Acne Paper was a biannual cultural magazine that published 15 issues between 2005 and 2014, fondly remembered today for its outstanding art direction, the quality of its contributors and its keen cultural eye. It skilfully blended interviews, prose, poems and essays together with fashion editorial, portfolios, photography and artwork (commissioned from a broad generation of practitioners) to underline how the past continues to shape and inform the present.
The magazine was a print extension of the Swedish creative studios and fashion label (‘Acne’ being an acronym for Ambition to Create Novel Expression). In keeping with the impressive production values of the magazine, we now have the ACNE PAPER book. This beautiful, mammoth, 39cm x 29cm, 568 page, slipcased hardback showcases and celebrates some of the best work from the magazine’s archive, accompanied by new essays by Sarah Mower, Vince Aletti and Robin Muir.
The book includes the work legendary names such as David Bailey, Saul Leiter, Sarah Moon, Snowdon, Irving Penn and Paolo Roversi, as well as younger photographers such as Roe Ethridge, Jamie Hawkesworth, Julia Hetta, Viviane Sassen and Sølve Sundsbø, to name a few.
Edited by Thomas Persson, Acne Paper’s editor-in-chief and creative director (and founder, with Frances von Hofmannsthal, of Luncheon magazine with which it shares many similarities) the book features interviews with and contributions from Azzedine Alaïa, Isabelle Huppert, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Kim Jones, David Lynch, Malcolm McLaren, Arthur Mitchell, Glenn O’Brien, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tilda Swinton and Gillian Wearing.
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