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)

Sunday, 21 June 2020

Leipzig 45

A U.S. soldier stands in the middle of rubble in the Monument of the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig after they attacked the city on April 18, 1945. The huge monument commemorating the defeat of Napoleon in 1813 was one of the last strongholds in the city to surrender. One hundred and fifty SS fanatics with ammunition and foodstuffs stored in the structure to last three months dug themselves in and were determined to hold out as long as their supplies. American First Army artillery eventually blasted the SS troops into surrender. Photograph: Eric Schwab/AFP/Getty Images.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Friday, 19 June 2020


London via Vlissingen - Harwich, 1928
Dutch poster by Adolphe Mouron-Cassandre

Locomotive, with Entrance to Perisphere of 1939 New York World's Fair in Background. Gelatin silver print. Unidentified photographer. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Monday, 15 June 2020

Fear & Suspense

Worlds of Fear, June 1953
Artwork by Norman Saunders

Detective Tales, August 1951
Artwork by Norman Saunders

Sunday, 14 June 2020


Myrtle tree in rainforest at Mount Anne, Southwest National Park, Tasmania, 1984. Photograph: Peter Dombrovskis

Drying kelp at Sandy Bay, Macquarie Island, Tasmania, 1984.
Photograph: Peter Dombrovskis

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Execution Day

There had been a hanging that morning in Pentonville prison in north London. A group gathered outside the still-unopened pub opposite the main gate. The executed man had lived nearby and these were some of his friends, 1958.
Text & Photograph by Philip Jones Griffiths.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Robert Henri

Edna Smith in a Japanese Wrap, ca.1915
by Robert Henri
Oil on canvas

Snow in Central Park, 1902
by Robert Henri
Oil on canvas

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Berenice Abbott

Jane Heap, 1929-1931
Gelatin silver print

Janet Flanner in Paris, 1927
Photo: Berenice Abbott
Gelatin silver print

Tuesday, 9 June 2020


Lisa Lyon, 1982
Gelatin silver print
Photograph: Robert Mapplethorpe

Lisa Lyon, 1980
Gelatin silver print
Photograph: Robert Mapplethorpe

Monday, 8 June 2020

Roman Vishniac

Young Jewish boys suspicious of strangers
Mukachevo, ca.1935-38

Vishniac’s daughter Mara posing in front of an election poster for Hindenburg and Hitler that reads 'The Marshal and the Corporal DD Fight with Us for Peace and Equal Rights,' Wilmersdorf, Berlin, 1933. 
Photograph: Roman Vishniac,