Today would have been John Lennon’s 74th birthday – his son Sean was also born on this day, and turns 39 today. Next year Sean will be the age his father was when he died. This is something that makes you realize a few things – first of all that this was a father and a husband who died, but also reminds all of us how long it’s been and how strong John Lennon’s influence has been over us all. I’ve always felt a connection to him because of having the same birthday and he will always be one of my personal heroes. Here are some of my favorite pictures of him.
Chanel Iman is a delight. Born with a name that demands she be in the fashion world, a long, curvy body and a face like an angel, her presence in editorials glows bright. In these pictures by Ben Hassett she channels three of fashion’s greatest icons through her make up looks – Linda Evangelista’s cat eye, Bianca Jagger’s crimson pout and Josephine Baker’s vampy smokey eye.
Alfred Cheney Johnston was a New York City-based photographer known for his portraits of Ziegfeld Follies showgirls as well as of 1920s and 1930s actors and actresses. Johnston’s “standard” work, of course, was used by Flo Ziegfeld for the normal advertising and promotional purposes for the Follies, and mainly consisted of individual or small-group shots of the Follies showgirls in their extravagant stage costumes. However, after Johnston’s death in 1971, a huge treasure trove of extremely artistic full-nude and semi-nude full-figure studio photos (and their accompanying glass-plate negatives) was found stored at the farm near Oxford, Connecticut, where he’d lived since 1940. Most of these images (some named, mostly anonymous) were, in fact, showgirls from the Ziegfeld Follies, but such daring, unretouched full-frontal images would certainly have had no public-publication possibilities in the 1920s-1930s, so it is speculated that these were either simply his own personal artistic work, and/or done at the behest of Flo Ziegfeld for that showman’s personal enjoyment. (via here)
Cecil Beaton was a fashion, art and documentary photographer who was active from the late 1920s into the 1970s. He produced many Vogue covers, iconic fashion images, as well as being an Academy Award winning costume designer. Beaton’s portraits have their own distinct mood – intimate but not too close, stylized while still realistically depicting the subject. Over the years, he would photograph everyday people, kings, mega stars and icons, presenting them all with the same steady eye.