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Photographer Antonio Macarro works out of San Sebastian, Spain. His fine art and fashion work has the unique ability of acting as the essential connective thread between two worlds, without dominating the subject but leaving the personal echo of his distinct vision. His combination of sensitive light and compassionate detachment is shared by many of the designers and fashion industry personages he documents. Rather than simply photographing clothes, Macarro has linked traditions of classic portraiture with editorial focus, giving the reader a strong imprint as to the motivations and direction of the individuals profiled. Lively, thoughtful interviews and a visual analysis of thematics are indirect and satisfying.
Many of Them vol. II: Days of Being Wild. In-depth interviews, original photography, revisitation of editorial - an incredible compendium of some of todays most progressive designers and their personal voices. There's an honesty to the interviews for the same reason they operate mostly outside market forces - because they're beholden to themselves, first. With Cosmic Wonder, Comme des Garcons, Alaia, Hannelore Knuts, Chanel, Dries Van Noten, Yohji Yamamoto, Y-3, Limi Feu, Issey Miyake, Rick Owens, Pelican Avenue, Adam Kimmel, Missoni, Swash, Undercover, Dior Homme, Lutz, Maurizio Amadei, Daniela Gregis, Paul Harnden, Jean Colonna, Geoffrey B. Small, Eatable of Many Orders, Bernhard Willhelm, Rosa Maria, Maison Martin Margiela, Bless, Christian Astuguevielle, Elena Ochoa Foster, Jamie Stewart, Owen Pallett, Raya Martin, Lucrecia martel, Ariane Michel, Nocals Provost, Kim Ki-Duk, Isaki Lacuesta. Edition of 1000. 8.5" x 6.25", 402 pages. $45.
Many Of Them: A Diary In The Strict Sense Of The Term (2008). Ed. Antonio Macarro. With Stephan Schneider, Pelican Avenue, Johji Kurosawa, Raf Simons, Antony Hegarty, Bernhard Willhelm, Eleonora Salvatore, Sophie Auster, Hermann Frankhauser. And reference to Veronique Branquinho, Bless, Cosmic Wonder Light Source, Zero Maria Cornejo, Zucca, Toga, Fabrics Interseason. English and Spanish. Edition of 1000, signed and numbered. 6.5" x 8.75", 182 pages. $35.