Cover of: Fame Us | Brian Howell

Fame Us

Celebrity Impersonators and the Cult(ure) of Fame

Published by Arsenal Pulp Press .
Written in English.

About the Book

In this stunning book, photographer Brian Howell takes us into the world of celebrity impersonators—the faux famous people who make a living at pretending to be someone else. Taken at various impersonator conventions and stage shows throughout North America, the photographs are both startling and poignant—for all of the frivolity and double takes ("Isn't that Paris Hilton?") there is also a sense of the real person beneath the makeup and the artifice. Accompanying the portraits are first-person narratives by many of the subjects, many of whom feel personally close to those they are impersonating, even if they have never met them. In addition, in two essays, cultural critic Norbert Ruebsaat looks at the history of celebrity culture, and Geist magazine editor Stephen Osborne delves into the nature of photographing impersonators. As such, the book investigates the nature of fame in this era of celebrity blogs, stalkerazzi, and reality television—and how our obsession with famous people says as much about us as it does about them.

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Number of pages
183
Dimensions
8 x 7.8 x 0.5 inches
Weight
5.6 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL11991229M
Internet Archive
fameus00bria
ISBN 10
1551522284
ISBN 13
9781551522289
Library Thing
4714915
Goodreads
2545725
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