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marlene lopez

Michael Gross is one of America’s most provocative non-fiction writers. A contributing editor of Departures, he’s written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Town & Country, the New York Times and New York, and authored twelve books—among them, Rogues’ Gallery, a history and expose of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Unreal Estate, uncovering the secrets of the estate district of Los Angeles, and the critically-acclaimed best-sellers Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, House of Outrageous Fortune, the story of 15 Central Park West and its residents, and 740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building. In Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers (Atria Books), Gross, brings to life the wild genius, ego, passion, and antics of the men (and a few women) behind the camera. Tracing the highs and lows of fashion photography from the late 1940s to today, Gross vividly chronicles the fierce rivalries between photographers, fashion editors, and publishers, weaving together candid interviews, never-before-told insider anecdotes and insights born of his three decades of front-row and backstage reporting on modern fashion.