Life Lived in Color

About the only art show I wanted to see over the summer was the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition of the color work of Garry Winogrand. It was, as to be expected of one of the great street photographers of the mid twentieth century, masterly. Projected on to the walls in the form of high quality slides, …

Wilkes

Last year, Sam Wilkes produced a beautiful short album/EP that Ive only really probably listened to now. And its a wonderful piece of work that works great as late night listening. Here’s a sample

Le Rayon Vert

Eric Rohmer is a director associated with the French New Wave. Jean Luc Godard praised his take on French life in the seventies and eighties. On hearing this, you probably imagine artsy black and white films full of jump cuts and philosophical debate. Rohmer couldn’t be further from this. His luscious color films often concern …

Life in Black and White

Not only was the late Peter Lindbergh one of the greatest black and white fashion photographers in history, he also managed to be free from the scandal that has recently plagued Mario Testino and Bruce Weber. it seems you can take pictures of the beautiful without molesting them.

Midsommar Murders

One of the most original horror films I’ve seen in the last few years, Midsommar takes ‘The Shining’ premise of horror with the lights on and turns it into horror when the suns out. It’s set in a remote part of Sweden where the daylight hours seem to stretch on forever. A group of American …

Man Behaving Badly

Just what constitutes a terrible boyfriend? Selfishness? Infidelity? Deceit? Theft? All of the above? In Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Souvenir’ shy film student Julie, played by the very charming Honor Swinton Byrne, has a chance to find out. Her boyfriend Anthony, beautifully played by Tom Burke, is the epitome of old world upper-class charm with his …

The Folk Sound

The late Terry Callier is a difficult singer to define. You could describe his style as soul or maybe as blues, and if you go back far enough, folk. Once fiendishly difficult to get hold off and recently reissued The Folk Sound fo Terry Callier is an accomplished piece of work which pulls off the …

Hope Downs

Released last year the Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever album ‘Hope Downs’ has an upbeat but raggedy feel, which I hope to be repeated when I see them at the end of the month Coming in at around 37 minutes it’s also short and sharp and eschews the current trend to create albums that last several …

Broadsword Calling Danny Boy

To British men of a certain age, the Second World War looms large in their consciousness, even though they were born a long time after it ended. Brought up on a diet of seventies comics like Warlord and Battle that replayed the conflict, every one of us was given the opportunity to revel in one …