By Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
October 06, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Portraits (Book - David Seidner)

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Unapologetically romantic, Seidner’s sumptuous photographs in Portraits pay homage to the work of turn-of-the-century American artist John Singer Sargent, who painted the world’s elite in all its glory. Heading into a new century, Seidner has placed modern-day socialites and celebrities in period costumes against backdrops dripping with rich luxury. Pia Getty is transformed into a Goyaesque Spanish princess; Angèle Parlange becomes a striking Madame X; and Honor Fraser dresses like an Edith Wharton heroine. Seidner, who died just before the book was completed, caught their beauty with intelligence and a refreshing lack of irony.

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