Art Kane

Art Kane retrospective book and exhibition highlights photographer’s influence

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The new book Art Kane by Jonathan Kane and Holly Anderson is the first time the photographer’s work has been collecting into one volume.

Art Kane (1925-1995) explored fashion, editorial, celebrity portraiture, travel, and nudes. And like his contemporaries, Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) and Helmut Newton (1924-2004), Kane developed a style that didn’t shy away from strong colour, eroticism and surreal humour.

In 1958, Kane assembled the greatest legends in jazz and shot what became his most famous image, Harlem 1958.

In the 1960s and 1970s, he photographed, among others, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Janis Joplin, The Doors, and Bob Dylan.

While the battle for civil rights and the Vietnam War raged, Kane was refining a conscientious response to the period with his editorial work that was powerfully accessible and populist in its desire to communicate to a large audience.

The book is launched on December 11 by Reel Art Press, and to coincide with its release an exhibition, Art Kane: Retrospective is at Piccadilly Arcade’s Snap Galleries from December 11, 2014 to January 31, 2015.



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