"The contents of Clive Arrowsmith: Fashion, Beauty & Portraits are nothing short of breathtaking. The execution is everything you would ever want in a book focused on fashion and beauty photography including the size and quality of reproduction… This is a spectacular coffee table book that will no doubt become rabbit eared after having been perused time after time and year after year."
--Jeffrey Felner "New York Journal of Books"
"Arrowsmith has never been one of those photographers interested in capturing the zeitgeist of a particular decade or its dominant trends. His book features Vivienne Westwood, but there s no sign of punk. London s more outré social scene in the 1970s was all about cultivating a style of self-conscious decadence. It was a time of druggy, bisexual, gender-bending, coke-fuelled fun. And yet his collection features a photograph of Ossie Clark, Michael Roberts, Mickey Finn (the bongo-playing part of T. Rex), Marianne Faithfull and the make-up artist Pierre Laroche, plus a man in drag, all draped around each other, that perfectly captures the spirit and look of those louche times."
--The Sunday Times
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On two cold grey days in 1966, LS Lowry was joined by a young photographer on one of his first assignments for Nova Magazine. Clive Arrowsmith had been commissioned to photograph Lowry at home. Perhaps it was Arrowsmith's youthful exuberance that resulted in him taking as many photographs as possible, so that by the end of the two days the range of images was considerable. Views of Lowry inside and outside his home in Mottram-in-Longdendale - described as "going dilapidated at the corners" by Barrie Sturt-Penrose, Nova's art critic - were joined by others taken on the streets of Salford. When the shoot was finished, Nova chose the pictures they wanted and, due to Arrowsmith's subsequent career in fashion photography, the others were forgotten.
In 2016, their chance discovery in Arrowsmith's attic revealed a treasure trove of unseen pictures, which gives us a fascinating insight into the life of one of Britain's best-known artists.