Gisèle Freund was a renowned photographer & photo journalist who fled Nazi Germany and settled in Paris in 1933. she studied at the Sorbonne, worked around the world for Time and Life magazines and took the first colour portraits of numerous writers and artists including Simone de Beauvoir, Virginia Woolf, Matisse, Man Ray and many others – all of which you can see here.
one of my favourite things about shopping from Etsy is that you can contact the seller directly, chat to them about special orders and shipping needs (which, sometimes, means you can avoid international customs charges – woohoo!) but most of all that you get to support small, independent shops and designers. there’s so much rad stuff out there, and it can be hard to wade through it all – so here’s a nice shopping list, in the form of a Nice Things.
i love the lookbooks by Levi’s Vintage Clothing because they always manage to almost fool me in believing they’re genuine vintage photos. remember this one? yeah. their latest lookbook takes inspiration from candid vintage collegiate fashion, which was famously documented by Japanese photographer Teruyoshi Hayashida in the 1965 book Take Ivy. i actually blogged about it back in 2011. also check out this post featuring fashionable students at Princeton in 1969.
at the moment we don’t have a pet (apartment living, sad face) but maybe i’ll just commission Lorna Scobie to paint my ultimate fantasy pet anyway? because her pet portraits are the best. i actually have a note on my phone that i saved from 2012 on the day that Anton and i figured out our ultimate puppy name. yeah, we’re weirdos. and it’s okay.
you can probably tell by my extensive vintage archives that i love looking at old photos. if i visit someone’s home, even if they’re a complete stranger, and i find an old photo album lying around i can’t resist but page through it. i think it’s so sad that we can’t really do that now. i mean, i’m not going to go scroll through your Facebook albums – that’s just weird, and creepy. right?
the first two links in this mid week distraction are related to cancer. i have had several close & dear friends affected by this absolute asshole of a disease in the past few months. some have just been diagnosed, others are battling through chemo, and some have lost their loved ones to it – devastatingly, and swiftly.
i just had to let you know that Carrie & Lowell, the new album by Sufjan Stevens, is streaming right now over at NPR, The Guardian and Pitchfork. it is a wonderful, wonderful album – i have already played it twice today.
Julie Blackmon is a photographer whose ongoing series Domestic Vacations is inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings of chaotic domestic life, particularly those by artist Jan Steen – see this painting and you’ll get a good idea. today a “Jan Steen Household” is used to refer to a home in disarray: full of rowdy kids and boisterous family gatherings. Blackmon is the oldest of nine children and herself a mother of three, and so she explores the everyday life of her family and those around her.
Jonas Wood is an LA based artist whose work immediately appealed to me, not only for his graphic style but because of an ever present sense of humour that i just love. you can see how big some of his paintings are in context at his most recent exhibition.
the first thing i noticed about new British label Finery were the interesting cuts, shapes and lines that form the basis of their debut collection. the clothing is exciting and modern (and different!) but also classic enough that you can wear one of their pieces forever.
wow, i feel like my biggest and only post these days to you is my mid week distraction. don’t get me wrong – i LOVE doing it. and i love that you love it. but i’ve found myself so busy with non-blog stuff lately that i’m neglecting this old bird… and that just WON’T DO.
not to be confused with National Geographic’s own tumblr, Vintage National Geographic instead features scanned in pages from vintage copies of National Geographic going back to the 1800’s. you’ll recognise that familiar halftone printing look that jumps off these old clippings, and it’s almost like you can smell the pile of old magazines that you used to page through at grandma’s house.
it’s Wednesday already? wait, it’s 10 days into March already? wait, we’re almost 1/4 of a way through the year? WAIT. just, wait.
Hsiao-Ron Cheng is a Taiwanese digital artist & illustrator whose work i discovered via Cath of Wolf Eyebrows (whose blog is consistently great – follow her!) she is commissioned for work by various clients in the fashion and design industries, but i most love her wonderful fashion portraits that she does for self promotional purposes.