Born Nigel Jonathan Davies and taking the name of Christian St Forget during his hairdressing apprenticeship with Vidal Sassoon, Justin de Villeneuve created his lasting alias after a chance meeting with a then fifteen year old Twiggy. The pair fell in love and Davies switched his name, opened his own photography studio, and became Twiggy’s manager. Within six months, Twiggy was on every fashion magazine cover around and Justin de Villeneuve went on to work with some of the most famous faces of the sixties.
Here is an excerpt from Keith Richards recent autobiography, LIFE. He talks about writing songs. For songs read photographs. The process is the same. "So we're the song factory. We start to think like songwriters, and once you get that habit, it stays with you all your life. It motors along in your subconscious, in the way you listen."
»This book is an amazing journey through America’s music scene. Each photo sings its own melody… and presents with beauty and dignity the history of American music: gospel, blues, jazz, country, rock, alternative, rap… black and white, colorful and gray, banjo and guitar, man and woman, one and many, car and gun, famous and unknown, young and old, happy and sad… music is everywhere…
If you follow this blog at all (and I mean that loosely, it could be once every few months).. you might be sick of me going on about looking through the contact sheets as a wee Magnum intern many moons ago.
Even for a control freak like myself, there’s something tremendously enjoyable about being befuddled on seeing a creative project. Hungarian photographer/art director Mate Moro has a portfolio full of intriguing projects, none more so that Filled Field, a series of unlikely or surprising shots saturated in a becalming rich red.
Facebook is the world’s largest photo sharing site—that also happens to be a social network and a login system. In this context, the Instagram acquisition and the new Facebook Camera app make perfect sense; this is Facebook trebling down on photos.
Noorderlicht has been an important member of the photographic community for many years, a community that extends beyond regional or national borders. While I can only speak for myself, I sense strong support for Noorderlicht in the community. It is for this reason that I decided to express my own support in this public form, using the very medium that I have been using for the past decade.
Jody creates portraits, nudes, still lifes and landscape images using the wet collodion processs. Invented in 1851, the method entails coating a glass plate with collodion and exposing the plate while it is still wet. The end results are ambrotypes, appearing on glass in the form of a negative until backed by black velvet, thus rendering the positive image.
Poland is said to be more than 90% Catholic. Christianity forcefully introduced centuries ago , successfully erased almost all the traces of paganism, witchcraft or shamanic traditions. Basically no line of heritage survived.
“‘I turn myself inside out.’ With fellow student Josh Lake, photographic 35mm film was eaten, digested, excreted out, and then washed. The damage and traces left on the emulsion surface were examined through a scanning electron microscope.”
The photographs in “Photo Express: Tokyo” (Steidl, 2012) were taken in Tokyo within a single year by Keizo Kitajima, and looking at them is like leafing through his intricate memories. They are complex and celebratory, hopeless and certain and full of people with signatures of fate on their faces. This is a personal documentary invaded by a black energy.
Almost 45 years ago, a known French photographer with Haitian origin Gérald Bloncourt, visited the poor suburbs of Paris and made a picture of a brunette girl at the foot of the hut in which she lived in poor conditions. Bloncourt fell in love with the picture and hung it from that day on the walls of his home. He called it “La petite portugaise” (The small portuguese) and came to symbolize, after being played in many exhibitions and publications, the living conditions of hard and miserable emigration from Portugal in the sixties. No one knew the name of that girl that covered her hand with a smile, known as “A menina do bairro de lata”.
In the mid 80′s, when I was humming along doing a great deal of portraiture of The Titans of American Industry, I was asked by a creative director (who shall remain anonymous) to make portraits of the most senior executives of a rather eccentric...
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