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Gloss: Photography of Dangerous Glamour


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Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha are the founders of MAO Public Relations and MAO Mag and the authors of The Stephen Sprouse Book and Antonio Lopez: Fashion, Art, Sex, and Disco. Steven Klein is one of the most challenging and provocative artists in photography and film. Klein's riveting body of work consumes viewers and entices them into his extreme vision.


"Considered one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time, his work was - and still is - titillating, exhilerating and evocative, standing on par with contemporaries like Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton before his untimely passing in 1981 at just 39. A lot of his images have remained unpublished until now . . . the book features over 200 images alongside rarely seen and never-before-seen shots.

"Though von Wangenheim's career and life were cut short by a tragic car accident in 1981, Gloss points readers toward the countless ways that his influence lives on today in the form of editorials and campaigns."

"Von Wangenheim's highly erotic photos are envelope-pushers even by today's standards."
-OUT.COM "Chris von Wangenheim epitomized the 70s. The fashion photographer captured the glamour and excess of the era with highly provocative images exploring sex, violence and danger with high fashion. This gorgeous monograph contains interviews from models, editors and art directors and over 200 jaw-dropping images, some of which are outtakes from memorable shoots." "Mr. Von Wangenheim was perhaps one of the most provacative photographers of all time. From the late 1960's all the way into 1981, when he died in a car accident, this artist captured the glam and excess of that era. . . [Gloss] includes more than 200 images, some legendary, some unknown. The suggestive narratives are as inspiring now as they were then and continue to impress the industry. . . Mr. Von Wangenheim's work might have faded with his passing but it wasn't forgotten."

"In the 1970s, when fashion photography was focused on overtly sexual, and often disturbing, subject matter--a reflection of the women's liberation movement, as well as the fiscal crisis and the urban crime wave that followed--Chris von -Wangenheim's dangerously seductive pictures stood out as some of the most extreme. . . [Gloss] sheds light on a meticulous, dedicated artist who helped define his era."

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