. Shunned by Vogue magazine after a photo-shoot showing Moss in less-than-salubrious surroundings, Day has spent the last decade graphically photographing her friends in a London of damp squats, peeling wallpaper, drug taking, sex and endless sticky summers. The result is a Diary: a series of candid, astonishingly intimate portraits of a group of young people a world away from the aspirations of New Labour's Britain, at the centre of which is Day's close friend Tara. We see Tara crying, smoking, nursing her baby, having sex, wrapped in tinsel and little else at a party, emptying her daughter's paddling pool with a look of absorbed parental concentration and on an earlier occasion exhausted but laughing in a bathroom with a filthy sink. All the ages of woman are evident in these images, which is a towering achievement for Day. The photographs would be deemed voyeuristic were it not for Day's proximity to and involvement with her subjects; in a harrowing few entries she documents her own brain-tumour diagnosis in 1996, preparal for surgery, and later recovery. Some of the most poignant portraits are those of Day's friend Yank who died early in 2000, and to whom the book is dedicated. Following on from the groundbreaking 1970s work of New Yorker Nan Goldin (I'll Be Your Mirror), Diary is a significant contribution to the documentation of the London demi-monde at the end of the 20th century. The book accompanies Day's first solo exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery in London. And rumour has it that she is now working with Kate Moss and Vogue again, as heroin chic comes full circle. --Catherine Taylor

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Format: Hardcover
Gritty, hard-edged depiction of slumming it in squats with ketamine up your nose. The images are moving, and darkly beautiful, off centred out out of focus off the cuff images of young people on the dole, living their lives. Whilst many who have viewd Day's work with disgust at their honesty, these images are never self loathing. The girls and boys are having fun, and living their lives. This woman's work changed the way I looked at photography. More self aware and perhaps manipulative than Nan Goldin, but frank and brilliant.
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By A Customer on 4 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book contains moving images from the life of Corinne Day herself dipicting herself and her friends who surround her. The images can be seen as disguisting yet reading the things which are along side shows a certain aspect of her life to date. It shows the struggle she and her friends have had. Also she is the british version and has taken her insperation from the fantastic work of american photographer Nan Goldin who's dipitions also tell a great story of their life.
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Beautifully created book from the Photographer that was first to photograph Kate Moss for the Face Magazine. This amazing book gives an insite into the kaotic lifestyle it's author was living in at the time, this book is chock full of candid, shocking, drug addled....mayhem! Brilliant!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9688c150) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x968bb57c) out of 5 stars definitely "heroin-chic",but compelling,masterful&moving 27 Aug. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
the thing that struck me hardest was amazement that not only corinne day herself but all of her friends featured in this LITERAL diary of a photography book would let themselves and the intimate details of their lives be documented in such an overwhelmingly INTENSE and PERSONAL way.you begin to feel you know these people,you care when they are in obvious pain,you see the narrative of their lives unfolding before you,especially tara,who is obviously a dear friend of corinne day's,probably a former lover.be forewarned:there are explicit scenes of drug use,and even graphic sex in a few pictures.but it is not at all distasteful-in fact,it is somehow profoundly beautiful,and you feel so grateful that these people have shared their lives with you.this book is REALITY in all of its misery and bliss,the black,white,and huge grey space in between.oh,and by the by,a really hot model named georgina cooper who went on to enormous success in the fashion biz is featured in a number of awesome pics here,in case you're most interested in the fashion aspects of corinne's work.granted,she's wearing no makeup,and is stoned in several of the pics,but she still looks gorgeous:o)! i haven't loved a photography book as much as i love this one in a very long time.i will cherish this book always.
HASH(0x968bb9f0) out of 5 stars VERY REAL!!!! 21 Feb. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was an incredible book. After looking at the pictures I really felt as though I knew Corinne and her friends. The images were very vivid and real. The book totally enraptured me with its realism. Some imgaes were graphic, but they helped add to the genuineness of the book.
Overall, I would hghly recommend it!
HASH(0x968bb96c) out of 5 stars incredible 10 Nov. 2002
By Kathleen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this book is amazing, one of the most visceral collections of photographs i have ever seen. some may be offended by the pictures, but like it or not, this is corinne day's life.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x968bbd38) out of 5 stars A bit weak 15 Dec. 2001
By Kenichiro Aoki - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A collection of photos from her personal life, some of which are explicit and some of which are beautiful. The work is strongly reminiscent of that of Nan Goldin both in content and in the use of colors, whose influence the author openly acknowledges. I found the more explicit photos to be the less interesting ones.
Were I not familiar with Nan G's work, I might have liked the book better. However, when I compare the work to NG's, I find that it does not cut deep enough, less coherent and seems more exploitative, not to mention unoriginal. NG used to give slide shows of the photos to people including the subjects she took photos of. Can Corinne Day do that? Would her subjects come and congratulate her on her exhibit? I don't know, but I somehow doubt it.
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