Richie Shazam - Shazam

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Richie Shazam - Shazam

SHAZAM is a book by and about Richie Shazam. It is easily the most exciting, extra-sensory, super-visually energised book IDEA has ever made. Richie was given total freedom to make her book whatever she wanted it to be. Some artists can be overwhelmed by such an open brief- not Richie. Her creativity, personality and imagery is barely contained by the hardback covers. It's the suitcase you have to sit on to zip it up: it's everything you would ever need to head off to New York City and re-start your life.

For Richie, having been disowned by her biological family, the book is a celebration of the creative family and artistic haven she has built around her. The sanctuary of the studio allowed her to strip away all protective armours and create freely, together, in the moment, without boundaries or rules.
The characters are part fantasy, part Richie's authentic self, all coming to life through a complex yet spontaneous collaborative process:
"This is me reclaiming my identity, taking back the power of the lens and showcasing my skill for photography, being able to tell all my stories. It is almost a F U to the powers beyond. Like, Ebony Magazine used to do 'Flavor Of The Week'-I am always going to be the flavor in everyone's mouth, every week. I can do anything."

  • Foreword by Julia Fox
  • Hellish red hardcover with embossed foil graphic by Justin Hager
  • 33 × 24cm
  • 176 pages
  • First edition of 1000