On May 3rd 2012, Acne Studios launched their first book to be released by Acne Paper. A 96-paged, slip-case, limited edition (of 700) hardcover book, entitled SNOWDON BLUE. The special project chronicles the work of esteemed photographer Lord Snowdon who had a lifelong affinity with the color blue, and for blue shirts in particular.
Assembled and edited by Snowdon’s youngest daughter, Frances Von Hofmannsthal and with a foreword by Thomas Persson, the book includes portraits of Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, David Bowie, Agatha Christie, Sidney Nolan and Serge Gainsbourg to name a few.
What makes his portraits not only special but also deeply personal is that many of the people he photographed are wearing shirts belonging to Lord Snowdon himself. Over the years his assistants have often been asked mid-sitting to “please bring me one of my shirts” whereby the sitter has changed into one of his various blue shirts for the portrait.
As Snowdon himself put it: “The blue shirt is anonymous and yet kind of a uniform. It is like a simple backdrop that leaves us to focus on the sitter’s face without being distracted.”
The book is one part of the project which also features a traveling exhibition, and a series of 5 prints in an edition of 20. The prints have been personally inspected, signed and numbered by the artist in a cloth-bound portfolio.
In addition, Acne Studios created an exclusive collection of 8 shirts in a variety of fabrics and shades of blue available exclusively at Barney’s New York, inspired by the shirts worn by Snowdon’s subjects.
Of the project, Jonny Johansson, Chief Designer at Acne remarked, “Snowdon’s portraits have a human sincerity, combined here with beautiful blue shades, which was inspirational for the project. I feel very honoured to be a part of it.”
All of the special edition Snowdon pieces are available for sale exclusive on Barney’s Online. Be sure to also visit SNOWDON-REVIEW.COM (a website created by Snowdon’s daughter) for more of Lord Snowdon’s work.