Book Review: Study of Pose by Steven Sebring and Coco Rocha
RRP: £60,00 Publisher: Harper Colins Publisher Words by: Michael Peter Johnson
Offering 1000 different poses, model Coco Rocha and photographer Steven Sebring have created an inspiring, visual tome to the study of human form.
Hailed by fashion designer, Jean Paul Gaultier as “the model who moves." Here Rocha and Sebring have undertaken a mammoth collaborative effort to realise 1000 original monochrome photographs. Flicking through the images, Rocha appears as if to dance. The precise scale and continuation of the images offer a dynamic, humorous and generous appeal.
Peeling back the layers of the thin matte black pages, the images of Rocha are captured perfectly - each to the same scale as to the page before. The most visually appetising
part is seeing the previous image in its opposite state through the blank white page, offering a new layered perspective to the photograph.
There is a harmony between Sebring’s academic approach, technical precision and Rocha’s witty, wild artistry that is able to capture many different emotions through the body. The poses derive and take inspiration from every art discipline, including architecture and typography. The book is a gargantuan visual feast for admirers of the human form. Coco Rocha muses, “My work is that of a translator; my body is the visual representation of the story an artist or designer wants to tell.” and this book is a bold testament to that.
Book available to buy online. Images by Steven Sebring Copyright.