Who are the American Originals?
They are photographer William Abranowicz's pantheon of extraordinary subjects - painters, poets, rock stars, designers, tastemakers, politicians, performers - for whom the home represents the ultimate canvas of self-expression. In every one of the more than 250 photographs, most never before published, Abranowicz's classical sensibility for light, form, and composition mingles with his innate curiosity and sense of humor, producing stunning, unconventional portraits of these living spaces and workplaces.
The text recounts Abranowicz's personal interactions with his subjects and their homes, and muses on voyeurism, decoration, and honesty in design.
American Originals is sure to be an essential source of inspiration not only for interior design but also for ways of living authentically and creatively in the modern world.
About the Author
William Abranowicz has been a photographer for nearly forty years. His work is found in collections throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Getty Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Menil Collection Library, Bibliothèque Nationale, the International Center of Photography, and the Museum of Art at RISD.
His work has appeared in nearly every major publication in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He served as a contributing photographer to Condé Nast Traveler for twenty-five years and has created campaigns for brands such as American Express Platinum Card, Rolex, Ralph Lauren, Estée Lauder, Eddie Bauer, Orvis, Old Navy, and Target.
He is a master printer and has worked with the negatives of Edward Steichen, Horst P. Horst, George Hoyningen-Huene, Mike Disfarmer, and George Tice. Along with his son, Zander, and daughter, Max, Abranowicz is a licensed falconer. He is an avid environmentalist engaged in water, land, and climate issues nationally and locally. Abranowicz lives in Bedford, New York, with his wife, Andrea Raisfeld.
"American Originals is a survey of more than 250 original photos. It's the coffee table book to end it all."--Elle Decor
"Flip through virtually any design magazine today, and you'll get an 'inside look' into a celebrity's newly completed home. . . . The photographer William Abranowicz has certainly captured his fair share of these interiors in his 40-year-long career, but he's also managed to stumble across some genuinely striking homes (which often still belong to celebrities) that manage to express something warmly personal about their owners. He's compiled these interiors into American Originals."--Bloomberg.com
"Tag along with veteran photographer William Abranowicz to the homes of sculptors, stylists, and actors in American Originals. And be prepared to redefine your idea of creative spaces--these are the real deal." --House Beautiful