"It is typical of the photographic art of van Lamsweerde and Matadin that they urge their image making to de-stabilise the pristine surfaces expected of consumer culture; to this end they make use, in turn, of the Gothic, inscrutability, androgyny, comedy, eroticism, surrealism, fantasy, montage, cinema, replication, image manipulation, Pop art, fetishism and art historical nuance."—Michael Bracewell
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin’s work has graced the walls and pages of some of the world’s finest galleries and fashion magazines, and if it is surprising that their photographs easily float between these worlds, it is by virtue of their ease in creating imagery that seeks homes in both culturally elite and mainstream outlets. For some of their photographs, such as their portrait of Björk or campaign for Givenchy, van Lamsweerde and Matadin have worked in collaboration with the art directors M/M (Paris), who have also designed this retrospective that looks back at "pretty much everything" that the photographers have been working on for over two decades and that has brought them to the forefront in the fields of both art and fashion.
This standard TASCHEN edition—an affordable version adapted from the limited edition—comes with a sheet of stickers so you can personalize your cover!
M/M (Paris) is an art and design partnership consisting of Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag. Their portfolio includes art direction and collaborations with Björk, Balenciaga, and Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, as well as with magazines including Vogue Paris, Interview, and Purple Fashion.
The contributing author
Glenn O’Brien is a writer who lives in New York. He is the author of How to Be a Man, Human Nature (dub version), and Soap Box.
ISBN 978-3-8365-2793-4 Multilingual Edition: English, French, German
“… 26 years of bold, inventive editorial and fashion work…like their subjects, the pictures are playful and dramatic in subtle ways and more memorable for it.”
— Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles
“Truly a collection for art historians to indulge... a piece of collectible and rare art in itself.”
“An indispensable work.”
— Glamour, Paris
“This wondrous retrospective presents over two decades of witty, glamorous, and subversive images by Dutch photography duo van Lamsweerde and Matadin…the book will take pride of place in the collections of any fan of fashion and art photography.”
— Publisher’s Weekly, New York
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