Chasing Beauty (Hardcover)

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By Richard Phibbs (By (photographer)), Michael Cunningham (Foreword by), Alfredo Paredes (Editor), Alfredo Paredes (Designed by)
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"I'm in constant search of chasing beauty, chasing hope-I'm not interested in the dark."

The celebrated photographer Richard Phibbs, known for his celebrity portraits and iconic ad campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, and more, has an unwavering eye for beauty. Many theorists argue that beauty is subjective, a product of individual preference, but the images from Phibbs' archive of work from 1997-2009, edited, sequenced, and collected in Chasing Beauty, may put that argument to rest.

The book is a deeply personal labor of love, affirming Phibbs' belief that photographs can change, inspire, and motivate. Alfredo Paredes, one of the creative minds behind Polo Ralph Lauren, approached Phibbs with the idea of making a monograph-with one caveat: Phibbs was to step back and relinquish control. Paredes had a vision in mind of taking Phibbs' aesthetic and selecting images that would realize his unique eye for beauty. The result is a fascinating juxtaposition of photographs that excite, tantalize, shock, and surprise. A delicate and gorgeous rose is followed by the rawness of a dirty rugby player; a pair of horses is set beside a female nude. These combinations highlight undeniable beauty of both natural and human origin, and show us that if you only look beauty can be found anywhere.

"Sometimes things cannot be expressed in words-that's what is so expressive, emotional, or revealing about a photograph. Just look and enjoy it. It reveals that exact fleeting moment in time-that's all. When I lose my breath a bit, I know that's the picture."
-Richard Phibbs

About the Author

Richard Phibbs brings an artist's eye to every photograph he takes — in advertising and editorial, fine art, and his personal work. His work has appeared in major publications worldwide. He has shot advertising campaigns for iconic brands like Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, and Calvin Klein. His fine art photography is in the private collections of many notable collectors. Phibbs's portraits present varied subjects — from Meryl Streep to Rafael Nadal, from Beyonce to Bernard-Henri Levy. Phibbs is also an experienced director. He is currently working on a project that he filmed in Turkey. Phibbs's passion is photography. His provocative book, Chasing Beauty, published in 2010, highlights a decade's worth of work from his archive. Phibbs's compassion for his longtime causes — animal rescue and children with AIDS, are his inspiration. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of New York. Richard Phibbs was born and raised in Western Canada. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

“A ‘vastly interconnected series of marvels, different in their particulars, but alike in their ravishing, unorthodox perfections.’”
Michael Cunningham, New York Times

“’You can see beauty everywhere, it’s all interconnected,’ Phibbs offered. ‘My hope is that people are inspired by it.’”

“His photographs are imbued with intelligence and thoughtfulness, but they are totally spontaneous.”
Ralph Lauren Magazine

“A fascinating juxtaposition of visuals that excite, shock and surprise-reactions consistent with Phibbs’ vision and eye for beauty.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9781576875612
ISBN-10: 157687561X
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: October 5th, 2010
Pages: 144
Language: English