Photographer Adrian Buckmaster is a master of the human form, capturing a cross section of humanity in all of its glorious diversity, from the ordinary to the extraordinary and everything in between. An Embarrassment of Riches, his first monograph, features nearly three hundred gorgeous images, showcasing the multitude of ways in which people present, modify, and adorn their bodies in the pursuit of self-expression. The costumes are as elegant and diverse as the subjects themselves, with ensembles that range from minimal to elaborate--black leather, Victorian ruffles, knitwear, and diaphanous chiffon, not to mention a plethora of hats, wigs, jewels, and tattoos.
About the Author
Adrian Buckmaster is a British-born photographer, residing in New York since 1981. His first camera was a 620 Kodak Bakelite Box Brownie, given to him by his mother when he was nine years old. He built his first darkroom when he was thirteen. After a brief detour into three dimensional design, he dropped out of college to pursue his early ambition and was hired by a venerable company of architectural model-makers, Thorp Model Makers, where he aided in the development and adaptation of endoscopes that allowed the viewer a human perspective of tiny scale models and eventually led to his love of architecture. As a result, he was the first photographer to be inducted into the Art Workers Guild, founded in 1882 by William Morris to promote the highest standard of excellence in all the applied arts. Once in America he decided to begin photographing "beauty", for clients like Revlon, L'Oreal, Kodak, and Colgate-Palmolive, and was the creative photo editor and photographer for Next Fashion magazine. His covers and editorial work ranges from Essence magazine to portraiture of musicians such as Anita Baker, Sade, and others, along with album covers for Elektra Atlantic. His work is regularly included in Huffington Post and Time Out, where he has been documenting the alternative scene since 2000. For his personal projects, he found a way to connect and share a deep love of misfits, who, like himself, are struggling to see themselves in a world that likes labels and promotes conformity.