This photoshoot from 1937 shows the contrast in the ‘undressing’ style of former Burlesque stripper, June St. Clair, as compared to a ‘typical wife’, who doesn’t disrobe with quite the same, erm, allure. The photos were by Peter Stackpole and done for the Allen Gilbert School of Undressing. [via How to be a Retronaut]
The Charles McClaghy Collection has released this intriguing selection of images of female exotic dancers from the 1890s, which shows just how different our perception of ‘exotic’ has become over the intervening 120 or so years. [via How To Be A Retronaut]
Having spent five years living in New York, I can attest from first hand perspective that the city has a definite mysticism that just translates so well to film. These old school shots of kids cruising the streets on old school skateboards remind me of how little has actually changed in the city over the 53 years since the photos were taken by Bill Eppridge for LIFE magazine.
When I saw his blog years ago, I was happy to find a young photographer that chooses to shoot with black and white film. And even more excited, when I found that he did it with a Leica, at the same moment I was studying about the Cartier-Bresson – Leica relationship. He says: ‘Knowing I have black-and-white film in my camera makes me shoot differently than I do with digital or color film’. Severin Koller defines himself as a street photographer, trying to honestly capture pieces of our time, to be part of the documentation of our human condition and the fascinating life on the street.
What’s kinda amazing about these photos which recently ran on the How To Be A Retronaut website is how similar the wives look to their hubbies. Must have been something in the water back then.
They say a magician is only as good as his wand. Well, a ventriloquist is only as good as his, or her, dummy. And in these cases, the dummies are quite probably the creepiest damn things we’ve seen in a long, long time.
We featured Bruce Osborn’s fascinating photo series, Oyako, a little while back on Lost At E Minor. Osborn lives in both Los Angeles and Tokyo, where he works as a commercial photographer and directs TV commercials and music videos. This shot is one of my favourites from this series that looks at the relationships between Japanese [...]
There’s something unsettling about stumbling onto discarded photographs. A family album set adrift from its owner or a displaced snapshot calls out to be rescued. Swiss photographer and filmmaker Luciano Rigolini is one of a growing number of artists turning the anonymous or found photograph into an artform. In his new book, What You See, [...]
A founding father of blues and a very influential figure for bands as varied as Led Zeppelin and Nirvana, Leadbelly lived his life to the absolute fullest (including singing his way out of prison after apparently murdering someone!) A new book of photographs and pictures commemorates his life in meticulous detail. This beautifully bound hard [...]