Archive for the ‘History of Photography’ Category

Apollo Photography

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Photo: © Sam Haskins

The recent and very worthy celebration of the moon missions has flooded our screens and print media with vintage imagery from the late sixties and early seventies. How the world-on-earth has changed! In amongst all the soul searching editorial about the future of space travel and NASA's confused years after Apollo, I felt that not nearly enough credit went to the astronauts for their extraordinary photography. Not only did they bring back images of earth that forever changed our perception about the magnificent and fragile planet we inhabit, they also returned with long hidden treasure. A series of primordial moonscapes that are as poetic, tender and moving as any landscape ever produced by a master photographer on earth.

Lovingly restored images from NASA's archives form a book called FULL MOON by Michael Light published in 1999 by Jonathan Cape and available in various formats from Amazon.

They may have been taken around 1970 but there is not a spec of moon dust that looks dated - these are truly windows onto eternity and a glimpse of our own planet in its infancy. Awe inspiring and enthralling.

Any serious photo library is incomplete without this book. Here's a scan of the jacket from my scuffed copy.

Full-Moon-Cover.jpgPhoto: © NASA

For those of you who would like a virtual visit to the moon it is now possible with the Moon in Google Earth.

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150 Years of Nude Photography

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

The City Museum in Munich, until September 16 2009, have a show titled Nude Visions: 150 years of nude photography. The well curated exhibition and associated book/catalog includes some of my favourite photographers like Will McBride who are sometimes overlooked by similar ventures elsewhere.

Assembled by Ulrich Pohlman and Rudolf Scheutle the book is available in hardcover (ISBN: 978-3-86828-060-9) and softcover (ISBN: 978-3-86828-085-2), published by Kehrer, 2009.

The example of my work in the show is a print from 1964 based on the jail set for Cowboy Kate and shot in my Johannesburg studio. The image below is not the print in the Munich exhibition but it is from the same shoot and appears in the latest edition of Cowboy Kate.


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Masters of 20th Century Photography

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

This 'heads up' comes a little late in the day - simply because I have only just been made aware of it.

The Museum of Modern Art in Lugano, Switzerland is hosting a show titled 'Masters of 20th Century Photography'.

The official title is: 'photo20esimo' - maestri della fotografia del XX secolo.

For those who are close to Southern Switzerland and want to catch this exhibition you have until January 11th 2009. The show opened in October.


I do of course champion all celebrations of great photography but it is sad to see that the curators have omitted some real 20th century photographic giants like...

Guy Bourdin
Will McBride
Annie Leibowitz
Sarah Moon

...while including a number of very marginal so called 'masters'.

Here is a Google map link to the Museum's location.

Museo d’Arte Moderna‎
Riva Antonio Caccia 5 - 6900 Lugano
Tel: +41 (0)58 866 68 00

5 October 2008-11 January 2009

Opening hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6p.m.
Monday closed

A catalogue is available but not online from the Museum. have it in stock at the time of writing.

A short introduction to the catalogue can be viewed on the museum website.

Here is a list of the 174 artists (I have added links where possible). Looking down the list its sad to see how many colleagues have passed away recently, not least of all George Lewinsky who authored 'The Naked and the Nude - A History of Nude Photography.' He was senior lecturer at the London College of Printing and famous for photographing British Artists. His wife, Mayotte Magnus, although not on this list, is also an outstanding photographer.

Berenice Abbott (1898-1929)
Paola Agosti (1947)
Manuel Alvarez Bravo (1902-2002)
Nobuyoshi Araki (1940)
Diane Arbus (1923-1971)
Richard Avedon (1923-2004)
Roberto Baccarini & Angelo Porta
David Bailey (1938)
Gianpaolo Barbieri (1940)
Olivo Barbieri (1954)
Gabriele Basilico (1944)
Herbert Bayer(1900-1985)
Irene Bayer (1898-1991)
Peter Beard (1938)
Cecil Beaton (1904-1980)
Manfredi Bellati (1932)
Gianni Berengo Gardin (1930)
Werner Bischof (1916-1954)
Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969)
Achille Bologna (1888-1958)
Gino Bolognini (1908-1994)
Mario Bonzuan (1904-1982)
Alexander Borodulin (1952)
Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971)
Arturo Bragaglia (Studio Bragaglia) (1894-1960)
Bill Brandt (1904-1983)
Brassaï (Gyula Halász) (1899-1984)
Josef Breitenbach (1896-1984)
Anton Bruhel (1900-1982)
René Burri (1933)
William Burroughs (1914-1997)
Jo Ann Callis (1940)
Robert Capa (Endre Friedmann) (1913-1954)
Lisetta Carmi (1924)
Giuseppe Cavalli (1904-1961)
Giovanni Chiaramonte (1948)
Hilda Cieluszek
Karl Cieluszek
Mauro Cinquetti (1949)
Paul Citroen (1896-1983)
Bob Carlos Clarke (1950-2006)
Lucien Clergue (1934)
Mario Cresci (1942)
Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976)
Judy Dater (1941)
Mario De Biasi (1923)
Patrick Demarchelier (1944)
Raymond Depardon (1942)
Robert Doisneau (1912-1994)
Mario Dondero (1929)
Pietro Donzelli (1915-1998)
Max Dupain (1911-1992)
William Eggleston (1939)
Siegfried Enkelmann (1905-1978)
Walker Evans (1903-1975)
Frederick Henry Evans (1853-1943)
John Everard
Andreas Feininger (1906-1999)
Lux Feininger (1910)
Larry Fink (1941)
Franco Fontana (1933)
Joan Fontcuberta (1955)
Vittore Fossati (1954)
Robert Frank (1924)
Lee Friedlander (1934)
Flor Garduño (1957)
Caio Garruba (1923)
Giovanni Gastel (1955)
Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992)
Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000)
Ralph Gibson (1939)
Paolo Gioli (1942)
Nan Goldin (1953)
Emmet Gowin (1941)
Milton Greene (1922-1985)
Franco Grignani (1908-1999)
Jan Groover (1943)
Ernst Haas (1921-1986)
Heinz Hajek-Halke (1898-1983)
Philippe Halsman (1906-1979)
Robert S. Harrah
Sam Haskins (1926)
Florence Henri (1893-1982)
Horst P. Horst (Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann) (1906-1999)
Frank Horvat (1928)
Eikoh Hosoe (1933)
Georges Hurrell (1904-1992)
Lotte Johanna Jacobi (1896-1990)
immo Jodice (1934)
Alfred Cheney Johnston (1885-1971)
Colleen F. Kenyon (1951)
André Kertész (1894-1985)
Willy Kessels (1889-1974)
Edmund Kesting (1892-1970)
William Klein (1928)
Fred G. Kort (1902-1983)
Leslie Robert Krims (1943)
Karl Lagerfeld (1933)
Jacques-Henri Lartigue (1894-1986)
Franz Lazi (1922-1998)
Jorge Lewinsky (1921-2008)
Herbert List (1903-1975)
Heinz Loew (1903-1981)
Elio Luxardo (1908-1969)
Man Ray (Emmanuel Rudnitsky)(1890-1976)
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)
Fosco Maraini (1912-2004)
Linda Mc Cartney (1941-1998)
Don McCullin (1935)
Raymond Meier (1957)
Steven Meisel (1954)
Pietro Francesco Mele
Sheila Metzner (1939)
Joel Meyerowitz (1938)
Duane Michals (1932)
László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946)
Carlo Mollino (1905-1973)
Barbara Morgan (1900-1992)
Ugo Mulas (1928-1973)
Arnold Newman (1918-2006)
Helmut Newton (1920-2004)
Arrigo Orsi (1897-1967)
Paul Outerbridge (1896-1958)
Norman Parkinson (1913-1990)
Giulio Parmiani (1918-1960)
Lionel Pasquon (1947)
Federico Patellani (1911-1977)
Irving Penn (1917)
John Pfahl (1939)
James Pickerell
Pierluigi (Pierluigi Praturlon) (1924-1999)
Edward Quigley (1898-1977)
Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)
Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966)
Emery Reves-Biro (1895-1975)
Bettina Rheims (1952)
Hans Richter (1888-1976)
Herb Ritts (1952-2002)
Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1956)
Fulvio Roiter (1926)
Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985)
Franco Rubartelli (1937)
Thomas Ruff (1958)
Xanti (Alexander) Schawinsky (1904-1979)
Herbert Schürmann (1908-1982)
Ferdinando Scianna (1943)
Tazio Secchiaroli (1925-1998)
Ettore Secco d'Aragona
Andrés Serrano (1950)
Cindy Sherman (1954)
Kishin Shinoyama (1940)
Jeanloup Sieff (1933-2000)
Aaron Siskind (1903-1991)
Keith Smith (1938)
Eugene William Smith (1918-1978)
Anton Stankowski (1906-1998)
Edward Steichen (1879-1973)
Otto Steinert (1915-1978)
Bert Stern (1929)
Karl Straub (1900-?)
Thomas Struth (1954)
Oliviero Toscani (1942)
Max Vadukul (1961)
Federico Vender (1901-1999)
Luigi Veronesi (1908-1998)
Roman Vishniac (1897-1990)
Wilhelm Von Gloeden (1856-1931)
Chris Von Wagenheim (1941-1982)
Weegee (Arthur Felling) (1899-1968)
Brett Weston (1911-1993)
Edward Weston (1886-1958)
Minor White (1908-1976)
Garry Winogrand (1928-1984)
Francesca Woodman (1958-1981)
Steef Zoetmulder (1911)


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Monday, December 29th, 2008

Today's New York Times carries a story about the demise of Polaroid accompanied by a slide show from the book 'Found Polaroids'.

The article mentions a project from the early seventies when Polaroid launched the SX-70 and gave cameras plus a generous stock of film to a group of photographers and published the resulting images in a limited edition boxed set. Particularly striking shots were submitted by Christian Vogt, Pete Turner and Helmut Newton.

My contribution to the project - and the only in-camera montage in the series - is shown below.


This boxed set was not the only promotional project organised by polaroid. There was also a calendar called 'Four Season' in 1976 which features one of my images for the month of May.

The limited edition boxed set of twelve prints for the SX-70 called '12 Instant Images - The SX-70 Experience' was repeated for another Polaroid product, '12 Instant Images - Type 105 Positive/Negative film'. Collectors should keep an eye out for it especially for the excellent contributions by Ansel Adams, Sarah Moon and Jeanloup Sieff. Each boxed set was limited to a production run of 1,000 and in both cases the first 50 sets were signed by all the photographers.

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