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Celebrated fashion photographer and editor Kelly Klein brings together a provocative photo essay — images of the shape of the cross culled framthe best photographers of the centry.

Kelly Klein’s books, Pools and Underworld, have won much acclaim for their stylish elegance. This lavishly produced book celebrates the myriad incarnations of the cross in photography of the past century. Here are images of the cross in both nature and the man-made world, in precious decorative objects and industrial architecture, in the shapes of the human body and in shadows.

The book features photographs from the world’s most revered photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber, Horst, André Kertész, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Edward Weston, Man Ray and Robert Mapplethorpe. In addition to a preface by Kelly Klein, the book presents ruminations on the cross’s intriguing and unexpected meanings from a wide spectrum of voices including best-selling author Father Andrew Greeley, fashion guru Simon Doonan, Patrick McCarthy, and Bob Morris.

 Kelly Klein’s photography has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, British Vogue, French Vogue, and Italian Marie-Claire. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she began her career in fashion design at Ralph Lauren and later moved to Calvin Klein, Inc., where she developed her interest in photography. She lives in New York City and East Hampton, New York.

Sam Shahid designed Klein’s previous books, as well as books by Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Bert Stern and many others.The creative director for Calvin Klein’s advertising for eleven years, he founded his own agency in 1993. Recent clients

include Versace, Gucci,Valentino,Tse, and Abercrombie & Fitch. He lives in New York City.

Edited by Kelly Klein

Designed by Sam Shahid

10 x 12, 224 pages

51 color and 106 black-and-white photographs