How to Photograph Women.
Photographs by Olivier Zahm.
Steidl, 2012. 500 pp., 750 illustrations, 8¼x12".
Ever since Karl Lagerfeld gave him his first digital camera, Olivier Zahm – the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the critically-acclaimed magazine Purple Fashion – has been taking pictures that he regularly publishes in the Night section of his magazine as well as on his website, Purple Diary. This book largely features Zahm’s personal pictures from the past seven years including images of nightlife and parties, friends, girlfriends, sex, celebrities, landscape and architecture. His mostly black-and-white photos combine his favourite erotic references, such as the work of Nobuyoshi Araki, Helmut Newton, and Richard Kern with a typically nineties snapshot aesthetic which gives a feeling of intimacy and reality to his pictures. All images are credited and often commented on by Zahm, lending a direct, personal edge to this story.
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