FROM OUT OF SEEMINGLY NOWHERE. A SUPERBOOK APPEARS. HANDMADE AND SELF-PUBLISHED IN 1972. COMPRISING NOTHING OTHER THAN THE MOST WONDERFUL PHOTOGRAPHS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS' SKIRTS BEING LIFTED BY WIND. AND THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.
The book is by Australian artist Tim Johnson. In the sixties and seventies, Johnson conducted a series of experimental art happenings in which themes of dress and undress were explored. Those events were documented in a book called Disclosure (see below for one very rare copy). As an aside to those works and that book, Johnson also documented the combination of gusty windy weather and the prevailing fashion for women wearing mini skirts in Sydney.
There are 41 photographs in the book. This is one of them. Each one has a skirt lift but each one is also a small street fashion classic.
Some would appear to be more voyeuristic and fetishistic than others. They are all evidence of an obsession. But they aren't particularly sexual. They are fashion pictures as much as anything. Women styled by the wind.
They are really, really good. That's for sure.
Inspirational. We try ever so hard to find new world class images from out of the past. And then today - 41 turn up at once.
Included because... the man in the back has an eye-patch.
The Vogue Italia Steven Meisel shoot that never happened.
We have one copy of this book. We don't know how many were made and distributed but right now there is not another copy to be found. Not even a trace of another copy to be found. You'll be on your own when you buy this book. Alone in your own ownership :)
AND THE OTHER ONE. THE BOOK IS DISCLOSURE. ALSO PUBLISHED IN 1972. THIS IS THEDOCUMENTARY RECORD OF TIM JOHNSON'S SYDNEY EXPERIMENTS INTO THE PERMUTATIONS OF PEOPLE AND CLOTHING. DRESSED AND UNDRESSED.
Red covers give way to...
1 pair of pants in 6 positions on 1 body (three of them shown here).
1 pair of pants in 12 positions on 1 body. Big pre-runner for Leonard Koren's Wet The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing.
Disclosure: The clothes of eight volunteers gradually altered or removed. An event that took place in Central Street, Sydney in October 1972. And so easily could be backstage at a Margiela show at the turn of the nineties.
It is amazing this book. All of this work. Major new discovery for us. For you. For everyone. Needless to say Disclosure is as scarce super rare as Public Fitting. They are both best described as NON-EXISTENT!