Saturday, February 23, 2008

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Brian Finke

Brian Finke’s subjects depict archetypes of modern culture, such as cheerleaders, bodybuilders or flight attendants. By infusing the iconographic into social documentary these pictures give you a fresh new look at a popular culture that is almost overly familiar to us. Although this particular use of artificial lighting in combination with available light is more common in commercial styles of photography his pictures remain within the borders of documentary. Mainly you do get to witness authentic stories, private and intimate views of the photographer’s characters. By emphasizing the seductive element of popular culture through outlining uniformity, however Finke’s pictures serve as a mirror. As ambivalent as it may be we all have an attraction to it. Our culture plays a significant role in our daily dramas as individuals.

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Untitiled, 2006
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Untitiled, 2002
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Untitiled(Bodybuilding#36) 2004
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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sid Avery

An accomplished photographer depicting actors of the golden age of Hollywood’s 1950s and '60s is Sid Avery. With the film studios more and more courting the mass media to promote movies, Avery was often hired to shoot for magazines such as Life and Look to portray celebrities of that time in private surroundings. Gaining the trust of his subjects, the photographer never showed unfavorable sides of the actors. Translating the celluloid proven qualities of his characters into his pictures, Avery’s iconic photography was born out of the growing demand of feeding the public seemingly private glimpses of their favorite star.

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Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and their son, in their home, Los Angeles, 1952

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Couple on motorcycle - Honda ad

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Floyd McCarty

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Being Warner Brothers set photographer in the golden age of Hollywood movies Floyd McCarty has shot some of the most memorable film still photography you can imagine. We all know the pictures he took of James Dean at the sets of the movies East of Eden, Rebels without a Cause and Giants.
Although you can see a lot his his great pictures here and here I am really stunned and disappointed that my online search at google brought about only this short bio at

He was born on June 22, 1913
Dates of professional Activity 1929 - 1975
Attended school up until the 7th Grade.
Worked for Various Newspapers and Magazines including New York Times, L. A. Examiner, (old) Dailey News, Chicago Sun (L.A. Bureau) Member of local 659 photographer’s union.
Worked for various film studios including Warner Brothers, Columbia and Universal.
Most prominent photographic subjects include James Dean, Bogart & Bacall, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Debbie Reynolds, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, John Wayne, Doris Day among many others.
He was a still photographer for many films including East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause, Sayonara, The Left Handed Gun, Baby Doll, The Illustrated Man, Bonnie & Clyde and The Wrong Man and many more.- died October 5, 1999