Bob Steffen stood out as a flamboyant star among the window dressers of stuffy, postwar Bern, Switzerland. His exuberant backdrops for furs, fabrics, and lingerie were the talk of the town—as was the globetrotting, nonconformist, gay bon vivant himself. Of humble origins, Steffen slept his way up as an upscale hustler/nude model into the jet set of the gay beau monde, blossoming into a successful decorator and central figure of Bern’s bohemian scene. Steffen left behind an extensive photographic archive of his life, which is the content for this fascinating publication. Designed in a magazine-like format with oversized spreads of black and white and color collaged images, the book brings back to life the forgotten art of window dressing and masquerade balls of the 1950s and 60s, and offers a look into Steffen’s world travels. In addition to the massive display of images, Steffen’s life is retraced in interviews and snippets of conversations.
9 ½ x 13 in. / 224 pp / Full b&w and color
Retail Price: $58.00
In Reference to: Red Desert By Michelangelo Antonioni
Joachim Brohm & Anna Voswinckel (Eds.)
The film Il deserto rosso (The Red Desert) by Michelangelo Antonioni, produced in the industrial region around Ravenna, Italy, in 1964, is considered one of the most important works in contemporary film history. Because of its innovative use of color, uncomfortably slow pacing, and existential environment, the film has long held appeal to filmmakers, artists, and photographers. As a response to the film, a joint endeavor between the students at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, led by artists and professors Joachim Brohm and Anna Voswinckel, with the photo initiatives Linea di Confine and Osservatorio Fotografico, Italy, were asked to create an exhibition of living photographers influenced by the film. The catalog features more than thirty photographers, all associated in some way with the university and photo initiatives. The photographers were asked to provide their reaction to the film along with their associated images. The project was then exhibited at SK Stiftung Kultur (Cologne, September 2017–January 2018). Among the featured artists are Joachim Brohm, Guido Guidi, Valentina Seidel, and Francesco Neri.
Softcover / 9 x 12 in. / 168 pp / 22 b&w and 102 color
Retail Price: $39.95
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