Since coffee table books reign as popular gifts at holiday time, I thought I’d suggest a few that fit into the “faces” theme of this website. I’ve listed the most-recently published books first. Lookism rules in some cases (Lindbergh) but not in others (Arbus).
Images of Women II, by Peter Lindbergh.
Choosing images that span 2005 thru 2014, the German master photographer features his black and whites from the worlds of fashion, society, and film. He includes Nicole Kidman, Tilda Swinton, and Kate Winslet as well as some famous men. (See Russo’s book for more men. Russo’s book profits go to Smile Train.)
100 Faces Coffee Table Book, by Freedom Rodriguez.
The Allure of Beauty: Women in Hollywood, by Karen Durbin
In celebration of Hollywood’s legendary actresses from the 1930s to the present, Durbin has assembled images of Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich as well as Anita Ekberg, Julia Roberts, and many others. Each page of this vibrant anthology radiates with provocative images of unforgettable faces that have forever changed the place of women in Hollywood. A glitzy narrative accompanies a carefully researched, sexy selection of photography that captures the individuality of each woman.
Making Faces, by Kevyn Aucoin
Makeup artist Aucoin made a significant impact on his industry. The faces he has “made up” are stellar and luminous: Cher, Tina Turner, Vanessa Williams, and Julia Roberts. More than making do, making up is the art of achieving your own special look, and Aucoin insists that there are no hard and fast rules–except for the obvious ones, such as “Don’t put lipstick in your eye.” Thru his gallery of noncelebrity before-and-afters, Aucoin shows clearly how to use his fundamentals to achieve dozens of different looks. The gorgeous final chapter reads like a list of exotic characters in a play–the Vamp, the Siren, the Diva…Isabella Rosselini, Kate Moss, Demi Moore, and Nicole Kidman pose as these dramatic, splendidly made-up characters. (A paperpack for gift-givers on a budget.)
About Face, by
Revelations and Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph, by Diane Arbus.
Cleft Heart, by Karl Schonborn (yours truly).
Not really a coffee table book, but sure looks good on one. Order it through the usual Amazon and Barnes and Noble channels, or check it out here along with other books about faces. (A paperpack for gift-givers on a budget.)