"As the curious mind will attest, it is an ethereal thrill to discover, revere, and regale the sinuous, striking feminine form." teNeues Publishing tells us convincingly. The illustrated book titled 'The Great Beauty' by photographer Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa celebrates this exciting experience with breathtaking photos. He masterfully reflects the seemingly limitless fascination more or less half of mankind has for women and their seductive allure.
A cast of 11 chosen models and the accompanying production crew made the trek to Ladispoli, Italy, to the spectacular John Paul Getty Villa. This iconic edifice has stood tall along the Sea of Rome since 1640 and, where, after six long days and nights in splendid, idyllic isolation, in cold and adverse conditions in November 2014, this creative endeavor came to life. These images came to form by tapping into both the classic and modern elements of photography, as photographer Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa not only harnessed the conventional, traditional use of the classic Hasselblad digital camera, but he also fully embraced post-millennial digital video technology in the form of The Dragon, the Red 6K Dragon, which offers the highest-resolution that exists.
And particularly special about the book: The author is donating all of his earnings to the IRC (International Rescue Committee). A big GoSee bravo !
About - IRC The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well being, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. IRC teams provide health care, infrastructure, learning and economic support to people in more than 40 countries, with special programs designed for women and children. When an emergency arises, the IRC arrives on the scene within 72 hours with urgently needed supplies and expertise that protect people caught in the midst of chaos. rescue.org
About - Prince Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa, is the founder, owner, and President of the world’s largest and most acclaimed photo studio complex, Pier 59 Studios, in New York City. Born in Rome with a heritage which dates back to the 9th century not only works as a photographer, he is also a passionate collector of artistic photography and a photographer in his own right. Mr. Pignatelli is also the founder and President of Art and Fashion Group (AFG), a holding company providing full services to the advertising/fashion industry, including talent representation and production. pier59studios.com
The Great Beauty - Federico Pignatelli della Leonessa . published by teNeues . 25 x 32.4 cm . 224 pp., incl. 5 gatefolds, hardcover with jacket, 94 color and 14 duotone photographs, text in English and Italian, € 49.90 . ISBN 978-3-8327-3359-9