Hotel Il Pellicano
John Swope, Slim Aarons, Juergen Teller
Originated, edited and produced by Robert Violette
Published by Rizzoli Publications in association with
Hotel Il Pellicano (Spring 2011)
Designed by Studio Frith
Hardback, 240 pages, 200 illustrations
29.5 x 21 cm (11 ¾ x 8 ¼ in)
US $60.00 Buy the book
'What makes the book so irresistible is not the aristo name-check: Corsini, Pucci, Borghese, Pignatelli. It's that the people
in the pictures (taken over five decades) seem to possess that confident, offhand chic that only Italians bring to the season, along with an inherent sense of the theater of summer'
– New York Times
'A fascinating insight into a sun-drenched world. The book's got us gagging for a slice of the high life at the Hotel Il Pellicano –
make ours a negroni, we'll take it on the terrace.'
– Grafik magazine
'I remember well the completely effortless elegance of the
place, how it felt more like a superchic house party than a hotel… a rich photographic chronicle'
– Ondine Cohane, Town & Country
'One of the most intriguing new books of photography in the
past few years'
– Achtung magazine
'A fascinating insight into the rise of the leisure class in the
– Creative Review
One of the hippest and most beautiful destinations in the world,
the chic Hotel Il Pellicano, located on the Argentario, is a hangout for many from the design, fashion and art worlds. With photographs by the great chroniclers of yesteryear glamour, John Swope and Slim Aarons – who captured the likes of Emilio Pucci, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Britt Ekland and Susanna Agnelli relaxing here –
as well as recent pictures by Juergen Teller, one of the most influential fine art and fashion photographers working today,
the book presents three artful perspectives on this modern-day
A visitor's note by Bob Colacello and a full history of the hotel by Bronwyn Cosgrave explore Il Pellicano's illustrious legacy and its continuing seductive allure.
Slim Aarons is known for his photographs of socialites and celebrities; his images of appeared in Life and Town & Country magazines.
John Swope, a co-founder of the hotel, was a photographer at Life and in 1939 published the first book of candid photography of film stars, Camera Over Hollywood.
Juergen Teller's work is published in Vogue, W Magazine, iD and Purple. He has photographed Marc Jacobs's advertising campaigns for the last decade.
Bob Colacello is Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair. He was editor of Interview magazine for its first 12 years and has written biographies of Andy Warhol and President and Mrs Reagan.
Bronwyn Cosgrave, former features editor for British Vogue, writes on fashion, film and design and is author of Made for Each Other: Fashion and the Academy Awards.
Roberto Sció is the owner of Hotel Il Pellicano.