Gene Kelly Dancing

Gjon Mili photographed for LIFE from 1939 until his death in 1984.
He photographed many celebrities from Gene Kelly to Pablo Picasso.
Mili trained as an engineer and was extremely interested in technology. He was actually one of the first people to use the electric flash for photography.
I think his work reflects his love for technology because it truly captures movement and is so dynamic and expressive..


Nora Kaye Dancing


Picasso Drawing


Girl Skipping

Aneta Kowalczyk…

April 2, 2012


Black and White Portrait

I recently happened to stumble upon the work of Aneta Kowalczyk.
Her black and white portraits capture beauty and seem to capture stories behind them.
However I also love her fashion shoots.
They are very dramatic and she seems to work really well with the models, capturing their facial expressions beautifully.
I have included 3 different shoots below in this post and each of them shows a completely new style of photography.
I particularly like the idea behind the ‘Still Moving’ shoot, I think it really works well with the clothes and fashion used within it..


‘Fairly Dream’


‘Arsenic’


‘Still Moving’

Fashion Underwater…

April 2, 2012


Mermaid – 1939

Photographer Toni Frissell liked to experiment with new method and techniques in her work.
She worked for both Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar in her time, as well as photographing parts of the second world war.
Even though she has taken a whole array of different, stunning images, she is probably most well-known for her underwater images.
They are a very modern style and look very ahead of their time.
I think there is something incredibly moving about them..


Weeki Wachee Spring – 1947


World War II – March 1949


Vogue 1950


Vogue May 1942


Vogue 1940

Capturing Beauty…

March 3, 2012

Probably the most iconic fashion photographer working at the moment, Mario Testino has worked for a huge range of magazines and publications from Vogue to Vanity Fair.
He is perhaps most famous for his portrait, which he has taken of countless celebrities, always capturing them at their best.
I love how his pictures always exude femininity and beauty..

‘My pictures are my eyes, I photograph what I see—and what I want to see.’ – Mario Testino


Emma Watson


Kate Moss in a fashion shoot


Keira Knightley

Richard Avedon

February 14, 2012


August 1955

Fashion Photographer Richard Avedon photographed fashion from the late-forties up until the early naughties.
He photographed portraits of countless celebrities and his work has developed and changed with the times and the decades.
I particularly like the work he did through the fifties and sixties.
If you look through his portfolio, you can really see how he grows and changes as an artist and photographer.
Avedon also played a huge part in the making of the Audrey Hepburn film ‘Funny Face’, in which the character of Dick Avery (played by Fred Astaire) was based around him. Audrey Hepburn was a huge inspiration to Avedon and became his muse.
His photography always seems to mean something and makes a statement about what was happening at the time..

Richard Avedon


August 1953


June 1960


Audrey Hepburn – January 1967


January 1967

Photography and zest…

February 4, 2012


1933

A rather lovely tweeter told me to look at the National Media Museum website, which has tons of vintage images and photography.
I particularly fell in love with some of Zoltan Glass’ work.
Zoltan Glass was a car enthusiast, so started his career taking photos of cars and automobiles. However when he moved to London, he started fashion photography as well.
I love how he just captures people’s spirit and zest for life and I think it is this which makes his photos so enchanting..

‘Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.’ – Christian Dior


1933


1955


1960


1960


1960

Nina Leen was a fashion photographer in the 1940’s and 1950’s.
She worked for ‘Life’ magazine and often took photos of everyday life, and of women in elegant clothing.
I love the vintage charm they have..


Tourists at the top of the Empire State Building.


At the Races 1958


Couples at a Formal Dance


Home Economics Students at Cornell University 1952


Housewife with a weeks work 1947


Woman picking her son up from child care