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Christy Turlington & Kurt Markus: Christy

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Christy Turlington & Kurt Markus: Christy: Over the course of 25 years, a model and a photographer traveled the world for fashion assignments and adventure, forming a close friendship along the way. Christy chronicles their travels through reminiscences and portraits taken in Madagascar, Kilimanjaro, Greenland, El Salvador, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Island and Montana. Markus born in rural Montana in 1947, grew up immersed in the great outdoors, and knew from an early age that the world of ranching and field work was not a life for him. “I was born a daydreamer,” he says, “and I know of no slot for one of those on any ranch.” He attended West Point and served with the elite U.S. Army Rangers during Vietnam. But he learned by hard experience that the military was no profession for him, either. Recalls Markus: “When I got out of the Army in the early 70s, I knew one thing—that whatever I was going to do with my life, I wanted to love it and believe in it.” So he trained his love and faith on photography. Inspired by Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and a handful of other fine-art practitioners, Markus taught himself the rudiments of the craft and went to work. Since then, his camera had taken him, quite literally, around the world—from the Solomon Islands to Yemen, from the sand dunes of Namibia to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Markus is perhaps best known for his portraits of cowboys in the American West, he also enjoyed a distinguished career as one of the world’s preeminent fashion photographers, praised for his steady grace and understated sensuality of his fashion photographs, noting his sense of “style and wit.” With Markus behind the camera, wrote one observer, “models are people and not just mannequins, and they contribute their personality to the work.” The ten-by-eleven-inch, 188-page hardbound volume features 91 duotone and 18 color photographs and is forwarded by acclaimed fashion photographer Bruce Weber.

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188 pages. 7.25" W x 9”.75 H.

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