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Fins and Flags: Photographs of Cadillacs & American Dreams

Fins and Flags: Photographs of Cadillacs & American Dreams

By (author) Markus Cuff


Publishing 8th Mar 2021
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Photographer and respected Art Director Lloyd Ziff has been fascinated with Cadillacs since the 1950s. Ziff has captured this classic American icon through the decades, body styles and conditions. Often the American flag appears as a motif or reflection. Fins & Flags is a wonderful collection of timeless fine art photography by a master practitioner.
"I started photographing when I was a senior at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1967.  I started photographing Cadillacs at the same time. I have always loved cars, and in the '60s Cadillacs were still, as their advertising proclaimed "The Standard of the World". The Cadillacs from the '50s & '60s were the longest, widest, baddest (in the best sense of the word) dreamboats made during the flamboyant years of Detroit car design. The city's streets became a treasure hunt for me the has continued to the present, Cadillacs being an especially evocative treasure: my youth, my day dreams, my ideas of success.  Around 15 years ago, while editing photographs, I noticed that American flags seemed to be lurking in the backgrounds of many of my Cadillac photographs. It became a game to me to "find the flag" when I spot the Cadillac, and now I'm not surprised that I do find it more than 50% of the time. That suggested the original title for this book: American Dreams.After the book was almost completed Fins & Flags became the even more obvious choice." -  Lloyd Ziff
About the Author
Since 2000, Lloyd Ziff has made photography the sole focus of his career. He has had one man shows in New York City at Danziger Gallery and Robin Rice Gallery, and Earl McGrath Gallery in Los Angeles. His book of photographs, Near North, Photographs of Alaska and The Yukon, was published in 2010, and his photographs have been included in Patti Smith's autobiography, Just Kids, and the anthologies American Photography, Graphis Photography, and The Spirit of Family, by Al and Tipper Gore. Ziff's photographs are included in the permanent collections of The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California, and The International Center of Photography, New York, as well as having been published in many of the world's most prestigious magazines including Blind Spot, The New York Times Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Interview, Kid's Wear (Germany), LA-The Los Angeles Times Magazine, New York, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Wired. Before he became known as a photographer, Ziff was an award-winning art director/design director of magazines, including Vanity Fair, House & Garden, Conde Nast Traveler, New West, and Rolling Stone. Ziff taught magazine design, photography, and illustration at Art Center College in Pasadena, California, The School of Visual Arts in New York City, and for 13 years at Parsons School of Design in New York City. In 1999, he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, his alma mater (1967).
KMW Studio
Publish date
8th Mar 2021
279 mm x 216 mm
96 Pages
57 colour, 50 b&w
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