The Instamatics of Antonio Lopez.
Photographs by Antonio Lopez.
Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, 2010. 144 pp., 100 color illustrations, 12x15".
If Antonio Lopez had left us only his Instamatic photographs, and not the drawings for which he is known, we would still have cause to celebrate a brilliant artistic vision. The compendium includes the most creative and innovative of those images, spanning the 1970’s. Most of these have never been published and will come as a revelation to those unfamiliar with this aspect of his achievements.
Throughout his career Antonio kept a visual photographic diary of the people who came and went through the studio where he and his partner, art-director Juan Ramos, were rewriting the history of fashion illustration. Antonio was not content to merely record these faces and bodies; he elaborated each into a sequence, and then explored the potential fantasy within each series. He would arrange these pictures into photo albums.
This is the chronicle of an era as seen through the eyes and sensibility of one of it’s greatest visionaries. If you lived through that period this is one of the best ways of revisiting it; if you are seeing it for the first time, you will come away with a perfect snapshot of what it was like.