Saturday, 31 August 2019

Detective Magazine Covers

Detective Book Magazine, Winter, 1949
Artwork by George Gross

Nick Carter Magazine, November 1933
Artwork by Jerome Rozen

Friday, 30 August 2019

Neal Cassady

Neal Cassady, (mug shot) 1944
Denver Police Department

In June 1944, Cassady was arrested for possession of stolen goods and served eleven months of a one-year prison sentence. (Wikipedia)

Thursday, 29 August 2019

New York

Service With A Smile, ca.1955, New York City
Photograph: Norman Lerner
Archival Digital Print

S. Beckenstein's Emporium, New York, 1953
Photograph: Werner Bischof

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


‘A portrait of my daughter Yali with a comb stuck in her hair.’ 
Photograph: Sam Harris. Posted 4th Apr 2019, The Guardian.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

The Interrogator's Garden

The Interrogator's Garden
by Paula Rego - 2000
Pastel on paper, mounted on aluminium

Originally commissioned by the Foundation For Victims of Torture, Paula Rego’s The Interrogator’s Garden offers untold complexities. Here the soldier sits as a camp figure of lust, surrounded by the tools of his horrible trade, each one as mysterious as the symbols in the Arnolfini Wedding. Paula Rego presents a softer side to her interrogator. She draws him as a romantic monster, an object of ridicule (?) a symbol of decadence, weakness, and folly. (

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Anselm Kiefer

Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen, (The Sea and Love Waves) 2018-2019.
Emulsion, acrylic, oil, shellac, chalk, charcoal, lead on canvas on wood.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Three Girls

Two girls on a truck, ca.1948
Photograph: Helen Levitt
Gelatin silver

Eliza D. Hobson at Croft Rectory, Yorkshire, 1860
Photograph: Lewis Carroll
Albumen print

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Depression-era. 1930's

Family walking on highway with five children. Started from Idabel, Oklahoma, bound for Krebs, Oklahoma. Photograph: Dorothea Lange - June 1938. 
Gelatin silver print.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Monday, 19 August 2019

American Surveyor

Unknown American Photographer, active 1850s
Untitled (Surveyor) 1854

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Living Rooms

Coburg, 2018
From the series 'Living Rooms'
Photograph: David Wadelton

Reservoir, 2017-2019
From the series 'Living Rooms'
Photograph: David Wadelton

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Albert Hofmann's Trip

Brian Blomerth’s Bicycle Day, published by Anthology Editions, documents events on 19 April 1943, when Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann embarked on the world’s first acid trip.

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He described what he felt as being:... affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness. At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated[-]like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors. After some two hours this condition faded away

Three days later, on 19 April 1943, Hofmann intentionally ingested 250 micrograms of LSD. This day is now known as "Bicycle Day", because he began to feel the effects of the drug as he rode home on a bike. This was the first intentional LSD trip.

Hofmann continued to take small doses of LSD throughout much of his life, and always hoped to find a use for it. In his memoir, he emphasized it as a "sacred drug": "I see the true importance of LSD in the possibility of providing material aid to meditation aimed at the mystical experience of a deeper, comprehensive reality."  (Wikipedia)

Wednesday, 14 August 2019


An arranged marriage in Nepal. Marie Dorigney has covered child labour, the status of women and domestic slavery. Photograph: Marie Dorigny - MYOP

Monday, 12 August 2019

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman and Bill Duckett, 1886
Unknown Photographer

Walt Whitman, Twilight.

The soft voluptuous opiate shades,
The sun just gone, the eager light dispell'd—(I too will soon be
gone, dispell'd,)
A haze—nirwana—rest and night—oblivion.

Sunday, 11 August 2019



Bieke Depoorter’s ongoing collaborative project Agata is about a young woman she met at a striptease bar in Paris, in October 2017. Depoorter’s interest is in finding people that can work with her in telling a story – these stories are always partially hers, and partially theirs.
Photograph: Bieke Depoorter - Magnum Photos

Saturday, 10 August 2019


Infant with Mother's Hand, ca.1903
Oil on canvas

Old Peasant Woman, 1903
by Paula Modersohn-Becker
Oil on canvas

Friday, 9 August 2019


Idritsa, Pskov region, 2016
Photo: Dmitry Markov

An 18-year-old has a haircut before being released from an orphanage where Markov worked as a volunteer. He started shooting on his iPhone after his camera was stolen from his room. The image is described by Sean O’Hagan writing on Dmitry Markov in the Observer’s The Big Picture.

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Harlem, U.S.A.

A Man in a Bowler Hat, 1976
From the series 'Harlem, U.S.A.'
Photograph: Dawoud Bey
Gelatin silver print

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Summerstown Cafe

This is a lesser-known area in south-west London between Earlsfield, Tooting and Wimbledon. I had driven by this cafe hundreds of times and never really noticed it. However, late one wintery Sunday afternoon when the shadows were deep and long, it sprung out at me like an Edward Hopper painting
Photograph: Niall McDiarmid. Posted 31 Jul 2019, The Guardian.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

The 8th Hussars

8th Hussars Cooking Hut, 1855
Photograph: Roger Fenton
Albumen print

The 8th Hussars served in all of the major battles of the Crimean War including the Charge of the Light Brigade. Vivandières, also known as a Cantinières, were women who travelled with the French army as canteen workers.

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Early Stones

Rolling Stones - Mick Jagger, centre, Bill Wyman, left,
and Brian Jones on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1965
Photograph: CBS via Getty Images

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Frank Lloyd Wright

Architect Frank Lloyd Wright with his wife, 1958
Photographer: Marvin Koner

Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
in Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Photograph: Finlay McWalter 2004

Friday, 2 August 2019

Fashion Photography

Anne & Isabella - Mirror & Taxi, 1959
Broadway & 46th Street, New York
Photograph: William Klein
Dye transfer print

Big in America, (Claudia Schiffer) Nashville, 1989
Photograph: Ellen von Unwerth
Colour Cibachrome

Thursday, 1 August 2019