KISS book by Maggie West + book release at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles
KISS is the debut art book from Los Angeles-based photographer Maggie West. The book features 20 pairs of people kissing each other under colorful, surreal lighting. KISS takes a unique, abstract approach to a subject that has depicted throughout centuries of art. By placing a universal activity in such a dreamlike setting, the book causes readers to reexamine the energy and intimacy taking place with each embrace.
“By combining provocative colorations with intimate moments, the focus of the subjects became a richly surreal fantasy. This method visually separates the models from reality, allowing their feeling and energy to prevail” —Maggie West
KISS features an interesting mix of LA-based models, musicians and artists, from all backgrounds and walks of life. The casting creates a vibrant portrait of Los Angeles in 2015. By celebrating its unique mix of ethnicities and sexualities, KISS celebrates all the diversity and freedom the city has to offer.