• American Beauty

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    Some coffee tables are beautiful. Others can be beautified with books like American Beauty sitting atop of them. Photographs of gorgeous young women cover a multitude of [design] sins. Claiborne Swanson Frank is a fine art portrait photographer who previously assisted Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. So she knows fashion and delicate souls. Frank gets everyone from Kick Kennedy (granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy) to Amanda Hearst to Devon Radziwill to Amanda Brooks to Lauren DuPont to Barbara Pierce Bush to sit in front of her lens. She essentially photographs her friends for this book—and her friends are stylish, pulchritudinous, and up to some very interesting things. You owe your house guests this one.

    Claiborne sitting in the back of her tomato-red Land Cruiser with her dog, Gator.

    "...I couldn't help but think of Slim Aarons and how Claiborne had opened the door to a world that seemed, after Slim's passing, to forever be closed."

    —Ivan Shaw, Photography Director, Vogue

    Jan 4, 2013 | Permalink (8) Total Comments

    scaleworm left a comment on 1/31/2013 at 1:15 AM:

    Beautiful women here. I do Love female-based fashion photography. God Bless Bruce Weber for putting a shot in the arm of this art form in the 80s…

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/8/2013 at 5:15 PM:

    @Anne—Yes ma’am.

    Anne left a comment on 1/8/2013 at 5:11 PM:

    Was that Jenna Lyons sans glasses? in the all-jean look?

    Malibu left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 3:02 PM:

    Oh and @jack this is coming from a guy who is a quarter pacific islander, quarter cherrokee, quarter russian AND quarter cuban!

    Malibu left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 11:53 AM:

    @Jack- leave race out of this… Damn, that is pitiful

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 10:46 AM:

    @Jack—The book does indeed include women of all races. I simply chose these women for their style or influence or both.

    Jack left a comment on 1/7/2013 at 3:00 AM:

    Pretty pictures, but it seems American just means white women doesn’t it?

    Danielle left a comment on 1/5/2013 at 8:10 PM:

    Loving these gorgeous images. Perfect coffee table book!