First day of sale: 13.01.2016
Jörn Jacob Rohwer and Vera von Lehndorff,
VERUSCHKA. Mein Leben als Supermodel und Künstlerin/
VERUSCHKA. My Life as Supermodel and Artist
About 400 pages
with ca. 100 Illustrations
Veruschka tells the story of her life for the first time
Her life and times with Susan Sontag, Andy Warhol, Richard Avedon, Francis Bacon and Michelangelo Antonioni
“She was the first post-war German to pose for the cameras of the world’s most important photographers. But who is Veruschka alias Vera Gräfin von Lehndorff really? From the beginning, and today as well, she has remained a striking and inscrutable, almost dismissive beauty.”
“Her face speaks of the unattainable.” Diana Vreeland
The extraordinary life of an icon
She is one of the few true shining stars Germany ever produced: Veruschka. Described by Irving Penn as his muse, she had a profound influence on the fashion photography of her time. Her name, her body, her face are known around the world. But no one knows her story.
Despite the many thousands of photographs she has posed for, little is known about the beauty with a tendency for metamorphosis. Now she is telling her story for the first time.
Vera Gräfin von Lehndorff, born in East Prussia in 1939, recalls her early childhood at Steinort Palace in Masuria and her father, Heinrich Graf von Lehndorff, who was executed in 1944 for his opposition to Hitler. The 5-year-old Vera and her sisters were placed in a children’s camp by the Gestapo and their mother was sent to a labour camp. But her autobiography also tells of her time as Germany’s first supermodel in New York and Paris of the 1960s and 1970s.
The elaborately produced volume is rounded off with hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, in part from a private collection. It tells the extraordinary story of an icon who has remained a stranger to the present day.
Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff
was born in East Prussia 1939. She was sent to a children’s camp in 1944 after her father was executed by the National Socialists. Under the name “Veruschka,” she became the first German supermodel. Her film debut was in Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 cult film “Blow up.” She is regarded as a pioneer of body painting and now works as a painter and performance artist. Director Paul Morrissey filmed a documentary about her in 2004 (“Veruschka – A Life For the Camera”). The Helmut Newton Foundation has been exhibiting “Veruschka Self-Portraits” since June 2006 at the Berlin Museum for Photography. The English language photography book “Veruschka. The Ultimate Collection” (Assouline) was published in 2008.
Jörn Jacob Rohwer
born 1965, is a journalist. His interviews with personalities from the Arts, Science and Society have been published in renoewned newspapers, journals and international publications. His volume of interviews “Hinter dem Ruhm. Gespräche” was published in 2005.
Rights sold to: Italian (Barbés Editore)
Vera Gottliebe Anna Gräfin von Lehndorff wurde 1939 in Ostpreußen geboren. Nachdem die Nationalsozialisten 1944 ihren Vater hingerichtet hatten, wurde sie von der Gestapo in ein Kinderlager verschleppt. Nach dem Krieg wurde sie unter dem Namen »Veruschka« das erste deutsche Supermodel. In Michelangelo Antonionis Kultfilm ›Blow up‹ gab sie 1966 ihr Filmdebüt. Sie gilt als Pionierin der Körperbemalung und arbeitet heute als Malerin und Performerin. 2004 drehte der Regisseur Paul Morrissey einen Dokumentarfilm über sie. 2006 zeigte die Helmut-Newton-Stiftung im Berliner Museum für Fotografie die Ausstellung ›Veruschka Self-Portraits‹.