With contributions by Andreas Angelidakis, Annette Aurell, Vanessa Beecroft, Laetitia Benat, Dike Blair, Mark Borthwick, Banu Cennetoglu, Anders Edström, Maria Finn, Elein Fleiss, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Miquel Gori, Mauricio Guillen, John Minh Guyen, Anne-Iris Guyonnet, Takashi Homma, Bernard Joisten, Olaf Klaasseni, Marcelo Krasilcic, Claude Lévêque, Miltos Manetas, Jack Pierson, Terry Richardson, Torbjorn Rodland, François Rotger, Collier Schorr, Laura Sciacovelli, Kenshu Shintsubo, Chikashi Suzuki, Ellen Treasure, Viktor & Rolf, Camille Vivier.

When those in the magazine industry need inspiration, they look to Purple. It has influenced countless other magazines and spawned trends that have trickled down through all levels of culture. To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, this volume brings together the best in fashion, art, and culture from Purple’s illustrious history. Purple revolutionized fashion photography in the nineties by commissioning fine artists to shoot fashion editorials. What resulted was a raw, improvisational aesthetic, which continues to exert its power today. Many of our most promising artists contribute to Purple’s pages, including Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, John Currin, and Vanessa Beecroft. Among the celebrity muses who appear regularly are Kim Gordon, Chloe Sevigny, Kate Moss, Catherine Deneuve, and Vincent Gallo. Along with images, the book also presents essays by such renowned writers as Glenn O’Brien, Gary Indiana, and Dave Hickey. These texts further the book’s larger purpose: to chart the development of art and fashion during the past fifteen years. This is the ultimate deluxe collection for serious fashion, art, photography, graphic design, and magazine aficionados.

With contributors from Europe, America, and Asia, Purple’s global perspective has transformed contemporary magazine style. Past contributors from the photo, fashion, literary, art, and music communities to this popular journal have included Jack Pierson, Martin Margiela, Mariko Mori, Richard Prince, Susan Cianciolo, Harmony Korine, Terry Richardson, Comme des Garcons, Andrea Zittel, Mark Borthwick, Victor & Rolf, John McCracken, Takashi Homma, Helmut Lang, Marc Gonzales, Dike Blair, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and many more.

New Documentary is a bilingual exhibition catalogue (Japanese/English) published in conjunction with a traveling retrospective of the photographer`s work to date. The exhibitions are being held at three major contemporary art venues in Japan between January 2011 and September 2012. The book itself is a beautifully designed, engaging, and accessible introduction to the work of one of Japan`s most prominent contemporary photographers and gives the reader a taste of seven of Homma`s major projects from the last ten years: “Trails,” “Tokyo and My Daughter,” “Widows,” “M,” “Together: Wildlife Corridors in Los Angeles,” “Seeing Itself,” and “Short Hope.” While it`s the Homma of the museum wall and the contemporary art world that`s featured in this book, his work from years as a fashion and editorial photographer are also included in a section entitled “re-construction” in which he re-cropped and re-photographed in black-and-white clips from his commercial work. Perhaps most illuminating is the section “Photobooks,” a comprehensive list of Homma`s published books, zines, and magazines, complete with illustrated excerpts. Different types of paper are used for the different sections of the book, reinforcing the visual diversity on display with a tactile diversity. Also included are essays by Noi Sawaragi, Elein Fleiss, Francesco Zanot, and Motoaki Hori.

The relaxed photograph of Lawrence Weiner that graces the cover of this edition sets the tone for the rest of this collection of portraits of well and lesser-known personalities that were taken by Japanese photographer Shingo Wakagi. Neither forceful or overly orchestrated, the photographer invariably captures his subjects in a relaxed state and often in a familiar environment. Terry Riley, Wolfgang Tillmans, Gilbert & George, Brassai, Sophie Calle, Jim Jarmusch, Yoshimoto Nara, Sam Taylor-Wood, Luc Tuymans, Daniel Buren, Elein Fleiss, Jurgen Lehl and Sori Yanagi are some of the 57 personalities collected here, presented one full photograph to a page.

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