Deborah Anderson, a photographer 'whose distinctive sensuality is located somewhere between classic French erotica and Helmut Newton,'' to quote the L.A. Times, is releasing a hefty coffee-table volume today filled with an impressive list of almost 100 stars. Among them are Elton, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney.
Most of the men are in tuxedos and suits, save for those who are partially undressed. And the women are in lingerie and evening gowns.
The daughter of Yes lead vocalist Jon Anderson worked to bring together this collision as a fundraising effort for Malibu entrepreneur and activist Diana Jenkins. Jenkins, who was born in Bosnia and lost a brother in the genocide there, has made a cause of helping to create an international legal framework that can bring war criminals of all stripes to justice.
A friend gave Jenkins a photo shoot with Anderson. The two hit it off and decided that they had to do a project to benefit a cause that, as it turned out, they both had deep feelings about.
Room 23 was the result. Deborah's concept was as simple and elegant as a good black dress -- a year in the life of an upscale hotel room.
Jenkins went to work providing the celebrities' contacts, and over the course of months Anderson worked out of a single suite at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills with a skeleton crew of assistants. It made for an intimate and unique perspective on these well-known personalities.
"There was a lot of personal interaction behind the lens," said Anderson, adding that the book allowed her the freedom of telling a story in vignettes.
Room 23 will be unveiled tonight at an exclusive fundraiser at the very same Peninsula Hotel where the images were shot.