Archive for June, 2008

Wimbledon Tennis

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

The craziness of the All England Lawn Tennis Association running an international sporting event in the confines of a London suburb, has started.

You can read all about it here.

Here's to looking at the spectators...

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Mail Meltdown

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

If you wrote to me between June 6th and 16th please resend your mail because I did not receive it – nor did thousands of other business hosting with Virtual Internet / Active 24 / Mammot. They migrated to a new Microsoft Exchange server and killed every e-mail going through accounts that are set to auto-forward as we do to SpamArrest.

Apologies to friends, colleagues and clients about the ten day black hole.

We are all here, all is well, just please resend your mail.

Sam

Fun in Bavaria

Monday, June 16th, 2008

In the mid sixties there came an invitation from Twen magazine to fly to Munich where I would work with the legendary Willy Fleckhaus, editor/art director/typographer and co-founder of the publication.

At the airport to meet my plane from Africa was non other than the graphic genius himself – the man responsible for moulding the journal that defined the sixties and eclipsed all competition.

On our way to the editorial offices I was told that the main feature would be a comparison between traditional Bavarian costume and Sixties fashion. That was more or less it. Oh, also that Mr. Fleckhaus would not be present at the shoot. I was to art direct it myself. This trip turned out to be full of pleasant surprises but the best was still to come.

On the morning of the first shoot my driver told me that the studio was located a little North of Munich. While motoring through snow covered fields I was trying to visualise what the studio of such a cutting edge magazine might look like. When we pulled up outside a nineteenth century Bavarian farmhouse I was still wondering but soon all was revealed. The ground floor contained stables that served as winter quarters for the farmer’s cattle. We were greeted with friendly cow sounds and a smiling farmer’s wife proffering hot scones and coffee. She then took us to one of the stables that housed not cows, but paraphernalia for making photographs. An abundance of wonderful clothes, playful models and a welcoming visit from the magazine’s star photographer, Will Mc Bride, made my days in the stable quite memorable.

The black and white spreads tells a little story of how I discovered the student Ginny, daughter of a Westpoint-officer father stationed with the American forces in Germany and a Viennese aristocrat mother. We were strolling in the Brienner Strasse when I said “hello, will you model for me please?”

To read more about Willy Fleckhaus – see these links: The Art Director’s Hall of Fame and a site dedicated to his typography and the Namen der Kunst biography.

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Yves Saint Laurent

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

The giant of classical/modern French fashion, Yves Saint Laurent, died this weekend. Design anagrams to 'signed' and Saint Laurent put his personal vision and 'signature' on an entire cultural mind set. He led an extraordinary life like many other era defining artists of his big decade - the sixties. The New York Times covered the story of his death (from a brain tumor at 71) with a succinct obituary. The London Telegraph carried a far more passionate celebration of his success.

I loved shooting his clothes - some of which I shot for the last time on models before they went to permanent museum displays. Here are two of my images of YSL's work.

YSL Big Profile

YSL Shoes

UPDATE

Since the post about the death of Yves Saint Laurent a number of important articles have appeared in the press - here are some additional links:

London Independent: Coverage of the funeral at Église Saint-Roch, the church of "artists" in Paris.

New York Magazine: Tributes from other designers, coverage of the funeral and a generous 27 image slide show that includes some very interesting photographs.

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