Ruben Afanador: Mil besos / 1000 Kisses

Ruven Afanador, introduction by John Galliano

Rizzoli, 2009



With Mil Besos, Colombian-born photographer Ruven Afanador adds an extraordinary collection of images of the women of flamenco to the canon of creations inspired by both this venerated art form and the remarkable passion that many find to be an archetype of the iconic Spanish spirit. In Mil Besos, the women emerge from Afanador’s imagination as fantastic sketches of romantic images drawn from childhood memories in South America and in particular by his first encounter with the erotic energy of the bailora Maria Benitez. In return, Benitez and the other dancers featured here grant Afanador license to play with outrageous and irreverent scenarios. The legendary flamenco dancer Matilde Coral describes Mil Besos as achieving for the performers “the best mirror of their beauty in its purest essence. Afanador captures a haunting vision of the mystique, allure, and soulful yearning that these beautiful women possess with startling photographic clarity.”

Ruven Afanador—one of today’s most respected and in-demand editorial and fashion photographers—presents a unique and arresting vision of the flamenco women of Spain. Often photographed wearing haute couture creations that were inspired by their dancing, the women’s vibrant and dramatic personalities come alive in Afanador’s portraits. This instant classic is an homage to the passions and traditions of the soon-to-be-lost culture of flamenco, a singular art form that has influenced the work of filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, as well as fashion designers John Galliano and Diane von Furstenberg, who have contributed insightful texts to this luxuriously produced monograph. Mil Besos will appeal to classic photography lovers, dance enthusiasts, and fashionistas alike.

Our copy is in very good condition.

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ISBN: 9780847833399

240 pages, b/w images, 36 x 28,5 cm, hardcover, English