I am this happy to announce my working relationship with St Louis, Missouri photographer Mark Katzman. If I have to label him, Mark is an advertising and lifestyle photographer with a huge love of photography and its processes. Constantly working on commercial and personal work, his website includes not just his Jack Daniel's ads and editorial commissions but also a lovely selection of his wet plate collodion images. Go for a quick look, stay for half an hour!

The new Mark Katzman blog is live. Mark also manages the Art of the Photogravure website, and is a member of FK Stock.

Creek © Mark Katzman


It's making me incredibly happy to run this great shot of James Carville, one of my favourite political commentators, which I happened upon whilst browsing the ASMP website. Bill Bernstein is a New York photographer who's pretty well known for his long working relationship with Paul McCartney but there's much more than the Macca files - the body of work he did with the homeless at Bowery Mission is quite a world apart.

James Carville © Bill Bernstein


In April (forsooth, spring is right around the cold, wet corner) ArtJail (excellent name) will be showing Steve Pyke's autobiographical Acts of Memory series, in conjunction with the  paintings of André Petrov. The show, titled (appropriately enough) Petrov and Pyke opens at 'the amorphous border of Chinatown and the LES', aka 50 Eldridge, on April 9th. Of the project, Steve says "I make one every three years. So I have ten of them now. They are made of multi media containing everything from tissue to chinagraph and of course hundreds of images." I personally spy gorgeous dancer Michael Clark in a tutu, inducing my own memories of the 80s.

Acts of Memory III 1985-1987 © Steve Pyke

McLallen_self.jpgI know Christopher mostly as a stills photographer, he's got a great variety of celebs and musicians in his portfolio, but he's also a film director - I enjoyed the 'Teaser' reel on his website. I'll let Christopher's own blurb tell you the rest.

Ève Salvail © Christopher McLallen

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


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


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


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

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


Gina LeVay's 'Sandhogs' book is in the shops, and Gina's on the radio. Listen to her and one of the 'hogs discuss the massive New York water project going on 800+ feet beneath Manhattan that few of us are even aware of. Gina worked seriously hard to gain the confidence of the 'hogs with her persistence and professionalism, and the resulting images are vibrant and eye-opening, not how one might expect them to be so deep under ground.

Sandhogs © Gina LeVay

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