i’m jealous of alyson fox’s book

Look what arrived in my mailbox yesterday! Yes, it’s the beautiful new book featuring the photographs of Austin based artist Alyson Fox. Now, to be totally honest, I didn’t even know that Alyson did photography work, as she’s best known for her beautifully bizarre drawings {which I absolutely love!}. Well, I’ve officially added this book, titled “A Shade of Red”, to the list of reasons to be jealous of Alyson Fox. She took portraits of 100 women, with basically nothing in common, except that they were all wearing the same shade of red lipstick. There is a quote at the beginning of the book that gave me shivers… and made me want to get myself a tube of bright red lipstick:

It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived…Women lay in bed with no sheets and no nightie but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips….That lipstick started to give them back their humanity.
~ Colonel Gonin (commenting on the liberation of the Bergen-Belson concentration camp)

Thank you so much Alyson… this is an amazing addition to my collection of art books! xo

{The book was published by Chronicle Books, and be purchased here.}

comments (5)

  1. Rachael /// 10.21.2011 /// 8:52pm

    So what shade of lipstick is it? I want some too please.

  2. the jealous curator /// 10.21.2011 /// 9:48pm

    um, red? ; )
    hm, i don’t know… nothing mentioned in alyson’s introduction. so, alyson, if you read this… what’s the shade of red you gave these women?

  3. tijana /// 10.22.2011 /// 11:17am


  4. Mel /// 11.07.2011 /// 12:47pm

    Wow. This is amazing. http://heartymagazine.com/news/alyson-fox-a-shade-of-red

  5. the jealous curator /// 11.07.2011 /// 1:06pm

    you really have to see it in person too! the paper is thick and glossy… so nice!