Long Island Baby: Eva Herzigova by Bert Stern for Vogue Paris, October 2002

January 22nd, 2015|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Photographers, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bert Stern’s photographs of the young actress Sue Lyon as Lolita made an impact on the fashion world that is still felt today.   This beautiful editorial by the photographer of bombshell Eva Herzigova show off the looks of those iconic photographs, girl-next-door things like cardigans, gingham, denim with knitwear and lots of innocent but seductive lingerie.  Mixed with some referencing to Andre de Dienes’s early photographs of Marilyn Monroe, this is a beautiful, sensual editorial that remains timeless and inspirational.

 

Sue Lyon as Stanley Kubrick’s iconic Lolita photographed by Bert Stern

December 28th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Classic Celebrities, Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

One of the most iconic images in modern photography comes from the movie poster for Stanley Kubrick’s film adaption of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial book Lolita.  The young actress who embodied this mythical nymphette was Sue Lyon.  In Stern’s photograph, her gaze meets the viewer’s straight on through the reflection of a rearview mirror, peering at you over red hearts, lips pursed on a red lollipop.  The image is provocative, confrontational, sensual, challenging.

In 1960, Kubrick asked his friend photographer Bert Stern to take some pictures of the 13 year old actress he had cast in his upcoming film to generate some pre-filming buzz.  Stern had already made a name for himself with his photographs of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, at the time the most controversial couple in the world.  His photography was candid, intimate, larger than life.  With only a few notes from Kubrick and some of lines from Nabokov’s novel in his head, he took the young actress and her mother out for the day to capture the mood of both the novel and the movie that had yet to be made.  Stern stated that going into a 5 and dime store to buy props for the shoot he saw young girls wearing heart shaped glasses and knew instantly that was what he needed.

The pictures taken that day have revealed themselves slowly over the years.  Some were initially published in 1960 in Look Magazine, others have been published in different retrospectives of Stern and Kubrick since.  Stern, using a 35 mm camera to capture the ‘snapshot’ look he wanted, said he wanted her to look like a girl you see once, glancing around, but that fleeting memory of her stays with you.  Lyon is the definition of a nymphette, lounging, playful, innocent with unwitting sensuality.  The pictures’ sexuality is all within the viewer’s perception, where the mind decides to place them between child and woman.  They remain to this day aesthetic defining for artists, models, designers, photographers and girls obsessed with this complex literary character.

Favorite Movie Posters

September 20th, 2014|Categories: Film|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bedtime Stories by Gibson Fox for Oyster, July 2014

July 22nd, 2014|Categories: Erotica, Fashion Editorials|Tags: , , , , |

This editorial, shot by Gibson Fox for Oyster Mag, is a filthy little Lolita dream! Pigtails, satin bows, colourful makeup, bubbles, teddy bears, bare feet, languid lingerie-clad cuddling! It’s perfect!

Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst, Zoe Saldana and more by Steven Meisel for Vogue June 2000

July 18th, 2014|Categories: Celebrity Editorials & Photo Shoots, Fashion Photographers, Film, TV|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Back in 2000, movies and TV were flush with witty, smart, cute starlets. Some of these lovely girls starred in such iconic movies and The Virgin Suicides, Almost Famous and Lolita. Some of them have gone on to become big names and others have faded away. Seeing them all at the start of their careers is fasinating, especially photographed by such a talented photographed as Steven Meisel. Pls note the minimalist, clean lines, and low heels of the early 00’s – once we’ve done recycling the 90s will this be the next fad?

Angela Bettis, Marley Shelton, Dominque Swain, Azura Skye, Monet Mazur, AJ Cook, Julianne Nicholson, Zooey Deschanel, Kirsten Dunst, Zoe Saldana, Mia Maestro & Amy Smart by Steven Meisel