The Big Goodbye

Chinatown is considered to be one of the most seminal films of the Seventies. Starring Jack Nicolson and Faye Dunaway, with a cameo by the legendary film director John Huston, the film was produced by the notorious Robert Evans and directed by the infamous Roman Polanski. All of which makes it the perfect subject for …

Lartigue in Color

Jacques Henri Lartigue was a fortunate man, wealthy and alive at the time that photography started to become an art form, he started taking pictures in childhood and continued into old age. Better known for his black and white work, recently his color work has been collected in the book ‘Lartigue: Life in Color.’ The …

Golden Days

Austrian pub culture is not something I’ve ever given much thought to until seeing Clemens Marschall’s photobook, ‘Golden Days Before They End.’ It’s reminiscent of Anders Peterson’s ‘Cafe Lehmitz,’ which did something similar in the 1970’s with a bar Hamburg’s red light district. Whereas Peterson worked in black and white, Marschall works in a rich …

The City Within

Brooklyn is my home.And it’s also the subject of photo book by Alex and Rebecca Norris Webb. They have attempted to capture Brooklyn in all its diversity using their brilliant grasp of color photography and composition.

The Pillar

Stephen Gill hammered a wooden stake into the ground and then placed a motion-sensor camera nearby. What he uncovered were closeup shuts of wild birds landing and taking off in the Swedish countryside.

Ex-Voto

Alys Tomlinson booked herself a ‘pilgrim package’ tour to Lourdes, France capturing visitors to the site, and the ex-voto, or religious offering left behind by worshipers as a show of devotion. Soon she expanded her study to include the Christian sites of Ballyvourney in Ireland and Grabarka in Poland. What emerges is a strange parallel universe of people, who …

In My Room

Saul Leiter was trained as a painter and overtime began to use his painterly eye to create some beautifully abstract new York street photos which are among the finest of the genre. He also created some stunning images of artist models in his apartment and studio, very much int he style of 19th century French …

Life Isn’t Everything

Mike Nichols committed the unforgivable sin of never writing his memoirs. A man who seemed to be at the epicenter of American cultural life for more than five decades, who directed the all time classic The Graduate, as well as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch-22, Working Girl, Closer and many many more would have …

Femininties

French fashion photographer Guy Bourdin had one of the most unique visions in fashion photography, taking pictures that told a story as much as they sold some clothes. A protege of Man Ray his images reflect a true artistic vision and also a cruel streak reflected in his treatment of some of his models. In …