Chronicling a world of beauty and style, photographer Rose Hartman has captured fashion’s trendsetters for three decades, and in so doing has helped to define what we remember most about glamour and those who create it. Incomparable: Women of Style is a book for fashion aficionados, photographers, popular culture fans and those fascinated with celebrity. This gorgeous volume spans more than 35 years and includes both iconic and rarely seen pictures of celebrated women known for their unparalleled taste and style: Nan Kempner, Jerry Hall, Marisa Berenson, Jackie O., Brooke Astor, Grace Jones, Anna Wintour, Paloma Picasso, Lauren Hutton, Diane von Furstenberg, Candace Bushnell and Daphne Guinness among many others. Incomparable: Women of Style features more than 100 photographs, including rare vintage silver prints developed by Hartman in her home studio, as well as a group of never-before-seen images of New York City’s underground style icons.
Rose Hartman was born in Manhattan’s East Village. She started patrolling the night scene in 1975 as an arts and society columnist at the SoHo Weekly News. Her first big break was a photo shoot of Joan Hemingway’s wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho where she managed to induce Ernest Hemingway’s wife, Mary, to pose for her relaxing in a hammock. Her photos have been published in Vogue, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Art & Auction, Art News, Harper’s Bazaar, Panorama, Der Spiegel, Elle, and many other magazines. Her first book, Birds of Paradise: An Intimate View of the New York Fashion World, remains recognized as much as a collection of photographs, as a history of the era it records.