Amy Winehouse by Blake Wood
“This is not the doom-and-gloom false narrative portrayed in the media. She was a brilliant, loving soul who made amazing personal triumphs, and these images capture that,” says photographer Blake Wood of his never-before-seen pictures of his great friend Amy Winehouse, which form this collection. Documenting their moments together in London, Paris and Saint Lucia, it’s a unique portrait of a huge talent.
Kate by Mario Sorrenti
Before Calvin Klein’s Obsession campaign made Kate Moss a household name, her then-boyfriend Mario Sorrenti took 50 candid black-and-white photographs of the 17-year-old model at home. A beautiful series capturing a remarkable young woman with true tenderness, it’s also testament to Sorrenti’s brilliance. A reflective introductory essay written by the photographer adds to the intimacy.
David Lynch: Someone Is in My House by Kristine McKenna
Are you a fan of Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive and Twin Peaks? Then head to the Netherlands – visionary filmmaker David Lynch is the subject of an exhibition at the Bonnefantenmuseum until April 28. For anyone who can’t make the trip, this companion book is the next best thing; the cult figure’s brilliant body of work is explored with a fascinating focus on his paintings, photography, sculpture and installations. It’s an ode to his unique sensibility and the macabre undercurrent that characterizes it.
Annie Leibovitz At Work by Annie Leibovitz
Go behind the scenes of the creative process of renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz in this essential book for anyone interested in image-making. Revealing the inner workings of her practice, Leibovitz addresses photojournalism, studio work, collaborating with dancers, athletes and writers, and transitioning from film to digital cameras. Originally a bestseller in 2008, this revised edition is eye-opening.
Jenny Saville by Richard Calvocoressi
In October 2018, Jenny Saville broke records when one of her paintings sold for $12.4 million – the highest amount ever paid at auction for the work of a living female artist. Saville’s visceral, figurative paintings have been challenging Western beauty ideals since she first rose to prominence as a member of the Young British Artists movement in the 1990s. This new volume unpacks her fascination with the human body in unprecedented detail.
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-Garde by Jane Alison and Coralie Malissard
Celebrating the intimate relationships that inspired unforgettable artworks and convention-defying ways of living, this book accompanies London’s Barbican exhibition of the same name (closing January 27). Enjoy the show from the comfort of your living room with this visually rich book covering some of the most renowned creative couples – think Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, and Lee Miller and Man Ray.
How Not To Wear Black by Anna Murphy
The fashion director of The Times has distilled her expertise into this tome that encourages you to be more daring with your wardrobe. Musing on the power of a statement coat, why we should take our lead from the vibrant wardrobe of Iris Apfel, and drawing on fashion insight from Maya Angelou and Virginia Woolf, this book is a reminder to buy pieces that you love.
The Landscape by Don McCullin
Whether focusing his lens on the ancient city of Palmyra or the woods near his home in Somerset, legendary war photographer Sir Don McCullin has spent his recent years creating landscape images charged with drama. In his latest book, The Landscape, luminous photographs of ominous skies, atmospheric lowlands and storm-ravaged countryside take center stage. It’s just the thing to pique your curiosity ahead of Tate Britain’s exhibition (running February 5-May 6) paying tribute to the full scope of McCullin’s extraordinary career.