Monthly Archives: May 2015

Hitler

Adolf Hitler

After visited Winston Churchill home and writing a blog on the Iconic photograph of  Winston Churchill I decided to delve into the photographs taken of Hitler. I know many people might not like the content of this particular post, yet, are all the photographs of Hitler taken for propaganda stunts?

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Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman, is a type of photographer who tries to reinvent herself by pulling away from the heard of photographers out there and trying new and different styles.

Viewing Cindy Sherman set of photographs entitled ‘film stills’ , the casual viewer may think they were photographed on a movie set which the leading lady presents herself in the guise of various serotypes of femininity innocent, downtrodden, and the glamorous, yet Sherman took these photographs just purely as an experiment at the start and built up a collection of 69 images. The viewer’s relationship to Sherman could be seen as one of photography and film, combining different mediums to market a saleable product. Her ability to perfectly represent these incompatible qualities and stimulate discussion from all walks of life in a single photographic image.

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Kodak Brownie six-20

My friend recently visited a car boot sale and purchased a camera for a couple of pounds, and  handed it to me for my collection of vintage camera’s.

I was delighted to receive the camera and I began to explain to him, about the history of the Box Brownie. The Kodak Brownie six-20 was originally made in the UK, and was introduced to the market in 1937. Kodak made the unit for three years before discontinuing it in 1940. It has a meniscus lens and used 620 rollfilm, creating  2.25-inch by  3.25-inch photos. A grained leatherette covering and a folding frame finder makes the camera convenient to transport. The shutter was a Kodette II model, rather than the “T” setting, this shutter has a “B” setting for “brief time exposure.” With the “B” setting, the user has to approximate the amount of time it takes for enough light to enter the camera to make the perfect photograph. Read more

Clowns

Clowns

We either love or hate clowns, what is it about clowns we fear? Can you remember the serial killer John Wayne Gacy, aka Pogo The Clown, who raped and murdered at least 33 people, the world of the clown is not been the same since. John Wayne Gacy was inspired by Stephen King Monster Clown Pennywise, from the film “IT” Read more

Antonio Berni

It would have been Antonio Berni Birthday if he had survived 20 more years, he was an Argentinian figurative artist. He is associated with the movement known as Nuevo Realismo, a Latin American extension of social realism and recently Armed Robbers Stole 15 Paintings Made by Antonio Berni in Buenos Aires.

Armed robbers, disguised as policemen stole, 15 paintings made by Argentinean artist Antonio Berni. The paintings have been valued at $2.2 million The news was reported by newspaper La Nacion which said that the robbery happened when a truck was transporting 17 paintings. The truck was detained by two people who simulated being policemen.

The newspaper added that very few people knew that the paintings would be transported. The paintings were made between 1934 and 1981 and they were being moved from the outskirts of Buenos Aires to the city center. Friday, May 15, 2015

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Britain’s Leading Ladies

Britain’s Leading Ladies

Annie Leibovitz - leading ladies campaign for Marks and Spencer

Annie Leibovitz – leading ladies campaign for Marks and Spencer

Marks & Spencer’s  “Britain’s Leading Ladies” campaign  shot by Annie Leibovitz Read more

New York Times 1958

New York Times 1958 article

I read online a short insert from a 1958 edition of the New York Times ‘The Ten Greatest photographers 1958’

I read with amusement, because the photographers who were in the top 10 are as famous now as they were then, however I had to look up Philippe Halsman and I was surprised to read he photographed many stars in front and behind the camera who I have admired throughout the years. Read more

Sergey Mikhavlovich Prokudin-Gorsky

Sergey Mikhavlovich Prokudin-Gorsky

My wife and I recently visited an exhibition of Sergey Mikhavlovich Prokudin-Gorsky photographs in the basement area at the Musée Fragonard, Grasse, France. I must admit the coloured photographs amazed me. Read more

Filipinos and Coney Island

Claire Prentice book,The Lost Tribe of Coney Island‘, is an extraordinary read and uncovers and examines 1905 Coney Island. In 1905, hundreds of indigenous people from the Philippines were put on display in various entertainment venues, to run a series of ritual dances and fun for the spectators. Racism, slavery and many other explanations are behind this type of entertainment, which treated the man like an animal circus. Prentice book researching the incredible attractions on offer at America’s most famous amusement park in the early 1900s she discovers a wonderful fantasy world. Nothing, and I mean nothing, was too spectacular, outlandish or bizarre for Coney in its heyday. Read more

Ida Kar

Ida Kar photographer

Ida Kar, came to my attention becuase I had researched about Barbara Hepworth, the famous Sculptor for my last blog . Ida Kar was born in 1908, in Tambov, near Moscow. Kar was influenced by the Paris avant-garde movement, whilst studying there in 1928. She had met the German surrealist painter and photographer Heinrich Heidersberger whilst living there, and made her very first experiments in photography alongside him. Read more

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