Thursday, 30 April 2020

Wednesday, 29 April 2020


Fan being carried to safety after the appearance of 
the Osmonds pop group, London, 1975
Photograph: John Downing

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Newbern, Alabama

Green Warehouse, Newbern, Alabama, 1978
Brownie pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo satin paper

Friday, 24 April 2020


Little Servant Girl, ca.1916
by Amedeo Modigliani
Oil on canvas

Manuel Humbert, ca.1916
by Amedeo Modigliani
Oil on canvas

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Gunston Hall Girls

Washington, D.C., circa 1905. Gunston Hall preparatory dept. Early approaches to prep-school bling. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. (Colourised version by Shorpy)

Wednesday, 22 April 2020

New York

Lunchroom Buddies, New York City, 1931
Photograph: Walker Evans

Free Manicure with Your Lunch, New York
(Plus free tea cup reading) 1940's
Photograph: Lee Sievan

Monday, 20 April 2020

The Ruins Of War

Adolf Hitler delivers a speech at the Kroll Opera House to the men of the Reichstag on the subject of Roosevelt and the war in the Pacific, declaring war on the United States. 11 December 1941. 
Photograph: German Federal Archives

A view taken from Dresden’s town hall of the destroyed Old Town after the Allied British and American bombings between 13 and 15 February 1945. Some 3,600 aircraft dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the German city. The resulting firestorm destroyed 15 square miles of the city center, and killed between  22,000 and 25,000 civilians. Dresden, Saxony, Germany. June 1945. 
Photograph: Walter Hahn/AFP/Getty Images.

Sunday, 19 April 2020

Vermont State Fair

At the State Fair in Rutland, Vermont. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration, September 1941. (Shorpy)

Saturday, 18 April 2020

Friday, 17 April 2020

Black & White

Farmers at a cattle auction, Vryburg, 1965
Photograph: David Goldblatt
Gelatin silver print

Three women at 39 Soper Road
Berea, Johannesburg, May 1972
Photo: David Goldblatt
Gelatin silver print

Thursday, 16 April 2020

"I Killed My Mentor!"

São Paulo, Brazil, 1960
Photograph: Rene Burri - Magnum Photos

Speaking about the photograph not long before he died in 2014, Burri described how it came about. “Did I know those men were there when I took that photograph? No. Buildings weren’t guarded in those days. It was a question of getting to the top and knocking on the door… ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah. Come in!’ So I walked out on to the terrace and, at that moment, those guys came from nowhere and I shot five images.”

For him, more than anything else, the picture simply represented a professional coming of age. “In those days Henri Cartier-Bresson [the president of Magnum] limited us to lenses from 35mm to 90mm. When I showed him the photos he said: ‘Brilliant René!’ The lens I used was 180 mm – I never told him! At that point I broke loose from my mentor. I killed my mentor!” (The Guardian)

Wednesday, 15 April 2020


Self-Portrait with Cigarette, 1895
Oil on canvas

The two halves of a Self-Portrait
with Tulla Larsen, ca.1905
by Edvard Munch
Oil on canvas

Tuesday, 14 April 2020


Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman in Spellbound. Director: Alfred Hitchcock, 1945. (Promotional still - Selznick International Pictures, Vanguard Films)

Monday, 13 April 2020


Richard Burton and Cathleen Nesbitt, who played Dakin’s mum in the film 'Villain', on Brighton pier, 1971. Photograph: Studiocanal.

Sunday, 12 April 2020


Women and Bird in the Moonlight, 1949

Joan Miró, 1933
Photograph: Man Ray

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Thursday, 9 April 2020


Spellbound. Acrylic on mahogany panel, 18 by 18 inches. Homage to Sandro Bottichelli, "The Birth of Venus" Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy. "Spellbound" is my commentary on a phenomenon observed everywhere today: beautiful young people on cell phones, oblivious to the wonders that surround them, oblivious to each other and even to the wonders that they, themselves, embody right now. The museum gallery seems the perfect setting for this commentary and, for me, Botticelli’s "Birth of Venus" is the perfect and lasting tribute to the magic, majesty, poetry and power these spellbound girls unwittingly already possess. Painting & Text by Jenness Cortez (n/d)

Wednesday, 8 April 2020


Lartigue’s older brother
Zissou in the pool at Rouzat, 1911

Tuesday, 7 April 2020


Cinder - 2007
(From the Fallen Princess series)
Photograph: Dina Goldstein
Digital photograph

Monday, 6 April 2020

Bombs & Tigers

China -  The American Nuclear Bomb is Nothing but a Paper Tiger. 
Designer unknown. Photograph, Robert Feliciano.

China - Long Live Chairman Mao!, 1971. Revolutionary Committee and Propaganda Team of the Workers of the Shanghai Fine Arts School. Photograph, Robert Feliciano.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

North Carolina

Crossroads Store, North Carolina, July 1939
Photograph: Dorothea Lange
Gelatin silver print

Thursday, 2 April 2020

August Sander

Brother & Sister, ca.1922
Gelatin silver print

Farm Girl, ca.1910
Photo: August Sander
Gelatin silver print

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Monkey's Face

Vintage postcard of Brimham Rocks, ca,1908
North Yorkshire, England
(Valentine's series)