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.

Bow Wow Wow © Andy Earl

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


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

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