A History of Photography in Fashion Magazines

A showcase of ground-breaking photography of fashion magazines over the last century

Vince Aletti


Price: €85.00

A showcase of ground-breaking photography of fashion magazines over the last century

Acclaimed photography critic Vince Aletti has selected 100 significant magazine issues from his expansive personal archive, revealing images by photographers rarely seen outside their original context. With his characteristic élan and featuring stunning images, Aletti has created a fresh, idiosyncratic, and previously unexplored angle on the history of photography.

Issues, a luxury, oversized object, richly illustrated with brilliant reproductions, and enclosed in an elegant archival-style magazine-file box, is an essential addition to every book collection on photography, fashion, and graphic design.

It's the first survey to explore the history of photography through the lens of fashion magazines, spanning the years 1925 to 2018. Magazines featured include American, British, and French Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Details, Purple Fashion, The Face, Dutch, and many more.


Format: Paperback
Size: 324 x 254 mm (12 3/4 x 10 in)
Pages: 468 pp
Illustrations: 670 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714876788

Vince Aletti is a writer, curator, and critic whose work appears regularly in such publications as Artforum, photograph, and Aperture. Aletti was art editor and photography critic of the Village Voice from 1994 to 2005 and reviewed photography exhibitions for the New Yorker’s "Goings On About Town" section from 2005 to 2016. He is the author of The Disco Files 1973-78: New York's Underground, Week by Week (2009, reissued 2018) and coauthor of Avedon Fashion 1994-2000 (2009) and has contributed essays to numerous publications on photography and fashion. In 2005, he won the International Center of Photography Infinity Award for Writing. He lives and works in New York’s East Village.

"Stunning."—The New York Times

"Issues is a testament to the abundance of marvelous photographs that haven't been digitized."—WSJ. Magazine

"Catalogues the seminal work of photographers like Irving Penn, Steven Meisel and others, splashed across the pages of magazines like Vogue Italia, V and Dutch. It highlights certain issues of these magazines, with notes from Aletti on why they are both personal and widely significant."—The Face

"Vince's obsession with print has seen him amass what is likely the largest personal collection of magazines in the world... His sprawling knowledge of photographers, art directors and celebrities is legendary... Vince's fascination with the history of magazine publishing might have led him to go to extreme lengths in securing issues that fill the gaps, but the resulting book has made it something accessible to everyone: the first magazine in Issues is a 1925 issue of Harper's Bazaar, and many of the spreads from these historic issues are being republished for the first time."—i-D

"As any magazine hoarder will know, there is a nostalgic kind of joy to be found in opening up an old glossy. Recalling the clothes we wore, the trends we tried and the celebrities we followed, their musty pages act like Proustian time capsules for a bygone era. For Issues... curator and photography critic Vince Aletti, a collector of magazines since 1965, has turned his own archive into a comprehensive study of the fashion images that have defined the past century... Each selection is significant and accompanied by a short text. While many of the images are familiar in their own right, here it is the reminder of their context - alongside text and straddling the gutter - which makes the book so special."—The Financial Times

"Critic Vince Aletti tours the reader through the vibrant history of fashion editorial, shuttling through visual movements, leading photographers, and unforgettable images curated from all eras of the medium with sharp grace. Filled with rare examples sourced from his own expansive collection, it's an engrossing look at a visual art we often take for granted."—Surface Magazine Online

"A fabulous record of almost 120 years of glossies... It is not an exaggeration to say Issues is a masterwork, a cavalcade of the best of the best. It's a tribute to all of the artistic directors, fashion editors and stylists that have fearlessly pushed forward barriers and educated their readers... This book is a true panorama that traces the growth of fashion as a social and creative witness to changing attitudes and beliefs, from the days when it was a rarified pleasure of the rich to the all-embracing position it is in today. And what a panorama!... This is a book for all who are interested in social and creative development through style, photography, fashion and glamour. Challenging, stimulating and beautiful, there is, literally, nothing to not like about it."—Business of Fashion online

"This gorgeous and glossy big black book... A serious fashion photography book, Issues is a corrective to the genre's presumed superficiality... In the pages... a visual history of the evolution of image-making unfolds... A feast for the eyes: moon shots, Pop art, group shots, fashion art. As Issues shows, the art owes a great debt to fashion image-makers, who powerfully create fantasy, capture mood and constantly reinvent the possibilities of photography itself"—The New York Times

"A celebration of the collaboration that goes into a printed page."—Globe & Mail Style Advisor

"Fall back in love with fashion editorials. Phaidon's new tome, Issues, is a deep dive into the history of fashion photography."—Grazia magazine

"Vince Aletti's Obsessive Collection of Seminal Fashion Magazines."—The New Yorker Photo Booth

"Issues is a testament to the abundance of marvelous photographs that haven't been digitized."—WSJ. Magazine

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