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JOSIE-YOU AND ME (article first published : 2003-09-19)

Bell-Roberts Publishing recently launched the latest in its series of photographic books by South African photographers.

Josie-You and Me by super model Josie Borain consists of 216 pages, 280mmx280mm in size. This hardcover coffee table book is covered in a dustjacket and the pages are printed in duotone throughout on 170g imported matt art paper.

When Josie Borain left her native South Africa for Paris in the early 80’s, she was stepping into the abyss that is the international world of fashion. She did not know it then, but within two years she would be the first to usher in the era of the Supermodel, with a seven-figure sum to represent Calvin Kleinšs Obsession.

One thing she did know was that modelling would not last forever. This knowledge, combined with a love affair with leica cameras and the art of photography, inspired her to document every aspect of her daily life on film.

Some 20 years and over 35,000 images later, Josie is still at it. Motherhood enabled her to take a breather and define the ending of the era in her life that is encapsulated in this book.

You and Me is an insight into the private and professional life of Josie Borain, seen through her own eyes and a leica lens. A glimpse of a few of the many thousands of portraits and snapshots of friends, loves, colleagues and strangers. Of icons and intimates, and notably, of herself. The ins and outs of New York in the 80’s are both unmistakable and personal in their documentation.

Retail price R 450 but due to the limited print run of this book, it is available only from the publishers. To order either fax suzette on 021 422 1100 or email suzette@bell-roberts.com




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