Istanbul | Lâle Müldür

Posted: June 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: dougKIM photography, Film, Istanbul, Leica, Poetry

Wandering the streets in Beyoğlu one afternoon, my friend Çiğdem elbowed me and pointed out a woman standing nearby with a small entourage.

It was Lâle Müldür, one of Istanbul’s most important living poets. Of course, I didn’t know who she was or really, still don’t know who she is, but hey, I took an unimaginative photo of her.

Here is a link to her poem "La Luna" translated into English.

Lâle Müldür, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Lâle Müldür, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Arnold Newman | Alexander Calder

Posted: June 13th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Quotes

Alexander Calder © Arnold Newman

Alexander Calder © Arnold Newman

Whenever I want to photograph someone, I read about them. I read biographies. If they are painters or scientists, I know their work. This is all good. It prepares me to observe. For example, with Stravinsky, I loved his work and when I was asked to photograph him finally he was staying in a hotel, this was in New York, I had no opportunity to get out to the West Coast where he lived — this goes along with another question you had about him — I am not only an environmental but a portrait photographer. So, I am going to the concerts all the time. I love music. Everything from Beethoven to good New Orleans jazz. I would watch the piano or notice the piano. It was strong, harsh, beautiful and it looked like a big flat. It looked very much like his own work. We went on from that point after we researched his apartment to find the right place (including Steinway) to find the right place with the right kind of piano. Other times when I have no opportunity and I have to come take a quick look, I have to use all the resources of all those years of experience, my knowledge, my innate ability to look around, which most people should have that should be in the arts, and have to make quick decisions. I do almost as well that way as when I am researching it. That doesn’t mean that it’s going to be a better photograph. It just simply means that I am able to think better. Let’s put it that way.

- Arnold Newman


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Ray Eames | Graphic Designs & Letters

Posted: May 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Architecture, Quotes

Tic Tac Toe Fabric Design  circa 1947, ink on gold paper © Ray Eames

Tic Tac Toe Fabric Design
circa 1947, ink on gold paper © Ray Eames

 

Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.

- Ray Eames

Letter to Sansi Girard. 1961, ink on paper from Ray Eames

Letter to Sansi Girard. 1961,
ink on paper from Ray Eames

 

Take your please seriously.

- Charles Eames

Drawing of Molded Plywood Chairs by Ray Eames

Drawing of Molded Plywood Chairs by Ray Eames

The problem of designing anything is in a sense the problem of designing a tool. And as in designing a tool it is usually wise to have a pretty clear idea of what you want the thing to do. The need is to fill it’s particular objective.

- Charles and Ray Eames

Dot Pattern fabric design circa 1947,  pencil on tracing paper © Ray Eames

Dot Pattern fabric design
circa 1947,
pencil on tracing paper © Ray Eames

 

Yes, Charles had always been terribly interested in photography. I think it’s been known that his father was a great amateur photographer and had left equipment. His father died when he was very young. He left his equipment and Charles started to read instructions and taught himself about photography. The great joke he always made was that he was making glass plate negatives before hearing that there was such a thing as film, because of having this old equipment. But he learned a great deal. Then he used it always as a tool, photographing architecture, photographing objects, studying it by photographing models. And I think he made some experiments in film when he was at Cranbook. Some film . . . I must check that, I think they might have it. We kept records of everything, but he never shot just a record, he always shot something and made a good-looking photograph.

- Ray Eames

Crosspatch Fabric Design, 1945 © Ray Eames

Crosspatch Fabric Design, 1945 © Ray Eames

 

So, filmmaking — he was always interested in documenting things, and using photographs rather than pages of explanations. He had a very strong belief of being able to see something rather than having to describe it, so we’ve always used photographs for that.

- Ray Eames

Christmas and New Year's Card, 1933-34, pencil on paper © Ray Eames

Christmas and New Year’s Card, 1933-34, pencil on paper © Ray Eames

 

I never thought of myself as an artist and couldn’t bear the word.

- Ray Eames

Christmas and New Year's Card, 1933-34 © Ray Eames

Christmas and New Year’s Card, 1933-34 © Ray Eames

 

It was natural for me not to separate them, you know—now you study history, now you study dance, now you study music, or now you study pottery or whatever it is—it all seemed to be one thing.

- Ray Eames

Dot Pattern, Fabric Design,  circa 1947 © Ray Eames

Dot Pattern, Fabric Design,
circa 1947 © Ray Eames

 

Ray comes to design through painting
and I through architecture -
that this should not be at all surprising
since I feel that most everything is a
form of architecture, certainly all of the
environment that man creates for himself -
and Ray feels that painting is related to
everything and of course I feel that painting
comes under the heading of architecture.

- Charles Eames

Illustrated Happy Birthday letter to Susan Girard © Ray Eames

Illustrated Happy Birthday letter to Susan Girard © Ray Eames

 

Never let the blood show

- Charles Eames

Letter to Sansi Girard from Ray Eames

Letter to Sansi Girard from Ray Eames

 

What works good is better than what looks good, because what works good lasts.

- Ray Eames

Letter to Charles Eames, 1955 from Ray Eames

Letter to Charles Eames, 1955 from Ray Eames


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Désirée Dolron | Xteriors VII, 2004

Posted: January 29th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Painting, Photography

Xteriors VII, 2004 © Désirée Dolron

Xteriors VII, 2004 © Désirée Dolron

 

The astounding Dutch photographer Désirée Dolron’s work can be viewed here. This piece sold recently for £103,250.

I enjoy reading about people online trying to mimic her style using Photoshop only. Poor digital generation photographers. Good bye craftsmanship.


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Dennis Hopper | Jasper Johns, 1964

Posted: January 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography

Jasper Johns, 1964 © Dennis Hopper

Jasper Johns, 1964 © Dennis Hopper


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Budapest | Artus

Posted: December 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Budapest, dougKIM photography, Film, Leica

Artus Company Dance Company, Budapest, Hungary; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Artus Company Dance Company, Budapest, Hungary; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Artus, Budapest, Hungary; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Artus, Budapest, Hungary; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Daniel Clowes | The Kinks

Posted: December 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Quotes

The Kinks, 1972 © Barrie Wentzell

The Kinks, 1972 © Barrie Wentzell

I didn’t really listen to the Kinks growing up at all — I was just vaguely aware of them, like everybody else — so when I was in my mid-20s I bought a couple of their records, just on a whim, and got sort of obsessed with them. There was something that they did in their work, or that Ray Davies did in his songwriting, that I wanted to apply to my comics, which was to have this pop exterior to his work — the surface seemed like they were sort of simple pop songs, like you could hear on AM radio — and yet underneath that was a very profound, idiosyncratic vision. I liked the juxtaposition: where he was sort of this dandyish pop star on one level and yet this seemingly very lonely, troubled man on the inside. That was just something I was drawn to, and he came closer to doing that than any cartoonist I can really think of.

- Daniel Clowes

The Death-Ray @ Daniel Clowes

The Death-Ray @ Daniel Clowes


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Budapest | Kovach Gergo

Posted: December 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Budapest, dougKIM photography, Film, Painting

Kovach Gergo, District XI, Budapest, Hungary; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Kovach Gergo, District XI, Budapest, Hungary; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Kovach Gergo, District XI, Budapest, Hungary; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim

Kovach Gergo, District XI, Budapest, Hungary; Leica MP 0.58, 35mm Summicron, Kodak Tri-X © Doug Kim


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Neil Libbert | Francis Bacon

Posted: November 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Painting, Photography

Francis Bacon, December 14, 1984 © Neil Libbert

Francis Bacon, December 14, 1984 © Neil Libbert

The French House in Soho was the location for this impromptu shot of Francis Bacon. Libbert had called in for a lunchtime pint and found the pub empty apart from the painter, who drank there regularly. There was no film in Libbert’s camera so he loaded it surreptitiously and then secretly took two shots. Bacon was so deep in thought he did not notice him. Libbert never intended the picture to be published but it eventually appeared in the Observer some years later alongside the artist’s obituary

- The Guardian


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Roxanne Lowit | The Original Party Photographer

Posted: September 9th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Cinema, Film, New York City, Photography, Quotes

I started out as a textile designer at FIT. I was given a 110 Instamatic camera to make reference photographs of my friends that I wanted to paint. I liked the instant gratification of the photographic process, so I traded in my paintbrushes for a camera and started exploring this new creative medium. The Editor in Chief of the Soho News Annie Flanders saw my pictures and asked me to go to Paris to cover the fashion shows for her with one stipulation: I had to get a real camera. I bought a camera and read the instructions on how to load film into the camera on the flight to Paris. The energy of shooting backstage was intoxicating. On that same trip I found myself atop the Eiffel Tour with Yves Saint Laurent and Andy Warhol for the after party for Yves show. From that moment on, I knew this was what I was meant to do. I returned to New York, quit my job, and decided I was now a photographer.

- Roxanne Lowit

Christy, Linda, Naomi © Roxanne Lowit

Christy, Linda, Naomi © Roxanne Lowit

Salvador Dali, Janet Daly and the stranger, New Years Eve © Roxanne Lowit

Salvador Dali, Janet Daly and the stranger, New Years Eve © Roxanne Lowit

Backstage Dior © Roxanne Lowit

Backstage Dior © Roxanne Lowit

 

Photography is my passion, my métier, and my muse. I love what I do and do what I love. That is the key to happiness.

- Roxanne Lowit

Lenny Kravitz & Iggy Pop © Roxanne Lowit

Lenny Kravitz & Iggy Pop © Roxanne Lowit

Keith Haring © Roxanne Lowit

Keith Haring © Roxanne Lowit

Linda, Naomi & Christy, 1989 ©  Roxanne Lowit

Linda, Naomi & Christy, 1989 © Roxanne Lowit

Paloma Picasso © Roxanne Lowit

Paloma Picasso © Roxanne Lowit

Paloma Picasso and Xavier de Castella at Le Privilege, Paris, 1983 © Roxanne Lowit

Paloma Picasso and Xavier de Castella at Le Privilege, Paris, 1983 © Roxanne Lowit

Divine and John Waters at Interferon, 1981 © Roxanne Lowit

Divine and John Waters at Interferon, 1981 © Roxanne Lowit

Lou Reed in New York, circa 1980 © Roxanne Lowit

Lou Reed in New York, circa 1980 © Roxanne Lowit

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in New York, 1982 © Roxanne Lowit

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in New York, 1982 © Roxanne Lowit

Steven Meisel in New York, 1989 © Roxanne Lowit

Steven Meisel in New York, 1989 © Roxanne Lowit


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