These new fashion photography books will inspire conversation around the coffee table this party season

These new fashion photography books will inspire conversation around the coffee table this party season

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Text: Aravin Sandran

World (The Price of Love) by Martin Parr


English rock band New Order's music video for "World (The Price of Love)" (1993) featured long Steadicam shots of tourists lounging on the glitzy beaches of Cannes in the French Riviera. Now, the video and location lend themselves to British documentary photographer Martin Parr's collaborative limited edition photo book with Gucci. This isn't his first jaunt around the seaside though; Parr has been documenting all aspects of the beach-going culture including lazy sunbathers, active swimmers and social picnickers, especially of provincial England in his two most outstanding books so far: The Last Resort (1986) and Life's A Beach (2013). It's ironic though that Parr who uses his lens to explore capitalist themes of consumerism and social class hierarchies has partnered with one of the most recognisable names in fashion. The book obviously features the decadent stylings of creative director Alessandro Michele's clothing and accessories but it is because of Parr's vivid, saturated compositions of wrinkled and bronzed grannies that you can almost taste the salty sea breeze.

Martin Parr's World (The Price Of Love) is being released via IDEA Books at Dover Street Market Singapore.

Rankin: Unfashionable: 30 Years of Fashion Photography


To coincide with his 30th year of shooting, Rankin Waddell — who is better known simply by his first name   has published the very first retrospective of his photographic career. The book is curated in reversed chronology, beginning with his latest pursuits and current magazine Hunger TV, before making its way into the 1990s when Rankin made his mark on the scene with his fashion and portraiture work as one of the founders of British cult magazines Dazed & Confused and AnOther Magazine. One of the most famous editorials graces the cover: supermodel Sharlom Harlow with tears running down her cheeks in Weep for one of Dazed's issues in 1994. Besides bold and gritty imagery, the book is supplemented with interviews with his collaborators and muses including co-founder Jefferson Hack and supermodel Kate Moss as well as contact sheets, outtakes and film stills that provide a keyhole view of Rankin's distinct photographic eye.

Published by Rizzoli New York, Rankin: Unfashionable: 30 Years of Fashion Photography is available now.

Pierre Debusschere: Uncovered


Belgian photographer Pierre Debusschere started out shooting backstage during fashion week. He got his big break in 2008 when he began shooting for Dazed & Confused with then fashion director Nicola Formichetti. Since then, he has gone on to create high impact visuals for Louis Vuitton, Y-3 and most recognisably, Raf Simons. Recently, he directed two music videos for Beyoncé’s self-titled visual album. This 113-page book is the culmination of his first solo exhibition, UNcovered, at Brussels MAD showspace. The exhibition consisted of 90 images and an audiovisual installation that depicted his circle of friends, collaborators and even social media followers, revealing or concealing as much as they wanted to in front of his lens. 

The book is available now at Brussels-based independent publishers Triangle Books.