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)
David Bellemere has managed to establish an instantly recognizable visual trademark in his photography in a very short time. Languid, long limbed ladies romping along a beach, across a chaise lounge, laying over a draped bed, filtered soft and ethereal and sensually mark his work, creating a dreamy reality not of this world. His recent work with model Martha Hunt, beautiful French actress Eva Green are beautiful examples of his developing style.
Martha Hunt for Russh Magazine, August/September 2014
Martha Hunt for Marie Claire Italia, May 2014
Eva Green for The Edit #22, May 2014
Natalia Vodianova by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair, September 2014
A model on the cover of a magazine?! And on the cover of Vanity Fair?! What is this, the 90s? This means that Vanity Fair has blatantly outshone Vogue, who has fading nobody Blake Lively on their cover. Oh Vogue Magazine, you continue to fail more and more every month, even without doing anything. Natalia Vodinova has been a favorite of ours since she entered the fashion world over 10 years ago. Her innocent yet knowing gaze penetrates the lens as if she’s looking directly at you.
Dita Von Teese by Davis Factor for FLAUNT #135
Dita never disappoints – her look in consistent yet always evolving, and she responds to the camera beautifully. Also there’s a picture of her in a projection of The Dark Knight Rises which creates an interesting dilemma for me – what would I look at, Dita or my favorite Batman movie?
January Jones by Vincent Peters for Vogue Italia, August 2014
Only two of these, but they are both stunning. Never forget what a beautiful blonde queen that January Jones is.
Audrey Kawasaki’s latest series of paintings – titled Hirari Hirari – are on display at the Merry Karnosky Gallery along with fellow female pop surrealists Tara McPherson and DeeDee Cheriel. The show lasts until the end of August, so if you have a chance to see these paintings, do it. For more about Audrey Kawasaki, you can visit her site, her blog and read the post I wrote about her earlier this year.
The Pirelli calendar is a great fashion myth, actually seen by few, talked about by many. Next year’s calendar is shot by Steven Meisel, who’s past work with Madonna is a great indication of the level of unabashed sex that will fill the twelve months. These just released behind the scenes pictures, taken by Marc Regasm reveal the ladies of next year – supers like Adriana Lima, newbies like Gigi Habib and the gorgeous plus sized model Candice Huffine, all decked out in latex and corsets and knee socks and Jesus H Christ this is a lot of fetishy wonderment.