Book Review // Carlo Mollino: Polaroids


This article is about the 1st edition run of this publication. There now has been a 2nd edition published which you can grab HERE. I have purchased and received mine a couple of weeks ago. It appears to be identical as far as I can tell. I will post any differences I come across if any.*

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I actually found this Book in Brisbane Australia in a "Budget Bookstore"on the Queen Street mall I payed $8 for it. My only regret was I did not grab the other 5 copies they had. Obviously I had no idea how wonderful it was until I took a look through it that night. I woke up early and was waiting for the store to open ... I ran to the table and asked the girl about the red books on the table ? she replied "someone grabbed all of them late last night". I still had no idea at the time who the photographer was I just thought it was something special.

Carlo Mollino (1905–1973) was one of the most inspired mid-20th-century architects and designers. In a career that spanned more than four decades, Mollino designed buildings, homes, cars, aircraft, women’s fashion, and theater sets. He was a renaissance man who sought to articulate movement and sensuality in his designs. Even more compelling are the magically surreal Polaroid images Mollino made in his Turin studio during the last 14 years of his life, seen here in the first-ever collection of Mollino’s carefully honed erotic photographs of women. From 1,500 works, the Ferraris have culled over 250 representative images in which Molino posed his models in evocative clothing, staged the backdrops, and finally, altered the photos with a microscopic paintbrush to attain his ideal view of the female form. Only a few of Mollino’s Polaroids have ever been viewed by the public. (Amazon)


*20.4.2015, As I mentioned above, I have purchased the new edition from Amazon. I have placed a few pics below showing the visual difference's between the first original Edition and the Newest Edition.

*31.10.2018 I am unable to find any edition for sale and can only wonder of the current Market value below is a current selling price of the second edition,

The Original 1st Edition is on the left, it has a much deeper red binding andobviously diffrent publisher stamps.

Above is the first 5 pages from the 1st Draft

Above is the first 7 New Edition

For the Fall/Winter 2018-19 women’s pre-collection, Jeremy Scott delves into the artistic world of 20-century architect, designer and photographer Carlo Mollino, adding a new chapter to the strong union between art and fashion. Moschino’s creative director includes a selection of clothing and accessories inspired by several works by the Turin-born artist in the collection. Mollino’s lifetime passions include photography which always played a special role, demonstrated by the more than 2000 erotic Polaroids shot between 1960 and 1973 and found only after his death. These very photographs, which always portray anonymous models in seemingly lewd poses, are now being re-presented by Jeremy Scott as prints on a selection of ready-to-wear garments, including the overcoat, velvet and plissé silk chiffon dresses for day and evening wear, and they are also offered on a selection of bags including the iconic “B-Pocket” and “Hidden Lock” models. The photo shoots features models Teddy Quinlivan, Linda Helena Soares and Sohyun Jung, on a set that uses some of the original furnishings from Carlo Mollino’s apartment/studio.

Carlo Mollino — Holy Madman, Panel discussion at Haus der Kunst, 16.09.11 Moderation: Chris Dercon, Director Participants: Fulvio and Napoleone Ferrari (Museo Casa Mollino), Turin, Wilfried Kühn, Curator and Architect, Berlin, Armin Linke, Curator and Artist, Berlin

Carlo Mollino: Polaroids (Arena Editions) 1st Edition

MOLLINO, Carlo, FERRARI, Fulvio, FERRARI, Napoleone

  • PUBLISHER: Santa Fe, New Mexico: Arena Editions, 2002

  • EDITION: 1st Edition

  • BINDING: Hardcover

  • ISBN: 189204160X

  • DIMENSIONS: 8.8 x 1 x 10.8 inches

  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 3.7 pounds

  • Hardcover: 288 pages

Carlo Mollino: Polaroids 2nd Edition

  • PUBLISHER: Damiani/Crump; 2 edition (October 31, 2014)

  • EDITION: 2nd Edition

  • Language: English

  • ISBN-10: 8862083785

  • ISBN-13: 978-8862083782

  • DIMENSIONS: 8.8 x 1 x 10.8 inches

  • SHIPPING WEIGHT: 3.7 pounds

images WECC | Video(Moschino Officia; Youtube)