Paul Jasmin | California Dreaming

Posted: November 27th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Los Angeles, Photography, Quotes

Paul Jasmin, a Los Angeles based photographer and instructor at Pasadena’s Art Center, has a new book out, California Dreaming.

Jason Wilder, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2007

Jason Wilder, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2007

Many of the photographs have been shot in and around my apartment on Wilshire Blvd. A lot of them where done just a bit more than one year ago, especially for the book. So most of the images are from the last two years.

- Paul Jasmin

Haddawy Home, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2006

Haddawy Home, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2006

The older I get, the more I realize that it´s all about dreams. That´s why I like California – it´s all about dreaming. Especially when your young, it´s the dream that keeps you going. That´s what I enjoy taking pictures of, these young people, dreamers, striving to become an actor, a model or an artist. Many of the images in the book are of kids of friends.

- Paul Jasmin

Laura, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Laura, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

All my images are from a movie in one way or another. It´s a sort of romanticism. They reflects alot of me in that age – I was born in Montana but I wanted to go to Hollywod and become an actor.

- Paul Jasmin

Paul Jasmin’s Home, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Paul Jasmin’s Home, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Stas, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2006

Stas, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2006

Chateau Marmont, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2008

Chateau Marmont, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2008

Jonelle, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Jonelle, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Valeria, Lancaster, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2008

Valeria, Lancaster, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2008

Teresa, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2007

Teresa, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2007

Jerreth, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin, 2009

Jerreth, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin, 2009


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Sonia Sieff | Beauty

Posted: November 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Photography

That is what I inherited from my father, doing what I like and integrating that into long term projects, regardless of the medium. Like him, I don’t want to be in style, I want to hit where no one is expecting. It requires extreme self-discipline, and constant questioning.

- Sonia Sieff

Beauty © Sonia Sieff

Beauty © Sonia Sieff


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Melvin Sokolsky | Jump

Posted: November 15th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography

Jump, Paris 1965 © Melvin Sokolsky

Jump, Paris 1965 © Melvin Sokolsky

Jump, Paris 1965 © Melvin Sokolsky

Jump, Paris 1965 © Melvin Sokolsky

View more of Melvin Sokolsky’s work here.


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Sante D’Orazio | A Private View

Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Painting, Photography

What happened to Sante?

13 years ago when his book A Private View came out, he was the shit, at the top of his game and the industry, gracing the covers of all the major magazines, shooting choice editorials with the top celebrities and models at the time.

I rarely see his name these days and the editorials I do see feature second-tier subjects. His work used to be so playful, sensual and light. There was a warmth in his portraits and a lushness in his black & white work. Some of the recent work that I’ve seen is flat and cold, and very anonymous.

Regardless, his book A Private View is a shooting diary of his work with some personal notes, outtakes, and lists of films shot. It is a book full of charm and beauty.

Kate Moss © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Kate Moss © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Kate Moss © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Kate Moss © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Kate Moss © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Kate Moss © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Christy Turlington © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Christy Turlington © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Christy Turlington © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Christy Turlington © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Christy Turlington © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Christy Turlington © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Julian Schnabel © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Julian Schnabel © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Julian Schnabel © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Julian Schnabel © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Carla Bruni © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View

Carla Bruni © Sante D'Orazio, A Private View


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Irving Penn | Lisa Fonssagrives

Posted: May 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography, Quotes

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


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Allan Grant | Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly

Posted: April 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Cinema, Film, Los Angeles, Photography

Award presenters Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly waiting backstage at the RKO Pantages Theatre, during the 28th Annual Academy Awards, Life Magazine, March 21, 1956.

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly © Allan Grant, Life Magzine, March 21, 1956

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly © Allan Grant, Life Magzine, March 21, 1956


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Tom Palumbo | Paris 1962

Posted: January 26th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography

An amazing series of candids shot by the fashion photographer Tom Palumbo in Paris, 1962.

Images from Paris cafés and nightlife in 1962, the same week Yves St. Laurent’s runway show vaulted Dior to new heights.

Many scenes around Les Halles (which no longer exists as it did then).

-Tom Palumbo

Interlude, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Interlude, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Eye Shadow, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Eye Shadow, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Pink Scarf, Cigarette, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Pink Scarf, Cigarette, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Model & Her Pet, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Model & Her Pet, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

A Perfect Pour, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

A Perfect Pour, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Gout de vin, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Gout de vin, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Cheers, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Cheers, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Kissing the Hand, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Kissing the Hand, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Pout, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Pout, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Trapped, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Trapped, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

At the bar, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

At the bar, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Like Audrey, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Like Audrey, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Powder, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Powder, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Cafe Flirting, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Cafe Flirting, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Laughter & Cake, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Laughter & Cake, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

After Dinner, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

After Dinner, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Young Lovers, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Young Lovers, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Impulsive Kiss, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Impulsive Kiss, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Young Lovers Embrace, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Young Lovers Embrace, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Bella, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Bella, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Bite, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Bite, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

And the girls get drunk..., Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

And the girls get drunk..., Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

That time of night, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

That time of night, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Light, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962

Light, Tom Palumbo, Paris 1962


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Tom Palumbo | Contact Sheets

Posted: January 24th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography

There is nothing more naked than seeing a photographer’s contact sheets. Here are a few from the great editorial shooter Tom Palumbo who was a staff photographer with Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

Anne St. Marie Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Anne St. Marie Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Anne St. Marie Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Anne St. Marie Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo

Contact Sheet, Tom Palumbo


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Ellen von Unwerth | Revenge

Posted: June 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Film, Photography, Quotes

I love all the old pictures–of spanking and Bettie Page and corsets. But you can’t do spanking in fashion, so I wanted to do a project where I could really let go and get girls who also love those things. I thought it would be even more sexy when there was a story to go with it, so it wasn’t that difficult to write a little storyboard.

I had chapters, so there were 10 drawings in total. Each girl had a character and I used the storyboard to explain the story to the girls. But there was still freedom to play.

-Ellen Von Unwerth

Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Marshall as Eric the Chauffer; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Marshall as Eric the Chauffer; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Tina Davis as The Baronness; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Dorota Wójcik as Veronique a Maid; Tina Davis as The Baronness; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Tina Davis as The Baroness; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Tina Davis as The Baroness; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Tina Davis as The Baroness; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Tina Davis as The Baroness; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Svenja Parotat as Lulu a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Tina Davis as the Baroness; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Tina Davis as the Baroness; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Tina Davis as the Baroness; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Janelle Fishman as Emily; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Tina Davis as the Baroness; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Tina Davis as the Baroness; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Tina Davis as the Baroness; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Travis Mashall as Eric the Chauffer; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Diana Stoessel as Françoise; Lenka Batkova as Laurence a Maid; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Janelle Fishman as Emily; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Janelle Fishman as Emily; Sarabeth Stroller as Isabelle; Julie Ordon as Marie-Louise; Diana Stroessel as Françoise; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Micki Olin as Ivy; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Micki Olin as Ivy; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Micki Olin as Ivy; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Micki Olin as Ivy; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Micki Olin as Ivy; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth

Micki Olin as Ivy; Janelle Fishman as Emily; Revenge by Ellen von Unwerth


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Ellen von Unwerth | Jean Seberg

Posted: May 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Books, Cinema, Photography, Quotes

For more than twenty-five years, Ellen Von Unwerth has celebrated movies through her fashion photography. Her photographs are generally straightforward, without special effects of the allusion to a more complicated narrative; she simply uses characters from noted films as the protagonists of her fashion essays, such as the piece for the October 1990 issue of Vogue (available here, wm) in which models are used to reincarnate Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave counterculture film Breathless (1959). Von Unwerth’s fashion essay concentrates on the breezy life of the doomed lovers as they tool around Paris riding a motor scooter, smoke at cafés, and snuggle in bed. Von Unwerth exploits readers’ identification with the characters in the film, especially the generation that came of age in the 1960s, when European culture and bohemian antiestablishment lifestyle were the vogue. More specifically, the New Wave French films radically changed the way movies were made. They were consonant with the disjunctive and nonlinear literature of the time. Their off-beat characters (often based on American movie gangsters) and the details of their behavior and dress helped create an identity for members of the American couterculture.

-Susan Kismaric & Eva Respini, Fashioning Fiction

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

<i>Jean Seberg</i> with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth

Jean Seberg with Christy Turlington, October, 1990 Vogue, Ellen von Unwerth


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