Monday, December 11, 2006

"Room with a View" by Lucy Fur (2006)

Excerpts from "Room with a View" by Lucy Fur (2006). All photos courtesy and © Lucy Fur 2006.

This book looks at the Burlesque's Queen in hotel rooms across America. Lucy Fur's two major pursuits - photography and professional exhibitionism - meet up advantageously in the setting of odd American hotel rooms. Equal parts Bettina Rheims, Helmut Newton and Cindy Sherman, Lucy Fur has begun a photographic career by capturing herself in a vanishing breed of unique motel room environments across the US.

Writes Lucy in her introduction, "Room With a View is not merely a pin-up book: it is as much about the room as it is about me. I think of myself as a fixture in that room, like a lamp or a chair. The kind of motel rooms that particularly attracted me had wood panelling, forgotten '60s- and '70s-era oil paintings, strange lighting, fantasy themes, tiled bathrooms, wacky wallpaper, and no outside view. All the photo-graphs are in some way a reaction to the established lexicon of 'pin-up sexy.'"

Room With a View contains nearly one hundred of Lucy Fur's photographs, bound handsomely with an inlaid photograph surrounded by an elegant embossed cloth binding.

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