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Fame Us: The Culture of Celebrity

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In this stunning book, photographer Brian Howell takes us into the world of celebrity impersonators—the faux famous people who make a living at pretending to be someone else. Taken at various impersonator conventions and stage shows throughout North America, the photographs are both startling and poignant—for all of the frivolity and double takes ("Isn't that Paris Hilton?") there is also a sense of the real person beneath the makeup and the artifice. Accompanying the portraits are first-person narratives by many of the subjects, many of whom feel personally close to those they are impersonating, even if they have never met them. In addition, in two essays, cultural critic Norbert Ruebsaat looks at the history of celebrity culture, and Geist magazine editor Stephen Osborne delves into the nature of photographing impersonators. As such, the book investigates the nature of fame in this era of celebrity blogs, stalkerazzi, and reality television—and how our obsession with famous people says as much about us as it does about them.

Subjects include impersonators of:

Bono

Mike Myers (as Austin Powers)

George W. Bush

Mike Myers (as Dr. Evil)

Hilary Clinton

Jack Nicholson

Johnny Depp

Ozzy Osbourne

Paris Hilton

Colin Powell

Saddam Hussein

Elvis Presley

Angelina Jolie

Anna Nicole Smith

Marilyn Manson

Donald Trump

Liza Minnelli

Oprah Winfrey

Synopsis:

Photos, narratives, and quotations on the nature of fame and celebrity.

Synopsis:

"Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you $50,000 for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul."-Marilyn Monroe

"Washington is Hollywood for ugly people."-Chuck Todd, Hotline.com

"Fame: It's only a punch, a drug bust, or a public defecation away."-Adrianne Curry, winner of the first America's Next Top Model

Why do we care so desperately about famous people? In this stunning book, photographs of celebrity impersonators are juxtaposed with narratives and quotations dealing with our cultural obsession with fame, in an era in which tabloids and gossip blogs reign supreme, and personalities like Paris, Lindsay, and Jessica are superstars because of-not in spite of-their personal lives.

Brian Howell's amazing photographs, taken at impersonator conventions held throughout North America, feature an array of would-be stars-from fat Elvises and Michael Jackson " la mug shot to the real wedding of Arnold Schwarzenegger's impersonator to Shania Twain's. The photos'startling intimacy hints at the artifice of celebrity culture, in which the idea of celebrity supersedes all else, and the accompanying essays and quotations reveal the true power (and cost) of stardom.

About the Author

Brian Howell is a photographer whose work has been exhibited extensively in Canada, the U.S. and recently in Italy; his first book, One Ring Circus, was about small town wrestling circuits. He lives in Delta, BC Canada.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781551522289
Author:
Howell, Brian
Publisher:
Arsenal Pulp Press
Introduction:
Osborne, Stephen
Contribution:
Ruebsaat, Norbert
Author:
Ruebsaat, Norbert
Author:
Osborne, Stephen
Subject:
General
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Portraits
Subject:
Photoessays & Documentaries
Subject:
Individual Photographer
Subject:
General Photography
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Fame
Subject:
Individual Photographers - General
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
120 BandW photographs
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
8.1 x 8 x 0.4 in 14.5 oz

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Product details 196 pages Arsenal Pulp Press - English 9781551522289 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Photos, narratives, and quotations on the nature of fame and celebrity.
"Synopsis" by , "Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you $50,000 for a kiss and 50 cents for your soul."-Marilyn Monroe

"Washington is Hollywood for ugly people."-Chuck Todd, Hotline.com

"Fame: It's only a punch, a drug bust, or a public defecation away."-Adrianne Curry, winner of the first America's Next Top Model

Why do we care so desperately about famous people? In this stunning book, photographs of celebrity impersonators are juxtaposed with narratives and quotations dealing with our cultural obsession with fame, in an era in which tabloids and gossip blogs reign supreme, and personalities like Paris, Lindsay, and Jessica are superstars because of-not in spite of-their personal lives.

Brian Howell's amazing photographs, taken at impersonator conventions held throughout North America, feature an array of would-be stars-from fat Elvises and Michael Jackson " la mug shot to the real wedding of Arnold Schwarzenegger's impersonator to Shania Twain's. The photos'startling intimacy hints at the artifice of celebrity culture, in which the idea of celebrity supersedes all else, and the accompanying essays and quotations reveal the true power (and cost) of stardom.

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