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"Mamarazza" 2000 SAYN-WITTGENSTEIN-SAYN, Marianne Princess


[237] pp.

Steidl Publishers


11 1/4" x 14 7/8"

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Whenever the Princess shows up with her cameras, doors open, and she is greeted with respect and affection: "Mamarazza" -- as she is widely known -- is a welcome visitor at festivities and events of her friends and acquaintances in the world of art, economy and diplomacy. It's been fifty years now since the Princess set out to systematically capture her personal environment by taking photographs -- at weddings, anniversaries, art openings, the Salzburg Festival, concerts and motor races. Ever since there has been hardly a society event that did not become a topic for her camera. Whether partying with Spanish Crown Prince Juan Carlos or actor Sean Connery, or being aboard an official flight with former German Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, everybody shows respect for her, and everybody knows that she would never cross the bounds of confidentiality. The Princess's thousands and thousands of photographs, some of which were published in major fashion and lifestyle magazines, have been collected, dated and kept with the utmost care. In this way an exciting, unparalleled chronicle of the beautiful and the rich, the high society of five decades has been collected, which now has been published in a beautiful, impressive large-format book edition.

With Mamarazza, Steidl-Verlag has created a really wonderful illustrated book that is unparalleled in terms of detail and presentation. Marianne zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn shows more than 50 years of her photographic work and thus grants a unique insight into the high society of the past 5 decades. The images, often double-sided, are of high quality.

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