Unforgettable

If I have any regrets when I die apart from the tax evasion, embezzlement, loan sharking and murder, it’s that I had a chance to see Richard Avedon speak about his seminal book ‘In the American West’…and I forgot about it. It just completely slipped what’s left of my mind. Unbelievable. The following year the …

Pretty in Pink

  Using old school infrared color film, Ireland’s Richard Masse took images of soldiers from militias and rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo The contrast between the rather pretty and feminine looking backdrops and the gun-totting soldiers is interesting and challenges our idea of how a conflict should be depicted. But does it …

Bossa Jazz

I’m a big fan of Soul Jazz records and in particular of their new Brazilian compilation Bossa Jazz. It focuses on the period of Brazilian music from 1962-1973 I like Tropicalia the Brazilian movement that was more psychedelic in feel and featured such artists  like Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa and Milton Nascimento but I prefer …

Birth of Cool

Looking through the ICP bookshop they other day I came across a book of Herman Leonard’s pictures of Jazz icons. I’ve always been a fan not just because of the people he shot but the way he shot them. You can tell he was a fan of the music and his enthusiasm and understanding of …

The Divine St. Aubyn

What do you get when you cross drug addiction and child abuse with the upper class world of an Evelyn Waugh novel? Why Edward St. Aubyn, the British novelist who I feel more than any other of his generation will stand the test of time. This is strange for a number of reasons. Firstly, he’s …

Neil Krug

I don’t imagine Neil Krug’s images will prove as timeless as Irving Penn’s but I do like the visual style he injected into his fashion photos He’s recently been used by ‘The Horrors’ for the cover of their ‘Skying’ album with a great effect. Hip and cool rather than classic but great stuff nevertheless.   …

Bill Cunningham: New York

How would you like to spend your life living in a bedsit with just a bed and a dozen filing cabinets? How would you like to have no car, just a Schwinn bicycle that you ride everywhere, even though you’re over 80 years old? How would you like to dine on cheap food and wear …

Murder is my Business

Having recently seen one Weegee exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery, it seemed I hadn’t got quite enough of the man. So I went to see another exhibit of his work ‘Murder is my Business’ at the ICP Gallery in midtown.  This proved to be one of my better decisions. The tile is a bit …

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer.

Born in New York in 1926, Vivian Maier was a Chicago nanny who went out in her spare time and took street photos without seemingly telling anyone. Following her death in 2009, there’s been much interest in her work bringing her posthumous critical success worldwide. I went to see a showing of her images at …

Blow Up

Artfully arranged Flowers are all very nice. But don’t you ever feel that what might make them more interesting is if someone was to get some explosives and blow the shit out of them? No? Maybe it’s just me and Ori Gersht then….