Thursday, 13 December 2012

Franklin Booth

Franklin Booth, (July 8, 1874 – August 28, 1948) was one of the most important and influential american artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, renowned for his highly detailed black and white, pen and ink illustrations. He illustrated books by James Whitcomb Riley, Mark Twain, Theodore Dreiser, Archibald Rutledge, Meredith Nicholson, Caroline D. Owen and other influential authors. Booth contributed to the World War I by illustrating recruitment posters, US savings bonds envelopes, booklets and death certificates for American soldiers who perished in France and Belgium, and work for the Red Cross.

Tim Walker's "Storyteller" Exhibition at Somerset House

Tim Walker is a photographer and artist, who creates a dreamscapes beyond imagination. His works for VOGUE celebrate 'the fantastical' in fashion. Upon the release of his recent book ‘Storyteller’, British brand Mulberry supported the opening of a likewise named exhibition at Somerset House by the banks of the Thames in London, an exhibition we recently had pleasure to visit. Once inside, one can admire the intricate oversized props from photoshoots amongst the vast amount of archived works, as well as quotes from Walker himself. Whilst all of his works are truly astonishing, the most striking thing about Walker’s body of work is the way managed to imprint his individual style in collaboration with his subjects, featuring Alexander McQueen, Anna Piaggi, Alber Ebaz and Vivienne Westwood. A truly amazing and visually captivating exhibition worth visiting!

Finishing on January 27th 2013, the exhibition is a must see so if you're in London and still haven't seen it you know now what to do;) (the admission is FREE).

Friday, 7 December 2012

Carmen Dell'Orefice

Carmen Dell’Orefice is an american model and actress, born on June 3, 1931 in New York. She is known for being the world's oldest working model as of the Spring/Summer 2012 season. After appearing on the cover of Vogue at the age of 15, she has been modelling ever since.

A graceful and charismatic woman throughout the decades. We need more senior (role) models like her in the fashion industry, period.

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Rossy de Palma

Rossy de Palma is a Spanish actress. After starring in Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 1988, she became a model and was claimed a muse of designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler. Her status as an iconic fashion character was further cemented with her role in Robert Altman’s 1994 satirical fashion film Prêt-à-Porter. Today, she is a theater actress, charity spokesperson and the face of luxury ad campaigns.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Eugene Atget

Eugene Atget (1857 - 1927) photographed Paris for thirty years. With a singleness of purpose rarely excelled, he made his incredible monument to a city. When he died in 1927 he left approximately 2000 eight by ten inches glass plates and almost 10,000 prints, not counting the plates deposited in the Palais Royale archives. Here is one of the most extraordinary achievements of photography. Yet we know almost nothing of Atget as a person and less of Atget as a photographer. Most of the buildings and places he photographed can still be visited. But what has been lost is the way of life and a culture that bound people tightly to the fabric of a place: the old Paris. While his aesthetic was modern, his concern was for the past, showing a fundamental anxiety about the unstoppable and often destructive progress of modernity. It is this prescient ambivalence towards the future and his paean to the passing of time that makes Atget's Paris so resonant and fresh.

Eugene Atget

Fete, Paris, 1899

Eugene Atget: old Paris

Versailles was one of Atget's most important proving grounds.
Image: Eugene Atget, Trianon, Pavillon Francais, 1923-1924

Trianon, Versailles 1923

Eugène Atget - Pavillon d’Amour, Versailles
c. 1905 

Versailles, France, 1923. Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927) 

Le Château  Versailles, fin Octobre, le soir, effet d’orage, vue prise du Parterre du Nord/ Versailles, late October, the evening effect of storm, view from the North Parterre
Eugène Atget  (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)
Date: 1903