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VMA Week: Photographer Afshin Shahidi Gives BookTrib a ‘Private View’ of Icons Prince, Beyonce in an Exclusive Interview

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  One of my favorite pictures of Prince is the cover photo of Afshin Shahidi’s forthcoming book, Prince: A Private View. One of the reasons I am so enamored of this picture is due to the striking contrast of black and white in Prince’s clothing against the simplistic set— what appears to be a plain hallway. What is even more endearing to me as a 30+ year fan is that Prince, who was of a smaller stature, even in the most ordinary of spaces was ginormous. He was a larger than life figure in life and in his passing his absence has left a chasm that no artist now or in the future will be able to fill.  Through his…

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Smart Reads: 5 Beautiful Books That Offer a Visual Feast

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By now our readers are aware of how much we love the holidays—and how much we love sharing our favorite books to give as gifts. But our suggestions wouldn’t be complete without those gorgeous coffee table books that sweep you away with their luscious photos and fascinating stories. Their spectacular covers are the literary equivalent of “You had me at ‘hello’.” Here are some of the most visually sumptuous and smartest reads for your holiday giving. The Sartorialist: X by Scott Schuman (Penguin; October 27, 2015) Nowadays it seems like everyone and her sister have a fashion blog, but Scott Schuman started it all 10 years ago with his photos captured on sidewalks of New York City street style. The…

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Rocking around the holidays with groovy photos of music icons

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I love holiday music—ALL holiday music, from the schmaltzy versions of 50s and 60s pop artists singing carols to the revered orchestral renderings of The Messiah. When it comes to music around the holidays, the more “sing we joyous all together, heedless of the wind and weather,” the better. But at heart, the music that’s imprinted into my DNA, the music that’s formed the soundtrack of my life, is rock ‘n’ roll. Fortunately, there are three new, beautiful coffee table books out this season that will jingle the bells of anyone who loves their music with a heavy backbeat. With any luck, the Big Guy in Red will take a long look at these books when he’s deciding whether I’ve…

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