O Rio de Janeiro. A Photographic Journal

O Rio de Janeiro. A Photographic Journal
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Bruce Weber. Drawings by Richard Giglio.

New York. Alfred A. Knopf. 1986. First edition. Pictorial wrappers. Unpaginated [c.150 pages]. 131 b&w and monotone colour photographic plates, including one single- and one double-folding plate. 365 x 285mm (14 x 11"). 1.4kg. 039455938x. English. Fine; very slightest rubbing at head and base of spine; an excellent copy.

'"O" if it happens - "O" it happens in Rio...' (Bruce Weber, foreword).

Weber's scarce and influential scrapbook-style book set in Rio de Janeiro. On a road-trip to Rio Weber photographed models and locals on the beach, in bars, in hotels. He captures the heat, the youthful exuberance and the sexual energy of the city. The portraits are set against a mix of landscape shots, still lifes, news photos and Giglio's drawings. There is an extended section of photographs of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion Rickson Gracie. It is one of Weber's most influential books; it brought a new sense of glamour and sensuality to the Brazilian capital and paved the way for many more fashion shoots and photographers. The book was published to accompany an exhibition at the Robert Miller Gallery, New York. Design by Sam Shahid, Rise Daniels, Donald Sterzin. Styling by Joe McKenna.

[Roth. The Book of 101 Books. p.254; Auer. 802 Photo Books. p.668]