Thursday, August 21, 2008

Shot in Sicily

Shot in Sicily-- Michael Roberts' rich view of Sicily--its people, traditions, and landscape--permeates his photographic work far beyond his well-known work in the fashion world. Spanning two decades, Shot in Sicily traces Roberts' shifting vision of a sensual and ambiguous country. With an occasional nod to Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden's late nineteenth-century images of the Sicilian town of Taormina, and the films of Visconti and Bolognini, Roberts' sense of Sicily moves beyond conventional and touristic aesthetic categories. His camera captures the beauty of youth, crumbling temples, traditional Easter parades and the theater of daily life, and genuinely recreates the allure of Sicily. This monograph is designed by Roberts and features an epilogue/homage by designer Manolo Blahnik.

And from FWD: Michael Roberts is a man about town, but come Fashion Week, his works will be taking Manhattan. From September 10-October 19, images from Roberts' photography book Shot in Sicily will be displayed at 401 Projects and VisiĆ³n Cultural on West Street. The exhibit will highlight the Vanity Fair fashion and style director's vision of Sicily from his book that was released in 2007. The showcase will open with a private party on September 6.

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