Deborah Turbeville : photocollage / [edited by] Nathalie Herschdorfer ; texts by Vince Aletti, Felix Hoffmann, Carla Sozzani, and Anna Tellgren.

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London ; New York, New York : Thames & Hudson, 2023.
240 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 26 x 31 cm


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"Timeless, evocative, and hauntingly beautiful photocollages in a retrospective monograph by a truly innovative image maker whose female gaze transformed fashion photography. American photographer Deborah Turbeville defies classification. She belongs to no school nor movement. Her unique visual signature has been recognizable since her emergence as a major talent in the 1970s. Her images are evocative, difficult to date at first glance, and seem dreamlike to our twenty-first-century eyes, a very different representation of feminine beauty from the highly sexualized works of her male contemporaries. This new publication focuses on the area of Turbeville's practice where her genius as an artist can be found: photocollage. In contrast to her contemporaries in fashion photography, she was deliberately playful with her images: xeroxing, cutting, scraping, and pinning prints together, writing in the margins and creating narrative sequences. Her work is located far from single, glossy images. It inhabits a liminal zone between art and commerce. Built upon extensive research in the Deborah Turbeville archive, the work shown spans commercial and personal projects, with many images published for the first time. With texts by Vince Aletti, Anna Tellgren, and Felix Hoffmann, this book brings into the spotlight the ways in which Turbeville redefined fashion photography, moving away from the sexual provocation and stereotypes assigned by male photographers to an idea of femininity on her terms" --Provided by publisher.
Published to accompany touring exhibition opening at Photo Elysée in Lausanne.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references.
  • Magic realism : the fictions of Deborah Turbeville, from the darkroom to photocollage / Nathalie Herschdorfer
  • The beginnings
  • Deborah Turbeville's haunted neoclassicism / Vince Aletti
  • Revelations
  • The pictorial impulse of Deborah Turbeville / Anna Tellgren
  • Journeys
  • Time and timelessness : on the concept of reproduction in the work of Deborah Turbeville / Felix Hoffmann
  • Other homes
  • Carla Sozzani on Deborah Turbeville / interview by Nathalie Herschdorfer
  • Fictions
  • Afterword / Michael W. Sonnenfeldt and Richard Grosbard
  • Illustrated chronology / Christina Cacouris.
Other title(s)
  • 9780500026212 ((hardback))
  • 0500026211 ((hardback))
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