The World Through Linda’s Lens
A selection from Linda McCartney’s Polaroids
A retrospective of Linda McCartney’s life and photography….In 1966, during a brief stint as a receptionist for Town and Country magazine, Linda Eastman snagged a press pass to a very exclusive promotional event for the Rolling Stones aboard a yacht on the Hudson River; her fresh, candid photographs of the band were far superior to the formal shots made by the band’s official photographer, and she was instantly on the way to making a name for herself as a top rock ’n’ roll photographer. In May 1968, with her portrait of Eric Clapton, she entered the record books as the first female photographer to have her work featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. During her tenure as the leading photographer of the late 1960s’ musical scene, she captured many of rock’s most important musicians on film, including Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, The Who, The Doors, and the Grateful Dead. In 1967, Linda went to London to document the “Swinging Sixties,” where she met Paul McCartney at the Bag ’O Nails club and subsequently photographed The Beatles during a launch event for the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Paul and Linda fell in love, and were married on March 12, 1969. For the next three decades, until her untimely death, she devoted herself to her family, vegetarianism, animal rights, and photography. From her early rock ’n’ roll portraits, through the final years of The Beatles, via touring with Wings to raising four children with Paul, Linda captured her whole world on film. Her shots range from spontaneous family pictures to studio sessions with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, as well as artists Willem de Kooning and Gilbert and George. Always unassuming and fresh, her work displays a warmth and a feeling for the precise moment that captures the essence of any subject. Whether photographing her children, celebrities, animals, or a fleeting moment of everyday life, she did so without pretension or artifice. A retrospective volume by Taschen—selected from her archive of over 200,000 images—is produced in close collaboration with Paul McCartney and their children. As such, it is a moving personal journal and a lasting testament to Linda’s talent. Collector’s Edition limited to 750 copies, numbered and signed by Sir Paul McCartney. Also available in two Art Editions of 125 copies each with a photographic print. A release is set for this May. www.taschen.com
Reissued: Harald Grosskopf’s ‘Synthesist’
Imagine being holed up, alone in your friend’s house in the West German country side….it’s 1979….you are heartbroken after a recent break up with a girlfriend….your friend happens to have a home studio with a Revox reel-to-reel 8-track recorder and a primitive, temperamental Minimoog…..its Summer and you have a lot of time on your hands….inventing new, strange sounds. When Harald Grosskopf emerged from his heartbroken solitude he had inadvertently produced one of the first examples of synth-pop. Harald Grosskopf’s album ‘Synthesist,’ originally released on Sky Records in 1980, RVNG Intl. celebrates the 30th year anniversary with this a mastered and packaged reissue. www.igetrvng.com
Harald Grosskopf – Synthesist
RODARTE: STATES OF MATTER
Rodarte: States of Matter presents recent work in fashion and costume design by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. Installed as a series of interrelated conceptual vignettes, both static and in motion, the installation portrays garments as charged sculptural objects. The exhibit opens today March 4 and runs until June 5. www.moca.org
Man: Woman and Child
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There’s something about women and girls dressed in fashion designed for the opposite sex: you can spot them from a mile away. It’s a powerhouse ‘i can do anything better than you can’ attitude strutting down the street in biker boots, at an afternoon symphony in loafers with tassels, or at a cocktail party in black and white wingtips. Some of the most influential, inspiring women throughout creative history have been known to frequently don a more masculine ensemble: Marlene Dietrich, Patti Smith, Lou Doillon, Chloe Sevigny and even Shiloh Jolie Pitt have at times been partial to men’s wear. A sense of allure and mystery has and will always accompany these women in their style. Although menswear for women will forever be in, the style is coming to a peak this year. Fall/Winter 2011 collections are promising layered blazers, silk slacks, and men’s wool coats galore. Need a go-to shop to outfit yourself in androgyny? A safe and successful bet you’ll always find at Opening Ceremony and for those of you helping the littlest of the style hungry, don’t forget to check out the “borrowed from my brother” section of Jenna Lyons’ ingenious kid’s line Crewcuts at J-Crew.
Text by Lily Harris for Pas Un Autre
Soundtrack to Your Life: “That Summer Feeling”
That “summer feeling” will haunt you for the rest of your life. Jonathan Richman is an underrated genius and one of the many mad scientists of proto-punk – punk before punk – nevermind. Anyways, Richman’s music has a timeless aura – one that crackles with the magnificent dust of celluloid and crooners of yore, as well as the crisp post modernism of today’s new digital era – and beyond too. The song below could fit in anywhere, it could have been left accidentally on the live reels of Ritchie Vallens or experimental solo demo of a deranged, lonesome hipster in his basement in Rhode Island. But, alas, the below gem comes from Jonathan Ritchman’s 1992 album ‘I, Richmond.” If you are lucky enough to be in Boston, run over to catch Jonathan Richman live at the Somerville Theater.
Text by Oliver Maxwell Kupper for Pas Un Autre
Jonathan Richmond – “That Summer Feeling”
Retrofit: Ferragamo Creations
The house of Salvatore Ferragamo, famous for their shoes, is bringing back some of their amazing past creations, including the above rainbow and gold sandals, designed for Judy Garland in 1938. “Ferragamo’s Creations” is an exclusive collection of limited, numbered pieces from the Ferragamo Museum’s historic shoes and the brand’s iconic bags. You can buy the above shoe here.
Collective Unconscious: Surrealism Exhibit in Moscow
Giorgio de Chirico – Cavalli in riva al mare, 1928
InArtis project in collaboration with Moscow’s State Historical Museum and with support of a concierge club presents the exhibition “The Collective Unconscious: Graphical Surrealism from De Chirico to Magritte”. The exhibition starts on the 1st of May.
Gentleman of Yore: Frederick Cayley Robinson
“Self Portrait” 1898
Frederick Cayley Robinson (18 August 1862 – 4 January 1927) was an English painter, decorator and illustrator. He is perhaps best known for his series of paintings for the Middlesex Hospital entitled “Acts of Mercy” commissioned around 1915 and completed in 1920.
ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ Retrospective
Underwater Swimmer Esztergom,1917, André Kertész
“After I was wounded [in WWI] I was in the hospital for almost nine months. We went swimming in the pool every day, and I realized the distortions in the water. When I photographed them my comrades said, ‘You are crazy. Why did you photograph this?’ I answered: ‘Why only girl friends? This also exists.’ So I photographed my first distortion in 1917 – others followed later, especially the nudes in 1933.” -André Kertész, Kertész on Kertész
With around 250 photographs and countless magazine contributions, a retrospective of photographer André Kertész is on display at the Fotomuseum Winterthur on view until May 15, 2011. www.fotomuseum.ch