Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Australian Art

Sonya Napaljarri Cooke Painting - Warnayaka Arts Centre
Lajamanu Community NT, Australia, December 2015
Photograph: Judith Crispin

Monday, 30 December 2019

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Thursday, 26 December 2019

A December Flight

First successful flight of the Wright Flyer, by the Wright brothers. The machine traveled 120 ft (36.6 m) in 12 seconds at 10:35 a.m. on 17 December 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville Wright was at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with his hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright ran alongside to balance the machine, and just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing in the photo. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and other items needed for flight preparation are visible behind the machine. This was considered "the first sustained and controlled heavier-than-air, powered flight" by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Photograph: John T. Daniels.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

A Tree For Christmas

Tower Colliery, Glamorgan, 1993
Photograph: Martin Parr - Magnum Photos

Detail from The Virgin and Child Enthroned, with Saints 
by Jan de Beer. Photograph: World History Archive/Alamy

A Happy Christmas To All

Tuesday, 24 December 2019


Bob Dylan outside his Byrdcliffe home
Woodstock, NY, 1968
Infrared colour film

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Friday, 20 December 2019

George Grosz

A Married Couple
by George Grosz, 1930
Watercolour, gouache, pen and ink on paper

Self-Portrait with Model in the Studio
by George Grosz, 1930-1937
Watercolour on paper

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Hannah & Jessica

The Meter Maids, 2005

Dressed in gold bikinis and stilettos, the Australian Gold Coast Meter Maids have been putting money into expired parking meters to stop tourists and shoppers getting fined since 1965. "I went out with two of the girls, Hannah, 15, and Jessica, 18, on a few of their shifts. This photo was taken on one of their breaks. Despite the six-hour shifts in high heels and the odd derogatory remark, the girls seem to love their job, seeing it as a stepping stone into modelling and promotional work".
Photograph: Fiona Morris

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Deakin Portraits

Portrait, 1930's
​Photograph: John Deakin
(The John Deakin Archive)

Colin, ca.1950's
Photograph: John Deakin
Gelatin silver print on paper

Monday, 16 December 2019

Saturday, 14 December 2019


Bela Lugosi in a scene from Dracula, 1931
(Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC
and Margaret Herrick Library)

Irish novelist Bram Stoker
author of 'Dracula' ca.1906
Unknown Photographer

Friday, 13 December 2019

John & Louise

"St. Mary's County, Maryland. Negro Farm Security Administration clients and their homes -- Mr. and Mrs. Dyson [John and Louise], aged rehabilitation borrowers. Mr. Dyson was born into slavery over eighty years ago". September 1940.  Photograph: John Vachon   (Shorpy)

Thursday, 12 December 2019


Heels - 1978
Photograph: Guy Bourdin
(Photo Imagenet)

Martine Franck, Paris, 1967
Gelatin silver print

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

New York Lunch Counter

New York City. 1958. 'People gathered at lunch counter.' 35mm negative
by street photographer Angelo Rizzuto, a.k.a. Anthony Angel. (Shorpy)

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Woman In A Mask

Woman with a mask by Schlemmer seated
in one of Marcel Breuer’s first tubular steel chairs
Photograph: Bauhaus-Archive, Berlin

Monday, 9 December 2019

Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock, Foot of Echo Cañon, Utah, 1868
Photograph: Andrew J Russell
Gelatin silver print
(Courtesy Union Pacific Railroad Museum)

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Letizia Battaglia

A bleak photograph from 1982: Three bodies lie slumped over chairs in a nondescript room, a sex worker and two of her clients, all killed for using heroin that was not supplied by the mafia. “It was such a small room,” she says, “and when I arrived it was full of people: policemen, doctors, magistrates. I had to wait there until, one by one, they left and I was alone with the bodies. It took an eternity, but I had to be alone out of respect for the dead.” Photograph & Text, Letizia Battaglia

(Full article with Photographs)

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Paint It Black

Painting 200, 1960
Oil on canvas

17 March 1960, 1960
by Pierre Soulages
Oil on canvas

Friday, 6 December 2019


Yaksha Modi, daughter of Chagan Modi, in her father’s shop before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, 17th Street, Fietas, Johannesburg, 1976. Photograph: David Goldblatt/Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town,

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Humour In Art

The Acrobat Schulz V, 1921
Oil on canvas

A Boy and Girl With a Cat and an Eel, ca.1635
Oil on oak panel

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Birds Of A Feather

Collared Whitestart, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Costa Rica, 29 December, 2014
Photograph: Cephas

Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis leucomelanurus) female
Chambal River, UP, India, 24 November 2017
Photograph: Charles J Sharp