Stealing Focus


The undercurrent to these two stunning photography books is the subtext—love. As the Beatle’s memorably sang, it’s all you need. Agreed. A lovingly photographed subject is the ultimate airbrush. This summer, I’ve been blown away by the collection, thoughtfully curated by her husband and children and published thirteen years after her death in 1998, “Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs”, which offers an intimate peek into the McCartney’s storied family life and candid behind-the-scenes shots of legendary performers like The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Michael Jackson.

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 I also love the back story to this Andre de Dienes collection. As the first photographer of Marilyn Monroe, he hired a then 19-year old Norma Jean for her first modeling job where the two embarked on a five week road trip through California in 1945. Of course, he fell in love with her and the proof is layed out here in beautiful, thoughtful detail.

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Looking for some inspiration? Pick up “Breathing Together” by Richard Kehl. Pages and pages of quotes on love that’ll give you something to think about.

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One last thought. I love traveling with family and friends and am inspired to bind my next journey with my own photographs using Blurb, a site that lets you create your own coffee table book.

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