The book corner section highlights the most original aspects of this season's themes and culture, through works selected from our KENZO boutiques and reviewed by Angelo Cirimele. This week he chose 50 Years, the retrospective book of Francesco Scavullo's photographic career. Think of any big star of the seventies or eighties, and you can guarantee that Scavullo took their picture.
Our epoch is defined by fleeting careers, where each fifteen minutes of fame must follow one after the other without flagging. So when a photographer who is still living celebrates his 50 year-long career, we are put in a reflective frame of mind. In this 1997 book, Scavullo organized his photographs around different chapters. Some of his most famous snapshots include Janis Joplin at the beginning of her career, Brooke Shields whom he discovered, and also the clubbers of Danceteria, the 1980s New York club. While Scavullo lived through different periods, he particularly managed to capture true American glamour from the 1960s through to the 1980s, the decade during which femininity was at its peak with top models such as Crawford, Evangelista and co. Faithful to the studio set-up, he also immortalized the great figures of music, dance and cinema, evolving his photographic style to the rhythms of design and framing of each era. 50 years is as much a portrait gallery as it is a photographic memory.
'Scavullo – 50 years', 1977, 224 p. Ed. Abrams.
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