Fashion & Beauty

O.Z.: Olivier Zahm: Diary

The man behind Purple magazine is the chronicler of his generation, exposing the lifestyles of the creative elite through his intimate, autobiographical photographs.

About The Author

Olivier Zahm cofounded Purple magazine and is also an artistic director for fashion brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, a renowned photographer and artist, and a contributor to exhibitions at such venues as P.S.1, New York.

  • Publish Date: September 09, 2014
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Category: Photography - Subjects & Themes - Fashion
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 8-1/4 x 12
  • Pages: 608
  • US Price: $85.00
  • CDN Price: $85.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4138-7


“Fashion's Naughtiest Photographer, Olivier Zahm. He is known for his edgy, often nude photos of girls out on the town and for documenting his late night antics. In his new book, O.Z. Diary, Zahm explores 10 years of his life and art. The over-500-page tome feels every bit as raw (and explicit) as its digital counterpart, giving viewers a full frontal view of Zahm’s life over the past 10 years. There’s no denying the beauty in the images. In producing OZ Diary, Zahm is doing more than documenting his life; he’s exposing a part of himself to the world as an artist rather than an editor. In seeing these photos, it’s apparent that Zahm has experienced the best nights (and days) we’ll never have. But as the artist is slowly leaving those experiences behind, OZ Diary allows us all a moment to pretend that we’ve lived them as well.” –The Daily Beast

“Olivier Zahm chronicles the world around him in nonstop photographs…a wildly adventurous visual autobiography. Diary gives the interested reader a fascinating look into a very creative mind.” –

“Zahm’s first book of photographs dispenses with the pretense of fashion altogether.” –The Cut
“Zahm selected and organized hundreds of images showcasing daring models, counter-cultural artists and performers—into a wildly adventurous visual autobiography.” –

“…Zahm’s first book of photographs, OZ Diary, dispenses with the pretense of fashion altogether. His cosmopolitan 500-page photo diary...Nocturnal snapshots of artist friends, graffiti, and decadent interiors are punctuated with mooning asses, ultralight bondage, and dozens of anonymous torsos with small breasts and tidy pubic hair, identified only by the location of their conquest: Los Angeles, Tokyo, New York, Paris. Printed in black-and-white — but mostly white flesh on white hotel comforters — they seem earnestly to aspire to the sensuality of Impressionist sculptor Auguste Rodin’s "The Kiss," a photo of which opens OZ Diary.” –New York Magazine
“Olivier Zahm, the Parisian creator of the sexually-charged fashion bible Purple, has just published a 600-page tome with Rizzoli filled with his trademark photography. O.Z. Diary, is a collection of images taken over the span of a decade whose subjects are the stylish and free-spirited denizens who occupy Zahm’s rarified social circle. They lend a rare view into the underbelly of the fashion and art worlds, spanning from Paris to New York.” –Bullett Magazine

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