Irving-Penn, 1974 , New York, Cigarette No.37
Penn began his career taking photographs for the covers of American Vogue in 1943 and became one of the most influential photographers of the post-war period. Penn usually worked in the studio environment (as would be adopted by Robert Mapplethorpe later) and has often used natural light. His attention to the full range of tones and textures possible in black and white photography led him to master rare and difficult techniques. The depth, density and luminosity of his blacks give his images an unparalleled range of tone and texture. Here are Penn’s later photographs of cigarette butts, litter, shot in just the same way as his models and fashion photographs.
Camel pack 1975, New York
Cigarette No. 86, New York, 1972
Bar of Gold Door Stop by Arik Levy
Each Gold Bar door stop is gold flash plated and the inscribed date on each bar refers to the first day in which women were allowed to enter the London Stock Exchange in 1973. Arik Levy studied industrial design at the Art Center Europe (Switzerland) and graduated in 1991. He started his own firm “L-Design” with Pippo Lionni and is based in Paris. Arik has designed for a number of companies including: Vitra, Ligne Roset, Cinna, Baccarat, Sector Sport Watches, Tai Ping, Gaia & Gino, Belux, and Swedese.
Flower cushion designed by Takashi Murakami, now rarer than rare. Beware of ebay fakes if you want to buy one. A trip to Japan might be necessary to secure a genuine piece of pop art furnishing…
'The Trolley', New Orleans, 1955 Robert Frank
First published in Paris 1958 Robert Frank’s book ‘The Americans’ was unsparing look at America – a society of alienation and despair held together with a thin weave of patriotism. Its initial impact is hard to comprehend today, but it was a revelation – not least for its seeming lack of direct agenda. Frank was drifting through the streets in his portrait of the then modern America – in the same vein as Jack Kerouac would in ‘On the Road’. These are random portraits but all the more powerful for it – a power which still holds true in the images today.
'Rodeo', Robert Frank, New York 1956
Three very different depictions of Don King here. Perhaps the starkest contrast comes between the 2nd and 3rd – one a portrait by Spike Lee, beautifully shot and full of tension. The 3rd is from the recent bio film Tyson, and shows the man himself, humbled perhaps reflecting on his reality of Don King.
Jeeves Bowler Hat Pendant by Jake Phipps
A light with the touch of the surreal…what could be better?
Jake Phipps graduated from John Makepeace’s furniture design school, Parnham College in 1999 & began designing & making one-off pieces to commission. In 2005 he set up his own design studio in London, concentrating on designing his own pieces for larger scale production. The Jeeves pendant light was designed as a playful take on lighting with a real sense of cultural identity. The hat is an object that often associates it’s wearer with a particular society, heritage or race. The Bowler is a classic British cultural icon reflecting a bygone era of imperialism, class divide and eccentricity.
Great compilation presented by the one and only Don King
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Surprise, Takashi Murakami
A new installment from the Takashi Murakami factory – Surprise. The photo doesn’t do it justice – hidden amongst the riot of colour are reflective silver pieces that capture the light and bounce it back at you. Its wonderful and pride of place in my living room.
Saw this today on a lunchtime walk in Victoria, London.
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