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Armed with stacks of C prints for the archive back when we worked together (pre-digital) Jim McCarthy's photography always caught my eye for its vibrancy. Jim may be best known for his lively colour photos from New Orleans Jazz Fest, an event he's been covering since 1993 and which is now an impressive body of work, but he's generally a great gig shooter. Jim's signed up for representation with the Rex Features agency so congratulations and here's to resale, wherever it may be.

Tony Bennett, Jazz Fest 2009 © Jim McCarthy

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I'll say one thing for the Interweb, it's terribly handy for getting back in touch with people. My old mates at Shoot in London have been repping photographers and stylists for many years now and as I dropped the owner an email after too many years, I learned she's still working with Ray Burmiston. From All Saints to the Birthday Party, Spice Girls to Tenacious D, Ray has been photographing musicians since leaving his own band, the Passion Puppets, in the early 80s. Another entertaining music archive for your viewing pleasure and Ray also shoots fashion and portraits.

Kelly Osborne © Ray Burmiston

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With no end to her talent and determination in sight, my old mate Julie Mihaly has launched a new online magazine, Boom Underground, a source of musings and retrospective analysis of the Baby Boomers' impact on society. Julie is a photographer, writer, designer and producer, tirelessly creative and wickedly funny.

From "Notes in Passing" © Julie Mihaly

1-Dirt-Hill.jpgThis is just the tip of the dirt hill from Thatcher's series 'The Kids', and it made me feel a little bit carefree today for a short moment. I miss summer. More to come from the land of Keats soon.

Dirt Hill © Thatcher Keats



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Today, after three years of New York-style rain-checks, I finally had a cup of tea with Kate Simon and of course a good rummage in her print archive. Kate spent a lot of precious time photographing Bob Marley and was also in the New York and London punk scenes hanging out with Patti Smith, The Clash, Richard Hell and the like. Kate has a photograph of David Bowie's mum! I can't share most of the stories, but I will share her picture of one of my all-time favourite performers, Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Lee Perry © Kate Simon

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I met Phillip Toledano a couple of weeks ago, and although I'd recently seen his project "America the Gift Shop" I was somehow more drawn to his bespoke outfit than the brilliance of his work; it is brilliant though, in the British sense - not shiny, but clever. Between meeting Mr. Phillip and now, I've inadvertently soiled his business card.

Business card 2009, Design © Phillip Toledano

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Catherine Chalmers makes gorgeous photographs of things that make us squeamish. In "American Cockroach" she shows us the hideous creature that seems universally to repel humans (I think she gets them back in "Executions"). Close-up images of bugs eating in "Food Chain" simply demonstrate what naturally goes on around us all the time but somehow we find it disgusting. There are other fascinating projects and she also shoots video - "Safari" is absolutely worth 7 minutes of your time, not least of all to see the stick insects trying to cope in the rain. Catherine is off to Costa Rica to record leaf cutter ants for a month, I'll hope to show something of them down the road.

Frog Eating a Praying Mantis © Catherine Chalmers

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Eric Ogden donated a print of this portrait of Penelope Cruz for the Aperture Foundation's annual fund-raiser yesterday. Eric is a sweet and unassuming guy whose filmic photography is simply gorgeous. He was recently selected as one of only eleven photographers to be part of USA Network's "Character Project". This blog does his work no justice so I suggest a visit to his sexy website.

Penelope Cruz © Eric Ogden

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The Brooklyn Museum's rock photography exhibition opened last night. It was a packed evening, Blondie performed, and hot dogs were served. Apparently, hot dogs are somehow "rock and roll" but all I know is they stink and are full of squirrel's innards. Unless they're kosher. Anyway, until I saw the show I didn't know that Andy Earl was the photographer of this homage to "Le déjeuner sur l'herbe" starring Bow Wow Wow, a band I adored. The guys are wearing Vivienne Westwood, as was I last night, 27 years later. Andy was represented by my agency for a while in the 90s, and is a lovely bloke and a great photographer with a brilliant music archive.

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dottie-lux.jpgDottie Lux here is just one of several New York-based performers that Leland Bobbé has photographed and interviewed for his neo-burlesque book project. There is something refreshing about seeing real women, and men, of all shapes and sizes getting their kit off and their feathers on and getting sexy on stage - despite what Mayor Giuliani thought when he 'cleaned up' NYC and much of the scene was lost. Well, it's back, and Leland brings it to us in all its glory; he has already won a gold award in the Graphis Photography Annual Competition for 2010 with this body of work and the book is yet to come. Witness the fabulous and the disturbing (hello, Tigger!)

Dottie Lux © Leland Bobbé

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