Wednesday, June 2, 2010

PRISCILLA RATTAZZI: Best Friends

Luna & Lola (Callaway, Fall 2010)
Photograph (c) Priscilla Rattazzi /All Rights Reserved

Luna & Lola (Callaway, Fall 2010)

Beatrice Caracciolo with Vespa and Voyou
Photograph (c) Priscilla Rattazzi /All Rights Reserved

The Duke of Beaufort with Lotte and Mabel
Photograph (c) Priscilla Rattazzi /All Rights Reserved

Cristiana Brandolini and Kukuruz
Photograph (c) Priscilla Rattazzi /All Rights Reserved

Elizabeth Avedon with Hogarth (Montauk)
Photograph (c) Priscilla Rattazzi /All Rights Reserved

Diana Vreeland
Priscilla Rattazzi's iconic image of the greatest arbiter of style + elegance.
Photograph (c) Priscilla Rattazzi /All Rights Reserved


When Priscilla Rattazzi's book Best Friends (Rizzoli) was first published, photographs of famous and not-so-famous (Hogarth and I) people with their canine friends, the New York Times covered the book party in Central Park, Canine Social Set Steps Out, with more than 50 dogs as the guests of honor. "The dogs had water and sampled the victuals at a doggie bar. George, an English bulldog, was the only snob. He decided crowds were not his thing."

Priscilla Rattazzi was born in Rome and came to the US in 1974. She studied photography at Sarah Lawrence College, followed by assisting fashion and still life photographer Hiro, before working as a fashion and portrait photographer for many years.
Exhibitions of her work include: the Staley Wise Gallery, New York; a retrospective at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee; a series of portraits of actors, producers and directors for the Tribeca Film Festival at the Jack Banning Gallery, NY; and a retrospective at the Valentina Moncada Gallery, Rome, Italy; among many others.

Ms. Rattazzi has published three books, as well as one portfolio: Best Friends (Rizzoli, 1998); Children (Rizzoli, 1992); and Georgica Pond (Callaway, 2000), a ten-year examination of a body of water on the East End of Long Island. Best Friends, The Portfolio (LunaLola Press, 2006), is a collection of fourteen of Priscilla's favorites portraits largely chosen from the original book Best Friends.

We look forward to her forthcoming book, Luna & Lola (Callaway, 2010)
, who look like they are the best of friends in this clip, will be available in Ralph Lauren stores in August, and all bookstores and Amazon in September.

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