On the morning of Monday, December 16, 1935, Thelma Todd was found dead in her Packard convertible still wearing her Saturday evening outfit: a silk and tulle dress, mink coat and diamond jewelery. There is no doubt that Thelma Todd had a dark side. Was this a simple suicide, an accidental death, or something more sinister?
Molly Smith wears McQ Pre-Fall/Winter 2011 in Derbyshire, England.
From a new campaign for Alexander McQueen’s MCQ Pre-Fall/Winter 2011 collection. “Follow MCQ through a series of short films showcasing the subtle complexities of four young British girls from London, Derby, and Stratford; observe their unique environments by entering their homes and lives.” Above video was added just three days ago and there are more segments to follow. www.m-c-q.com
Fotografiska, in Stockholm, will be the first to exhibit Lady Warhol by Christopher Makos. Eight wigs, two days work, sixteen contact sheets, and fifty photographs comprise this unique series of portraits that depict Andy Warhol’s transformation to his alter ego Lady Warhol. Makos’ series at Fotografiska marks the first time the photographs have been shown together as a solo exhibition. The exhibition opens today, December 10th, and runs until March 20th. More info here.
“English photographer Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneer in visual studies of human and animal locomotion. In 1872, he famously helped settle a bet for former California governor Leland Stanford by photographing a galloping horse. Muybridge invented a complex system of electric shutter releases that captured freeze frames—proving conclusively, for the first time, that a galloping horse lifts all four hooves off the ground for a fraction of a second. For the next three decades, Muybridge continued his quest to fully catalog many aspects of human and animal movement, shooting hundreds of horses and other animals—and of nude or draped subjects engaged in various activities such as running, walking, boxing, fencing, and descending a staircase (the latter study inspired Marcel Duchamp’s famous 1912 painting….Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), born in England but active as a photographer in the United States for most of his adventurous life, was a key figure in photographic history. On giant glass plates he captured the natural splendor of Yosemite and photographed panoramas of San Francisco. He notoriously shot and killed his wife’s lover, but his fame was earned by solving the problems of short-time exposure—and exploiting its possibilities. His subsequent studies of human and animal movement became the ultimate passion of Muybridge, the chronophotographer and predecessor of cinema.” Taschen Books just released a collection of Muybridge’s photographs: Eadweard Muybridge, The Human and Animal Locomotion Photographs.
Directed by Lars Larsen. The first music video to utilize “an analogue video synthesizer” called the LZX Visionary, which “manipulates and creates images in the same way a normal synthesizer does for sounds.”
Iconoclast, former designer of Dior Homme, photographer Hedi Slimane to release a collection of his photography over the last ten years. In his own words: “I started taking pictures before I even began in fashion. I didn’t start with clothes until I was 16, but I had my first camera when I was 11. I’ve always taken pictures, almost like some people take notes or write down their thoughts.” Limited box-set edition consisting of four volumes, the “Hedi Slimane: Anthology of a Decade” will be released on March 1, 2011.
“Photo session with a naked girl covered with sugar syrup exposed to several kilos of living flies [bought] for the occasion.” Artist Zoran Todorovic lives and works in Belgrade. www.zorantodorovic.com