Mil Besos

Mil Besos Cover

Mil Besos

1000 Kisses

By Ruven Afanador; John Galliano (Introduction by); Marisa Berenson (Contribution by)

Rizzoli International Publications, Hardcover, 9780847833399, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2009

Ruven Afanador--one of today's most respected and in-demand editorial and fashion photographers--presents "Mil Besos," a unique and arresting vision of the flamenco women of Spain. Often photographed wearing haute couture creations that were inspired by their dancing, the women's vibrant and dramatic personalities come alive in Afanador's portraits. This instant classic is an homage to the passions and traditions of the soon-to-be-lost culture of flamenco, a singular art form that has influenced the work of filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, as well as fashion designers John Galliano and Diane von Furstenberg, who have contributed insightful texts to this luxuriously produced monograph. "Mil Besos" will appeal to classic photography lovers, dance enthusiasts, and fashionistas alike.

About the Author
Afanador was born in Colombia and currently resides in New York. He was voted "Best Photographer of the Year" at the 2000 Fashion Awards in Paris. His work has been seen in many international publications.

John Galliano, one of the most influential fashion designers of our time, is the chief designer of the haute couture house Christian Dior.

Praise For Mil Besos

“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