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*W*
Jun 16th, 2008, 11:54 AM
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"Venus Williams" book by Koto Bolofo

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When fashion photographer Koto Bolofo spotted tennis star Venus Williams in a London street, he saw in her a grace and elegance that none had captured before. The result: a book of revelatory images of the world’s most iconic female tennis player.

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The book, Venus Williams, is a collaboration between the tennis player and South African-born photographer Koto Bolofo. The two first met four years ago when he spotted her walking down the street in London.

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Koto Bolofo has been granted unrivalled access to the athlete Venus Williams during both her public tournaments and during many private moments to create this unique and intimate portrait of both Venus and the world of competitive tennis.

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"With a power serve of 129 miles per hour and countless titles to her name (including number one in the world), Venus Williams is an incredible force in the world of tennis. She stands 6'1" and possesses great reach, or "wingspan," and a rare mental tenacity that has put many, many trophies on her mantelpiece. It was thanks to Williams' tireless campaigning that the bizarre sexist tradition of awarding a smaller prize money to female tennis players was corrected, at least at Wimbledon and at the French Open. (Amusingly, Williams herself became the first beneficiary of this amendment when she won Wimbledon in June, 2007.) Williams' ascent to fame has been meteoric from the first. At her Grand Slam debut at the 1997 French Open, she reached the final, and although she did not win that match, her world ranking shot up from 66 to 25 in one day. By 1999, she was number three, and by 2000 she had won a gold medal for the U.S. at the Olympics--the first of two, thus far. This sense of un-stoppability has always characterized Venus Williams, and makes her gripping to watch. Now the British fashion photographer Koto Bolofo has caught some of her magic on camera, in ways that have never been seen before. Granted unrivalled access to the athlete, during both her public tournaments and many private moments, Bolofo offers here a monumental portrait of a one of today's greatest athletes."

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The book will be released on July 1, 2008. You can buy it at Amazon or read the article "The fashion rebirth of Venus Williams" in Times Online.

frenchie
Jun 16th, 2008, 11:57 AM
Nice

but what shot is she trying to hit????

debopero
Jun 16th, 2008, 11:58 AM
:cool:

volta
Jun 16th, 2008, 11:59 AM
omfg HOT :hearts:

Slutiana
Jun 16th, 2008, 11:59 AM
What about the article?

Slutiana
Jun 16th, 2008, 12:01 PM
Oh, nevermind, it was that Koto Bolofo thing.

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 16th, 2008, 12:36 PM
:hearts: love the concept

Cp6uja
Jun 16th, 2008, 12:41 PM
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Here is Full article::



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June 7, 2008

The fashion rebirth of Venus Williams
When fashion photographer Koto Bolofo spotted tennis star Venus Williams in a London street, he saw in her a grace and elegance that none had captured before. The result: a book of revelatory images of the world’s most iconic female tennis player

To most people, Venus Williams is the Amazonian tennis player, who has won Wimbledon four times, with a whomping serve and muscle-bound limbs that go on for ever. Yet, as a new book of photographs shows, she also has an astonishing elegance and beauty.

The book, Venus Williams, is a collaboration between the tennis player and South African-born photographer Koto Bolofo. The two first met four years ago when he spotted her walking down the street in London.

“I turned a corner in Covent Garden and there was this tall, beautiful black woman,” remembers Bolofo, “and I thought, ‘I fancy her!’ I’d never seen such a graceful woman. She was wearing a bright fluorescent pink raincoat and stood out like a sore thumb.” Bolofo contacted her agent, suggesting the project. He had wanted to photograph her ever since he watched her win Wimbledon on the TV. “There was such a strength of woman in her,” he says. “I had never seen anyone like this. She was like a gazelle, so pure. But I wanted to photograph her my way – not as a sports star with lots of muscles, but as a woman.”

“He wanted to work with me, a lowly tennis player!” is Williams’s self-mocking take on the matter. “He saw something in me that no one else has ever seen, the side that’s classic tennis player, with elegance and grace.”

The two became friends and did a few magazine shoots together, including one for Italian Vogue. But Bolofo wanted more: he wanted to do a book. He had “a vision”, Williams says, of doing a chronicle of her life.

“I thought the photographs I’d seen of Venus were missing the point,” he says. “I wanted to say, ‘This is a woman, not a sports machine.’ I wanted to make an art book of a beautiful woman, not just someone who whacked a ball around.”

Over the next three years, while Williams, now 27, toured the world, Bolofo tailed her, popping up in London, Istanbul, Paris and New York with photographic suggestions, a small team of helpers and a rack of clothes. He took inspiration from the Jacques Henri Lartigue photographs of junior tennis champion Suzanne Lenglen in 1915: the shot of Williams dancing round the court in a ball dress was one of the first they collaborated on. “Lartigue captured that sense of social class with a spontaneity and energy,” says Bolofo. “That was the foundation of the book.”

Then there are the Josephine Baker-inspired shots, taken in Paris when she was playing in the French Open. “I remember seeing clips of Josephine Baker doing the funky chicken sort of dance,” says Bolofo. “The shots of Venus in the beret and with the dumbbells are a modern interpretation of that.” Williams herself sums up the dumbbells shot by saying, “Surreal. I like that a lot.”

Sometimes it was just Williams in jeans and a vest, strolling round Paris with Bolofo, doing her own hair and make-up, taking photographs wherever they fancied; other shots were more staged. Williams is an ardent fan of fashion, and the book itself is being launched with a swanky party hosted by Ralph Lauren, which is the official outfitter to Wimbledon and is clearly delighted to support a stylish celebration of a sporting icon. However, she was content to let Bolofo direct her. “I respect him so much. I just couldn’t wait to find out what his next ideas were. It was just easy,” she says of the process. “It was go with the flow, laid back.” During the sessions they would talk about everything – photography, tennis, Africa, children. And is Bolofo a tennis fan? “He is now,” she jokes.

But Williams finds that away from the camera she no longer enjoys the rigmarole of red-carpet events, such as the recent Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She says she spends most of her time wearing her own clothing line, EleVen (named after a childhood home address), which is brightly coloured sports/casualwear. “Event” dressing is no longer the fun it used to be. “I can hardly sit still long enough for all the hair and make-up,” she says. “There are so many things I have to do that there doesn’t seem to be enough time to get it all done.”

As for tennis, she’ll be defending her Wimbledon title this year. “I love playing there. I love winning there,” she says. But is she going to win? She laughs raucously. “That’s always the plan.”


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Venus Williams by Koto Bolofo, published by Steidl, is available exclusively from Ralph Lauren, New Bond Street, London W1, from June 19. Williams will be writing exclusively for The Times Sport during Wimbledon

Expat
Jun 16th, 2008, 01:24 PM
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very classy pic

Pureracket
Jun 16th, 2008, 01:33 PM
How long are they going to refer to Venus' "limbs" as "musclebound." She's fit and in shape, but is she really "musclebound?"

Sash1
Jun 16th, 2008, 01:36 PM
That's an amazing shot!

Marcelo.
Jun 16th, 2008, 01:36 PM
Venus :hearts:

sammy01
Jun 16th, 2008, 02:02 PM
its a nice photo just dont understand why the tennis ball is where it is it looks weird lol.

Vlover
Jun 16th, 2008, 02:03 PM
Here is Full article::
Williams is an ardent fan of fashion, and the book itself is being launched with a swanky party hosted by Ralph Lauren, which is the official outfitter to Wimbledon and is clearly delighted to support a stylish celebration of a sporting icon.

As for tennis, she’ll be defending her Wimbledon title this year. “I love playing there. I love winning there,” she says. But is she going to win? She laughs raucously. “That’s always the plan.”

Venus Williams by Koto Bolofo, published by Steidl, is available exclusively from Ralph Lauren, New Bond Street, London W1, from June 19. Williams will be writing exclusively for The Times Sport during Wimbledon

Wow! Fantastic!:hearts: Anyone who can get hold of some of the pictures in the book please post when it comes out. This right up Vee's style because she loves the retro look.

Loves her attitude about winning again as some people are trying hard to ignore her.;) Also I'm looking forward to what she will be writing in the times. You go girl, show them!:hearts::kiss:

ElusiveChanteuse
Jun 16th, 2008, 02:05 PM
Mary Poppins :scared:

tennisIlove09
Jun 16th, 2008, 02:06 PM
very nice

Pureracket
Jun 16th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Because she's a professional athlete?

:shrug:You're saying all athletes are musclebound? :confused:

RND
Jun 16th, 2008, 02:14 PM
Not good for me. :tape: Looks like a ghost haunting the court. :scared:

doni1212
Jun 16th, 2008, 02:23 PM
Cool pic of Vee!!!

hankqq
Jun 16th, 2008, 03:02 PM
I have to say I love it when photographers take female athletes and show off different sides of them.

Venus looks really elegant in this pic. I can't wait to see the rest of the images.

Beat
Jun 16th, 2008, 03:04 PM
lovely picture. maybe she'll play with a wooden racket? ;)

new-york
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:02 PM
old school vibe.:hearts:

thanks for the art.

tae04
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:06 PM
nice pic

kinglear
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:11 PM
She looks freakin awesome! :):worship: She looks elegant and beautiful. The pic itself is classic and legendary just like she is. I can't wait to see more pics from the magazine. :)

Destiny
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:11 PM
now i have to start buy the times:inlove:

roelc
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:35 PM
great picture!!!

queen of wimbledon

serenus_2k8
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:37 PM
Wow Im excited she is writing for The Times, I have to read that :D

DA FOREHAND
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:39 PM
$31.50 At amazon.com

CrossCourt~Rally
Jun 16th, 2008, 04:41 PM
Ooooh, i really like the retro look she is sporting :hearts:.

*W*
Jun 16th, 2008, 05:33 PM
I LOVE THE PIC!

Infiniti2001
Jun 16th, 2008, 05:39 PM
Lovely :hearts:

TooBlack
Jun 16th, 2008, 05:41 PM
I hate when Venus writes during a tournament.

vswfan
Jun 16th, 2008, 06:16 PM
I hate when Venus writes during a tournament.

last time she wrote for a press, she won the championship (2007 Memphis)

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jun 16th, 2008, 06:39 PM
Venus looks amazing.

Dodoboy.
Jun 16th, 2008, 06:47 PM
Wow!

That is a gorgeous just fekkin gorgeous Ms. Vee :drool:

kinglear
Jun 16th, 2008, 07:19 PM
How long are they going to refer to Venus' "limbs" as "musclebound." She's fit and in shape, but is she really "musclebound?"

I agree, she's more slender. If she didn't play tennis she'd probably be even more skin-and-bones than what she already is. :)

atptour03
Jun 16th, 2008, 07:50 PM
I want to see Venus win Wimbledon again this year. Plain and simple. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing Venus play at her best on grass. It truly does inspire me to see her play the way she does when she's on Wimbledon's centre court. That's what I call grace and elegance personified.

Highlandman
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:29 PM
Venus :hearts: I really love that pic. It looks so classy :D

Il Primo!
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:31 PM
She better win the Dish! :rocker:

Infiniti2001
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:32 PM
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xr6turbo
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:33 PM
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Totally amazing. :worship:

Uranium
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:34 PM
don't like the hair:o

Great concept and like the pics:hearts:

*W*
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:35 PM
:hearts:

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serenus_2k8
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:37 PM
Eww I hate it... not my thing :lol: Im not really into art, prefer just seeing Vee looking natural :kiss:

Edit: The one in the dress is cool actually.

xr6turbo
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:39 PM
:hearts:

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my new avatar :hearts:

Dodoboy.
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:40 PM
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Parfait!!

Parfait Mademoiselle Williams!

Beat
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:40 PM
my new avatar :hearts:

you pushed the contrast a bit too much ;)

Andrew Laeddis
Jun 16th, 2008, 08:43 PM
:hearts::hearts: Venus looks great. The concept is really nice.

winone23
Jun 16th, 2008, 09:13 PM
Love these pics!!! So classy, artistic, and beautiful!

Brooklyn90
Jun 16th, 2008, 09:14 PM
:hearts: LOVES IT!!!

hankqq
Jun 16th, 2008, 09:19 PM
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Very cool pics! OMG-Venus you better NOT freakin' lose early at Wimbledon this year!!!

V-MAC
Jun 16th, 2008, 09:27 PM
Interesting pics :)

new-york
Jun 16th, 2008, 10:01 PM
thanx for the pics, very nice.

Denise4925
Jun 16th, 2008, 10:15 PM
I will be purchasing the book for my WS collection. :) Oh and love the pics. Very artistic and avant garde.

Bartosh
Jun 16th, 2008, 10:25 PM
Venus looks :hearts::hearts::hearts:

BuTtErFrEnA
Jun 16th, 2008, 10:27 PM
lovely picture. maybe she'll play with a wooden racket? ;)

then she'll show how truly talented she is, beating all these people with a wooden racket...then what will her detractors be able to say ;) they'll run out of a job

Selah
Jun 16th, 2008, 11:35 PM
oh nice. I now know what I will get myself for my upcoming birthday:)

The Daviator
Jun 16th, 2008, 11:39 PM
Love the concept, Vee looks great.

Viktymise
Jun 16th, 2008, 11:42 PM
She better win the Dish! :rocker:

:cool:

mal
Jun 17th, 2008, 12:01 AM
Maybe daddy could buy it for her.:zzz::cool::cool::angel:

Denise4925
Jun 17th, 2008, 01:46 AM
Maybe daddy could buy it for her.:zzz::cool::cool::angel:

After winning it last year and all that money that came with it, she can buy it herself.

starin
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:01 AM
:hearts: Venus looking good.
hopefully her game will look just as good once she hits the courts at Wimbledon. :lick:

Marshmallow
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:04 AM
I love the concept of the photos. They don't all work, but some are GREAT. And making the cover of the times :bowdown: Not anyone can get on there.

Good work Vee :D

Craig.
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:39 AM
Nice. Looks a bit like that Althea girl though :lol:

Uranium
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:43 AM
Maybe daddy could buy it for her.:zzz::cool::cool::angel:
are you kidding?:o
Nice. Looks a bit like that Althea girl though :lol:

that Althea girl?
Her name is Althea Gibson;)

Craig.
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:44 AM
that Althea girl?
Her name is Althea Gibson;)

I knew it was something like that, I just didn't wanna sound like a fool if I got it wrong. Yeah, ALTHEA GIBSON. ;)

Marshmallow
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:54 AM
Nice. Looks a bit like that Althea girl though :lol:

I knew it was something like that, I just didn't wanna sound like a fool if I got it wrong. Yeah, ALTHEA GIBSON. ;)

:tape: :tape:

Craig.
Jun 17th, 2008, 02:57 AM
:tape: :tape:

And your problem is?

mal
Jun 17th, 2008, 03:01 AM
And your problem is?

And when you do finally love something, you'll know it for sure.

AcesHigh
Jun 17th, 2008, 03:38 AM
Great pics :hearts: Venus looking elegant as always. She continues to amaze me

LucasArg
Jun 17th, 2008, 04:57 AM
Classy :hearts:

darrinbaker00
Jun 17th, 2008, 05:24 AM
then she'll show how truly talented she is, beating all these people with a wooden racket...then what will her detractors be able to say ;) they'll run out of a job
I'd be willing to bet everything I own that Venus has never played with a wood racquet in her life.

Mrs. Peel
Jun 17th, 2008, 06:24 AM
Amazing, stunning series of photos:hearts:

Direwolf
Jun 17th, 2008, 09:36 AM
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so which one would her Wimbledon outfit be??

i love the swan style thing..


last time she wrote for a press, she won the championship (2007 Memphis)

didnt she write last fall??
where she lost

Destiny
Jun 17th, 2008, 10:03 AM
Looking good Miss Williams

OsloErik
Jun 17th, 2008, 10:55 AM
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Oh. My. God. She just catapulted into my top 5 all-time tennis beauties list.

InsideOut.
Jun 17th, 2008, 11:05 AM
wooden racket??? :confused:

looks nice :)

yassiesj20
Jun 17th, 2008, 12:20 PM
Wicked pics and article. She is rather fabulous,isn't she?:)

moon
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:12 AM
the pics look great. :D

Emina.
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:25 AM
Nice! :yeah:

Williams Rulez
Jun 18th, 2008, 05:17 AM
i'm buying the damn book! :D

Serenita
Jun 18th, 2008, 05:32 AM
omg Miss V :worship:

lolas
Jun 18th, 2008, 08:17 AM
Cool pics :)

Miss Amor
Jun 18th, 2008, 09:06 AM
seriously how can anyone ever say she looks ugly/like a tranny/like a gorilla etc..
she just looks gawjus

Max565
Jun 18th, 2008, 09:08 AM
seriously how can anyone ever say she looks ugly/like a tranny/like a gorilla etc..
she just looks gawjus

Yeah, she's definitely not ugly... but she looks much better off-court.

RVD
Jun 18th, 2008, 10:50 AM
These images are magnificent!
Like someone said...very avant garde with a sort of 20s flair. :worship:

I especially like that Black Panther-like head shot pose with the beret. :hearts:
Venus is an incredible woman when you stop to consider all of her accomplishments.

One thing though...
STOP LOSING WEIGHT VENUS!!!

Renalicious
Jun 18th, 2008, 11:08 AM
Very interesting, she looks really pretty. :)

homogenius
Jun 18th, 2008, 12:25 PM
Great pics :cool:

Chance
Jun 18th, 2008, 01:57 PM
I like the retro look.... I like the way he has captured V in some of those pics.

Ceri
Jun 18th, 2008, 02:08 PM
Love the first photo, look forward to seeing the book :)