From candid portraits of early 20th century English bohemians to a sun–drenched chronicle of surf culture in California and Hawaii, these new titles offer wide–ranging perspectives on the world — and may just prompt your next escape.
Photos: “Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things” by Robin Muir / National Portrait Gallery Shop
Party with London’s high society in the Roaring ’20s —Bright Young Things (£35, National Portrait Gallery Shop) spotlights the glitterati of 1920s London as snapped by Cecil Beaton, legendary Vogue society photographer. The book’s subjects – writers, socialites and partygoers from the English aristocratic classes – are pictured in extravagant costumes revealing their self–enclosed world of performance and role–play.
Immerse yourself in daily life in Stockholm —Famous for melancholic black–and–white portraits, Swedish lensman Anders Petersen focuses on the people and spaces of his home city for the first time in Anders Petersen: Stockholm (US$70, Artbook). Captured between 2015 to 2018, his photos are a visual diary of a fast–growing city and an intimate look into the joys, sorrows and everyday lives of its inhabitants.
Photo: Kate Bellm
Photo: Kate Bellm
Take a dreamy road–trip through Portugal —Kate Bellm: Amor (€54, Hatje Cantz) is a decade–long travelogue, chronicling dreamy landscapes and nude muses (friends and lovers on the road) by Brit photographer Kate Bellm, known for her racy surreal aesthetic.
Sunset Beach 1972 (left). Photos: Jeff Divine
Hang ten with OG surfers in California and Hawaii —Jeff Divine: 70s Surf Photographs (US$40, Artbook) is a glimpse into an era when boards were handmade in garages and wave–inspired slang was just beginning to develop. Pulled from the photographer’s enormous archive, the images reveal a nostalgic portrait of close–knit surfing communities in the U.S. before the sport became commercialized.
Wander the streets of Tokyo after dark —Liam Wong, an art director and video game designer (he’s a former director for Montreal–based Ubisoft), first picked up a DSLR in 2015 and, on a work trip, began capturing Tokyo after dark for his debut photo series. Now these vivid cyberpunk– and animation–inspired scenes of the nocturnal city are available in TO:KY:OO ($56, Amazon).