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Vintage Kisses: Glorious Photos of Famous Mouths

Photo: Jerry Schatzberg

Lips have long been the source of fascination: Kissing has continued to elude scientists, other studies suggest a correlation between lip shape and ease of orgasm, and lipstick trends go back all the way to the ancient Sumerians — who decorated their lips with crushed gemstones for special occasions. This month, a new book by Alice Harris, Blow Me a Kiss, celebrates our cultural obsession with lips — tracing the most iconic mouths in art from the past century.

Photo: Ormond Gigli

Going as far back as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Marcella (1909), the book spans everything from Andy Warhol’s 1982 Self Portrait in Drag to a close-up of Lana Del Rey with a bumble bee perched delicately on her upper lip — including shots of everyone you’d expect (Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor) and a few you wouldn’t (Lindsay Lohan). Click through the slideshow for a first look, including Cindy Crawford, Solange, Barbara Mullen, and more.

Barbara Mullen (Blowing Kiss), for Harper’s Bazaar, ca. 1950

Lillian Bassman

Photo: Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos/©Eve Arnold / Magnum Photos

Anthony Quinn and Anna Karina on the set of Guy Green’s, The Magus, 1976

Eve Arnold

Photo: Jerry Schatzberg

Gitta Krange, 1959

Jerry Schatzberg

Photo: Elliott Erwitt/©Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

California, 1955

Elliott Erwitt

Photo: Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos/©Philippe Halsman / Magnum Photos

Audrey Hepburn Posing for a LIFE magazine Cover Image, 1955

Philippe Halsman

Photo: Nagki Saki

Cindy Crawford, for Harper’s Bazaar Spain, 2013

Nagi Sakai

Photo: JUCO

Solange Knowles, 2013


Photo: Ian Berry/Magnum Photos/©Ian Berry / Magnum Photos

South Africa, 1961

Ian Berry

Photo: Collection of Alba and Francesco Clemente

Alba, 1997

Francesco Clemente

Hat and Roses, 1956

William Klein

Vintage Kisses: Glorious Photos of Famous Mouths