Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers

From the mind that wrote Model and House of Outrageous Fortune, author Michael Gross has tackled the world of photography and unearthed the intimate stories of photography’s golden age. Focus probes the lives of more than a dozen fashion photographers including Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Melvin Sokolsky, Bert Stern, and David Bailey to name a few. The book traces the highs and lows of fashion photographer from the late 1940s to today while vividly chronicling the fierce rivalries between photographers, fashion editors, and publishers like Condé Nast and Hearst.