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108 Portraits

IDEA LOOKS IDEA
BOOKS. THE NINETIES
NIRVANA. THE DRESS DOWN DECADE. A PLAID SHIRT AND
A GAP POCKET TEE. HELPS
IF YOU LOOK LIKE RIVER PHOENIX. GRAB A COFFEE
AT THE FIRST STARBUCKS IN CALIFORNIA. TALK ABOUT A MOVIE WITH GUS VAN SANT. HAVE YOUR POLAROID
PICTURE TAKEN. 


So good. They named it thrice. One of those rare books that gets better. Published in 1992 it has become scarce but - of more significance in the search for superbooks - it has improved. Of course it hasn't changed. We have. The times have changed. Things got (more) complicated.
 

No caption required. What would be an archetype if he were not inimitable - unique. 
 

This book is a book of portraits of people who were mostly actors in popular films who look wise now in these photographs. Even Keanu appears bestowed with the depth and seriousness Hollywood would typically have looked for in John Gielgud or Alec Guinness. 
 

It is the taking away. Less is more truthful. Kristy Swanson. Very few people in the world look like this - as beautiful as this - now or then. See more of the 108 portraits on this link.  
 

In equal measure. Character and talent. No other photobook deals so directly in either. It is a HUGE reminder of how it works. What talent looks like to those that can see it. Gus Van Sant can see it. And photograph it. Hit the button below to buy. 
 
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