Anne-Marie O'Connor recounts the events that shaped the creation of Gustav Klimt's most famous portrait, describing the story of the salon hostess who was his model and the painting's fate.
Da Vinci's Ghost recounts the intellectual journey behind the creation of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man and how the drawing represents the momentous period in Western history when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance.
Offers illustrated postcards from the PostSecret website sent in by people who anonymously reveal secrets from their past which they have never told to anyone, presenting a full range of emotions.
Looks at the literary collections of thirteen top novelists—including Jonathan Lethem, Rebecca Goldstein, Junot Diaz, Alison Bechdel, Edmund White, Claire Messud, and Lev Grossman—and showcases their libraries with full-color photos.
Thomas Thwaites, a graduate student at London's Royal College of Art, sets out to build a toaster from scratch — not just an object that toasts bread, but one that aesthetically and mechanically replicates the ubiquitous $6 drugstore toaster. After dissecting a live toaster to uncover its 400 separate parts, he embarks on a project that takes nine months, thousands of dollars, and nearly 2,000 miles of travel.
Just My Type documents the history of typefaces from the early days of Gutenberg to the modern applications of digital fonts, tracing the impact of font usage in business and pop culture while explaining what favorite fonts reveal about personality.
Features garments made by the designer throughout his career, accompanied by quotes from the designer, an essay about his fashion career, and an interview with his long-time design assistant.
Editor Kathy Ryan presents diverse photographs in four sections: reportage, portraiture, style and conceptual photography, including photo illustration, all accompanied by tear sheets. A behind-the-scenes look from photographers, writers and editors offers commentary and anecdotes on images that have captivated the public.
For Pilgrimage, Annie Leibovitz visited places with personal meaning. From Emily Dickinson's house in Amherst, Massachusetts to Georgia O'Keefe's home in Abiquiu, New Mexico, Leibovitz photographed locations and artifacts, instead of her traditional celebrity subjects.
In Chicks with Guns, Lindsay McCrum has created a cultural portrait of women gun owners in America through photographs that are both beautiful and in a sense unexpected. The book examines issues of self-image and gender through the visual conventions of portraiture and fashion, but the guns are presented here not as superimposed props but as the very personal lifestyle accessories of the subjects portrayed.
A history of the rare pigment discusses its significance in everything from colonialism and slavery to fashion and religion, describing the mysterious scientific process through which it is obtained and the ways in which the author's own family was profoundly influenced by the indigo trade. 35,000 first printing.