December 6, 2013

Fan Out

Alfred Eisenstaedt and Mark Shaw

Photographer and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt would photograph celebrities and politicians alike, capturing moments that showcased and helped to create the popular culture of his era. Among Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren, Katharine Hepburn would sit for Eisenstaedt; a photograph from Life Magazine in 1938 showcases ...

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December 4, 2013

Later, Gator

Helmut Newton and Mario Testino

Inspired by Pina Bausch’s Ballet Keuschheitslegende, in which life-sized crocodiles creep around onstage amongst dancers, Helmut Newton would capture a ballerina–quite literally–in the belly of the beast, taking the transgressive ballet just a step further. For Vogue China’s 10th Anniversary ...

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December 2, 2013

Photo-Booth

Richard Rutledge and Steven Meisel

When compared to his widely recognized contemporaries, Richard Rutledge remains relatively obscure today. Little is known about the slightly enigmatic photographer, however, a fondness for the color red is evident in his countless images that featured cherry-colored lacquered nails and dresses of crimson. True to form, a ...

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November 25, 2013

In the Red

Francisco de Goya and John Rawlings

Francisco de Goya’s peculiar portrait of Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga depicts childhood innocence while also suggesting youth’s inevitably fleeting nature. Resplendent in a crimson suit and satin sash, Manuel stands at odds with his surroundings as three eager cats eye a magpie–the leashed pet of the ...

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November 19, 2013

Head in the Clouds

Rene Magritte and Holger Trülzsch

Belgian artist René Magritte toyed with perspective and reality, creating surreal works through real, ordinary settings and mundane objects. A common theme in Magritte’s work included the unsuspecting use and placement of clouds with an indistinguishable divide between grounded reality and fantastical skies. ...

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November 17, 2013

Mask Out

Man Ray and Jean-Baptiste Mondino

A proponent of the Surrealist and Dada movements, Man Ray would build a prolific body of work as an artist and photographer. In 1926, Man Ray photographed Alice Ernestine Prin, better known as Kiki de Montparnasse, a social fixture of the Parisian bohemian scene of the 20s (and yes, the same Kiki who would later inspire the ...

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November 4, 2013

Brace Yourself

Helmut Newton and David Bailey

Unremitting in his ability to shock, Helmut Newton would continuously skirt the status quote with his borderline-offensive and politically incorrect imagery. For Vogue’s February 1995 issue, Newton would cast model Nadja Auermann to model the latest stilettos accessorized with leg braces, canes and other orthopedic ...

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October 28, 2013

North West

Alfred Hitchcock and Helmut Newton

It would seem that Alfred Hitchock’s cinematic oeuvre serves as an endless pool of inspiration for subsequent artists and creatives. Hitchcock’s 1959 film North by Northwest features a chase sequence in which an unsuspecting Grant is hunted down by a crop dusting plane like a bird hunts its prey. In 1967, ...

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October 21, 2013

Coming up Roses

Cecil Beaton and Steven Meisel

Abundant with images of the era’s leading ladies in both Hollywood and high society, Cecil Beaton’s oeuvre contains several of Hepburn’s most famous images. A year after the couple’s paths crossed in the musical My Fair Lady–Beaton would serve as both Costume Designer and photographer, aiding ...

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October 11, 2013

Baker’s Dozen

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A pioneer for African American women, Josephine Baker is commonly associated with her seductive banana dance performance at the Folies Bergère, costumed in a skimpy skirt constructed with a string of artificial bananas. When racial prejudice proved to hinder to her career, Baker moved East; first, to New York and then ...

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