1971 | Burton Y. Berry - Teenage styles and trends 1967-71
1971 | Burton Y. Berry - Teenage styles and trends 1967-71


Text and photographs by Burton Y. Berry.

Lucerne, Switzerland. Privately published by the author. 1972. First edition. Limited to 300 copies. Illustrated glossy boards, no dust jacket as issued. Unpaginated [82 pages]. 63 full-page b&w photographic plates. 305 x 220mm (12 x 8¾"). .7kg. . English. Near fine; a slight crease to the top corner of the rear board, otherwise in excellent condition with original brown paper wrapping, which has a few tears.

'A person is only old when he has lost his interest in young people.'

Teenage Styles and Trends was written, illustrated and published by Burton Yost Berry, a retired American diplomat and art collector, whilst he was living in Zurich. The book is filled with Berry's photographs of young people, mostly boys, taken on the streets of the World's cosmopolitan cities - New York, London, Zurich, Istanbul, Beirut, Amsterdam and Venice. In one respect it is an outstanding example of early street style photography. The aim of Berry's images and text is to capture the "in" crowd, at the "in" places, wearing the "in" trends. In another respect it is an ode to the beauty and freedom of youth; a homoerotic appreciation of the young boy, personified in the final (and only) image of a naked youth. Published in an edition of only 300 copies Berry's book is extremely rare and is highly collectable as both a fashion document and a gay photobook.

[Parr & Badger. The Photobook: A History Volume III. p.77, 80]

Beau Bertens
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