There is nothing like spending the day by the pool. In her new curated book, writer Lou Stoppard offers a celebratory ode to the joy and allure of the swimming pool. Photographers featured in this book include Sølve Sundsbø, Glen Luchford, Stephen Shore, Mert & Marcus, Diana Markosian, Martin Parr, Martine Franck, Alex Webb, Alice Hawkins, and Nick Knight.
“It probably sounds quite simplistic when you say you’ve done a book on the pool in photography, but it’s surprisingly revealing,” says Stoppard. “The pool attracts photographers creating narratives within their work, using it as a backdrop or a set for various subplots. For other photographers, it’s purely visual—about lines, symmetry and angles, and the interesting things they can do in terms of reflecting or warping certain forms.” – Lou Stoppard via Vogue
The book spans 11 chapters and includes a poetic foreword by writer and artist Leanne Shapton, with essays by the former British Vogue picture editor Robin Muir as well as historian Susie Parr. It offers an overview of how pools have evolved in the cultural consciousness.
“One of my favorite chapters in the book is the coming of age chapter,” Stoppard adds. “It looks at the pool in the eyes of a young person and the sense of how freeing it feels to be in the water, that heady mania that comes out when you’re near a pool.” -Lou Stoppard via Vogue
You can purchase the book directly from the publisher at www.RizzoliUSA.com