Happy Valentine's day from 5 Phaidon photographers

Joel Meyerowitz, Eliott Erwitt, René Burri, Martin Parr and Danny Lyon train their lenses on love
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New Year's Eve NYC 1965 (Kiss Me Stupid) - Joel Meyerowitz
New Year's Eve NYC 1965 (Kiss Me Stupid) - Joel Meyerowitz

Diane Arbus said that, "love involves a peculiar unfathomable combination of understanding and misunderstanding." It's a conundrum that many a photographer has attempted to depict over the years. So here are five different views of Cupid's arrow as it flies through the air today. Each image is from a Phaidon photographer whose work you can find our online store

 

Elliott Erwitt
Elliott Erwitt

Check out our Eliott Erwitt book Snaps which is arranged in nine chapters, each with a one-word title: Look, Move, Play, Read, Rest, Touch, Tell, Point, Stand. For Erwitt, whose photography is a study and celebration of life, these are the basic actions of life - the things people do. The photographs are not intended to illustrate the words, but the words act as a means of grouping and organizing, making broad connections and also playing with pun and ambiguity, in keeping with the visual games Erwitt plays. 

 

Couple on a train in Tokyo - René Burri
Couple on a train in Tokyo - René Burri

Edited and compiled by the distinguished writer Hans-Michael Koetzle, in close collaboration with René Burri, Photographs is a historic book of the major political events and key personalities of the twentieth century - as seen through the eyes of one photographer. In 21 thematically-organized chapters, we accompany Burri across Europe to the Middle East, Vietnam, Brazil, Cuba and beyond; we visit Picasso, Le Corbusier, Yves Klein and Giacometti in their studios; we witness political figures such as Che Guevara in repose, and Fidel Castro at the helm. A work of epic scope in its own right, this book is a magnificent tour de force.

 

Inside Kathy's Apartment - Danny Lyon
Inside Kathy's Apartment - Danny Lyon

In 1963, Danny Lyon spent time in a poor white area of Chicago called Uptown. Nicknamed ‘hillbilly heaven'. It was a tough and deprived neighbourhood. With a borrowed Rolleiflex camera, he followed the inhabitants of Clifton Street, where he befriended the families who lived there, documenting intimate moments both inside their homes and on the street. The scene of Inside Kathy’s Apartment is particularly intimate, not only in the tender moment shared between the seated couple but also because we see various private domestic objects and a third person, sat only inches away and yet completely engrossed in her own activities.

 

The Swiss - Martin Parr
The Swiss - Martin Parr

Our upcoming New Format 55 book is the most affordable monograph available on Martin Parr and the pocket-sized format is the perfect primer to the Bristol photographer's work. Martin's work bridges the divide between art and documentary photography. His studies of the idiosyncrasies of mass culture and consumerism around the world, his innovative imagery and his prolific output have placed him firmly at the forefront of contemporary art. He has also made a number of influential photobooks on his work, including The Last Resort, Think of England and Boring Postcards and is himself an avid collector of books and a world authority on the photobook, co-authoring The Photobook: A History Volume I and Volume II with Gerry Badger in 2004 and 2006. The third volume is available for pre-order now.


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