Fashion photography is a sub-field of photography that focuses on clothing presented by models. Often such photographs are used for advertising, but some are taken for purely aesthetic reasons. Fashion photographye fascinates fashion enthusiasts as well as aesthetics lovers. The eye is treated to beautiful fashion, special settings and extraordinary & beautiful models. Fashion photography established itself as an art form in its own right. There are exhibitions of famous fashion photographers in galleries or museums. The following book list summarizes the 9 most successful and currently most popular picture books of fashion photography. We also have more book recommendations for Fashion & Beauty, Models & Style Icons, Learning Photography and Health, Nutrition & Fitness.
LaChapelle – Heaven to Hell
American photographer David LaChapelle takes the viewer on a journey through his world of images. Flashy, colorful, eye-catching – powerful images are LaChapelle’s motto. An interesting picture book with great productions of the artist. LaChapelle has already worked for magazines, such as interview magazines and photographed numerous celebrities, from Maria Carey to Eminem, to Whitney Houston. The viewer can marvel at the works and their vibrant colors and search for exciting details.
Christian Schuller – Tales for Oskar
Kristian Schuller – a master of colorful contrasts and elaborate staging, one of the most famous German fashion photographers of the time. Schuller’s photographs are inspired by the film and theater scene. He is famous for his grand stagings and colorful works through which he expresses his passion for fashion and photography. He studied with fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and Schuller had his international breakthrough with F. C. Gundlach. He has worked for major magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair and has photographed model celebrities such as Heidi Klum. In “Tales for Oskar” Schuller shows his most impressive works and convinces with his typical, dazzling imagination. A picture book which tells colourful stories. Schuller stimulates and gives the viewer time for his own thoughts and interpretations. Playful, dreamy, creative!
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Tim Walker – Tim Walker Pictures
Tim Walker is a British fashion photographer who is at home in the glamour world. In his book he shows the range of his works and gives the viewer a good overview of his art. The latter is immersed in Walker’s world of glamour through the fabulous settings. Adventurous, creative, and glamorous, the works in Tim Walker Pictures include sketches as well as Polaroid photographs – works not otherwise available to the public. Walker’s images have been featured in major magazines, such as Vogue. The illustrated book gives an insight into the creative creation of Walker’s works.
Jérome Gautier – Chanel. One Name – One Style: (Special Edition)
The huge picture book Chanel. A Name – A Style is a book of the extra class. In the typical Chanel look, the photographs of famous photographers such as Mario Testino, Karl Lagerfeld or Cecil Beaton are convincing. Chanel stands for timeless, elegant style – Coco Chanel revolutionized the 20th century with her creations and inspirations. The illustrated book shows picture material from the time of the influential fashion designer Coco Chanel, which is compared with pictures from photo shoots from today. A picture comparison of the fashion scene of different generations with a lasting style – grandiosely solved.
Michel Comtes – Thirty Years and Five Minutes
Thirty Years and Five Minutes is a picture book as a tribute to the great (fashion) photographer Michel Comte. He photographed many celebrities in his career, such as George Clooney or Sophia Loren. One of his most famous works is a black and white photograph of top model Carla Bruni. He also worked for major designer labels, such as Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana, Chloe, Chanel or Versace. In this picture volume, the viewer enjoys Comte’s great works in retro perspective.
Vincent Peters – The Light between Us
Vincent Peters is a German fashion photographer who emigrated to New York when he was 18 and has been working on an international basis ever since. Peters is one of the busiest fashion photographers in the world. In the illustrated book The Light between Us, the exceptional artist presents his extraordinary photographs and portraits of famous personalities, such as Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey or David Beckham. He photographed for renowned magazines, such as Vogue or GQ, and worked for famous designer labels, such as Louis Vuitton or Dior. Peter’s pictures of famous personalities become icons, they immortalize themselves in the memories of the viewers. His secret: small gestures instead of big poses. No big backdrops, the person is completely in the foreground. The pictures are mostly in black and white and radiate a special refinement. The picture texts are written in German, English and French.
Philippe Daverio: Pirelli – The Calendar. 50 years and more
A legend – the Pirelli calendar appeared for the first time in 1964 and was initially sent to selected VIPs. It always showed glamorous pictures of famous models like Gisele Bündchen, Kate Moss, Alessandra Ambrosio, Cindy Crawford or Naomi Campbell. For a model, being photographed for the Pirelli calendar is an honour as well as a knighthood among the top models. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the famous Pirelli calendar, an illustrated book of all calendar pictures has now been compiled. This is one of the bestsellers of nude or partial nude photography. The photographs are by important photographers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Nick Knight, Peter Beard, Sarah Moon or Mario Testino. The volume also includes previously censored photographs and the unpublished 1963 Pirelli calendar, as well as an introduction by Philippe Daverio and interviews with well-known art directors Derek Forsyth and Martyn Walsh. A legend of fashion photography, a must-have for all fashion photography enthusiasts.
Nadine Barth – Dream Women: Star photographers show their vision of beauty
In this book, the world’s top fashion photographers present their shots of the world’s most beautiful women. Freely according to the motto “The best & the most beautiful”. In this book, however, it is about more than the image of the socially standardized beauty. The star photographers shed light on their own image and their visions of beauty. They explain the finding and power of a muse and personal inspirations. A book that unites the elite of star photographers, interesting, fascinating and recommended for fashion, photography and art enthusiasts.
Nathalie Herschdorfer – Timelessly beautiful
100 years of fashion photography from Man Ray to Mario Testino
Condé Nast is one of the most renowned and largest magazine publishers in the world. With this book, the publisher gives exclusive insights into the archive of fashion photography in recent years. Among them is a Who’s Who of star photographers and numerous celebrities have been photographed for magazines such as Vogue or Glamour. Among others are the photography legends Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newton, Edward Steichen, Ellen von Unwerth or Mario Testino. A special book, a must-have for every (fashion) photography enthusiast.
Oliver Rath – Berlin Boheme
Oliver Rath is a well-known and popular photographer from Berlin. With his book “Berlin Bohème” he combines his strengths: Dynamics, eroticism and provocation. His settings remind the viewer of film sets, some of them of times past. Rath’s photographic artworks range from spontaneous snapshots to well-constructed scenes. His talent and imagination: boundless and impressive. He draws the viewer under his spell and into a world of his own. Oliver Rath taught himself photography, today he is known for his enormous talent. His main focus is on potraits (e.g. of fashion god Karl Lagerfeld or top model Eva Padberg) and photo series (e.g. for GQ, the New York Times or Rolling Stone Magazine).