“I think that its a society that has totally lost its bearings on the terms of what its values are, and so its put all its value into celebrity. There is such a lack of spiritual self confidence perhaps that the achievers seem to have to be the kind of holy cows that people worship.”
— Editor, Vanity Fair, ca 1993
“The great thing about the job was that in the evenings when we weren’t doing these ads, we photographed Anjelica Huston and Julie Driscoll. Polly Mellon, the fashion editor was there – it must have been for Vogue. Julie Driscoll was a pop singer with Brian Auger and Trinity. Musically they were a very hot band at the time. At the end of the shoot, Dick (Avedon) gave her a kiss and she, being very, very English, said in her slightly Cockney accent, “Oh, I bet they’ll be awful,” which is a totally English way to say “Thank you.” He just froze. He sort of straightened, and said, “When I take pictures, they’re good.””
– Neil Selkirk on Richard Avedon
Awesome coincidence? Or a convergence of some unknown force?
I do not know, but it is interesting nonetheless.
Last week Petapixel ran an article I had written titled “Prints. Remember Prints?”
Almost immediately afterwards they ran Lynne Cartia’s wonderful article on the importance of a printed photograph.
I think that is cool juxtaposition.
And I hope it makes people think a bit more about how important prints are to the lifeblood of photography.
Here are a few portraits that caught my eye last week. I hope you enjoy the picks.
Ryan McGehee delivered this exceptional portrait. Brave crop, lighting that engages and mystifies and an absolutely charming face.
Kine Meijer showed this unique portrait and knocked me out.
Gabriella Wright’s dancer is captivating.
Hiram Chee created this stunning fashion shot.
Rob Davidson chose a 4×5 Speed Graphic and Ektar Film for this moody portrait.
Jeff Carson captured a very strange and engaging portrait of a young woman and a mask.
I will share the entire class portfolio later this week… it is incredible.