Previously unseen polaroids taken on the sets of Madonna’s Take a Bow and I’ll Remember videos are now being revealed in a new book:
‘Diary of a Set Designer’ is a book of Polaroids that Happy Massee shot over a 25-year period, while traveling the world as a production designer.
This photographic journal is a journey through time—a collection of images taken with the now-defunct Polaroid camera, which at the time was as essential to the art of designing for film as was a measuring tape. The images of personalities, sets, locations, and encounters all tell a story related to Massee’s work and travels, and the people he met while on them.
One of the industry’s top production designers, Massee has enjoyed a career spanning the realms of theater, film, commercials and fashion. He has worked with established directors such as Wes Anderson, David Lynch, David Fincher, Michel Gondry and more, while in the world of fashion he has collaborated with the likes of Inez and Vinoodh, Peter Lindbergh and Craig McDean, and worked for brands such as Gucci, Valentino, Armani, Bulgari and Swarovski. His film credits include, among others, Broken English, directed by Zoe Cassavetes, and Two Lovers, directed by James Gray, and he has designed sets for music videos such as Jay Z’s “99 Problems” and Madonna’s “Take a Bow.”
In this volume, “the images of personalities, sets, locations and encounters,” Massee explains, “all tell a story related to my work and travels, and the people I met while on them. The images, raw and unretouched, are candid, and capture my art as well as my life as I like to travel through it.”
The images in this book, which was designed by Fabien Baron, are raw, unretouched, and candid, and capture his art as well as his life.
The book is now available at Amazon.com.