John Brian King: Model Test

model – n. One that serves as the subject for an artist, especially a person employed to pose for a painter, sculptor, or photographer.

test – n. A procedure for critical evaluation; a means of determining the presence, quality, or truth of something; a trial.

JOHN BRIAN KING wrote and directed the feature film “Redlands,” an examination of creativity and horror in relation to photography. His book “LAX: Photographs of Los Angeles 1980-84” (Spurl Editions, 2015) was featured in the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Impose Magazine, L’Œil de la Photographie, Yet Magazine, It’s Nice That, AnOther Magazine, and more. His photography book ”Nude Reagan” will be available this summer from Spurl Editions.

Mick Rock: The Rise of David Bowie

If you have not yet purchased  The Rise of David Bowie, limited edition signed book it's ok! According to the publisher Taschen there are still a few books left at the price of $700. Please take note, there are only 4 days left and that $700 price tag jumps to $1000 at the first of the year. Oh and by the way the other 2 editions which included signed prints by photographer Mick Rock, has been sold out completely. 

In 1972, David Bowie released his groundbreaking album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. With it landed Bowie’s Stardust alter-ego: A glitter-clad, mascara-eyed, sexually-ambiguous persona who kicked down the boundaries between male and female, straight and gay, fact and fiction into one shifting and sparkling phenomenon of ’70s self-expression. Together, Ziggy the album and Ziggy the stage spectacular propelled the softly spoken Londoner into one of the world’s biggest stars.

A key passenger on this glam trip into the stratosphere was fellow Londoner and photographer Mick Rock. Rock bonded with Bowie artistically and personally, immersed himself in the singer’s inner circle, and, between 1972–1973, worked as Bowie’s official photographer.

This limited and numbered edition brings together the best of Rock’s Bowie portfolio withspectacular stage shots as well as intimate backstage portraits. Pictures for press, album jackets, and stills from promo movies sit alongside around 50 percent previously unseen images, offering unprecedented access to the many facets of Bowie’s personality and his fame. With a hologram cover of different head-shots, the book rejoices in Bowie’s experimentation and unpredictability. Through the aloof and approachable, the playful and serious, the candid and contrived, this tribute bursts with the daring and energy of its unique and flamboyant star who defined, and defied, a generation.

Limited to a total of 1,972 numbered copies signed by David Bowie and Mick Rock, this book is available as Collector’s Edition (No. 201-1,972), and also in two Art Editions of 100 copies each, with a pigment print signed by Mick Rock.

Arthur Elgort: The Big Picture

This is Arthur Elgort's (born 1940) first comprehensive book, showing his world-renowned fashion imagery alongside his personal work. The Big Picturespans Elgort's five-decade career and illustrates his longevity as an emulated fashion photographer. His lively and casual shooting style is significantly influenced by his lifelong love of music and dance, particularly jazz and ballet. Elgort's 1971 debut in British Vogue created a sensation in the fashion world where his soon-to-be iconic snapshot style and emphasis on movement and natural light transgressed norms of fashion photography. Elgort subsequently rose to fame working for such distinguished magazines as American, French and Italian VogueInterviewGQLife and Rolling Stone and shooting advertising campaigns for fashion labels including Chanel, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent.