Oct
09
2013
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Irina Davis — Russian pin-up girls

Because of the devastation of World War II, Russian “girls” in the ’40s and ’50s were taught to be tough and work hard.   I am saddened by the fact that Russia never had the chance to enjoy the happy pin-up times of America’s postwar period. In fact, cheerful American pin-up art was considered in Soviet Russia to be politically incorrect, decadent and flat-out immoral, the product of a culture that could never understand the true nature of the human condition.

By photographing exclusively Russian immigrant women in traditional all-American pin-up poses, I am inventing my own genre of Russian pin-up.  My concept is to portray pure beauty, femininity and sexuality, not to objectify but to empower. To those who identify the clues in my work, hidden to most non-Russian eyes, I am telling the story of a crisis of Russian national identity, and the frustration and confusion of self-identification with the Old Country, the New World and a diaspora caught between them. My goal is to bridge the gap and seduce the spectator with alluring imagery, trapping him into empathizing with a foreign element.

Irina Davis website.

Originally posted 2010-10-22 14:36:47.

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Sep
03
2013
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Gregor Graf — City scenes minus the commercial trimmings

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From the Austrian Cultural Forum:

Gregor Graf’s exploration of urban architecture involves taking medium format images of mundane urban settings and painstakingly removing all text and symbolic references from the image, producing an anonymous and generic metropolis, yet evoking a sense of familiarity. In 2006 Graf was commissioned by the Visual Arts Platform to produce a new work during a residency in London. For his first UK solo show at the Austrian Cultural Forum London, Graf will exhibit new photographs of London along with other new works produced during a residency in Chicago, bringing together exploration of this two huge and complex urbanscapes.

Link to Artist’s site

Originally posted 2008-03-04 10:37:39.

Aug
21
2013
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“A Matter of Taste” Photographs by Fulvio Bonavia

For more pictures and info on the book: Fulvio Bonavia.

Originally posted 2010-05-18 08:48:41.

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Mar
21
2013
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Nov
16
2012
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The commercial photography of Jeffrey Vanhoutte

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Link to Jeffrey Vanhouttes’ site.

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The ads below were created by kwink. Click for larger.

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Originally posted 2009-06-16 09:42:09.

Aug
10
2012
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Apr
27
2012
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Lisa Wiseman — The iPhone camera as “The New Polaroid”

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Originally posted 2009-03-02 10:04:28.

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Apr
23
2012
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May
29
2011
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A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan by Seamus Murphy

Seamus Murphy began photographing Afghanistan in 1994, and his new book A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan, is a classic on the rise of the Taliban and the impact of U.S. invasion. For two decades, he has worked extensively in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Latin America and most recently America on an ongoing project during what he calls “a nervous and auspicious time.” His accolades include six World Press Photo Awards. Murphy blends humour and irony with deep insight. “Photography,” he says,“is part history, part magic.”

For more images: A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan

Originally posted 2010-03-12 10:11:16.

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Apr
19
2011
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Eyescapes

“Eyescapes” is a series of photographs irises. It’s a project by Rankin, London-based photographer and co-founder of the magazine Dazed & Confused.

Originally posted 2010-03-11 09:20:03.

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Mar
03
2011
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26
2010
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16
2010
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“The Missing” A photo project by Gustavo Germano, beautiful but sad…

Each picture represents a before and after ‘the dissapearance’ shot.

Picture above (1970): Maria Irma Ferreira, Maria Susana Ferreira; picture below (2006): Maria Susana Ferreira

From Zeit Online:

During the military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976 to 1983 nearly 30,000 people disappeared without trace. Der Fotograf Gustavo Germano gehört zu den Opfern des Staatsterrors. The photographer Gustavo Germano is one of the victims of state terror. Er verlor seinen ältesten Bruder. He lost his oldest brother. Mit seiner Fotoserie zeigt er auf eindrückliche Weise, was mit einer Familie geschieht, aus deren Mitte plötzlich ein Mensch gerissen wird. With his photo series, he shows in an impressive way what happens to a family from whose midst a man is suddenly broken. Germano hat Familienfotos aus den Siebziger Jahren nachfotografiert mit den Menschen, die die Militärdiktatur überlebt haben. Germano has rephotographed family photos from the seventies with the people who survived the military dictatorship. Manchmal fehlt ein Familienmitglied, manchmal gleich mehrere. Sometimes missing a family member, sometimes several. Einmal ist nur das Kind am Leben geblieben, ein anderes Mal ist die Ehefrau alleine zurückgeblieben oder die Schwester, wie auf den Bildern links. Only once the child is still alive, another time the wife is left behind alone, or the sister, as in the pictures on the [below].

1975: Omar Darío Amestoy, Mario Alfredo Amestoy

2006: Mario Alfredo Amestoy 2006: Mario Alfredo Amestoy

1976: Orlando René Méndez, Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva, Leticia Margarita Oliva 1976: Orlando, René Méndez, Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva, Leticia Margarita Oliva

2006: Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva 2006: Laura Cecilia Méndez Oliva

1969: The photographer Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Germano HM Diego, Eduardo R. Germano

2006: Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Diego HM Germano 2006: Gustavo M. Germano, Guillermo A. Germano, Germano HM Diego

1974: Clara de Atelman Fink, Claudio Marcelo Fink

2006: Clara Atelman de Fink 2006: Clara de Atelman Fink

1968: Roberto Ismael Sorba, Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba

2006: Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba 2006: Jorge Cresta, Azucena Sorba

1973: Mario Eduardo Menendez, Luis Maria Pirro 1973: Mario Eduardo Menendez, Luis Maria Pirro

2006: Luis Maria Pirro 2006: Luis Maria Pirro

1975: “La Tortuga Alegre, Río Uruguay. Entre Ríos. Entre Ríos. Orlando René Méndez, Leticia Margarita Oliva Orlando René Méndez, Leticia Margarita Oliva

2006: ”La Tortuga Alegre”, Río Uruguay. 2006: “La Tortuga Alegre, Río Uruguay. Entre Ríos Entre Ríos

Thanks to Daniel de W. for submitting this.

Aug
10
2010
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Jazz artist portraits by William P. Gottlieb, circa 1938 to 1948.

Portrait of Slam Stewart, Three Deuces(?), New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1946
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Portrait of Django Reinhardt, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. Nov. 1946

Portrait of Kaiser Marshall, Art Hodes, Sandy Williams, Cecil (Xavier) Scott, and Henry (Clay) Goodwin, Times Square, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947

Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat(?), New York, N.Y., ca. June 1946

Portrait of Duke Ellington, Paramount Theater, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1946

Portrait of Glen Gray, Paramount Theater, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946

Note the gun on the dressing table, pipe lighter?

Portrait of Sarah Vaughan, Café Society (Downtown), New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1946

Portrait of Oscar Moore, Nat King Cole, and Wesley Prince, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946

Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946

Portrait of Frank Sinatra and Axel Stordahl, Liederkrantz Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947

Portrait of Sarah Vaughan, Café Society (Downtown), New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1946

Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947

View of the Apollo Theatre marquee, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948

Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. Apr. 1947

Portrait of Charlie Parker, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1947

Portrait of Denzil Best, Al Casey, and John (O.) Levy, Pied Piper, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948

Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill, Minton’s Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947

Portrait of Cab Calloway, New York, N.Y.(?), ca. Jan. 1947

Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946

Portrait of Bunk Johnson, Leadbelly, George Lewis, and Alcide Pavageau, Stuyvesant Casino, New York, N.Y., ca. June 1946

Portrait of Nat King Cole, New York, N.Y., ca. June 1947

Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton’s Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947

Portrait of Count Basie, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948

Portrait of Ralph Burns, Edwin A. Finckel, George Handy, Neal Hefti, Johnny Richards, and Eddie Sauter, Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y., ca. Mar. 1947

Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton’s Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947

Source: Library of Congress

Jul
27
2010
0

Lost collection of Ansel Adams photos found at garage sale worth $200 million.

From CNN:

Los Angeles, California (CNN) — Rick Norsigian’s hobby of picking through piles of unwanted items at garage sales in search of antiques has paid off for the Fresno, California, painter.

Two small boxes he bought 10 years ago for $45 — negotiated down from $70 — are now estimated to be worth at least $200 million, according to a Beverly Hills art appraiser.

Those boxes contained 65 glass negatives created by famed nature photographer Ansel Adams in the early period of his career. Experts believed the negatives were destroyed in a 1937 darkroom fire that destroyed 5,000 plates.

“It truly is a missing link of Ansel Adams and history and his career,” said David W. Streets, the appraiser and art dealer who is hosting an unveiling of the photographs at his Beverly Hills, California, gallery Tuesday.

The photographs apparently were taken between 1919 and the early 1930s, well before Adams — who is known as the father of American photography — became nationally recognized in the 1940s, Streets said.

“This is going to show the world the evolution of his eye, of his talent, of his skill, his gift, but also his legacy,” Streets said. “And it’s a portion that we thought had been destroyed in the studio fire.”

How these 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass plate negatives of famous Yosemite landscapes and San Francisco landmarks — some of them with fire damage — made their way from Adams collection 70 years ago to a Southern California garage sale in 2000 can only be guessed.

The person who sold them to Norsigian at the garage sale told him he bought them in the 1940s at a warehouse salvage in Los Angeles.

Photography expert Patrick Alt, who helped confirm the authenticity of the negatives, suspects Adams carried them to use in a photography class he was teaching in Pasadena, California, in the early 1940s.

“It is my belief that he brought these negatives with him for teaching purposes and to show students how to not let their negatives be engulfed in a fire,” Alt said. “I think this clearly explains the range of work in these negatives, from very early pictorialist boat pictures, to images not as successful, to images of the highest level of his work during this time period.”

Alt said it is impossible to know why Adams would store them in Pasadena and never reclaim them.

The plates were individually wrapped in newspaper inside deteriorating manila envelopes. Notations on each envelope appeared to have been made by Virginia Adams, the photographer’s wife, according to handwriting experts Michael Nattenberg and Marcel Matley. They compared them to samples provided by the Adams’ grandson.

While most of the negatives appear never to have been printed, several are nearly identical to well-known Adams prints, the experts said.

Meteorologist George Wright studied clouds and snow cover in a Norsigian negative to conclude that it was taken at about the same time as a known Adams photo of a Yosemite tree.

In addition to Yosemite — the California wilderness that Adams helped conserve — the negatives depict California’s Carmel Mission, views of a rocky point in Carmel, San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, a sailing yacht at sea and an image of sand dunes.

“The fact that these locations were well-known to Adams, and visited by him, further supports the proposition that all of the images in the collection were most probably created by Adams,” said art expert Robert Moeller.

Moeller said that after six months of study, he concluded “with a high degree of probability, that the images under consideration were produced by Ansel Adams.

Silver tarnishing on the negatives also helped date the plates to around the 1920s, Alt said.

“I have sent people to prison for the rest of their lives for far less evidence than I have seen in this case,” said evidence and burden of proof expert Manny Medrano, who was hired by Norsigian to help authenticate them. “In my view, those photographs were done by Ansel Adams.”

Norsigian, who has spent the last decade trying to prove the worth of his discovery, is now ready to cash in — by selling original prints of the photographs to museums and collectors.

“I have estimated that his $45 investment easily could be worth up to $200 million,” Streets said.

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Jul
07
2010
1

60′s Black and White Contact Sheets by David Bailey

Catherine Deneuve

Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger

Michael Caine

Mia Farrow

The Kray Brothers

John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Jean Shrimpton

David Hockney

From an upcoming show at Hamiltons Gallery, London.

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Jun
02
2010
4

Vintage Photography Collection — Figure#1

A while ago I came across this book in a garage sale. Beautiful collection of work by famous photographers. See image 3 below for photographers’ credits.
Thanks to Asha P. for inspiring me to scan it finally.



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08
2010
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25
2010
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03
2010
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Eadweard Muybridge’s Animal Locomotion

Click images for larger. See huge Muybridge collection here.

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