It is said that a picture paints a thousand words, which might be true, but why not have some words with the pictures to make sure the message comes across? Can’t hurt, can it? Photographers’ agents Horton-Stephens thought they’d put the “text” in “context” with the release of a book showcasing their clients’ images, and who better to ask for an accompanying article than advertising creatives?
Numerous advertising luminaries were given a phrase about their industry on which to expound, and their resulting writings were paired with an image from a Horton-Stephens photographer, plus a further sample of the artists’ past work. The result is From the Office of Horton Stephens, a super-slick publication, effortlessly designed by as-seen-on-Oprah Freddy Taylor, which enjoys broad appeal thanks to the fun subject matter – who wouldn’t be intrigued by an essay on the insincerity of Krusty the Clown’s product endorsement? – coupled with some of the best photography happening today.