GlOSS par­adiSe

VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - AXEL THEMIN - By nelly kaprièlian, OliVier lalanne and di­dier pérOn

At the end of the 1960s, the Ger­man pho­tog­ra­pher, Chris von Wan­gen­heim, the son of an aris­to­cratic horse­man, who took gold at the Olympics in 1936, es­caped from “Years of Lead” in his home­land and opted for the frenzy and deca­dent free­dom of New York. He soo re­alised that the time had come to ex­plode taboos, and his pho­tog­ra­phy played on shock value, ex­cess and sex, in­vent­ing porno chic in mag­a­zines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and In­ter­view. He loved to say, “Cash, caviar, and co­caine: all good things start with a C”. To such an ex­tent that he died be­causeof two Cs, in a Car Crash in March 1981. The epic tome, Gloss, pref­aced by Steven Klein, is the first ma­jor mono­graph to

de­voted to the late pho­tog­ra­pher. Gloss: The Work of Chris Von Wan­gen­heim, by Mauri­cio

and Roger Padilha, Riz­zoli, $85

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