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on 9 March 2004
Wow!! I got this book for Christmas and was absolutely gobsmacked by the beautiful compilation of portraits of famous people featured in Vogue over the Century.
Its a big book and there is a portrait per page with some on two pages with plain B&W writing on the other, or all on one page if the portraits small. Although the portraits are often B&W (something I don't usually like) it actually accentuates the quality and its so much fun and really interesting and informative to look at, you can spend hours finding out about different film stars, models, royals (it features the 1991 widely reproduced portrait of the Prince and Princess of Wales and their two sons William and Harry having a picnic at Highgrove. The late Diana is slightly ironic in the picture, she famously disliked horses and is wearing riding clothes which she rarely would have actually worn!!!)
It starts of with portraits of Viginia Woolf and Basil Rathbone and Rudolph Valentino, and at the end of course there are the modern popular beauties Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss ect.
Occasionally there are a set of photos, and there is even a set of informal previously unseen photos of Marlene Dietrich at a party in 1955; smoking and avidly chatting to friends seemingly unaware of the photographer.
This is a brilliant, facinating set of portraits which you just have to buy and own, Amazon has it for a wonderful price too and its just a treasure to any person, any age!!!
It also makes an excellant present for someone special!!!
'People in Vogue: A Century of Portrait Photography' captures each indiviual's spirit in gorgous portraits full of life and style, and makes a marvellous addition too any collection.
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on 14 October 2005
Possibly not the most insightful or constructive review but this book is essential for anyone wanting to be inspred by fashion and fashion photography. A modern day Classic.
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on 18 April 2014
A very high quality book, full of brilliant images from some of the worlds greatest photographers.Very much a reflection of the times that these artists and celebrities lived in. Definitely one for the lovers of high quality magazines and fine photography,a keeper.
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