David Keochkerian

January 10, 2013

I recently stumbled upon the work of David Keochkerian.
From what I know, he is a photographer from France.
What struck me most was how dynamic and vibrant his pictures are.
He uses infrared photography to produce photos with bold, vivid colours.
It’s these bright contrasts that I love in his work. I think they create real beauty..

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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

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


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1955


1960


1960


1960

Cecil Beaton

February 4, 2012


Nancy Beaton as a Shooting Star 1928

Cecil Beaton is regarded as one of the greatest photographers ever.
He photographs fashion and portraits and has taken pictures of some of the most well-known celebrities and icons of the last century.
I love the beauty his portraits bring out and the way he captures private and more touching moments..


Marilyn Monroe


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Andrew 1960


Cecil Beaton designed the costumes for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady 1964


Vogue – June 1948


Vogue


Audrey Hepburn


Marilyn Monroe

Something to watch…

January 28, 2012

If you haven’t already seen it, I strongly recommend that you watch We’ll Take Manhattan. It’s a BBC Four drama set in the sixties and is based upon when photographer David Bailey and model Jean Shrimpton visit New York on an assignment for Vogue.
Karen Gillan plays Jean Shrimpton and David Bailey is played by Aneurin Barnard. It shows the progression of fashion in the sixties with the development of a youth culture and it is a truly inspirational piece..

We’ll take Manhattan is currently available on BBC iPlayer.