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PATTI HANSEN IN AN OUTTAKE FROM A 1976 CHRISTIAN DIOR ADVERTISEMENT, "NIGHTLIFE IS YOUR DIOR," PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHRIS VON WANGENHEIM

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  • GLOSS: THE WORK OF CHRIS VON WANGENHEIM
  • BY ROGER PADILHA AND MAURICIO PADILHA / FOREWORD BY STEVEN KLEIN / RIZZOLI NEW YORK / 2015
Bourdin and Newton need no introduction, but the third member of the 1970s European Glamour Gang, German-born Chris von Wangenheim, is less of a household name—and even more of a provocateur. In his work for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue Italia (in collaboration with the legendary Anna Piaggi), and American Vogue, the fashion photographer showcased the best of the era’s excesses, featuring beauties like Christie Brinkley, Iman, Jerry Hall, and Gia Carangi cavorting with male models, Dobermans, and each other. For the first time, von Wangenheim’s work is given the full monograph treatment with GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim, published this month by Rizzoli—and filled with images of the photographer’s sex-and-violence-charged masterworks.

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Highlights from Gloss: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim.
Violet Must: GLOSS, The Work of Chris von Wangenheim | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey
Von Wangenheim’s fellow Studio 54 regular Bianca Jagger, circa 1977.
Violet Must: GLOSS, The Work of Chris von Wangenheim | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey
One of the photographer’s favorite muses, supermodel Gia Carangi, in an outtake from the June 1978 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Italia.
Violet Must: GLOSS, The Work of Chris von Wangenheim | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey
A CBGB-inspired photo of Gia (a fixture at the burgeoning punk club) getting tattooed for a 1980 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
Violet Must: GLOSS, The Work of Chris von Wangenheim | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey
Posing his models with animals was a continuing preoccupation for von Wangenheim, as in this unpublished image, circa 1975.
Violet Must: GLOSS, The Work of Chris von Wangenheim | THE VIOLET FILES | @violetgrey
An unpublished, S&M-inspired image in von Wangenheim’s signature flash-lit style, 1978.