Archives for category: retro

Gordon Sparks is an author, journalist and BBC Radio Devon DJ and football commentator. According to the images above, he is also a gifted photographer.

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Horst P. Horst was born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann in 1906 in Weissenfels, Germany. His career in photography began after he met photographer George Hoyningen-Huene, and by 1931 he was shooting for French Vogue. Horst P. Horst’s work was displayed in museums in New York, London, and Cologne, Germany

All photographs by Horst P. Horst, text from here.


In 1946, Richard Avedon had set up his own studio and began providing images for magazines including Vogue and Life. He soon became the chief photographer for Harper’s Bazaar. Avedon did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion photographs, where models stood emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, Avedon showed models full of emotion, smiling, laughing, and, many times, in action.

All photos by Richard Avedon from here. Read more here.

Irving Penn studied under Alexey Brodovitch at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now the University of the Arts) from which he was graduated in 1938. Penn’s drawings were published by Harper’s Bazaar and he also painted. As his career in photography blossomed, he became known for post World War II feminine chic and glamour photography.
Penn worked for many years doing fashion photography for Vogue magazine, founding his own studio in 1953. He was among the first photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white backdrop and used this simplicity more effectively than other photographers.
Photographing a cake can be art.” —
Irving Penn
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart, and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it; it is in one word, effective.” —
Irving Penn

All photos by Irving Penn, article from here.

Lillian Bassman was one of the few highly successful female fashion photographers of the 1950s. In place of heavy-set women constraining themselves in what was essentially equipment, Ms. Bassman deployed immeasurably lithe models, conveying a world in which women seemed to linger in the pleasures of their own sensuality. In her eye the undergarment emerges as a wardrobe unto itself, as if anything else in a woman’s closet were simply an imposition.

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Le Baiser de l’Hotel de Ville, the famous photograph taken by Robert Doisneau in 1950.

More photographs of the artist here.

Photographs with attitude by American photographer William Klein.

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Brigitte Bardot and her body, her hair, her man-magnet energy.

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This classic William Claxton photograph of starlet Natalie Wood in Manhattan will always have me longing to move back to the city that never sleeps.

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