Monthly Archives: May 2011
Harry Gruyaert | Forest of Soignes

In front of a black-and-white photo you try more to understand what is happening between the persons, whereas with color you should immediately be affected by the different tones which express a situation. So (…) the object and its color are one and the same thing, which by the way is one of the principles of the theory of perception. Form and color are inseparable.

-Harry Gruyaert

BELGIUM—Forest of Soignes nature reserve, near Brussels, 1981. © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

BELGIUM—Forest of Soignes nature reserve, near Brussels, 1981. © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos


Irving Penn | Lisa Fonssagrives

It is always the dress; it is never, never the girl. I’m just a good clothes hanger.

-Lisa Fonssagrives

Woman in Palace (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Marrakech, Morocco © Irving Penn, 1951

Woman in Palace (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn), Marrakech, Morocco © Irving Penn, 1951

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, February Vogue © Irving Penn, 1950

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, February Vogue © Irving Penn, 1950

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn © Irving Penn

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn © Irving Penn

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Harlequin Dress © Irving Penn, 1950

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, Harlequin Dress © Irving Penn, 1950

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn © Irving Penn, 1949

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn © Irving Penn, 1949

Lisa Fonssagrives © Irving Penn

Lisa Fonssagrives © Irving Penn


Leica Sighting | Stalag 17

The scene in Billy Wilder’s Stalag 17 when the fellow prisoners of Barracks Four open up Sefton’s foot locker. Among the goodies are a couple of Leica III’s (with collapsible Elmars) mounted on the inside of the box’s lid.

Identification of the bodies and lenses comes from the invaluable geek resource, Andrew Nemeth’s Leica FAQ

Sefton's foot locker with Leica IIIs from Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, 1953

Sefton's foot locker with Leica IIIs from Billy Wilder's Stalag 17, 1953

People copy, people steal. Most of the pictures they make nowadays are loaded down with special effects. I couldn’t do that. I quit smoking because I couldn’t reload my Zippo.

-Billy Wilder