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People In Vogue: A Century of Portrait Photography Paperback – 6 Oct 2005

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316731145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316731140
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some extraordinary images are included in this collection. If you're a Vogue-ette, a photography nut, or a celebrity obsessive, this book is the book for your coffee table (HEAT)

They don't come more glamorous than PEOPLE IN VOGUE (YOU MAGAZINE)

A unique record of those whose talent has sealed them in our memories for decades; a stunning group of portraits by top photographers, made all the more fascinating by the benefit of hindsight. See for yourself (VOGUE)

From Virginia Woolf to Uma Thurman, rock stars, actors and cultural icons are brought together in this collection of stunning photos that look as fresh as the day they were taken (GRAZIA)

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Drawn from the archives of Vogue and spanning nearly a century, PEOPLE IN VOGUE is a stunning collection of photographs of the famous and infamous seen through the unrivalled and discriminating eye of the world's most definitive fashion magazine

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This book has inspired me in my ambition to become a photographer that captures Style, Class, Beauty, Elegance, and timeless pictures for that is what this book and it's contributers offer. Unless you consider people as fashion it is beyond fashion (thank God) a certain classic!
Dont think twice about purchasing it as a gift.
(This refers to the hardback version, however the photos are the same in the condensed version)
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Comprising nearly 350 pages, this is not just about models and socialites. The book is divided into decades with prominent figures from the 1920s right up to 2002 (the book was first published in 2003). It is fascinating to see the change in photographic style over the years. There are plenty of the old Hollywood stars - Rudolph Valentino, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Vivien Leigh, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, plus Coco Chanel, Wallis Simpson, Tennessee Williams, the ill fated Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate, a charming picture of a three-year old Stella McCartney on the beach (not sure this would be acceptable in today's world!), Kate Moss almost unrecognisable in 1993 with dark hair, a surprisingly virginal looking Jude Law, a very stylised Charles Hawtry in drag (quite convincing!), the gorgeous Brigitte Bardot in her heyday, John and Yoko, Peter Ustinov in his Aston Martin with his children, politicians, choreographers and dancers. The book includes previously unpublished pictures and out-takes including Sophia Loren and singer P J Proby (how good looking he was), contact sheets and a brief history of each sitter. Fascinating and well worth a look. We all have an era we identify closely with and there is something for everyone in this very attractive coffee table book.
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I remember seeing the original hardback version of this book on sale some years ago. I cannot remember the cover price but it was certainly more than twice that of this version. I was not able to justify buying that version at the time and it is no longer available. The title is a play on words; obviously the photographs were taken either at the behest of Vogue or were intended to appear in it - not all did - but the models were 'in vogue' for one reason or another at the time the photographs were taken. Some were models in the normal sense but many were either authors, actors, pop stars, artists, film producers or directors with no direct connections to the world of fashion and the remainder mostly designers.

This version appears to be an electronically or photographically reduced version of the original. I don't have a problem with the photographic content as the book is of similar size to many others and many of its images are either presented full page or an a two-page spread. Where I do have an issue is in the size of font used - it is far too small to read comfortably. To make matters worse, a significant proportion is reversed white (or grey) on black and that will always be more difficult to read and especially in the size used here. In most instances, the text is legible only under good light. I cannot think of another book which I now own or have owned in the past where this was an issue.

The contents are arranged by decade but not necessarily chronologically within the chapter. The styles of photography, and of the clothing worn, is therefore very evident. I have often stated in other reviews that the imagery in many books should be sufficient to stand alone and that any text is largely superfluous; that is largely also true with this.
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I own quite a few books on portrait photography, and threw the paperback version of this book in my basket on a whim. It's certainly cheap enough, and I hadn't noticed there was also a hardcover.

The content of this book is fantastic. It's a great collection of portraits, and I appreciated the short texts that accompany them. But the print in the paperback is so ridiculously small that it's often hard to read. And the binding flimsy and prone to cracking - don't try to lay the book spread open too flat. I got back on Amazon the next day and found the hardcover version of this book, which I will buy and then I'll give away the paperback to someone.

tl;dr - If you like this kind of content, it's worth paying extra for the (larger) hardcover edition.
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Others have said it, but the print is too small. The whole book would benefit from being 50% larger. Takes you through the decades, a good start to anyone who just wants an overview of the visual history of Vogue.
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For the money this is a little gem of a fashion book. If you want the bigger hard back version, pay the money and have a coffee table version. But this is easy to hold and easy to flick through.
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