The Coffee Table
It’ll Last Longer
A retrospective of Lacombe's portraiture gives pause for big, beautiful books.
Thus she has worked on countless film sets with renowned directors such as Martin Scorsese, Alan Pakula, Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, David Mamet, Spike Jonze, Stephen Daldry, Anthony Minghella, and Steven Spielberg. Brigitte Lacombe: Anima / Persona (Steidldangin) is a 420-page retrospective monograph of 192 photos that includes portraits--many in black and white--of Barack Obama, Viggo Mortensen, Nicole Kidman, Francois Truffaut, Brice Marden, Joan Didion, Kate Winslet, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Miuccia Prada, Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi (under house arrest in Myanmar), Claude Lévi-Strauss, and the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. Like most Steidl titles, Anima / Persona is beautifully reproduced and elegantly designed--it does cause me to speculate how long publishers will continue to make such marvelous and to-be-treasured books.