Mood: People

Annie Leibovitz on Mick Jagger and the Stones

Looking astonishingly like something out of Jesus Christ Superstar, This image of Mick Jagger was photographed by Annie Leibovitz in New York City, 1980.

Annie Leibovitz on Mick Jagger via Vanity Fair:

When I first worked for Rolling Stone, in the early 70s, we wouldn’t photograph a band until they came to town. I hardly ever traveled. I took some pictures of the Rolling Stones when they came through San Francisco in 1971 and 1972. Truman Capote was supposed to write a story for the magazine about the 1972 tour, and the editor, Jann Wenner, said it was O.K. if I went along to two or three cities. Robert Frank was traveling with the band, making a 16-mm. film that would become Cocksucker Blues. The band had commissioned him to do it, but it was never formally released, presumably because of the drugs and sex that were filmed. Danny Seymour, Frank’s friend and camera assistant, was involved in a lot of that. He died mysteriously while the film was being edited. Continue Reading →

Hepburn on Life

I decided, very early on just to accept life unconditionally; I never expected it to do anything special for me, Yet I seemed to accomplish far more than I had ever hoped. Most of the time it just happened to me without me ever seeking it.
- Audrey Hepburn

Chelsea Baby Club 1937

(1937) A baby suspended in a wire cage attached to the outside of a high-rise apartment block window. These cages were distributed to members of the Chelsea Baby Club in London who had no gardens.
Lest We Forget... Indigenous Australians at War.

Wonderland Inspiration

Alice Liddell (1852–1934) inspired the children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. 

“On 4 July 1862, in a rowing boat travelling on the Isis in Oxford for a picnic, 10-year-old Alice asked Charles Dodgson (pen name Lewis Carroll) to entertain her and her sisters, Edith (age 8) and Lorina (age 13), with a story.

As the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed the boat, Dodgson regaled the girls with stories, not unlike those Dodgson had spun for the sisters before, but this time Liddell asked Mr. Dodgson to write it down for her. He eventually presented her with the manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground in November 1864.”


Pondering Patti

"After Robert’s death Patti told me that these shots come closest to her remembrance of the profundity of the love between them.” - Norman Seeff
1969 Outtake from Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe session by Norman Seeff.

“And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.”

- J.K. Rowling

Looking Forward

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”
- C. S. Lewis

Walk Alone

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before” – Albert Einstein
(Anna Nocon by Serge Leblon for Dazed & Confused March 2005)

Dancing Shoes

This image was taken at the Merry Garden Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois in 1931. It is believed to be the longest recorded dance marathon in history. This particular dance endurance contest began on August 29th 1929, and didn’t stop until April 1st 1931!

Mike Ritof and Edith Boudreaux claimed first prize of $2,000 cash, and the marathon record. Unbelievably they danced for a total of 5,152 hours and 48 minutes!

Dance marathons became a popular fad in the 1920′s and 30′s whereby entrants would stay on their feet for extraordinary long periods of time. These dance endurance contests as they were better known, attracted literally thousands of people who were enticed by the idea of fame, notoriety and in desperate times monetary prizes.

In my view, this haunting and disturbing fad of yesteryear, is akin to the Reality TV shows of today.

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Apollo 7 Mission

A dark picture showing the strain of suspence of Mrs. Donn f. Eisele sitting on the side of the road gripping her hands during her husband’s trip on the Apollo 7 mission, 1968.

 (Photographer Vernon Merritt III)


“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
- Coco Chanel

Marilyn Monroe & JFK

These arresting photographs initially seem to be images of Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy sharing intimate moments from the night Monroe performed ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ on  Saturday, May 19th 1962 at a celebration held for JFK’s 45th birthday at Madison Square Garden.

The truth is somewhat different. These photographs, which have been circulating the net for quite some time now, are in fact staged paparazzi shots using look-alikes by English artist and photographer Alison Jackson.


In her work Jackson says,

‘Likeness becomes real and fantasy touches on the believable. The viewer is suspended in disbelief. I try to highlight the psychological relationship between what we see and what we imagine. This is bound up in our need to look – our voyeurism – and our need to believe.’ Continue Reading →

The Sisterhood of Surfing

When I think of female surfers and the history of surfing, Gidget is the first thing that springs to my mind. In 1957 Austrian-born Holocaust survivor Frederick Kohner, titled his novel Gidget, The Little Girl With Big Ideas. His novel was based on the adventures of his daughter Kathy, her friends and the surf culture of Malibu Point.

In 1956 at age 15, her mother urged her to explore the outdoors, so Kathy bought her first surfboard for $15. She instantly fell for the lifestyle and pushed for acceptance from the other surfers, sometimes bribing her way to local status by trading her peanut butter sandwiches for chances to ride. Kathy hung out with notable surfers such as Miki Dora, Mickey Munoz, Dewey Weber, Tom Morey, and Nat Young, and was soon dubbed ‘Gidget’ a fusion of girl and midget.

Based on what Kathy told her father about her trips to Malibu, and after he discovered and read her journal detailing her surfing adventures, he went on to write Gidget, The Little Girl with Big Ideas, which sold over 500,000 copies.

Several years later in 1959 Frederick Kohner sold the movie rights to Columbia Pictures for $50,000, where he had been a screen writer. He gave five percent to his daughter.


The Blame Game

When you point the finger at someone and blame them, there are always three fingers pointing back at you… Ask yourself ‘what can I own in this situation?’ ‘what part have I played?’. We learn from looking at ourselves, not blaming others. We can never change another person, but we can change the way we look at things, how we react, and then lead by example.

Stephen King Age 14

In 1961 an aspiring young author aged just 14 wrote a submission letter in the hope his short story ‘The Killer’ would be published. It arrived at the offices of Spacemen Magazine. Unfortunately the magazine’s editor didn’t deem the tale worthy of inclusion at that point.

Ironically, 33 years later the editor changed his mind and finally decided to publish it in issue #202 of another of his magazines titled ‘Famous Monsters of Filmland.’ At that point, however, the story’s author, Mr Stephen King, was then aged 47 and already rather successful to say the very least.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Lady Chatterley’s Lover 
"The idea of telling a story through photographing the female nude from a feminine point of view - which required the subject, Kate, to involve herself totally with the text and relate to the sensitivity through her own imagination and posture, which I think she did really very well.  Kate had a part to play for the camera, which is something she excels at." - Tim Walker on Kate Moss


Novelist D. H. Lawrence had sought to have Lady Chatterley’s Lover published conventionally by his publishers in England and the United States, but they were reluctant to undertake its publication due to its explicit sexual content. To circumvent censorship Lawrence was urged to have the book published privately in Florence. He was introduced to Florentine bookseller Giuseppe ‘Pino’ Orioli.

In March 1928, Orioli and Lawrence took Lawrence’s unexpurgated typescript to a Florence printing shop where the type was set by hand by Italian workers who did not know any English, resulting in numerous errors in the typesetting.  After several delays, including the time required for extensive proofreading by Lawrence, about 1000 copies of the novel were released in July 1928.

The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, Continue Reading →

Frida Kahlo

Although Frida’s birth certificate states she was born on July 6, 1907, she claimed her birth date as July 7, 1910, as she had allegedly wanted her year of her birth to coincide with the year of the beginning of the Mexican revolution so that her life would begin with the birth of modern Mexico.

Frida suffered lifelong health problems. Many of her health problems were the result of a traffic accident she survived as a teenager. Recovering from her injuries isolated her from other people and this isolation influenced her art works.

I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.

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Helen Mirren

Young Helen Mirren (1969).
Photographer Neil Libbert snapped this fabulous shot inside her flat. At the time she was playing Cressida in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Troilus and Cressida.

‘You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore’ – Christopher Columbus

By the Deep Sea

‘By the Deep Sea’ – Lord Byron 
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar,
I love not man the less, but nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet can not all conceal.


Don’t Be Fooled by Me

‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’ 

Don’t be fooled by me.
Don’t be fooled by the face I wear
for I wear a mask, a thousand masks,
masks that I’m afraid to take off,
and none of them is me.
Pretending is an art that’s second nature with me,
but don’t be fooled,
for God’s sake don’t be fooled.
I give you the impression that I’m secure,
that all is sunny and unruffled with me, within as well as without,
that confidence is my name and coolness my game,
that the water’s calm and I’m in command
and that I need no one,
but don’t believe me.  Continue Reading →

Music Speaks Louder than Words

‘When words fail… Music Speaks’
- Hans Christian Andersen

 Photographer Herbert Behrens | Kralingen Music Festival | The Netherlands, 1970

Beverley Hills 1977

This candid series of photographs was captured in 1977 by a young man, Brad Elterman at a private party behind the Beverly Hills Hotel:


“I think John Rockwell invited me to this party. Behind the Beverly Hills Hotel is a huge mansion owned by David Lane. I knew many of the guests, although an older crowd for me because I was just out of my teens. It was a warm sunny afternoon. I was standing next to the bar trying to get a Seven-Up. Suddenly, this lovely girl started to strip down right in front of me. I only had a wide-angle 28 mm camera lens, not really wide enough for the moment, so I backed up as far as I could, almost knocking over the bar. You have to do the best you can in these situations.” – Photographer Brad Elterman

Marilyn Monroe. Rare Images

John Vachon only had the opportunity to photograph Marilyn Monroe once in his lifetime. It was August 1953 whilst she was off-duty due to a broken left ankle on location during the filming of ‘River of No Return’ in Banff, Alberta, Canada.


Running away from your problems is a race you’ll never win.
Wherever you go… you will always be there.
Be strong. Face fears. Trust.

If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes.

The only thing which remains constant in life,
is change. – Unknown