Saturday, January 31, 2009

Book Club: The Unattainables

The only thing I collect (with the exception of shoes, obvs) is books. My book collection is my life. If there was ever a fire in my apartment I would probably die trying to rescue my Helmut Newton books and back issues of Self Service. The only real downside to collecting fashion photography books (aside from my inevitable smoke inhalation death) is discovering a completely essential book that I just can't afford. Below are four books that have been taunting me for years:

November Girl by Sam Haskins ($250-$1,000)
I am a big Sam Haskins fan and this book is tragically missing from my collection. I regurally swing by Kiki de Montparnasse to fondle one of their overpriced copies.




Birds of Britain by John Green ($200-$821)
Kiki de Montparnasse also has Birds of Britain, which is basically a collection of portraits of every British "it" girl from the sixties. Charlotte Rampling, Marianne Faithfull, and Jane Birkin all make appearances. The portrait of actress Alexandra Bastedo later became the cover of The Smiths album Rank.






Twen: Revision einer Legende
($241-$950)
Twen was an incredibly forward-thinking German fashion & lifestyle magazine which featured the work of Sam Haskins, David Hamilton, William Klien and other sixties luminaries. Graphic designers regard it as the Holy Grail of magazine design, which is probably why this book is so expensive. When the design people and the fashion people want the same rare out-of-print book everyone gets totally screwed.





Sumo by Helmut Newton ($11,000-$25,000)
The fact that this book exists and I can't afford it kind of feels like god is slapping me in the face. That's all.


11 comments:

Megan said...

omg! muerte por los libros :(

E.K. said...

I own an original 1962 copy of Sam Haskins' "Five Girls" book. It's quite beautiful!

Chelsea said...

I have Five Girls too, so amazing! It was one of the first books that I blogged about on Cat Party.

E.K. said...

Oh that's great! It's really something to see the original books. I've been trying to get a copy of Cowboy Kate (one day, fingers crossed).

Chelsea said...

At least they reissued Cowboy Kate so it's not $1,000+ like it used to be--thank GOD!

E.K. said...

True, but I bet you're just like me and won't rest until you own an original copy!

luxirare said...

i love kiki dm. i didnt know they had a book club?
i thought they sold lonjurie.

Chelsea said...

They have a little stash of (mostly) erotic photography books at the store in soho. The pricing is totally insulting though.

laurakitty said...

All of those books are delicious- I have Birds of Britain and it is totally fantastic.

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acting classes los angeles said...

I LOVE books too, but I don't have as many art of image books...I would like to get more, though. Have you read any Steve Martin? His novels are simply put- beautiful.