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Issues

A History of Photography in Fashion Magazines


A showcase of ground-breaking photography of fashion magazines over the last century


Vince Aletti


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Price: USD$95.00

A showcase of ground-breaking photography of fashion magazines over the last century

Acclaimed photography critic Vince Aletti has selected 100 significant magazine issues from his expansive personal archive, revealing images by photographers rarely seen outside their original context. With his characteristic élan and featuring stunning images, Aletti has created a fresh, idiosyncratic, and previously unexplored angle on the history of photography.

Issues, a luxury, oversized object, richly illustrated with brilliant reproductions, and enclosed in an elegant archival-style magazine-file box, is an essential addition to every book collection on photography, fashion, and graphic design.

It's the first survey to explore the history of photography through the lens of fashion magazines, spanning the years 1925 to 2018. Magazines featured include American, British, and French Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Details, Purple Fashion, The Face, Dutch, and many more.



SPECIFICATIONS:

Format: Paperback
Size: 324 x 254 mm (12 3/4 x 10 in)
Pages: 468 pp
Illustrations: 670 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714876788

Vince Aletti is a writer, curator, and critic whose work appears regularly in such publications as Artforum, photograph, and Aperture. Aletti was art editor and photography critic of the Village Voice from 1994 to 2005 and reviewed photography exhibitions for the New Yorker’s "Goings On About Town" section from 2005 to 2016. He is the author of The Disco Files 1973-78: New York's Underground, Week by Week (2009, reissued 2018) and coauthor of Avedon Fashion 1994-2000 (2009) and has contributed essays to numerous publications on photography and fashion. In 2005, he won the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Writing. He lives and works in New York’s East Village.

"Vince Aletti's Obsessive Collection of Seminal Fashion Magazines."—The New Yorker Photo Booth

"Issues is a testament to the abundance of marvelous photographs that haven't been digitized."—WSJ. Magazine

"A celebration of the collaboration that goes into a printed page."—Globe & Mail Style Advisor

"Issues is a testament to the abundance of marvelous photographs that haven't been digitized."—WSJ. Magazine

"The style bible of style bibles... We can't wait to dress up our coffee table with new book Issues: A History of Photography in Fashion Magazines... Almost a century of cutting-edge fashion suits and iconic outfits... Fabulous, darling."—The Telegraph's Stella

"An essential reference point for those with even a passing interest in photography, fashion and graphic design."—The Essential Journal

"Phaidon book that catalogues the seminal work of photographers like Irving Penn, Steven Meisel and others, splashed across the pages of magazines like Vogue Italia, V and Dutch. It highlights certain issues of these magazines, with notes from Aletti on why they are both personal and widely significant."—The Face

"Vince's obsession with print has seen him amass what is likely the largest personal collection of magazines in the world... His sprawling knowledge of photographers, art directors and celebrities is legendary... Vince's fascination with the history of magazine publishing might have led him to go to extreme lengths in securing issues that fill the gaps, but the resulting book has made it something accessible to everyone: the first magazine in Issues is a 1925 issue of Harper's Bazaar, and many of the spreads from these historic issues are being republished for the first time."—i-D

"Fall back in love with fashion editorials. Phaidon's new tome, Issues, is a deep dive into the history of fashion photography."—Grazia magazine

"As any magazine hoarder will know, there is a nostalgic kind of joy to be found in opening up an old glossy. Recalling the clothes we wore, the trends we tried and the celebrities we followed, their musty pages act like Proustian time capsules for a bygone era. For Issues... curator and photography critic Vince Aletti, a collector of magazines since 1965, has turned his own archive into a comprehensive study of the fashion images that have defined the past century... Each selection is significant and accompanied by a short text. While many of the images are familiar in their own right, here it is the reminder of their context - alongside text and straddling the gutter - which makes the book so special."—The Financial Times

"Vince Aletti's Obsessive Collection of Seminal Fashion Magazines."—The New Yorker Photo Booth

"Issues is a testament to the abundance of marvelous photographs that haven't been digitized."—WSJ. Magazine

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