Printissimo 2012, Winner: Kat. Art

Margo Glantz, Catherine Belanger
Photos: Lois Lammerhuber
32 x 24.5 cm, 256 pages, 160 photos
Hardcover bound in red faux leather
ISBN 978-3-901753-23-7, October 2011


Beheaded paintings or the secret archives of shoe design? Through the photos of acclaimed photographer Lois Lammerhuber, shod feet in the Louvre paintings reveal undreamt-of information on people. The details are not only separate works of art, but also studies on centuries of shoe fashion and an excursion into social history.   

To the French writer Georges Bataille, the foot – or rather the big toe – is “the most human part of the human body”. Almost intimate, Lois Lammerhuber’s photos raise the world of feet and shoes to eye level, showing delicate shoes and stout feet; feet lacking shoes and shoes without feet; feet confined and feet embedded in shoes. A crowd of feet may express conviviality or menace. Who wore boots, and who wore sandals? Who walked on high heels, and who wore slippers? Dogs, hems of skirts, stairs, chair legs, tiles, carpets, crutches, and brooms become requisites on the stage set for the shoes. Unease, imperative behaviour and elegance reach from top to toe.

The viewing angle is a special one, not only for art enthusiasts, but also for shoe lovers.  Raphael, Goya, or Ingres did not produce or design shoes. They are among the most important artists in the history of art.  But they all “recorded” shoes, contributing to a history of shoes and establishing en passant archives of the shoe fashions that bore people’s appearance between 1280 and 1863.  

In a brilliant discourse, Margo Glantz, art expert and author and an icon of Mexican literary studies, introduces the viewer into unexpected thoughts about painting and shoe design, about the history and sociology of shoes.  The book was edited by Catherine Belanger, for many years head of the PR and marketing department of the Louvre.


Catherine Bélanger

was PR lady of the Louvre from 1976 to 2007.  In this capacity, she organised exhibitions, photo shootings, and movie productions, an activity that earned her the surname “Madame Louvre”. She is a member of the “Club of the 100 most important women in France”.

Lois Lammerhuber

is a photographer and publisher. His close collaboration with GEO Magazine started in 1984, continues to this day, and has greatly influenced his approach to photography. His pictures have been published in hundreds of books and magazines and earned him international awards, including three times the Graphis Photo Awards for the world’s best photo report of the year. He joined the Art Directors Club New York in 1994. In 1996 he set up Edition Lammerhuber publishing house. In 2014 he received the Republic of Austria’s Cross of Honour, First Class, for Science and Art, followed in 2017 by the Golden Medal of Honour for Services to the City of Vienna, the Prize for Special Merit for Representative and Media Art by the City of Baden and the Grand Medal of Honour for Services to the Province of Lower Austria. In 2018 he became Director of the Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo.

Margo Glantz

studied literature, dramatics and art history at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris. Her fist book, Viajes en México, Crónicas extranjeras, was published in 1964, followed by many novels, essays, and literary reviews. In 1983, she was appointed head of the literature department of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico. She was awarded the important literature price Premio Xavier Villaurrutia for Síndrome de Naufragios. In 1994, she was appointed Professora Emerita of the UNAM. She has been a member of the Mexican language Academy since 1995.