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Terry Richardson’s new book Skinny (IDEA Books, 2016) is definitely not thin on striking images. The tome, out this week, is a tribute to the lensman’s long-time partner and collaborator, Alex “Skinny” Bolotow and their relationship over the years, most notably in the last year as she carried and delivered their twin sons, Rex and Roman, in March. The pages are filled with signature Richardson fare, where sex, humor, loft apartments and the scattered ephemera of a top photographer coalesce with a more intimate portrait of a friend, lover, and expectant mother. Through images from their decade-plus relationship, what is revealed over the course of the book is a chronicle of the pair’s peripatetic life — hotel rooms, rest-stops, plane cabins — and, to be sure, some images that will get the internet talking. But it’s the diary of Skinny’s pregnancy that is perhaps most compelling and poignant: her engorged belly the day before delivery or the fluorescent-lit moment of a baby’s crowning. It’s visceral and unflinching, to say the least. This is not your typical baby album on Flickr, nor is it even the softer side of Richardson as a new father.
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