Berlin-born fashion photographer Chris von Wangenheim had an innate knack for capturing images that were arresting, provocative and sexy. In Rizzoli‘s ultra-glam hardcover “GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim,” readers can explore some of his most page-stopping photographs, from topless women with giant guard dogs, babes diving into money, to the ever-iconic Grace Jones posing powerfully next to taxidermy cheetahs and panthers.
Von Wangenheim was prolific during the 1960s through his death in 1981, having his work appear in Harpers, Vogue, Esquire and Interview, along with iconic campaigns for Christian Dior (the book’s cover) and Calvin Klein. In “GLOSS,” the era between 1968-81 is showcased—and it’s a time that the photographer was exploring a remarkable blend of sex, violence, danger and glamour. Seemingly blending punk, porn and high fashion, von Wangenheim’s images are equal parts alluring, dramatic and shocking.
Check out our slideshow to see some of our favorite spreads in the book, which is available for purchase online for $85.
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