Today Scott Harrison's organization charity: water sent a beautiful mailing which moved me in ways that only charity: water does. Scott's photos and videos of the wells his organization builds are brilliant. My water was turned off for just 2 hours today and I had to prepare; this kid used to have to carry 20 gallons on his head 4 or 5 times a day, with a banana for a cork. Go to the website and see if you're not moved enough to send some cash.

Jean Bosco, Rwanda © charity: water


The London auction house is having a 'Music' special in November. They put out a call for consignments but were so non-specific that no-one knew what to submit. They decided they wanted well known subjects, at high price points. Apparently they were overwhelmed by pictures of the Rolling Stones... surprise. I'm sure this portrait of Ginger Baker would have been snapped up.

Ginger Baker, 1990 © Abe Frajndlich


Opening and book signing at Morrison Hotel Gallery, October 22, 2009, SoHo NYC: the legendary Jim Marshall.

Johnny Cash, San Quentin Prison, 1969 © Jim Marshall

Although the 'Who Shot Rock' show opening at the Brooklyn Museum next week promises to be a corker, sadly missing from the edit is Janette Beckman. Many of JB's images are considered iconic, not least of all this one of hip-hop legends Run DMC. You can play "I know that photo!" on Janette's music site.

Run DMC, Hollis, Queens 1984 © Janette Beckman


ClampArt artist Rachel Papo is the winner of the 2009 'Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year' Lucie Award for her project on young Israeli women serving their mandatory military duty, 'Serial No. 3817131'. Sadly, there's not much by way of images from this year's International Photography Awards competition winners on the Lucies website - just an un-navigatable video of stills. Which is odd.

Rachel thanked Mr. Clamp upon receiving her award, saying he is the nicest guy in the business. Which is nice.

Talking to Family, from Serial No. 3817131 © Rachel Papo

Karsh_Mandela_PSU.jpgThere are more frames than usual from Karsh's Nelson Mandela sitting, several colour as well as a number of b/w. I got a request for one that I don't have a copy of, but this is close and really lovely. It's going to be used by a local university in an educational video for a philosophy class. There are so many great things about working with the Karsh archive, one of which is the sheer joy some people express when they are sent a high-res file and granted a license.

Nelson Mandela, 1990 © Yousuf Karsh

In 1964 Nikita Khrushchev was removed from office. He was replaced by Leonid Brezhnev as First Secretary of the Communist party and by Aleksei Kosygin as Premier.

Nikita Khrushchev, 1963 © Yousuf Karsh


Thanks to Rob Hann, a fellow Englishman who loves the desert, for this picture reflecting my mood today. Feature story to come.

White Sands New Mexico © Rob Hann

In an effort to keep my visiting parents busy on a cold cloudy day in New York, I've put them to work alphabetizing the Karsh colour transparencies in the archive. My Mum told me the story of how Edmond Safra died - she has incredible recall for such things.

Edmond Safra, 1984 © Yousuf Karsh 

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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