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Vial, Veronique. HOLLYWOOD SPLASH: PHOTOGRAPHS BY VERONIQUE VIAL. New York City, NY: PowerHouse Books, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 270 pages. As New/As New.

Collection of color photographs on subject. This is Veronique Vial's third book on Hollywood, following the sensational success of "Women Before 10: 00 A. M. !" and its sequel, "Men Before 10: 00 A. M. !". The true First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. A brilliant production by Daniel Power: Oversize-volume format. Glossy pictorial hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Veronique Vial. Except for an Acknowledgment Page and Captions appended at the end, there is no text. Printed on thick coated stock paper by Grafiche in Milan, Italy to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Veronique Vial's joyful celebration of the "swimming-pool" life. Roaming the homes of Hollywood celebrities who maintain homes in the Los Angeles area, where the sun is dazzling and the light is different, Veronique Vial shows some of the most Beautiful People taking a dip or dive into their swimming pools. Vial's book is deeply indebted to several great predecessor-books: Slim Aarons' "A Wonderful Time" and Kelly Klein's anthology, "Pools". Many of her images are also unmistakable homage-portraits to David Hockney's swimming-pool paintings. Aarons showed many images of the reclusive "Old Elite" relaxing by the pool. Their cumulative effect was such that the swimming pool became the concrete visual symbol of an affluence that was unprecedented in history and of American culture itself. David Hockney celebrated in his monumental paintings the inherent sensual and erotic possibilities of the pool. Kelly Klein devoted a whole volume to nothing but luxurious pools (there isn't a single person in most of the photographs). Veronique Vial populates her every image with people who are all clearly having a wonderful time in their luxurious pools. "As much an icon of prosperity as it is a decadent trophy for healthful living and social aspirations, the pool is one of America's supreme status symbols dating back to the time of 'The Great Gatsby' " (Publisher's blurb). This is well put, except for the omission of the bit about "The Great Gatsby" 's tragic ending also happening in the pool. Veronique Vial is best-known for being the exclusive photographer of Le Cirque du Soleil, the innovative, cutting-edge circus company, for which she has done several collections. Many of the photographs in those books are "aerial", showing acrobatic stunts high up in the air. By contrast, "Hollywood Splash" plumbs the watery depths, and just as beautifully so. A Who's Who of 1990's and early-2000's Hollywood, which continues to leave its mark on the universal, not just the American, psyche, here is another delightful collection for Veronique Vial collectors. This title has been out-of-print for a very long time and is now highly collectible. This is one of very few copies of the true First Edition (number line ending in 1) still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Most copies available online are subsequent printings and have major flaws. A very scarce copy thus. 261 color plates, including four pages of miniature photographs assembled as a coda. One of the most brilliant living photographers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER VERONIQUE VIAL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1576871835. $30.00

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