Page_Putland.jpgAs previously mentioned, Michael and I celebrate the anniversary of the sale of our agency this week, he's nearly finished the living room, why not celebrate with more Putland posts? Today's notable request was for Jimmy Page in his dragon suit, close-ups of the arms and back. I asked the guy if he wanted to buy a print, but he just wants to make a Jimmy Page costume so I sent him over to Corbis to scalp review their files instead of ours. Clearly this is not Jimmy in said suit but I like this look better.

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin © Michael Putland

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Fresh out of Michael Putland's darkroom is this lovely Micktych. I always felt a pic of Mick could go either way, he can look a bit unattractive, or he can look cute and dimply like he does here. Michael spent a lot of time with the Rolling Stones as their tour photographer in the 70's and is considered to have taken some of the better, more intimate images of the band.

Mick Jagger, 1973 © Michael Putland

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In 1972 Michael was assigned to photograph David Bowie for Disc and Music Echo magazine. When he got round to the house, Bowie answered the door in his stage outfit from a couple of days before, and was in the middle of painting his living room. Yesterday, I called Putland but he couldn't talk, he was up a ladder, painting the living room.

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David Bowie, 1972 © Michael Putland

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I used to be the director and part owner of a photo agency and when we sold it I hoped the new owners, having bought an established brand, would cause the business to grow and change with the times. Curious about how that's going (I'm celebrating the anniversary of the sale this week), I've just read that they're launching a frozen yogurt full of "potentially beneficial bacteria that many believe have the potential to aid in good digestive health". That's a lot of potential.

A boy eating ice cream at the Kentucky State Fair, 1944 by Ed Clark © Time Inc.
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Today, Estrellita Karsh is celebrating an important birthday. I won't get too schmaltzy (I can and often do) but Mrs Karsh is a truly special person of whom I am incredibly fond and feel very fortunate to work with. She is an absolute powerhouse and is ceaseless in her efforts to keep Yousuf's name and work in the public conscience. Happy Birthday Estrellita, here's to many more.

Estrellita Karsh, 1963 © Yousuf Karsh

King-ML.jpgIt's MLK Day here in the US, a federal holiday. Karsh photographed him in 1962, a year prior to the March on Washington. "This portrait was taken under the most difficult conditions. We had very little time, and the only place available was a corner of Mr King's church. Nowhere could he relax when he was constantly beset by friends and aides wishing him well, commiserating on his difficulties...planning new strategy. What emerged in my mind and, I trust, in the portrait, was the dedication of the man and his clear vision of ultimate victory."

Martin Luther King, 1962 © Yousuf Karsh

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Once again the Interweb brings back colourful people from my past. It's great to hear from Chris Weeks, one of the more realistic and practical photographers with whom I almost worked back in my Retna days. You'll see that he's a multi-talented stills photographer, and he reports he's busy shooting all sorts, but his yen right now is to shoot his movie. Fun X-rated (for swearing, not boobs, sorry) blog here. Video of Chris talking about what's in his camera bag, and why.

Bored, with crop © Chris Weeks

prop-stern.jpgFor PDN's The Curator Award (dull logo, non-consonant with their brand) you pay to enter, you hand over your rights in your images - or maybe not! and get a Moab Chinle portfolio if you win. We don't know what kind, how many pages, whether it's custom made. They kindly let you enter after their deadline if you pay more - but a deadline is the latest time at which something should be completed.

"You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee." and yet "Entries become the property of Sponsors and will not be returned or acknowledged."

I am not a fan of PDN, a lack of transparency around their competitions has bugged me for years - read comments on PDN Pulse and Rob Haggart's blog about last year's Photo Annual and be wary - their fees for that went up this year ('cos you all did 10% better last year, right?)

Prop Howard, hand in pants © Chris Weeks
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I believe whole-heartedly in reason and have a naturalistic worldview, so I'm only posting this because I got such a good laugh out of it. The story is about how Lawrence Fried and Uri Geller had a photo session and Geller was supposedly able to project his image onto unexposed film. Geller has been soundly debunked over the years but there's still good value in the stories.

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Fortunately for me, and now for you, I landed at Jennifer Spelman's Photo Coleslaw blog yesterday and subsequently fell in love with Marvin and, clicking through to her website, the rest of The South series. As well as the images being lovely, I like the tone of her writing; it seems as if Jennifer's just starting her blog and I'm encouraging her to keep posting - we need fabulous content on the web so we've all got decent things to link to.

Marvin from Clarksdale, Mississippi © Jennifer Spelman


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