MeMyselfandI: Photo Portraits of Picasso
Edited by Kerstin Stremmel. Texts by Pierre Daix, Friederike Mayröcker, Katherine Slusher, Kerstin Stremmel.
Pablo Picasso was one of the most frequently photographed celebrities of the last century. Virtually all of the great twentieth-century portraitists photographed him, including Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Man Ray, Irving Penn and Lee Miller. Photo Portraits of Picasso gathers these portraits for the first time, examining the often tense relationship between Picasso’s control of his public persona and the intentions of the photographers. Ranging from classic staged sittings--some commissioned by Picasso himself--to more spontaneous snapshots, the portraits in this volume are a record of the artist’s sustained, lifelong construction of his public identity. Other photographers included are Rogi André, Richard Avedon, Bill Brandt, Brassaï, René Burri, Robert Capa, Lucien Clergue, Jean Cocteau, Denise Colomb, David Douglas Duncan, Jaques-Henri Lartigue, Herbert List, Dora Maar, Madame d'Ora, Willy Maywald, Gjon Mili, Inge Morath, Arnold Newman, Roberto Otero, Edward Quinn, Gotthard Schuh, Michel Sima and André Villiers.
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From early shots of the Cubist days in Paris to clowning candids in his final years, 'MemyselfandI' (Hatje Cantz, 272 pages, $45) presents a panorama of Picasso's life and shows his determination to make his art inseperable from it. Mischievous and mutable and manipulative - all his moods come through here, most often because Picasso insisted on the pose.