Gauche Divine: The Photography of Oriol Maspons
Oriol Maspons is a photographer waiting to be rediscovered and appreciated by a larger audience. Developing his style in Barcelona in the 1960s, Maspons was part of a coterie of artists and intellectuals in an era from the 1960s and through the 1970s called la gauche divine. Members of la gauche divine usually came from the bourgeoisie and upper class families and like most schools of aesthetic philosophy they believed they’re work could change the world. But it’s too easy to lump artists into a category designated to those with whom they are guilty by artistic association: Maspons stands out as a result of his distinctive style, talent and eye. Born in Barcelona in 1928, Maspons moved to Paris in 1955 and began writing for AF and socializing with celebrated Parisian photographers, such as Brassai, Cartier Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Guy Bourdin. In 1957 he moved back to Barcelona to become a photographer. As most artists serve as mirrors to the zeitgeist, Maspons captured the glamor of la rive gauche, the first hippies, the abandon, the freedom, and the sexual revolution as it was happening in Spain in the 1960s. Oriol Maspons’ first photographs were of the beautiful Spanish women around him; his muses. You can find a collection of these photographs in The Private Collection published by La Fabrica. Maspons’ works are also on view at the Museo Casa Ibanez in Olula del Río, Spain.
The Soft Moon “Into The Depths” 2010
The Soft Moon – Into The Depths
Elliot Ward-Fear A/W 2011
Avant-garde Australian designer Elliot Ward-Fear presents his autumn/winter collection. www.elliotwardfear.com
Adarsha Benjamin: The Places I Go
Photography by Adarsha Benjamin. Shot in Nevada City, CA at the oldest hotel in Nevada City. 2010. www.adarshabenjamin.com
Who Killed Thelma Todd?
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
Perennially Cool: Chet Baker “Almost Blue”
Chet Baker – Almost Blue
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.