Posts Tagged ‘photography’


Horst: Photographer of Style

August 29th, 2014 4:09 pm



In an extraordinary career spanning over 60 years Horst P has captured images that have graced the pages of worldwide fashion bible Vogue that transcend fashion and time.

This autumn the V&A are celebrating his work by holding an exhibition entitled ‘Horst: Photographer of Style’.

Born in Germany, Horst became internationally recognised having worked predominantly in Paris and New York. Although he is most known for his fashion photography, he is also recognised for his images of interior architecture and he is especially noted for his photos of plants and environmental portraits.

The exhibition will include one of his most famous photographs.  ‘the Mainbocher Corset.’ This iconic photo has influenced the likes of fashion designer Donna Karan and pop star Madonna. If you look closely at the video for the hit song ‘Vogue’ in which Madonna pays homage to Hollywood actresses of the golden film era such as Rita Hayworth, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford ( stars that Horst had famously photographed ) you will find Madonna dressed in a back-lacing corset which was directly influenced by the Horst image‘

Horst’s work frequently reflects his interests, especially with surrealism and his regard of the ancient Greek ideal of physical beauty.

The V&A are displaying a huge collection of prints, drawings, notebooks, scrapbooks and letters that Horst had carefully preserved throughout his life, alongside thousands of prints from the archives of Condé Nast.

Because the V&A has such a fine costume archive, there will also be haute couture frocks on display from leading couturiers whom Horst counted as his friends and collaborators. Designs from Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli will be featured in the exhibition.

The exhibition is running from 6th September




The Topography of Tears

May 21st, 2014 10:44 am


The Topography of Tears is a study of 100 tears photographed through a standard light microscope by Rose –Lynn Fisher.

Rose explains ‘The project began in a period of personal change, loss, and copious tears. One day I wondered if my tears of grief would look any different from my tears of happiness – and I set out to explore them up close, using tools of science to make art and to ponder personal and aesthetic questions.’

This series includes a wide range of tears from Rose herself and others, showing tears of sorrow, frustration, rejection, happiness, tiredness and much more. Each tear shows a tiny part of someone’s history and emotion.

We found this study fascinating.  A simple concept that seems so obvious, it looks like our tears have personalities that mirror our moods. Every change of mood reflects a different formation in our tears.  We can’t believe how beautiful the images are and the patterns created, each unique to that one emotion felt at that time.

Of course there is a scientific reason behind why our tears are different. There are different types : basal (lubricating), reflex (responding to stimuli) and psychic (triggered by emotion). Each of our tears contain different substances , and the makeup of these depend on what type of tear is produced. For example, our emotional tears contain the neurotransmitter leucine enkephalin, which is a natural painkiller that the body releases to relieve stress, but tears caused by the same reason might look different once they have crystallized. “There are so many variables — there’s the chemistry, the viscosity, the setting, the evaporation rate and the settings of the microscope,” Fisher said.




A Feast for the Eyes

August 19th, 2012 10:00 am


Check out these amazing “foodscapes” created by Carl Warner.  He also does really cool animated shorts and ads.

See more here!





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