One of fashion’s most sought–after (and highest-paid) photographers, Mario Testino moved to London from Peru in 1976 and made his name in British, American, French and Italian Vogue and Vanity Fair.
His photos ooze, glamour, colour, latin heat and carnal delights.
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“Regrets I’ve had a few” Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious once sang (although not together) and I know how they felt.
One that haunts me in particular was not bidding on a set of David Bailey’s 1964 Box of Pin-Ups at Sotheby’s some years ago – oh to have my time all over again…I would have sold the clothes off my back and more besides to have them!
What makes this box of photos so special I hear you ask?
In the 36 portraits that compromise the Box of Pin-Ups Bailey well and truly captured the zeitgeist of the swinging sixties. Shot on blank white backgrounds the photos are both effortlessly cool and enigmatic.
Here are some of the best from the Box of Pin-Ups and one of two extra Baily photo’s thrown in for good measure….enjoy:
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Takashi Murakami Louis Vuitton design
Think you don’t know Takashi Murakami, think again.
His collaboration with fashion house Louis Vuitton for a range of handbags and wallets became some of the most counterfeited fashion products in the world – the best gauge of the public’s hunger for a product. If you’re a fan of Kanye West have another look at his album covers.
With Murakami’s marriage of high and low art, commercialism and a Warhol ethos of factory production, he is often the target of critics that point to a cynical manipulation of low culture in his work.
Takashi Murakami standing with his work Hiropon
The prices his work features speak for themselves though – in May 2008 “My Lonesome Cowboy” (1998), a sculpture of a masturbating boy, sold for $15.2 million at a Sotheby’s auction. His work is coveted across the globe and his grand exhibition at the MOCA gallery in LA last year reportedly sold $4 million worth of limited edition prints from the galleries boutique shop – situated in the main gallery itself – perhaps Murakami’s tongue in cheek reference to the dialogue on the commercial aspect of his work?
Time magazine has rated him in their power 100 for the last 2 years – he is the only visual artist to feature on the list.
Check out the video from the Japanorama series on Murakami:
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