Dylan’s Gospel

My Sunday morning’s are being enlivened by a Los Angeles Gospel Choir. They’re not practicing next my apartment or anything like that. No, they are the voices on the new reissue CD from the Light in the Attic label. In 1969 Legendary producer Lou Adler, noticing that the gospel song ‘Oh Happy day’ was a …

Closer

Danish photographer Jacob Aue Sobol has some of the most distinctive imagery out there. Gritty, dirty and grainy his black and white work has a fabulous intimacy reminding me in turns of Daido Moriyama, William Klein and Anders Petersen. The themes of desire, lust and love are heavily prominent in his work. His first noted …

Billy Kidd

Every so often you come across a fashion photographer who manages to put an interesting spin on what is a very well-worn territory. Brooklyn based Billy Kidd is such a man. Even though he’s only been shooting for five years he has a distinct style, his images having a stark almost alien quality. I particularly …

Capa in Color

One of the world’s most famous photojournalists, Robert Capa founded the Magnum photo agency and made his name with hard-hitting black and white images featuring subjects as diverse as D-Day and Pablo Picasso. However, Capa had a hidden side. It turns out he was also a dab hand at color photography as well. ICP blows …

Rich Kids

Instantly obnoxious but strangely compelling is the way I’d describe the tumblr, ‘Rich kids of Instagram’ A couple of years ago, some cruel genius found posts on the picture sharing site ‘Instagram’, featuring the offspring off the 1% living it up. In fact, these are more like the 0.1% and therefore even more objectionable. Never …

Food for Thought

  I am a very greedy man. Hence my interest in a book by William Sitwell titled a History of Food in 100 Recipes’ It turns that the book is much more than just a recipe book. It is a witty and entertaining journey through the food of the ages. From Ancient Egyptian bread in …

Family Ties

  One of the trickiest things for a photographer is finding your subject. Happy the men, who like Emmet Gowin, discover that this happens to be their immediate family. Gowin’s pictures have the intimate quality that can only be born of knowing your subjects as well as any person on earth. His portraits of his …

Cool Note

No matter how many times I look at them I’m always left with the feeling that there is nothing cooler than a Blue Note album cover. Even though they are now over 50 years old in many cases, you could still use the same look and style today and come across as totally fresh. With …

Photographing the Photographers

Just how photogenic are photographers? Judging by Abe Frajndlich’s book ‘Penelope’s Hungry Eyes’ the answer is very. He spent three decades persuading world-famous snappers to come out from behind their cameras and ham it up in front of his.  

Oscar After-Party Images

It’s not enough that an actor gets to win an Oscar. Oh no. The lucky so-and-so’s then get to go to a fabulous after-party, courtesy of Vanity Fair and get their pictures taken by renowned portrait photographer Mark Seliger. A sparsely furnished, custom-built studio was created specially for the purpose and the resulting images were …