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Face to Face by Camilla McGrath, Andrea Di Robilant, Griffin Dunne, Vincent Fremont, Harrison Ford, Fran Lebowitz and Jann Wenner
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Oct 27, 2020 | ISBN 9780525656463

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“[A] spectacular collection of images from the personal archives of Italian countess Camilla McGrath (1925–2007). McGrath and her husband, Earl—at various times a screenwriter, record producer, and art curator—had an outsized social life, and the sheer number of celebrities who passed through their orbit is mind-boggling. Among the photographs are ones capturing Jackie Kennedy lounging by a pool, Andy Warhol smiling alongside his dachshund Archie, and vacation shots with Princess Margaret and Bianca Jagger. As art dealer Beatrice Monti remembers of McGrath’s gift, “She was able to capture something of each one of us even in the middle of a party.” . . . These spellbinding photos will beguile photographers, artists, and those enamored of the glamour of a bygone era.” 
Publishers Weekly

“Imagine the one, single, not-so-large apartment that most completely embodied the glamorous, laughing, center-of-the-universe New York one always wished to be a part of—either looking out at the walls (filled with captivating pictures) or looking into the room (filled with captivating people, not the least of them our two hosts)—well: this was that place; and Camilla McGrath, often without even standing up, took the photographs. Every page of this wonderful book is a brilliantly entertaining example of her life’s project. A perfect time-machine.” —Wes Anderson
Face to Face reveals the celebrated, the notable, the unknown, and whatever pleased Camilla McGrath’s eye. This book’s effect is to remind us what McGrath saw as she took aim:
the fleeting nature of the occasion, the truths buried in the heart of the ephemeral.” —Hilton Als

“She knew everybody who was anybody. Camilla McGrath was the irreverent, aristo-bohemian wife of the larger-than-life art gallerist and music producer Earl McGrath. Together, the glittering couple were in every swim, their circle spanning the worlds of entertaining, film, music, the arts, and society in Europe, New York, and Los Angeles. . . . These good times were invariably captured on Camilla’s Nikon camera, and the thousands of black-and-white photographs became her life’s work, until her death in 2007, but few have ever been published. A collection of more than 600 photographs from the 1950s to the 1990s appears in Face to Face, which includes reminiscences by Fran Lebowitz and Harrison Ford among others, is a rarefied window onto the last century.” —Heather Hodson, Avenue

“A gorgeous, jet-set testament to the delicious depth of the McGraths’ personal address book. Culled from Camilla’s photo albums, which have recently been bequeathed to the New York Public Library, the book documents the warm, relaxed intimacies of Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and Paloma Picasso at a birthday party for Jerry Hall in 1985; the Dunnes (that’s Joan Didion and John Gregory) at Thanksgiving in 1992; the Agnellis on their yacht; Jackie and Lee on a sisterly trip to Italy; Peter Beard in the Hamptons; Harrison Ford chatting up Carrie Fisher in a doorway; and the carousing of everyone from New York’s Frank O’Hara to Los Angeles’s Sharon Tate. Examining Camilla’s tender, unassuming portraits, one doesn’t get the sense of a predatory paparazzo behind the lens, but rather a close friend shooting someone in a moment of letting their guard down. These are larger-than-life figures brought down to coffee-table size.” —Christopher Bollen, Interview 

“Iconic photos of Jackie Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Sharon Tate, Truman Capote, and more are included in this collection of more than 600 shots by the famed photographer Camilla McGrath. But the photos aren’t the only reason to dive in; remembrances of the legendary lenswoman by the likes of Griffin Dunne, Harrison Ford, and Fran Lebowitz are included to help make this the rare coffee table book that’s as exciting to read as it is to look at.”—Town & Country 

“No photographer was better positioned to get publicity than the late Camilla McGrath . . . Camilla documented her social life extensively, amassing 103 albums’ worth of gatherings like Jerry Hall’s baby shower and Anjelica Huston’s wedding. But, considering them private mementos, she never sold nor even exhibited them. Now that they finally have come to light, in the book 
Face to Face: The Photographs of Camilla McGrath, it’s understandable why.” —Stephanie Eckardt, W Magazine

“There is a marvelous sense of candor and intimacy to [McGrath’s photographs], which capture, in their totality, an incredibly full and joyful life.” —Thessaly La Force, The New York Times Style Magazine 

“Candid party photos by the late Italian socialite Camilla McGrath, collected in the new book Face to Face, are a treasure trove of celebrities at play in the 1960s, 70s and 80s . . . A stunning collection.” Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, People

“From the 1950s to the ’90s, the socialite captured casual moments with some of the biggest names in entertainment. More than 600 of her photos are here, with text from the likes of Harrison Ford and Fran Lebowitz.” —The New York Times (“New & Noteworthy”)

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