A new book published by TASCHEN showcases intimate portraits of the late Amy Winehouse in a fun-spirited light
While Amy Winehouse's voice is one that's hard to forget, it is also a painful reminder of her notoriety. As talented as the late Londoner was, it was hard to ignore the despair in her discography: 'Back to Black', 'Love is a Losing Game', 'Tears Dry on Their Own'... you get the gist. After her passing in 2011, many racked their brains at how the world somehow managed to lose another remarkable talent at age 27, yet again. Asif Kapadia gave us some answers when he released a critically-acclaimed documentary, Amy, in 2015. Putting a microscope on the Grammy Award-winning artist's life through interviews and clips from Winehouse's friends and family, fans had a peek into a musician's life away from the tabloids.
Another inquiry into the singer has surfaced, this time by way of a beautiful book by TASCHEN. Featuring 85 colour and black-and-white photographs (most of them never published before), the book is a "love letter" and "recollection of beautiful memories and truths", according to photographer Blake Wood. This isn't the Blake that was Winehouse's former partner, Blake Fielder-Civil, of course. One of Winehouse's close friends, the American photographer was introduced to Winehouse in 2007 (apparently by Kelly Osbourne, reports said).
Since a picture can paint a thousand words, we couldn't even begin to describe what Wood's photographs tell us about the late musician. What's certain, though, is that the photographer intended his book, Amy Winehouse, to be one that narrates a story of a brilliant, loving soul — very much unlike the "doom-and-gloom" narrative portrayal by the media.
If you're a fan of Winehouse, you can pick up this book from August onwards.