CALIFORNIA ELEGANCE: Portraits from the Final Frontier Published by Mondadori, 2021

Diversity of the Golden State

Photographs by Frederic Aranda, Texts by Christine Suppes

Through a combination of photographs by Frederic Aranda and profiles and stories by Christine Suppes – a lifelong Californian – the pair depict the unique personalities and natural beauty of the Golden State, as well as its significant sites. To quote Vanity Fair: “From San Francisco’s most influential players to the innovation hub of Silicon Valley and the creative buzz of Hollywood, California Elegance brings you the very best of the Golden State. The changing landscapes, the redwood forests of Humboldt, the sands of Death Valley, the wonders of Yosemite, the slopes of Lake Tahoe, the bustle of Silicon Valley”… and so much more are chronicled in California Elegance.

Hundreds of profiles and portraits include Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, politicians Willie Brown and Jackie Speier, actor Kirsten Dunst, Glide Memorial Church pastor Cecil Williams, fashion designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy and Johnston Hartig, Queen Sugar author Natalie Baszile, young NASA scientists, social activists, farmers, firefighters, and award-winning astronomer Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz.


Click here for Vanity Fair review: “A collection of spectacular photographs that showcase the very best of the Golden State.”


Winner for Portraiture in Portrait of Humanity 2022, Royal Photographic Society ‘Fellowship’ awarded for Portraiture in 2021, AOP Leica Open Award 2021 nominee, Sony World Photography Awards 2021 nominee in Portrait category, and Winner of a Paris Photo Prize (PX3) 2021 and an International Photography Award (IPA) 2021 for Best Fine Art Book.



Distributed worldwide by Rizzoli New York.
Format: Hardcover / Language: English / Category: Portraiture
Trim Size: 9”5  x 11”, 24.13 x 27.94 cm
Pages: 432
Colour Illustrations: 500
ISBN-13: 978-88-918298-0-1