Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Photographic Memoirs of Peter Schlesinger – Beautiful Bohemian Life Throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s

The photographs in Peter Schlesinger's book A Photographic Memory 1968-1989 are a visual diary of an extraordinary life that has intersected with some of the brightest names in the worlds of art, fashion and society.

Schlesinger's remarkable journey began in 1966 when as an 18-year-old student at UCLA he met the artist David Hockney. The two moved to London, where Schlesinger was introduced to the city's fashionable bohemian society.

There, as well as on trips, Schlesinger met and photographed some of the great personalities of the day, including Cecil Beaton, Paloma Picasso, Grace Coddington, Tina Chow, Christopher Isherwood and Manolo Blahnik, and offers an intimate glance into fashionable bohemian society throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. It tells of hours spent sunbathing or lingering over dinners, intimate moments at home with Hockney and later, his boyfriend Eric, car rides with Andy Warhol in Monte Carlo and watching Blahnik get his hair cut.

Gala Mitchell in her bedroom, 1971.

Dom Hamilton, daughter of pop artist Richard, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, 1971.

Amanda Lear on my terrace, London, 1973.

Doctor Patrick “Killer” Woodcock and Grace Coddington, Paris, 1972.

Vivienne Westwood’s shop on Kings Road, London, 1975.

Robert Mapplethorpe on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, 1971.

The deck at La Piscine Deligny, Paris, 1975.

Andy Warhol and Rex Reed in a taxi, Monaco, 1974.

Paloma Picasso and Tina Chow after Paloma’s wedding dinner, Paris, 1978.

Intermission at Glyndebourne, England, 1978.

Fran Lebowitz at the Fifth Avenue Book Fair, New York, 1979.

Eric Bowman hiking on Kauai, Hawaii, 1981.

David Hockney and Cecil Beaton, Reddish House, 1970.

Artist Kathy Huberland, Encino, 1968.

Eric giving Manolo Blahnik a haircut, London, 1972.

Photographer Reto Guntli doing a backflip, Fire Island Pines, 1980.

Anna Piaggi at Paloma's wedding, Paris, 1978.

George arriving at Fire Island Pines, NY, 1979.

Painter Laura Faber in a Goya pose, New York, 1985.

Manolo in bed with Anjelica and Jack, London, 1974.

Tina at Mr. Chow's, New York, 1982.

Eric with basil for freezer pesto that we're still eating, Bellport, 1986.

Artist Patrick Procktor at Le Nid du Duc, Provence, 1968.

(Photos © Peter Schlesinger)

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