The Twisted World of Jonah Samson

Direct from the warped mind of Jonah Samson come these dark, disturbing and sometime comic creations. Samson creates childlike models and gets them to do unspeakable things from flashing to murdering, then photographs them in a highly cinematic fashion. Indeed you have the feeling that you are watching a moment from a much larger story …

Paris I Love You

Many people would sell a non-essential organ, a spare kidney say, to live in Paris. The mere uttering of the word causes many to hyperventilate at the thought of romantic trysts in secluded side street bistros and strolls in statue-strewn gardens. Rosencrans Baldwin thought he was very much one of their number but when he …

La Dolce Vita

  Oh to be in Rome in the late 50’s and early sixties. It was a time of Fellini, de Sica, Audrey Hepburn and Anita Ekberg. ‘The Years of La Dolce Vita’ Exhibition in London is about to show off those halcyon days to their best advantage. A series of images taken by cinematographer Arturo …

Guy Bourdin

The often surreal nature of French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin’s work is unsurprising considering he started his career as a protégé of Man Ray in Paris in the 1950’s The sense of experimentation that you see in Man Ray’s work was evident in the fashion imagery created by Bourdin for clients such as Charles Jourdan, …

Mapplethorpe at Musee Rodin

A trip to Paris has to include a trip to a museum. It’s just the way it is. I don’t make the rules I just follow them. Luckily I choose an early morning visit to the Musee Rodin where it just so happened there was a Robert Mapplethrope exhibition taking place. I never really thought …

Costa Blanca

Perpignan is mainly associated in my mind with rugby and fine wine but it’s also home to French psychedelic pop band The Liminanas. Headed by brother and sister duo Marie and Lio Liminana the band released their third album last year the sublime ‘Costa Blanca’. It’s a druggy trip that merges a cool, Gauloises-smoking ennui …

Sinfully Skilled

Perhaps it’s because I’m currently enjoying some time in France but the art of Bernard Charoy appeals to me. Part of his artistic output falls within the pin-up category and his illustrations of women remind me of a Gallic Gil Evlgren. Here’s a series from 1958 that’s pretty indicative of his style.  

Alvin Lustig

As an avid reader I’ve been aware of the work of Alvin Lustig for years without realizing it. For Lustig was one of the world’s finest designers of book covers making the books we love to read items we love to live with to. Not that this was the limit of his talents. He was …

Close up

Chick Close it better known for his artwork but these simple portraits really show just how creative you can get with a simple head shot