About the Book
Limited edition of 100 books,
With a homage to the book title “Women Are Beautiful” by Garry Winogrand (1975) , Rafael Fuchs is exploring the same topic, with a fresh and challenging perspective.
"Rafael Fuchs’ “Bushwick Women Are Beautiful” / "Women R Beautiful" presents a unique immersive take on the local culture and energy of Brooklyn’s female culture. These images (that are a part of the book with the same title) are a showcase of an eclectic collection of visual portraiture of Bushwick’s many muses. The environmental elements of the photos herald the aesthetic of urban grit melded with idealistic beauty.
An ethereal beauty performing with an air of nonchalant confidence in a bath tub placed on a front yard. A nude woman is opening the heavy bedroom door that used to be the door of a freight elevator in a formerly industrial building that converted and became an artists’ lofts haven. A beautiful and broody woman is sitting against a red velvet background. A woman wearing a bowling pin costume is passing by the hallway, carrying a light from the photo shoot she just participated in.
True goddesses of the urban jungle that is Bushwick, these women are not afraid to be themselves. Sweat, lipstick, persistence, bare skin, fringed stockings, tattooed arms, and quickly vintage accents blossom with unbridled creative self-expression, swirling into a melting pot of true feminine strength and vulnerability. These women are not afraid to get their hands dirty, and they’re not afraid to effortlessly rock a fabulous outfit while doing so.
Surrealism takes center stage as elements of theatrical fashion and imaginative whimsy showcase these women in their natural environments. You look at this presentation of editorialist street style and your perspective slowly begins to shift. Who are these women? What are their stories? ..."
Excerpt from an essay by Hope Diamond.
Features & Details
Rafael Fuchs has earned his place as one of the most important photographers of his generation. A recipient of many awards, he captured portraits and images of some of the most influential figures of the past 30 years, and these images embraced many magazine covers as well as became a part of distinctive private collections and Museums around the globe, as The National Portrait Gallery in London. (Portraits of JK Rowling and Emily Watson.) Some of his other popular portrait subjects are: : Colin Powell, Beyonce, Burt Reynolds ,Geoffrey Rush,Malcolm McLaren, Frank Stella, Michael Stipe, Pink, Julia Stiles, and more. Rafael gained numerous awards from organizations as: APA, PDN, Creativity, CA, and gained grants, as from The Marie Walsh Sharpe foundation. His work has been shown and collected globally , and he published 12 books up to date. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Rafael moved to NYC in the 80s. In 2012 Rafael founded Fuchs Projects in Bushwick, Bklyn, NY.