Photographer Johnny Rozsa Wants You To Look But Don’t Touch

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These days, the celebrity image is simply made up of obnoxious excess – too much exposure, too much influence + too much plastic surgery.   To best capture this excess in a photograph while obliterating every flaw, before Photoshop, before digital cameras + before publicists, a lot of the shots were ‘airbrushed’ or retouched at best.  Yet, the eccentric + animated celebrity photographer Johnny Rozsa, dealt with his celebrity subjects by using an honest, raw + ‘make no apologies’ approach, a lot of which can be seen in his aptly titled book, ‘Untouched by Johnny Rozsa’, published by Glitterati Incorporated.

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Amanda Lapore

In it’s second circulation through Glitterati Incorporated, Rozsa’s book could not come at a better time + be more relevant in the age of #selfies + instagram, where re-touching is only accomplished through filters + various apps.  For Johnny, everything is plasticized, saying ‘ Skin does not have to have pores + breathe.  Erasing a ‘flaw’ is a snap!’, just by a few clicks of a mouse.’  True, Johnny agrees it all has its place, but believes ‘our generation now depends on it + on the knife, + this dependence makes everything that we view too sanitized, too homogenized.’ 

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Manolo Blahnik, Tilda Swinton

Containing a never before seen collection of 160 ‘untouched portraits’, spanning thirty years, Rozsa gives us an intimate peek at some of Hollywood’s best.  Although a lot of the photographs were shot on set, some were on location.  Many of the celebrity portraits, including Halle Berry, Jade Jagger + Carmen Electra, were all shot before they became household names.

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But there’s a lot to be said about a picture that has so little going on as far as staying true to the façade of the celebrity.  Take this picture of Susan Sarandon (below), for instance – As is, Susan looks beautiful + strong while

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simultaneously looking very soft, sexy + playful.  Had Photoshop stepped in, stripping away the slight lines around her eyes + neck, she would still look good minus authenticity.  There’s just something about a photo that gives you that immediacy of intimacy of its live subject, suspended in time without a single hair being touched.  For Rozsa, a photograph is like a blink adding, ‘ It lasts for a fraction of a second + yet a portrait can capture a whole story.’  Overall, Johnny Rozsa is just living proof that a picture is as good as it’s photographer, without all the digital smoke + mirrors.

For your very own copy of ‘Untouched by Johnny Rozsa’, published by Glitterati Incorporated, go to http://glitteratiincorporated.com for purchase.

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