Rizzoli International Publications, Hardcover, 9780847833399, 240pp.
Publication Date: September 29, 2009
John Galliano, one of the most influential fashion designers of our time, is the chief designer of the haute couture house Christian Dior.
“The Columbian-born fashion photographer Ruven Afanador has built a remarkable career out of capturing the raw and impassioned beauty of his subjects. His latest book, an homage to the women of flamenco entitled ‘Mil Besos’ –1,000 kisses, in Spanish—is perhaps his most powerful work yet. The women in these images, dressed in all-black Galliano, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, their eyes rimmed in inkey kohl, emerge from Mr. Afanador’s imagination, inspired by the fantastic tales told to him as a child.” ~New York Times
“The severe drama of the Spanish musical genre comes to life in seductive pictures bathed in Afanador’s high-contrast chiara and scuro.” ~LA Times
"Flamenco has fascinated the Columbian photographer Ruven Afanador since he heard stories of Spain as a child...he reinterprets the art in 'Mil Besos,' a book of portraits coming out this fall." ~The New Yorker