And giveaways are BACK! This is a good one for all of you who (a) are into Elizabeth Taylor, (b) like to see the inside of people’s homes, or, best of all, (c) both. You can get a sense of the inside photos in the slideshow above.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Per Amazon:
The renowned photographer Catherine Opie takes on a challenging documentary project– an “indirect portrait” of Elizabeth Taylor through her home and possessions […] Opie was inspired by the possibilities this project offered–recalling William Eggleston’s series on Elvis Presley’s Graceland, or her own photographs of Obama’s 2008 inauguration, both of which represent indirect portraits of their subjects. The images in this moving collection were culled from photos Opie took over the course of six months, both on the grounds of and inside Taylor’s home. The subjects are wildly diverse–a dog-eared remote control manual, close-ups of Taylor’s enormous closets, shelves of tchotchkes and priceless works of art–telling more about Taylor’s life than any “celebrity” portrait ever could. Through Opie’s thoughtful curation, Taylor’s home tells a poignant story and reveals the arc of a fascinating life.
THE TASK: As always, I will pick the winners at random. But to keep it fun, please comment and tell us which iconic Elizabeth Taylor look (actual, or Taylor-esque) you’d most like to steal for your own closet. You might think I’d pick a caftan and bejeweled turban, but I would ACTUALLY pick something from Cleopatra, for maximum drama.
THE RULES: All entries must be posted in the comments of this post by 9 p.m. Pacific time on Moday. FYI, if this is the first time you’ve commented here, the system will automatically kick you into comment moderation, but don’t worry, I will rescue you. This contest is open to US residents only. (Prizing provided by Delmonico Books and Prestel. All images from the book 700 Nimes Road are copyright Catherine Opie, and courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York, and Hong Kong.)