Monthly Archives: November 2013

Photography: Bowie Proof Sheets

Is there anyone in the world more photogenic than David Bowie? Many of his album covers (always a self portrait) have become iconic. Everyone knows the lightning bolt make up of Alladin Sane and the weird black and white ‘salute’ of Heroes. His many personas were equally as famous – the half-man-half-dog of Diamond Dogs, The Thin White Duke of Station to Station, Scary Monsters… victorian clown or the young long haired singer/songwriter of Hunky Dory. Even though he’s been photographed 1000’s of times it’s interesting to see the alternate shots – what might have been,  from these famous LPs.

Alladin Sane

Alladin Sane

Alternate Alladin Sane cover shot

Alternate Alladin Sane cover shot

Photograph by Brian Duffy

Photograph by Brian Duffy

Heroes proof sheet

Heroes proof sheet

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Hunky Dory

Hunky Dory

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The famous Diamond Dogs promo shot

The famous Diamond Dogs promo shot

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The contact sheet for the Diamond Dogs album cover shoot

Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

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Design: Those Terribly Designed Gangsta Rap LP’s

It was imperative in the 90’s to “Show the Wealth”, in most gansta rap LPs. Cash, diamonds, girls and pit bulls were the symbols of success. Granted a number of these are mix tape style covers from bands that most haven’t heard of but, jeez louise, whats goin on? I didn’t know photoshop could be used this way, and where do I find the glimmery jewelery filter. These guys (and Lil Kim) were livin’ large, adding Z’s and dollar sign$ to their names willy-nilly and flashin’ the cash. A couple of these are a bit off topic but I found them too funny and odd to ignore. Playa G’s “U Not My Lady” is weirdly boring and Ta Smallz, “Who Killed My Mama?” is just plain sad. The real high point here is the wonderfully designed and titled, Trinidad Jones LP – Dont Be S.A.F.E (Sensitive As Fuck Everyday) and off course Big Bears’- “Doin Thangs”.

187 FAC

187 FAC

Lil' B

Lil’ B

Stackin Chips

Stackin Chips – BXKrazy

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

Lil' Flip

Lil’ Flip

Green Wade

Greenwade

Baller Blockade

Baller Blockin

Robinson Boyz

Robinson Boyz

South Park Mexican

South Park Mexican

Silkk the Shocker

Silkk the Shocker

Playa G

Playa G

Lil' Kim

Lil’ Kim

Top Dog - Slam Dunkin Hoes

Top Dog – Slam Dunk’n Hoes

Ta Small - Who Killed My Mama

Ta Smallz – Who Killed My Mama?

B.G.

B.G.

Bangers & Cash

Bangers & Cash

I love this cover

Trinadad James – *(I love this cover)

Tyga

Tyga

... And the winner is ... Big Bear - Doin Thangs

… And the winner is … Big Bear – Doin Thangs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: Vintage Burlesque Part ?

I’ve posted a lot of these in the past and always get a great response. These women were/are great. Playing by their own rules in the repressed 1950’s. First, check out the great poses (and skin), then the talented well lit photography and finally their unbelievable names; Lady Zorro, Maye Joyce aka The Tiny Mite of Dynamite, SATIN aka The Siren in Silk, etc. For  more of these go to the great site http://burleskateer.tumblr.com/

Lady Zorro

Lady Zorro

Maye Joyce aka The Tiny  Mite of Dynamite

Maye Joyce aka The Tiny Mite of Dynamite

Lilly Christine aka The Cat Girl

Lilly Christine aka The Cat Girl

Fascinating  Colette

Fascinating Colette

SATIN  aka The Siren Silk

SATIN aka The Siren in Silk

Bambi Jones aka. The Garter Girl

Bambi Jones aka. The Garter Girl

Chris Owens

Chris Owens

Angela D’Orsay aka. The Devilish Dish

Angela D’Orsay aka. The Devilish Dish

Hurricane Dare

Hurricane Dare

Rita Grable - in action

Rita Grable – in action

Sequin aka Beauty in the 4th Dimension

Sequin aka Beauty in the 4th Dimension

Sally The Shape - Indeed

Sally The Shape – Indeed

Leah DuBois

Leah DuBois

Adele Latour

Adele Latour

Blaze Starr

Blaze Starr

Charmaine

Charmaine

Do May aka. The Cherokee Half-Breed

Do May aka. The Cherokee Half-Breed

Lee Sharon

Lee Sharon

Gee Whiz -  aka The Grand  Slam WOW of the West

Gee Whiz – aka The Grand Slam WOW of the West

Norma Arden

Norma Arden

Zahara

Zahara

Design: Mondo Movie Posters

Movie posters seem to have no real artistic punch anymore. No more beautiful dames and bright yellow type like noir posters from the 50’s, wild multi-color collages from the 60’s or crazy psych art from the 70’s. Sure, you’ll see the odd poster here and there that amazes you, but for the most part it’s become the star’s big old head smack in the middle of the poster with the co-stars arranged in a V behind him/her, along with some truly disappointing type choices. Thank the good lord for the fine people at Mondo. Employing some of the finest illustrators in the world, Mondo creates beautiful poster art, hand silk-screened in limited runs. They are next to impossible to get because they usually produce no more than 500 of each piece, and when it’s sold out, it’s sold out. The trouble is is that they’re not real movie posters, they’re art hidden in a traditional movie poster format. Now if only the studios would hire these guys to do actual posters and we could stop looking at Tom Cruise’s big fat mug every time we went to the multi-plexes.

Jaws

Jaws

Hitchcock's Psycho

Hitchcock’s Psycho

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver

This Island Earth

This Island Earth

Drive

Drive

The Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein

Aliens

Aliens

The Goonies

The Goonies

Halloween

Halloween

Night of the Hunter

Night of the Hunter

Iron Giant

Iron Giant

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Django Unchained

Django Unchained

Dracula

Dracula

Maniac

Maniac – 2012

Maniac 1980

Maniac 1980

Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch

My Neighbor Totoro - Ghibli Studios

My Neighbor Totoro – Ghibli Studios