Remember when I got in a car accident on my way to Jonathan Leder & Amy Hood’s in upstate New York? Well, the book that I should have been a part of has now been released and at least I’m alive to sift through its pages. Get it now for $24.
Imperial Pictures Publishing is proud to present Ritratti, a gorgeous new print publication featuring candid photos of — and insightful interviews with — 11 smart, sexy, influential women on the move. The roster of remarkable model hyphenates includes award-winning stylist Kate Young, youth advocate Eileen Kelly, fashion designer Julia Fox, art curator Anya Litvinova, media entrepreneur Sophia Rotas, and Destiny Sierra, head of the nonprofit Models for Compassion.
All of the ladies were photographed on glorious Polaroid by Imperial Pictures co-founder Jonathan Leder, who wields his old-school instant camera with all the grace and finesse Andy Warhol once did. Leder’s bold, frank images reflect a level of trust with his subjects, suggesting a complex collaborative relationship that underpins each shot.
Alongside these sexy snaps come insightful interviews conducted by Amy Hood, Ritratti art director, actress, model and printmaker who herself graces these pages. Leder’s photos and Hood’s text and design make for the kind of stimulating read all too rare in these celebrity-obsessed times.
Meaning “portraits” in Italian, Ritratti is a beautiful photo book born from a love of print and presents a diverse set of women biologically incapable of being boring. Watch them let their guard down, slip into something more comfortable, and share some of their undeniable charisma.