The first monograph on notorious photographer Chris von Wangenheim, whose shocking work epitomised the glamour and excess of the 1970s, contains over two hundred images, including never-before-seen outtakes from memorable shoots with such supermodels as Christie Brinkley, Lisa Taylor, and Gia Carangi. Between the years 1968 and 1981, von Wangenheim shocked the world with a body of work that explored sex and violence in the realm of high fashion. His dark photographs were emblematic of the time and continually challenged viewers’ tastes through stylised depictions of suggestive and often harrowing narratives. His images appeared in every top fashion publication—including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview—and he produced unforgettable campaigns for Dior and Valentino until he died in a car accident at age 39.
Gloss: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim is published by Rizzoli