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04 AUGUST 2012

A collection of dramatic images: vintage fashion photographs

A list of weblogs featuring compelling photographs.

Fig.1 Bill Silano for Harper's Bazaar, 1967 from PHOTO Album Collection, 1973.

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1960s19671970s1973a collection of dramatic imagesarresting images • Bill Silano • blog • Charles Matton • collectiondesign formalismfashion blog • Harpers Bazaar • Herbert Levine • photographyTumblrvintage • vintage fashion • vintage imagesvintage photographsvisual communicationvisual dramavisual spectacle

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Simon Perkins
11 JULY 2012

Maurizio Anzeri: embroidered patterns on found vintage photographs

"Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person's thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. The image used in Round Midnight is an early 20th century 'glamour shot' that at the time would have been considered titillating for both the girl's nudity and ethnicity. Anzeri's delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation's cross–cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.

'I've been collecting old photographs for a long time. A few years ago I was doing ink drawings with them and out of curiosity I stitched into one. I work a lot with threads and hand stitching, and the link to photography was a natural progression. I put tracing paper over the photo and draw on the face until it develops. Sometimes the image comes straight away, suggested by a detail on a dress or in the background, but with the majority of them I spend a lot of time drawing. Once the drawing is done, I pierce the photo with a set of needle–like tools I invented and take the paper away; the holes are obsessively paced at the same distance to convey an idea of geometry. When I begin the stitching something else happens, drawing will never do what thread will–the light changes, and at some points you can lose the face, and at others you can still see under it.'

'There's a dynamic in what happens between the photograph, the embroidery on top, and you standing in front looking at it. I try never to completely cover a face, you can always still see the face underneath. There are no rules other than I always leave one or both eyes open. Nothing is bigger in my head than a face, it's the best landscape we can look at. It's all to do with the centre, the body. Like a costume or other identity, my work reveals something that is behind the face that suddenly becomes in front. It's like a mask–not a mask you put on, but something that grows out of you. It's what the photo is telling you and what you want to read in the photos. I get my ideas from many different sources: it could be theatre, or someone dressed up on the tube, a tribe in Papua New Guinea, or Versace. It's never one specific thing.'

'Photographs from the 40s and 50s have a totally different quality from photos we're used to today. We don't recognise them as photographs now, they really look like watercolours or drawings. The images I use are anonymous, I find them everywhere; I'm really into flea markets and car boot sales, when you enter you have no idea what you're going to encounter. In everything I see there is something I am interested in, but I try to look at them as plain canvas. Art history is very important to me, it's all been done before but it's never been done by you: if you don't look into the past there is no chance to go into the future. The surrealist movement is important to my work, but I don't become obsessed by it, it's not dictating rules. I understand history in a formal respect, and think of past artists like travelling companions–making work is like going for a walk with them. At the end of the day it's about humanity.'"

(Saatchi Gallery)

Fig.1 Maurizio Anzeri, "Rita", 2011, Embroidery on photograph, 23.5 x 17.5 cm.

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antique • antique appearance • art history • car boot sales • costumecraft nostalgia • cross-cultural anxieties • design craftdesign revisionism • elaborate costumes • embroidered patternsembroidery • embroidery on photograph • facefigures • flea markets • foundfound imagesgeometryglamour shot • hand stitching • inner thoughts • making art with recycled materialsmask • Maurizio Anzeri • modesty • needle • nostalgia • old photographs • overlaying • photographportrait • psychological aura • Saatchi Gallerysewing • sharp lines • silky shimmer • stitchedstitching • surrealist movement • textile arts • threads • travelling companions • veiledvintage

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Simon Perkins
26 MARCH 2012

Crash test: the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu vs. the 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air

"In the 50 years since US insurers organized the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car crashworthiness has improved. Demonstrating this was a crash test conducted on Sept. 9 between a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu. In a real–world collision similar to this test, occupants of the new model would fare much better than in the vintage Chevy.

'It was night and day, the difference in occupant protection,' says Institute president Adrian Lund. 'What this test shows is that automakers don't build cars like they used to. They build them better.'"

(Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 9 September 2009)

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1959200950th anniversaryanniversaryautomaker • build them better • carcar crash • cars • Chevrolet • Chevrolet Bel Air • Chevrolet MalibuChevycollisioncrashcrash testcrashworthinessdebunkingdemonstrationdesign • dramatic demonstration • engineering • GEP • good engineering practice • high-speed camerahighway safetyhistorical revisionism • IIHS • insurance • insurance company • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety • protectionreal-worldroad safetyrobustnesssafetysafety by designslow motionslow motion photographytestUSAvintage

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Simon Perkins
26 MARCH 2012

Extensive collection of vintage pocket calculators

"1970s Vintage desktop and pocket calculators listed by company (131 identified brands, 613 calculators). ..., it is crazy to think that in many of these calculators you have a chip that is bigger in size than one of the Intel Core Family processors."

(Vintage Technology)

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1970s20th centuryarchaeologyartefactcache • calc • calculator • calculators • collection • company list • computer historyconsumer electronics • desktop calculator • digital technologyelectronicselectronics industrygadgethistory of information technology • Intel Core • LCD • material archive • material cultureobsolescenceobsoleteobsolete technology • pocket calculator • prehystories of new media • processor • product designredundant technology • technical collection • technological changetechnologytechnology and culturetechnology innovationvintagevintage technology • web museum

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Simon Perkins
12 DECEMBER 2011

Vintage 1950s advertising posters in disused passageways

"Vintage 1950s advertising posters in disused passageways at Notting Hill Gate tube station, London – photographed in 2010

Many people now know the story of the uncovered and disused ex–lift passageways in Notting Hill Gate tube station that LU workers rediscovered in 2010 after 50 years of being sealed up. ...

This view looks towards where the stairs down to the lifts would have been and shows the original 1900 tiled finishes along with a wall of posters, the Victor Galbraith 'Party Travel' poster, with an elephant, issued by London Transport itself being prominent.

The posters and passageways have, after much thought, been re–entombed and are again inaccessible so please don't pester the station staff"

(London Transport + Mikey Ashworth, 24 May 2010)

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1950s195619592010advertisingadvertising posters • Around the World in Eighty Days (film) • Astoria Theatre • Charing Cross Road • David Niven • Deborah Kerr • disused • elephantfilm poster • hidden posters • Leicester Square Theatre • LondonLondon TransportLondon Underground • Notting Hill Gate • Notting Hill Gate Station • old posters • Party Travel • passageway • pastposter • Rita Hayworth • Separate Tables (film) • tiletime capsuleTube (transport)tube station • Victor Galbraith • vintage • Wendy Hiller

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Simon Perkins
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