Hardcover with dust jacket, 152 pages, 29 x 36 cm. 85 color plates
A popular fixture of the Paris and NYC fashion world in the 1970s, artist Antonio Lopez, who died of AIDS in 1987 aged 44, worked as an illustrator for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle. For fun, he bought a cheap Instamatic camera to keep a visual diary of the people who came and went through his studio. He would photograph series of images in sequences, exploring the potential fantasy within each series, which he would then arrange into photo albums. Culling from Lopez's personal collection never published before, Instamatics is the chronicle of an era seen through the eyes and sensibility of one of its greatest visionaries.