Best of March
“Review and #Giveaway of ‘Fanny the Flying French Bulldog’” (Mommy Teaches, March 31, 2014)
Check out this mommy blogger’s review of Nelson Bloncourt’s new book Fanny the Flying French Bulldog.
“The Hard Copy” (Rangerfinder Magazine, March 2014)
A skilled fashion photographer can put a model in a designer frock on the terrace of a sun-kissed Mediterranean palazzo or beneath the dripping leaves of a rain forest canopy, and create an aura of romance around what is – let’s face it – a little more than a piece of fabric, some thread, and a hemline. One such shooter is German-born Anne Menke who’s been creating leading-edge fashion imagery in out-of-the-way, often harsh locations for the last 20 years.
“Alec and Hilaria Baldwin make appearance at book launch” (NY Post: Page Six, March 27, 2014)
Hunt Slonem’s Bunnies book signing at Paul Smith has some Baldwins (Alec, Hilaria, and baby Carmen) show up to enjoy the artist’s new book.
“Bird’s-eye View: Talking Art with Hunt Slonem” (Women’s Wear Daily, March 25, 2014)
Admist Hunt Slonem’s murals, hundreds of paintings and sculptures in his cavernous 30,000-square-foot space, one thing is clear – the artist likes to go big.
“Book Review: Fanny the Flying French Bulldog by Nelson Bloncourt” (New Age Mama, March 22, 2014)
The wonderful story of a French bulldog with ears big enough to allow her to fly and her amazing journey in search of her biological mother, exquisite illustrations throughout, that will make it an instant classic for children and adults alike.
“The Best Photography Books Out Now” (The Telegraph, March 21, 2014)
Discover the best photography with our guide to the latest photo books and ebooks.
“Fanny the French Bulldog” (Two French Bulldogs, March 20, 2014)
Lily & Edward’s review of Nelson Bloncourt’s cute, whimsical tale about Fanny the Flying French Bulldog.
“Fanny the Flying French Bulldog” (Outnumbered 3 to 1, March 13, 2014)
“Fanny the Flying French Bulldog is full of whimsy and inspires the imagination. With beautiful illustrations and a fun and heartwarming story, this will be a new favorite in our house. I hope they continue writing more stories for Fanny because I cannot wait to read more about her high-flying adventures."
“Johnny Rozsa’s Untouched Portraits of Stars Pre-Fame” (Resource Magazine, March 10, 2014)
According to Johnny Rozsa, the creation of “Untouched” was inspired by the works of George Hurrell, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and David Bailey. The honesty of each truly untouched image, coupled with the fresh faces of amaranthine fame we know so well, makes Johnny Rozsa’s monogram an instant-classic.
Best of February
“The Wild Inside” (Reader’s Digest, February 2014)
Photographer Boza Ivanovic shoots stunningly intimate zoo portraits. Here, eight animals as you’ve never seen them.
“Boza Ivanovic: l’inspiration d’Instagram” (L’Oeil de la Photographie, February 28, 2014)
“…I recalled a photograph of a tiger I had taken a few years back while at a zoo. I was struck by what had jumped out of the picture – a personality, a soul. It dawned on me that what the lens had somehow captured could be best portrayed in black and white. The essence of a creature’s spirit captured solely through motion and light,” Boza Ivanovic writes in the introduction to his first monograph, Out of the Wild: Zoo Portraits (Glitterati Incorporated).
“Punk is alive and well… in Sweden! Fierce mohawks, facial piercing, extreme tattoos, and Dms are hot in Scandinavia” (Daily Mail UK, February 26, 2014)
Latest collaboration by American photographers, the Hilton Brothers, Tattoos Hornets Fire takes readers on a tour of Sweden’s punk scene with subjects and locations inspired by Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy.
“AP Review: The Latest Photography Books, Exhibitions, and Websites” (Amateur Photographer, February 22, 2014)
After relocating to Beijing, Austrian-born photographer Lukas Birk discovered his father’s collection of expired Polaroid film and decided to use it to document his experiences of modern China. What resulted is a collection of blue and green-hued images, many with chemical defects, damage and imperfections.
“Michael McCollom: The Way We Wore, Black Style Then” (L’Oeil de la Photographie, February 20, 2014)
The principle is simple. On the one side, there’s Michael McCollom, the African-American designer and photographer. One the other, there are all the people he asked to dig through their photo archives to find a portrait illustrating their idea of style. Not fashion—style. Then he compiled it all.
“Botero in the Big Top” (ARTNews, February 18, 2014)
The artist gets acrobatic with scenes of tightrope walkers, jugglers, and other circus personalities.
“Picture of the Day: Polaroids from the Middle Kingdom: Old and New World Visions on China” (Sunday Telegraph Magazine, February 16, 2014)
The chance discovery of his father’s long-expired Polaroid cassettes sent Austrian photographer Lukas Birk on a voyage of pictorial and personal discovery.
“Pictures of the week: The Way We Wore” (The Guardian, February 14, 2014)
From leotards to harem pants, Michael McCollom’s collection of photos reveals the daring side of African-American fashion.
From Peter Dinklage offering up his best ‘child with strep throat’ impression to Elisabeth Moss’ perfect demure lady expression, these striking images certainly aren’t the average A-list portrait. Captured by photographer Howard Schatz, stars, including Sissy Spacek, Hugh Laurie, Colin Firth, and Amy Poehler, strike a series of extraordinary poses as they portray the unlikely scenarios dreamed up by Schatz.
“Celebrity Photo Confessions: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey Before Photoshop Was A Thing” (Hollywood Reporter, February 3, 2014)
Amid new controversies over celebrity retouching, photographer Johnny Rozsa – who has shot Aretha Franklin, Daniel Day-Lewis and a young Michael Jackson – releases “Untouched,” featuring his collection of images before Photoshop found them.
Botero’s series of 130 paintings and 50 drawings of the circus is now compiled in book form as Circus: Paintings and Works on Paper (Glitterati), with an introduction by Curtis Bill Pepper.
Best of January
“Botero: ‘You Can’t B Liked By Everybody’” (ARTnews, January 30, 2014)
Fernando Botero sold one of his watercolors at the age of 14 for two dollars and despite some ‘opposition’ has since become one of the world’s wealthiest artists.
“’The Way We Wore’ Takes a Small and Stylish Look at the Evolution of African-American Fashion” (Flavorwire, January 30, 2014)
The Way We Wore: Black Style Then by Michael McCollom (Glitterati Incorporated) explores the diverse, undeniably cool individual styles of African Americans throughout the 20th century, focusing more on everyday people than celebrities or big-time trendsetters. Featuring photos that seem like proto-Saratorialist street shots, the result is a book that will surely be among the best-looking of 2014.
“fernando botero y la MAGIA DEL CIRCO” (Vogue Latinoamerica, January 2014)
El artista colobiano habla de su nuevo libro, proyectos inmediatos y sobre el arte.
“The Way We Wore” (Photo District News, January 29, 2014)
“From prim ponytails and pumps to afros and aviator glasses, African-American style from one decade to the next has always been stunning and inventive. Michael McCollom has pulled together an extensive collection of original photographs, all featuring black men and women looking their ‘best’ in wonderfully original clothing, hairstyles, and accessories from years gone by.”
“In Pictures: Stunning Photographs of African Wildlife by David Gulden” (Telegraph, January 27, 2014)
Photographer David Gulden is a native New Yorker who has spent at least half of every year for the past twenty in Africa, primarily in Kenya, where he has fastidiously photographed virtually every form of wildlife across the country from the Masai Mara to Lake Turkana. His book, The Centre Cannot Hold by David Gulden, is published by Glitterati Incorporated.
“White Trash Uncut Revisits Photographer Christopher Makos’s Book in a Deluxe Hardcover Edition” (Gotham News, January 24, 2014)
With the publication of his seminal 1977 book, White Trash, Christopher Makos burst on to the photography scene and made a name for himself as the first photographer to record the convergence of the “uptown” and “downtown” worlds, as Debbie Harry fondly remembers. This raw, beautiful volume chronicled the punk scene as it came of age on the street of New York.
“The Way We Wore: Black Style Then” (Black Refer, January 24, 2014)
In The Way We Wore: Black Style Then, Michael McCollom chronicles African-Americans fashion from the 1940s through today. Featuring snapshots of over 150 black men and women's most unforgettable "style moments", the book includes personal photographs taken from the author’s own family and circle of friends including Oprah Winfrey, James Baldwin, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Tracy Reese, Patrick Kelly, Kimora Lee, Bobby Short, Bethann Hardison, and Portia LaBeija, among countless others.
“Paul Zone Assembles a New Photo Memoir Playground: Growing Up in New York Underground” (Gotham News, January 23, 2014)
In this incredible photo memoir, Zone shares his reminiscences alongside never-before-seen photographs of a time and place that have become synonymous with the history of music and culture in the late twentieth century.
“Paul Zone Assembles a New Photo Memoir Playground: Growing Up in New York Underground” (IMDB, January 23, 2014)
While most teenagers daydreamed of summer break while playing records in their bedrooms, fourteen-year-old Paul Zone spent his youth immersed in the New York underground, exploring the concrete playground with actors, drag queens, and drug addicts.
“Actors caught in the act” (Telegraph, January 23, 2014)
Hugh Laurie as a new father, Colin Firth as a lothario, Brooke Shields as a giddy housewife… Meet the photographer who likes to catch performers in the act.
“Trending, 1: Kirkland, Hepburn, and Intimate Allure” (Pro Photo Daily, January 22, 2014)
It’s all about photographer Douglas Kirkland these days: The famed celebrity portraitist took center stage on opening night of last week’s Photo LA art fair in Los Angeles.
“Iconic Photographer Remembers Audrey Hepburn, 21 Years After Her Death” (Huffington Post, January 20, 2014)
Audrey Hepburn was nearly 40 when she met Douglas Kirkland, the young magazine photographer who’s gotten famous taking pictures of Marilyn Monroe in bed for Life. In Paris to shoot promotional stills for Hepburn’s 1966 heist movie “How To Steal A Million,” Kirkland wound up leaving with one of his favorite images in a 60-year career: of the still girlish grande dame in a sixties beehive, glancing sideways and grinning as if she had the world’s greatest secret up her sleeve.
“’Untouched’ Features Fresh-Faced Hollywood Stars Captured By Photographer Johnny Rozsa” (Uinterview, January 20, 2014)
Johnny Rozsa photographed the up-and-coming talent in Hollywood in the 1980s. Now, a collection of his stunning Photoshop-free photographs are gathered together in a book, Untouched: Photographs by Johnny Rozsa.
“Photo l.a. Opening Night” (L’Oeil de la Photographie, January 20, 2014)
photo l.a. Opening night – Douglas Kirkland receives award and everybody parties.
“In Pictures: Untouched – the work of celebrity photographer Johnny Rozsa” (Telegraph, January 20, 2014)
In the 80s, a time before Photoshop and plastic surgeons offered picture perfect complexions, masking even the slightest imperfections, Johnny Rozsa captured the flawless features of Hollywood’s fresh crop of celebrity beauty. Rozsa recorded the pristine beauty and the exuberance of 115 stars on the cusp of fame, collected for the first time in his monograph, Untouched.
“Elle Fanning Honors Douglas Kirkland at the 23rd Annual photo l.a. Opening Night Gala & Benefit” (Guest of a Guest, January 17, 2014)
Last night, The 23rd Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exhibition otherwise known as photo l.a. christened its brand new space inside LA Mart with an opening night gala to benefit Inner-City Arts. The evening featured DJ sets, gourmet bites, specialty cocktails, a preview of the fair, and a special presentation with Elle Fanning to honor celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland.
“In the Studio with Douglas Kirkland” (L’Oeil de la Photographie, January 17, 2014)
For photographer Douglas Kirkland and his wife and business partner Francoise, there are no boundaries between life, love, work, and art. Their home reflects this blurring of the lines itself. The Kirklands never stop working because it is what they love. There is no “6pm closing time” in their world.
“Douglas Kirkland Honored at photo l.a.” (L’Oeil de la Photograhie, January 16, 2014)
The 2014 edition of photo l.a. will honor award-winning celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland. On Thursday evening, January 16, 2014, Kirkland will be presented with a certificate from the City of Los Angeles, followed by a presentation of the photo l.a. award.
“A Peek Inside Lukas Birk’s ‘Polaroids From The Middle Kingdom: Old and New World Visions of China’ Photo Series” (International Business Times, January 15, 2104)
In a series of Polaroid photos featured in his upcoming book, Polaroids from the Middle Kingdom: Old and New Visions of China, published by Glitterati Incorporated and due out next month, the Beijing transplant traveled through Chinese cities with some old expired Polaroid film, to take snapshots of modern change through an old medium.
“The Living Legend vs. the New Star” (Angeleno, January 2014)
Two L.A.-based celebrity photographers, one classical and one controversial, have new books showcasing their styles.
“Photographer guides actors to improvise for picture” (CBS This Morning, January 14, 2014)
Photographer Howard Schatz is working on his latest book, “Caught in the Act: Actors Acting.” In it, Schatz gives a raw look at each actor’s method.
“8 Totally Different Takes on Louisiana Style” (Elle Décor, January 9, 2014)
New Orleans-based interior designer and blogger Valorie Hart invites us into some of the most fashionable homes in Louisiana with her new book House Proud: Unique Home Design/Louisiana.
“Weekend Roundup: Photo LA & Dog Haus” (Good Day LA, January 9, 2014)
LA's largest and longest running photography fair, Photo LA 2014 at the LA Mart in Downtown LA is your chance to see photo-based art from some of the world's most talented artists including this year's honoree, renowned celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland. Kirkland's images take us through a who's who spanning five decades: Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Sophia Loren, Coco Chanel, Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, Angelina Jolie, Robert Redford and the list goes on.
“In Character by Howard Schatz, Part 1” (Avax News, January 4, 2014)
Photographer Howard Schatz had an idea: place actors in a series of roles and dramatic situations to reveal the essence of their characters. Such was the premise behind his book, In Character: Actors Acting, which captures some of Hollywood’s most emotive stars in the act of, well, making faces. Luckily for us, he continued the tradition for Vanity Fair.
“Book gives close look at rock-star instruments” (Texarkana Gazette, January 3, 2014)
Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
“House Proud Unique Home Design – Lousiana: Valorie Hart” (Niagara Novice, January 1, 2014)
Valorie Hart might be a familiar name to you ... especially if you've been reading blogs for the last few years. Her blog, The Visual Vamp, is as colorful as she is, filled with beautiful images of her own home, and the homes near and far that inspire her. Her aesthetic is bright, youthful but sophisticated, and layered, and her newest book, House Proud Unique Home Design/Louisiana, published by Glitterati Incorporated, is just the same: a stunning catalog of homes in her home state with unique and beautiful interiors filled with the look that Valorie has so beautifully curated.
“Notebook: Read All About It” (Upscale, December 2013/January 2014)
“Lance Out Loud” (OutSmart Magazine, January 1, 2014)
Pat Loud, family, and friends recall the late Lance Loud.