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Eye Magazine take a look at Fashion Etcetera

Friday, August 28th, 2009

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Wayne Ford, writing for the Eye magazine blog, has taken a very supportive look at Fashion Etcetera and my career.

See the full article on Eye's blog or read it in PDF form here.

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Fashion Etcetera – Two Editions

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

The sponsorship by Tommy Hilfiger of my latest book project FASHION ETCETERA (published in two editions) has led to some confusion in the press and on line. Hopefully this post will serve as a clarifying point of reference for future articles.

In November 2006 I had, what was in essence, my first retrospective show at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra Australia (where we now live). In that exhibition, which had no catalogue, I showed most of the images as spreads. The success of that project enthused me to create a book along the same lines. This together with a recent immersion in fashion related work, led to FASHION ETCETERA.

I was well underway with this project/archive exploration - with the assistance of my son and grandson - when the news got out and I was approached by fashion houses to participate in a sponsorship deal. In the event I was very pleased to accept an offer of sponsored exhibitions and the co-publishing of a special edition of FASHION ETCETERA from Tommy Hilfiger.

The Hilfiger in-house graphic designer Yuthi Meas is responsible for the cover of the special edition but the rest of the creative project is my usual in-house production. I enjoy the freedom of doing everything - creative concept, art direction, photography, editing, scanning, image retouching, design and book construction - in my studio. I also supervised proofing, pre-press and personally tweaked the colour balances as the pages rolled off the presses in Hong Kong.

The two editions of FASHION ETCETERA are technically identical apart from the covers. The author's edition has a gloss laminate French fold jacket on a black cloth finish hard cover. The special edition has a gloss laminate print on the boards and a translucent slip case with silk screened white lettering. Recommended Retail Prices on the two editions are $67.50 and $100.00 respectively.

The special edition will be for sale at Tommy Hilfiger stores globally from September 2009 and the author's edition will be for sale at select bookstores and online from October 2009. Of course both books will be for sale at the exhibition in New York from September 17th 2009 and exceptionally, starting the same day, Dashwood Books at 33 Bond Street in New York will carry the author's edition.

Tommy Hilfiger will also launch a small range of fashion items, T-shirts, a scarf and tote bag based on an image from the era of my first book, Five Girls. This is a fun bonus to what promises to be an exciting show at Milk Gallery in New York, opening to the public on September 17th, 2009 and running through to October 24th.

The capsule range from Tommy Hilfiger featuring the Gill with Curl image will be for sale at the exhibition and at Tommy Hilfiger stores globally from September 2009.

I'll be in New York for the opening and a book signing is planned for the following weekend. There will also be an evening presentation at Strand books during that period. A master class is planned at Milk and portfolio reviews (by appointment) for students. Please write to for details of master classes and portfolio review. Also keep an eye on this blog as we post more information about events at Milk in the coming weeks.

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Fashion Etcetera – Press Release

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

The Press Release for Fashion Etcetera is available from the e-mail address below. This is one of three different versions, Tommy Hilfiger are sending their release to the the fashion and lifestyle press while Milk concentrate on the gallery art press and Haskins Press take care of our traditional area of support among the photography and camera magazines.


Don’t write this off as a dreary press release – its stuffed full of goodies with embedded links for downloading image files, a generous BLAD of the book and a crisp one page illustrated summary of Fashion Etcetera that can be digested in a minute.

To receive a download link to the press release (for accredited members of the press only) please send an e-mail to:

The press pack images (in their book layouts) are shown below.





FASHION ETECETERA will be launched in September with an exhibition at Milk Gallery in New York. The project is a partnership with the Tommy Hilfiger group who have exclusive 3rd party rights to market, distribute and sell a special edition of the book and are sole sponsors of the exhibition.

A PDF of the standard edition French Fold jacket can be viewed here. A PDF of the special edition cover to be sold in Tommy Hilfiger stores can be viewed here.

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Monday, December 29th, 2008

Today's New York Times carries a story about the demise of Polaroid accompanied by a slide show from the book 'Found Polaroids'.

The article mentions a project from the early seventies when Polaroid launched the SX-70 and gave cameras plus a generous stock of film to a group of photographers and published the resulting images in a limited edition boxed set. Particularly striking shots were submitted by Christian Vogt, Pete Turner and Helmut Newton.

My contribution to the project - and the only in-camera montage in the series - is shown below.


This boxed set was not the only promotional project organised by polaroid. There was also a calendar called 'Four Season' in 1976 which features one of my images for the month of May.

The limited edition boxed set of twelve prints for the SX-70 called '12 Instant Images - The SX-70 Experience' was repeated for another Polaroid product, '12 Instant Images - Type 105 Positive/Negative film'. Collectors should keep an eye out for it especially for the excellent contributions by Ansel Adams, Sarah Moon and Jeanloup Sieff. Each boxed set was limited to a production run of 1,000 and in both cases the first 50 sets were signed by all the photographers.

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