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Peter Schlesinger: A Photographic Memory 1968-1989
Text by Peter Schlesinger, Hilton Als.
The photographs of artist Peter Schlesinger are a visual diary of an extraordinary life that has intersected with some of the brightest names in the worlds of art, fashion and society. Schlesinger's remarkable journey began in 1966 when as an 18-year-old student at UCLA he met the artist David Hockney. The two moved to London, where Schlesinger was introduced to the city's fashionable bohemian society. There, as well as on trips, Schlesinger met and photographed some of the great personalities of the day, including Cecil Beaton, Paloma Picasso, Grace Coddington, Tina Chow, Christopher Isherwood and Manolo Blahnik, to name just a few. This beautifully produced book presents an overview of 30 years of photographic work from Schlesinger's archives. In addition to intimate portraits, it includes Schlesinger's evocative still lifes, which convey the romance, humor and elegance of their time. This is the first monograph to present the full range of Schlesinger's photographic work.
Peter Schlesinger was born and raised in California. His sculptures and paintings have been exhibited widely and are in the collections of the Parrish Art Museum, The Farnsworth Museum, and Manchester Gallery of Art, England. He currently resides in New York City with his partner, the photographer Eric Boman.
Featured image is reproduced from Peter Schlesinger: A Photographic Memory 1968-1989.
PRAISE AND REVIEWS
he captures idyllic moments and an aura of youthful freedom.
A spectacular monograph of Peter’s photos called A Photographic Memory has just been printed by Damiani, the cult Italian publishers that produce some of the most sought-after photography, art and pop culture tomes today. The book is a sumptuous collection of over 30 years of photographs Peter collected throughout his career. Opulent snaps of boozy lunches, candlelit al fresco dinners in France, sleepy mornings in various lavish apartments and hotels all over Europe would be beautiful regardless of who features in them, but that’s where these moments in time become really fascinating: they’re punctuated with some of the most intriguing stars and creatives of the century.
Looking at Schlesinger’s photos, you tend to imagine a story lurking below the surface of each image.... A Photographic Memory offers a blissfully carefree record of a lost bohemia. He photographed Manolo Blahnik getting a haircut; the Rolling Stones’s gear during the Exile on Main St sessions at Villa Nellcôte; his many-decades partner, Eric Boman, with their good friend Grace Coddington; David Hockney and Cecil Beaton; Paloma Picasso; Andy Warhol and Rex Reed in the back of a cab; and what seem to be an awful lot of accidentally beautiful moments, the kind of photographs people aspire to carefully orchestrate in their Instagram feeds now.
Peter Schlesinger's photography brings you into the world of Andy Warhol and Grace Coddington in the '70s... Scenes like Robert Mapplethorpe on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Grace Coddington at a café in Paris, or Andy Warhol in the backseat of a taxi were all but an average day in Schlesinger’s world.
Los Angeles Review of Books
A Photographic Memory is an exquisite art object in its own right... A testament to the cultural flowering of that time, A Photographic Memory conveys all the fugitive, ferocious beauty of the new.
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FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/6/2015
"The world was a much more open place when Peter started taking photographs, and his subject’s fame was not so much a given, but it is part of the group’s heritage," Hilton Als writes in A Photographic Memory 1968-1989, just out from Damiani and featured in this weekend's T Magazine. "Peter’s subjects wear their privilege lightly and Peter photographs it lightly, without judgment, because he was a young man when these pictures were made, and you can’t be an artist and young without being something of a romantic. I wonder if he thought during those years that the times he photographed would elapse and evolve into other times, and I wonder, too, if he knew that one day some of the people he loved would no longer be here, making him and the world a different place, too." Featured photograph is captioned, "Amanda Lear on my terrace, London, 1973." continue to blog
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/5/2015
"I first saw Peter’s pictures in his previous book of photographs, 2003’s Checkered Past," Hilton Als writes in A Photographic Memory 1968-1989, published by Damiani and featured in this weekend's T Magazine. "What impressed me there, first, was the color, the nuance of his pinks and blues; they were not too far off from the vibrant but almost-faded colors one saw in color field paintings, or a delicate, slightly worn color film. His prints also reminded me of the color that haunts memory—colors that are present but receding. Looking at those pictures I was a child again, haunting my sisters' rooms in my sometimes black and white world as they pulled their stockings on before dancing on and on into the night." Featured image is photographer Reto Guntli doing a backflip, Fire Island Pines, 1980. continue to blog
FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/12/2015
BOOKMARC will host artist and photographer Peter Schlesinger signing copies of A Photographic Memory 1968-1989, Schlesinger's riveting new photo collection from Damiani, Thursday, November 12 from 6-8PM at the Melrose Place store. Hilton Als writes, "The work of the young is to be alive to the present, and the present after that. That’s the work of the artist, too—to immerse himself in the moment. Peter’s pictures document not only his openness to the current events and fleeting wisdom of the past, but to what he saw and what he made of it." Featured image is of Schlesenger's former partner, painter David Hockney, with British iconoclast Cecil Beaton in his conservatory, Wilshire, 1970. continue to blog
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