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Gloss: Photography of Dangerous Glamour


The first monograph on notorious photographer Chris von Wangenheim, whose shocking work epitomised the glamour and excess of the 1970s and reflected the fashionable underworld living life on the edge. Between the years 1968 and 1981, photographer Chris von Wangenheim shocked the world with a body of work that explored sex, violence, and danger in the realm of high fashion. Von Wangenheim’s dark photographs were emblematic of the time-an era that encompassed Deep Throat, the sexual revolution, punk, and porn-and continually challenged the viewers’ taste by its stylised depictions of suggestive (and often harrowing) narratives. His images appeared in every top fashion publication-including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia, and Interview-and he produced unforgettable campaigns for Dior and Valentino until he died in a car accident at age 39. This book, the first monograph on von Wangenheim’s career, contains over two hundred provocative and iconic images from this tumultuous era, including never-before-seen outtakes from memorable shoots with such supermodels as Christie Brinkley, Lisa Taylor, and the late Gia Carangi. Drawing on interviews with models, editors, art directors, and photographers who were influenced by him, the Padilhas revive von Wangenheim’s explosive depictions of the glamour and excess of the 1970s for a contemporary audience and reveal how his work continues to inform fashion imagery today.

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