Captured On Film With Assouline
Photography is not just art; it’s a rare experience. Photographers see the world, examine it through the artistic view of an eccentric perspective, and with the smallest ounce of human touch upon a shutter button, a single instant is captured. The moment, now protected from the tricks of time, can be experienced by a multitude of people who would have never been able to experience that very moment themselves.
This art of rarity, known as photography, has inspired many people and other creative talents. This very inspiration with a passion for books led Prosper and Martine Assouline to start the eponymous luxury lifestyle brand dedicated to supplying everything you need for a sophisticated and chic home library. At the heart of the Assouline brand are the beautiful luxury books they publish. Each masterfully curated, exquisitely bound, and always filled with immaculate photographs.
The Power of Photogpraphy in Books
“For us, books are a matter of intellect and emotion, of heritage and innovation. Because information is not only about today, and the past is a sensational source of inspiration,” says Assouline.com. And of course, photography is a crucial element, along with a personal one! For it was pivotal in the founding of Assouline as Prosper’s own photographs combined with his wife’s words sparked its commencement.
Inspired by the desire to capture the beauty of one of their favorite hotels in France, La Colombe d’Or, Prosper and Martine created a mockup to show their friends who owned it. Upon seeing the beauty and essence of the hotel so wonderfully preserved through Prosper’s photographs and Martine’s words, the owners granted Martine and Prosper permission to publish the book that would be their gateway to becoming the epitome of luxury book publishing.
Today, Assouline has over 1,000 titles, each capturing thousands of magical instances. While topics and content vary, one thing remains the same. The power that photography holds in sharing the beauties of the world is unmatched. Throughout various cultures, art forms, and destinations, photography allows the world to come together, share experiences, and promote human touch even when we may be worlds away.
The following books promote such unity and exploration as moments are captured on film with Assouline.
TRAVEL by DESIGN
Words: Peter Sallick
Photography: 150+ Top Architects and Designers of America
In Travel by Design, photography takes us on a visual world tour. Venturing across cityscapes, ancient civilizations, luxurious resorts, and natural wonders. With over 350 pictures captured by the discerning eyes of over 150 of America’s top architects and designers, Travel by Design allows readers to visually experience over 100 of the best locations in 60 different countries as it strives to remind readers of the beauty and importance of travel. Through the photographs and over 40 pages of exceptional insider travel tips, you will be dreaming of escaping. The pages bleed with vibrancy, transporting readers from global cities to adventure travels and all-American escapes all brought to you by the Design Leadership Network and its founder Peter Sallick.
SUSHI SHOKUNIN: JAPAN’S CULINARY MASTERS
Words & Photography: Andrea Fazzari
When it comes to food, Sushi is perhaps one of the most artistic culinary crafts in Japan, and one well worthy of a book in its honor. In Sushi Shokunin: Japan’s Culinary Masters, the art of sushi by 20 celebrated Japanese masters is beautifully captured on film by Andrea Fazzari. Her skillful images and words celebrate her Japanese food culture by capturing tradition and projecting it as pleasing visual art. In the 280-page monograph, Fazzari explores sushi-making by spotlighting Shokunins, also known as artisans, and showcases their talent with her very own. The perfect blend of her photography with her extensive writing skills deems Sushi Shokunin: Japan’s Culinary Masters as one of the greatest for artistically exploring Japan’s rarefied world of top sushi shokunins.
Words: Jérôme Neutres
Photography: Francis Giacobetti
Renowned for his iconic work under 14 pseudonyms, resistance to retouching images, and reinventing the art of nudity, Francis Giacobetti is a genius when it comes to capturing humanity on film. In Giacobetti, Jérôme Neutres celebrates the legendary nude photographer by showcasing his eccentric and raw images. Over the span of 305 pages, Giacobetti not only admires the artist’s work but also shines a light on his imaginative and unorthodox process. The book dives into the making of some of his most quintessential images of the last half-century. Jérôme Neutres explores the photographer’s renowned approach to technique, light, and shadow. Subsequently, Giacobetti’s undeniable talent reimagines the human body, and Giacobetti glorifies his devoted elegance to the world of nudity.
Words: Rolf von Bueren
Photography: Yuriko Takagi
Through intricate, timeless, and detailed photographs across 344-pages, Unexpected Creations celebrates the work of Thai jeweler, Lotus Arts de Vivre. Each image preciously captures the daring, nature-inspired pieces that commemorate Thai heritage, Indian moguls, Indonesian rulers, and Chinese emperors. Bracelets, necklaces, and rings, inspired by Asian folklore and culture, are glorified through each stunning and original photograph. Unexpected Creations is a page-turning art show. It not only shines a light on the heritage of Thai-inspired jewelry. But also spotlights the alluring details that Lotus Arts de Vivre has deemed necessary for an elegant lifestyle. Fine jewelry has never looked better than within the pages and images of Unexpected Creations.
Words & Photography: Claiborne Swanson Frank
Young Hollywood is a 176-page book that stunningly captures celebrity portraits by Claiborne Swanson Frank. The photographer’s career began in 2010 and has been blossoming ever since. Her work has been monumented through Assouline’s American Beauty and displayed at the de Young museum in San Francisco. And now through her second book, Young Hollywood, in which she photographs over 60 of the hottest, up-and-coming women to watch in Hollywood today. Empowering, talented, and beautiful women like Isabel Lucas, Dakota Johnson, and Wunmi Mosaku look even more stunning in Swanson Frank’s mesmerizing images as she captures what it means to be a modern-day woman in Hollywood’s famous stardom industry. Young Hollywood takes on a refreshing source as it explores famed womanhood, meanwhile spotlighting a similar essence and allure as to the iconic scene of old Hollywood.
Words by Caitlin Battle
Article Originally Appeared in Love Happens Volume 5
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