Penn-Irving-redo.jpgThe photo world's beloved Irving Penn died yesterday at the ripe old age of 92.

Irving Penn, 1965 © Yousuf Karsh

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Dame Elizabeth Taylor announced she is having heart surgery today - she let her public know via Twitter. I do wonder what Mr Karsh would have made of such things.

Elizabeth Taylor, 1943 © Yousuf Karsh


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October 15th, 2009 is the opening night of Abe's show at Nathalia Laue in Frankfurt should you find yourself in Germany - go for this show and stay for the Book Fair! As well as this exhibition, Abe is doing an awful lot of printing (the poor man spent August in the darkroom) and working on his book 'Penelope's Hungry Eyes: Portraits of the Master Photographers'.

Brooklyn Bridge infrared, 1984 © Abe Frajndlich


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'The Who' is a difficult search to perform online, for obvious reasons. Today I celebrate my The Who website making it to page one of a Google image search.

Keith Moon, 1973 © Michael Putland

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In honor of Gandhi's birthday, Karsh's portrait of Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime minister of India.

Jawaharlal Nehru, 1949 © Yousuf Karsh

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Niels is by far my favourite Dutch photographer living in Bogotá. A proficient and prolific shooter his work ranges from commercials to musicians to a series on the indigenous populations of Colombia, Guatemala and Fiji. Consequently, his Photo of the Month email is always a pleasure to receive, so subscribe.

Pritt ad, 2009 photo © Niels Van Iperen

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Michael Putland took this photo of Bob Marley, Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh backstage at a Rolling Stones concert in New York in 1978. Tosh was an opening act on some of this US tour, and dueted with Jagger on 'Don't Look Back' (put on your shoes!) It's probably my favourite Putland pic and is one of his best sellers.

Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Peter Tosh © Michael Putland

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Just got this news from Robert Altman - he has an exhibition of over 100 photos from 1966-1975 at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on until January 3rd 2010. Robert has had a busy year, not least of all with his installation of Woodstock photos featured throughout the window display of Macy's NYC (a whole city block!) and the publication of his book 'The Sixties'.

'Celebrate', Holy Man Jam, Boulder CO, 1970 ©  Robert Altman

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Buzz Aldrin has been in the news of late, releasing a children's book and memoir, and of course it was the 40th anniversary of the moon landing this year. Karsh photographed the astronauts Michael Collins, Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin and Neil Armstrong in 1969.

Apollo 11 astronauts © Yousuf Karsh

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Profoto has an interview with the talented photographer and video artist Jonathan Saunders. JS and I have recently bonded over Bernie Madoff portraits, Michael Jackson's underpants, and swearing.

Image from 'Ohio' © Jonathan Saunders

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