Metamorphoses of an American
STEIDL Photography International
Lagerfeld selects a spectrum of literary and cultural references for Kroenig to interpret: we see him as James Dean, as Rudolph Valentino, as a Gatsby-like figure from F. Scott Fitzgerald, and as Lieutenant Pinkerton from Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Yet throughout these transformations, there is never the sense that Kroenig is merely acting; instead he presents newly discovered aspects of himself through the guises of other characters. Metamorphoses of an American contains photography made both within and beyond the fashion world. However regardless of the purpose of Lagerfeld’s images, each one evidences rigorous formal principles grounded in an
appreciation of early twentieth-century photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen. Indeed Lagerfeld refers to his work more as “pictures” than photographs, conveying the graphic processes of construction and design from which each image emerges.
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Four clothbound hardcover books, foil stamped with tipped-in image on the front, housed in a handmade slipcase
Volume 1: 224 pages
Volume 2: 328 pages
Volume 3: 256 pages
Volume 4: 336 pages
- 4 volumes
- 1144 pages, 864 tritone plates
- 15.2 cm x 20 cm
- STEIDL Photography International
- ISBN: 978-3-86521-522-2