Friday, June 4, 2010

Image of the Day

Emily at Pacific Standard HQ.
No particular reason except that she finished the quarter today and I'm proud and happy for my better half.


Maya Deren (1917–1961) was a pioneer of American avant garde film – the first recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation grant for "creative work in the field of motion pictures." In 1943 she collaborated with her husband, Alexander Hammid, on a short film entitled
Meshes of the Afternoon. I wasn't familiar with it until now but it has clearly influenced many filmmakers and photographers over the years. Here it is:

Part 1

Part II (I'm guessing Guy Bourdin might have seen this a few times.)

Maya Deren's Legacy: Women and Experimental Film
is on view at MoMA through October 4, 2010 – click
here for info.

Dark Details

. Cushnie et Ochs Fall/Winter 2010 campaign photos by Chadwick Tyler. I love how dark this is while at the same time capturing the great textures in the clothing. This is not an easy thing to do well with a camera and light.

See also:
Cushnie et Ochs FW2010 runway shots at
Chadwick Tyler's website

Your Weekly Mr. Littlejeans

A large percentage of Littlejeans' life is spent upside-down.

7:29 AM


Alice Cooper, "School's Out" from School's Out (1972).

(This one goes out special to the people I'll be uncorking a bottle of bub with at 5 o'clock this afternoon.)

[photo: Candida Höfer, Trinity College Library Dublin I, 2004, 2004]

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Romantic Reality

75-year-old photographer Paul Jasmin grew up in Helena, Montana, but found himself attracted to the glow of Los Angeles from a young age. His new book, California Dreaming (from which the photos above and below are taken) captures a warmth, intimacy, and sense of possibility in the L.A. people and places it features.

"You can paint with a camera," Jasmin says. "That’s what I try to do with photography... it’s always about making something romantic of reality. I grew up in a housing project in Montana but to me it was heaven because I was always dreaming."

Jasmin with friend and student Sophia Coppola []

Visit Nowness to read an interview with Paul Jasmin, and go here to see more photos from the book. California Dreaming is available from Steidl.

Best Foot Forward

United Nude Frame shoe, $545.
Shop the rest of the Rem D. Koolhaas-designed
collection at, or visit
U.S. flagship store, which opened
May 20
in NYC.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Image of the Day

Susan Sontag at a symposium at the
Darius Ogden Mills House No. 1 (now The Atrium)
on Bleecker Street, NYC, 1962.
Photo by former Village Voice photographer Fred W. McDarrah.
I've always loved this image for some reason.

11:15 AM

Julie Doiron "Lovers of the World" from I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day (Jagjaguwar, 2009) info

(Photo: Penn Cove, Whidbey Island, January 2010)

Need vs. Want

Want. No particular reason. It would just be fun to wear, and I'd probably be going somewhere fun if I were wearing it. Instead, I'm going to class, in jeans and a hoodie. Not as chic.

Feather Wrap-Front Dress by Morgane Le Fay,
$1,499 (originally $4,300) at

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Image of the Day

Louise Bourgeois with her marble sculpture
Eye to Eye, 1970. Bourgeois died yesterday at the age of 98. “Ms. Bourgeois’s sculptures in wood, steel, stone and cast rubber, often organic in form and sexually explicit, emotionally aggressive yet witty, covered many stylistic bases,” writes Holland Cotter. “But from first to last they shared a set of repeated themes, centered on the human body and its need for nurture and protection in a frightening world.” Visit to read Cotter's obituary and see a slideshow of Bourgeois's work.

Sorry for all the obits lately, but these people are giants – we can't let them go by without a mention and a quick little bloggy celebration of their lives and achievements.

Photo Raimon Ramis [via the
Centre Pompidou].

Indecisive Moments

Photographs by Guy Bourdin from the book Guy Bourdin Polaroids (Editions Xavier Barral).

Polaroids is out of print but you can see more images at the publisher's website and search for it at Abe Books. A new 272-page book on Bourdin by Shelley Verthime and Pascal Dangin, In Between, is out today from Steidl.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Image of the Day

Memorial Day Parade, Walla Walla, Washington, c. 1892.
Photo by F. Fortin