“Does not skimp on the gossipy goods. There are descents into madness, prolific drug use, orgies, blackmail photos and suicide attempts…But this book…is also smart, well-researched and written with an insider’s eye…engaging and on point.”
– Kim France, The New York Times Book Review
"A delicious read. Sweeping...thoughtful..."
– The Daily Beast
"An often-shocking tale rife with bed-hopping hotties, rampant drug use and cut-throat antics. Gross knows his stuff, delving deep into the fascinating rivalries and wicked manipulations that take place behind the cameras."
– Larry McShane, The Daily News
"A juicy history of scandalous lives."
"A sizzling, gossipy read...Relentless reporting."
– Hamptons Magazine
"Focus finds the fire beneath the ice of glossy magazine pages, and does it without burning down the house.”
– Liz Smith, New York Social Diary
“Tales of famous shoots and industry backstories during the ‘glory days’ of the genre…of the sexual promiscuity and recreational drug use of these (mostly male) photographers. The subject matter will be historically significant to those who are concerned with the photo artist’s role in the golden age of modern fashion photography. VERDICT: Recommended for enthusiasts of fashion and fashion photography.”
– Shauna Frischkorn, Library Journal
“A gossipy exposé … of the talented, arrogant, philandering, combative, self-aggrandizing photographers whose work appeared in, and defined, such iconic fashion magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Glamour, and Elle from 1947 to 1997 … sometimes-tangy, often scurrilous … Not a pretty picture.”
– Kirkus Reviews