Arthur Elgort : The Big Picture
This is Arthur Elgorts first comprehensive book, showing his world-renowned fashion imagery alongside his personal work. The book spans Elgorts five-decade career and illustrates his longevity as an emulated fashion photographer. His lively and casual shooting style is significantly influenced by a lifelong love of music and dance, particularly jazz and ballet. Elgorts 1971 debut in British Vogue created a sensation in the fashion world where his soon-to-be iconic snapshot style and emphasis on movement and natural light transcended norms of fashion photography. Elgort subsequently rose to fame working for such distinguished magazines as American, French and Italian Vogue, Interview, GQ, Life and Rolling Stone; and shooting advertising campaigns for fashion labels including Chanel, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. Arthur Elgort was born in 1940 and raised in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School, and Hunter College where he initially studied painting before switching to photography, which he took to naturally. Elgorts numerous books include "Personal Fashion Photographs" (1983) and the bestseller "Models Manual" released during the supermodel boom in 1994. Elgort has also directed two films, "Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story" (1992), and the documentary "Colorado Cowboy" (1993) which portrays legendary cowboy Bruce Ford and won the award for Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994. In 2011 Elgort received the Board of Directors Special Tribute Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.