Dynamic and alluring images that allow each model’s distinctive personality to shine, this coffee table book by Danish-born Kenneth Willardt is really an exuberant and eclectic approach to beauty and fashion, amust-have for all those with an eye for fine contemporary photography.
“In this book Kenneth Willardt celebrates beauty the way he knows best: by having women (and a few men) seduce his inquisitive camera freely, creatively, intimately . . . as if he were not behind it. They’re ultimately deeply touched by what he sees. His camera is the keyhole to life, which is sometimes raw and sometimes glamorous, but always undeniably beautiful”, wrote Sciascia Gambaccini, Fashion Director of Italian Vanity Fair about the book.
The Beauty Book —which features 304 pages of more than 85 of Willardt’s most celebrated subjects— is publisher teNeues’ first interactive fashion book. A companion smartphone viewing app digitally animates photographs featured in the book, and The Beauty Book exhibition will bring to life these works as augmented reality artworks in the gallery. When you hover over certain images with your mobile, elements of the picture come to life. Doutzen Kroes’ juicy red lips start singing, bunnies prance around Robyn Lawley, and the stars strategically placed on Olga Serova’s nipples spin.
“I’m always a sucker for blush, dewy skin that’s super-hydrated, and a natural pink lip,” Kenneth Willardt noted. “After that, a nice, wet smoky eye and a red lip—both are very sexy.”
Though Willardt’s work is varied in tone and subject, everyone from “Gigi to Gaga” (Gigi Hadid to Lady Gaga) has been captured by his finely structured compositions and striking sense of intimacy that reinforces our contemporary concept of beauty. Subjects like Jennifer Lopez, Hugh Laurie, Jane Fonda, Georgia May Jagger, Kelly Osbourne, Freida Pinto, Ryan Reynolds, Claudia Schiffer, Chloe Sevigny, Christian Slater, Lara Stone, Bar Refaeli, Alessandra Ambrosio, Laetitia Casta, Adriana Lima, Mads Mikkelsen and more are featured in the volume.
100 percent of Kenneth Willardt’s earned royalties from sales of The Beauty Book (published by teNeues) will be donated to Rescuers Without Borders (Sauveteurs Sans Frontieres/SSF), a medical organization dedicated to saving lives across the world regardless of nationality or religion.