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
The New York Times ran an article
today about the City Council's recent ruling to ban roll-down gates. The ban is supposed to improve quality-of-life and to allow police to look in during an emergency. Street photogs, you have till 2026 to record the character of your neighbourhood.Stetsasonic, 1988 © Janette Beckman
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
This 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
There is a new play opening in January 2010 about Muhammad Ali called 'Fetch Clay, Make Man' by Will Power. Karsh photographed Ali in 1970 for 'Look' magazine.
"Muhammad Ali arrived at my New York studio with a breathless young editor trailing behind. They had jogged together from the 'Look' offices, the young editor carrying Ali's heavy portable telephone which Ali said kept him in "constant contact with the world." Since the editor was a slight young man, I smiled to myself as I imagined this improbable duo and the incredulous stares of the passers-by as they made their way up Madison Avenue."Muhammad Ali, 1970 © Yousuf Karsh
Norman Mailer, 1974 © Yousuf Karsh
This photograph from Karsh's Norman Mailer sitting caught my eye today. When the Karshes arrived at Mailer's house in Massachusetts, Mailer said "I hope you can spend the evening, I'm planning to cook dinner for you." I don't suppose that happens too often these days.
Now showing at ClampArt
are Jill Greenberg's "New Bears". Jill constructed outdoor studios in Vancouver and Calgary to photograph these creatures and it's interesting to see the prints in a smaller size than the big bears and the monkeys. This particular baby however was photographed in Jill's home - I wonder how many assistants queued up outside for that job! Jane Fonda Bear © Jill Greenberg
In order to view the "New Bears" at ClampArt, one has to walk through the main gallery space which is currently showing Luke Smalley's "Sunday Drive", a haunting story of three girls readying to visit their men in prison. Viewing Smalley's work on ClampArt
's website I was more drawn to the "Exercise at Home" series. If only Smalley had used new bears instead of twinks...
Luke Smalley, "Exercise at Home," 2007, Digital C-print, Courtesy of ClampArt, New York City
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
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