Sunday, 12 July 2020

Antony Gormley

Sculptor Antony Gormley Photographed in his London studio for a Q&A in the New Review - The Observer. Photograph: Antonio Olmos

The Angel of the North near Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, England. Finished in 1998. Sculpture by Antony Gormley, Photograph: David Wilson Clarke.

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Police Cases

Authentic Police cases, December 1950
Artwork by Matt Baker

Authentic Police Cases, September 1953
Artwork by Matt Baker

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Real Colour

Black Orpheus, 1969
Oil and collage on Masonite

Medusae, 2018
Pigment print
(From Heavenly Creatures series)

Wednesday, 8 July 2020


Maud Wagner, circus performer and tattooist. Maud Stevens Wagner, thought to be America's first female tattoo artist. 1907. Plaza Gallery, Los Angeles. (Shorpy)

Monday, 6 July 2020

Mack Sennett Girls

"Mack Sennett girls," Washington, D.C., ca.1919
An assortment of the theatrical impresario's bathing beauties
(National Photo Co.)

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Film Fun

Film Fun, January 1937
Artwork by Enoch Bolles

Film Fun, April 1933
Artwork by Enoch Bolles

Thursday, 2 July 2020

American Civil War

Portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee, officer of 
the Confederate Army, March 1864
Photograph: Julian Vannerson

Portrait of Pvt. Edwin Francis Jemison, 2nd Louisiana Infantry Regiment, ca.1861. He served in the Peninsula campaign under General J.B. Magruder and was killed in the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1862.

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Stephen & Rusty

Stephen, 2009
Photograph: Catherine Opie
From the series High School Football, 2007-2009

Rusty, 2008
Photograph: Catherine Opie
From the series High School Football, 2007-2009

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Andrzej Dragan

Mads Mikkelsen, 2007
Photograph: Andrzej Dragan

Pieta, 2010
Photograph: Andrzej Dragan

Andrzej Dragan’s portraits terrify on one hand and addict on the other. One has a strong need to come back and penetrate inhumanly realistic elements of the photographs going deeper and deeper. Power and clarity of the detail, and crystal purity of the color, sober and gloomy light are the elements of Dutch paintings. This is probably the source of the impact of Andrzej’s photographs. Portraying so well-known characters as David Lynch, Mads Mikkelsen or Jerzy Urban in the manner of old, Rembrandt style surprises the viewer used to contemporary photography which is so close to spontaneous expression, escaping from reality through exaggerated effects such as movement, blurring the image or taking the colors down to unnatural scale. Dragan’s works remain inside one’s mind for a long time and most of all – they stand out among thousands of others images surrounding us.
Tomek Sikora

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Freaky Cats

The whitest white cat I've ever met, 2017
Oil on canvas

Tears of No Return, 2020
by Bendix Harms
Oil on canvas

Friday, 26 June 2020

Closed Contact

Closed Contact #8, 1995- 96, C-Print

After having observed the operations of reconstructive surgery and aesthetic surgery, acclaimed figurative painter Jenny Saville was eager to express the violence and anesthetized pain of this experience in her own work. She and fashion photographer Glenn Luchford thus began an artistic collaboration that captures the full range of color, tonality, and topography of live flesh, in large photographic tableaux that portray Saville's own body.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Turkey Dinner 69c

A clown at a lunch counter
Reno, Nevada, USA, 1963
Photograph: Thomas Hoepker
(Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Bildhalle)

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Observation Balloon

German tethered balloon being raised for observation purposes during the Champagne campaign (observation balloon being maneuvered through a field of haystacks by German soldiers in the Champagne region of France during World War I). France ca.1915.

Gelatin silver print from the F.J.M. Rehse Archiv für Zeitgeschichte und Publizistik, München.  (Shorpy)