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I’m constantly turning to books for sustenance, and it probably won’t surprise you that I’m especially drawn to books that celebrate legendary style icons. Needless to say, I was thrilled to receive a copy recently of Rizzoli’s sumptuous new book, Snowdon: A Life in View — just the most perfectly inspirational book to light the creative fires, so to speak, on a chilly winter’s day here in the city!

From Snowdon: A Life in View

From Snowdon: A Life in View

Along with a substantial selection of images that have made Snowdon famous — we do love LOVE those gloriously intimate portraits, naturally lit in his Launceston Place glass studio — the book also turns its focus on the photographer himself and is filled with personal stories spanning many decades (Snowdon is 84 now) recounted by many of his rather legendary collection of friends. From Cecil Beaton to Yves Saint Lauren to Jude Law, Snowdon and his work has intersected with really everyone and anyone of significance that you can think of, and his decades long collaboration with visionaries like Vreeland and Coddington has helped to produce some of the most memorable images of our time.

From From Snowdon: A Life in View

From From Snowdon: A Life in View

Within the book’s pages you’ll even find Tom Ford extolling Snowdon’s own sense of personal style and sartorial breadth. Throughout Snowdon’s some half century role as a major creative force, from classic tweed country gent, to biker, to levi-clad photographer,” to black tied socialite, to neckerchief-wearing sideburned bon vivant, the 1st Earl of Snowdon clearly has had no shortage of personal flare, and crucially, the confidence to convey it!

Snowdon: A Life in View offers a fresh look at the career of a remarkable artist who “continues to contribute images to our collective psyche.” Do pick up your copy today!

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  1. Dean says:

    Dear James,

    How interesting! I was most fortunate, when on my grand tour, to meet Lord Snowdon- whilst staying in Bath. His son Viscount Linley bears a striking resemblance to Tony in his youth!

    You would have adored the ultra chic townhouse in Royal Crescent where I was introduced by Lord Fry- a fabulous taste maker and English socialite, now deceased. All done in creams with antiques and opera playing full blast ! Loved it !!!


  2. James Andrew says:

    Darling Dean,

    Talk about international jet-setting – that is just beyond fab- photos please!



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