Friday, November 18, 2011

Wake Up Now


The Glow and the Gloom, by Marie Schuller and Marlon Rueberg for SHOWstudio. Inspired by Henri-Georges Clouzot's unfinished film L'enfer, starring Romy Schneider (clips below).

Image of the Day

Sid Grossman: Coney Island, 1947 – on view through March 25th in the exhibition The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936-1951 at the Jewish Museum in New York City

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Handshakes & Hugs

. Peaking Lights "Marshmellow Yellow/Amazing & Wonderful" (Main Attrakionz rmx). The original versions, from the album 936 (2011, Not Not Fun/Weird World Record Co), are still on heavy rotation 'round these parts – check the video for "Amazing & Wonderful" here.

(photo: Seattle, November 2011)

Best Foot Forward

Pierre Hardy suede sandal.

Image of the Day

Hedi Slimane: Dakota with Harmonica, Portrait of a California Boy, Pasadena, October 2011 – from Slimane's solo exhibition California Song, at MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles through January 22.

More and more here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Access to Tools


The word "inspiring" gets thrown around a lot on the WWW but this video truly qualifies – Lloyd Kahn (editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications) on The Whole Earth Catalog and Stewart Brand,
independent West Coast publishing in the '60s and '70s, home-building, and the contemporary back-to-the-land movement, among other things.

Lloyd has a great blog that's been going since 2005 - check it out here.

Where You Stand


Modest Mouse "Never-Ending Math Equation"
Sub Pop Singles Club 45, May 1998

(totally unrelated image: textile design by Alexander Girard, who I've been thinking about again lately)

Winter Stories

Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories #19 (Full Moon), 2007 (Digital C-Print 40 x 50" ed of 5)

Images by Paolo Ventura, who is represented in the United States by Hasted Kraeutler. Ventura, who grew up in a small village in northern Italy, constructs extremely detailed dioramas of city scenes and then photographs them so that they appear life-size.

Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories #23 (11:55 p.m.), 2007 (Digital C-print 40 x 50" ed of 5)

Paolo Ventura: Automaton #6, 2010 (Digital C-Print 40 x 50" ed of 5)

The scenes are based on stories set in Italy in the 1940s and '50s. Last month when I was in New York, his Automaton series was on view at Hasted Kraeutler; it centers around a watchmaker in the Jewish ghetto in 1943 Venice who builds an automaton to keep him company after all his friends are gone.

Paolo Ventura: Automaton #10, 2010 (Digital C-Print 40 x 50" ed of 5)

The lighting blows my mind – looking at the images, you remind yourself that they're photos of dioramas, but you can almost feel yourself in the cold or the fog or the noon-time sun.

Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories #39 (Before the Rain), 2007 (Digital C-print 40 x 50" ed of 5)

I first saw his work in Harper's magazine several years ago and taped the images into one of my black books. It was cool to see them in person, huge. Click Hasted Kraeutler and Paolo Ventura's website for more images.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Image of the Day

An extremely rare calf-leather covered Leica I from 1930 – one of only three examples known to exist – which sold for 120,000 Euros in last Friday's WestLicht Photographica Auction. The next WestLicht auction will be held in May 2012.

(thanks for the link dad)

Monday, November 14, 2011


is a short film by Marianna Mørkøre & Rannvá Káradóttir [Rammatik] – recently featured in the Nordic Fashion Biennale at Seattle's Nordic Heritage Museum. Watch full screen, with the lights off, and loud:

The film, shot on Super 8 in the Faroe Islands, is the first of an 8-film cycle
by Mørkøre and Káradóttir. Visit Rammatik for more videos, images, and info.

Still photography Katrin Svabo Bech

Image of the Day

Deborah Turbeville: Vogue Sposa, Catania, Sicily, 1985 – on view at Staley Wise Gallery in NYC in conjunction with the publication of Turbeville's latest book The Fashion Pictures (Rizzoli). See more here.