Bookshelf: Naked Women for the Holidays
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
November 14 2011 2:00 AM ET
Bruno Bisang: 30 Years of Polaroids
Not unlike Helmut Lang’s Polaroid collection, Bruno Bisang’s collection of Polaroid archives offer a glimpse of the artistic process that no longer exists in this digital age. But in the 208-page Bruno Bisang: 30 Years of Polaroids ($63, teNeues), which came out earlier this year in five different translations, it’s the women who are the star of the show. The book is probably meant to show us Bisang’s process — each miscalculation, every discarded image — but what it does more presciently is to capture women like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks as they are when in images that don’t get presented to the public. It’s a reminder that beautiful women we see on the pages of fashion magazines are not singular creations. Instead, sometimes their image is a long process, one that makes them seem more perfect than possible because of artists behind the scenes like Bisang. It’s starkly fascinating.