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Television vs. Talking Heads

In 1984, Talking Heads performed live at London’s Wembley Arena for a BBC Channel 4 special officially titled Once In A Lifetime but more familiarly known as Talking Heads vs. Television. The band’s frontman David Byrne is credited as the creative consultant in this 68-minute long film.   Via. Image Oscillite

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Miroslav Tichý

Miroslav Tichý

Genius or pervert? A little of both prehaps… Via Wiki. Miroslav Tichý  (November 20, 1926 – April 12, 2011) was a photographer who from the 1960s until 1985 took thousands of surreptitious pictures of women in his hometown of Kyjov in the Czech Republic, using homemade cameras constructed of cardboard tubes, tin cans and other at-hand materials. Most of his…

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Delia Derbyshire

Delia Derbyshire

Delia Derbyshire was probably the first true pioneer in electronic music. After all while she was at the BBC’s Radiophonic workshop she did compose one of TV’s most recognizable themes ever! Find out more here..

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The Man with the Kaleidoscope Eyes

The Man with the Kaleidoscope Eyes

via Wiki Alan Aldridge first worked as an illustrator at “The Sunday Times Magazine.” After doing some freelance book covers for Penguin Books, he was hired in March 1965 by Penguin’s chief editor Tony Godwin to become the art director of Penguin Books.[3] Over the next two years as art director, he especially focused on science fiction book covers and introduced his…

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Scarfolk, England

Scarfolk, England

“Scarfolk is a town in North West England that did not progress beyond 1979. Instead, the entire decade of the 1970s loops ad infinitum. Here in Scarfolk, pagan rituals blend seamlessly with science; hauntology is a compulsory subject at school, and everyone must be in bed by 8pm because they are perpetually running a slight…

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Lucas Simões

Lucas Simões

Nice series by Brazilian artist Lucas Simões.

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Dieter Schmitz

Dieter Schmitz

I can’t find anything about this photographer on-line, but his work reminds me of a mixture of Hans Feurer, Guy Bourdin, Art Kane with a pinch of Helmut Newton mixed in. I think he is Swiss.

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Charles Bergquist

great stuff from Charles Bergquist… check out his Eveyday Project HERE.

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King Russ

King Russ

I used to go the Scala Cinema in London regularly to watch the Russ Meyer all-nighters. I talked about that in a long ago post HERE. When they released a special VHS edition of his films, me and a friend met early one morning and queued outside ‘Forbidden Planet‘ in London to get our copies…

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Jungle Pam

Jungle Pam

Via The Selvedge Yard “You’d be hard-pressed to say who was hotter back in the ’70s– “Jungle Pam” in her go-go boots, short-shorts, and titillating tops… or “Jungle Jim” Liberman’s rubber-melting burnouts, wheelstands, and screaming up and down the length of the dragstrip backwards.  Liberman was arguably one of the most flamboyant and memorable showmen…

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Journey Through The Past

If you ever get the chance the see this rare 1973 film directed by Bernard Shakey aka Mr. Neil Young, do so.. It’s mad as hell. There are some amazing performances in it (Buffalo Springfield, CSNY & Neil Young in a barn with a giant bonfire), in between the performances there are some even crazier…

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Picasso’s light drawings

Picasso’s light drawings

Continuing on from last months post on Gjon Mili… here is his famous series featuring Mr. Pablo Picasso.. Text via LIFE When LIFE magazine’s Gjon Mili, a technical prodigy and lighting innovator, visited Pablo Picasso in the South of France in 1949, it was clear that the meeting of these two artists and craftsmen was…

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Gjon Mili

Gjon Mili

Gjon Mili was a pioneer in the use of stroboscopic instruments to capture a sequence of actions in one photograph. He was considered ‘Life’ magazines technical prodigy and lighting innovator. Many of his notable images revealed the beautiful intricacy and graceful flow of movement too rapid or complex for the naked eye to discern. In the mid-1940s he…

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100 Headless Women (NSFW) by Max Snow

100 Headless Women (NSFW) by Max Snow

Maybe NSFW. Another series by photographer & artist Max Snow. The first one we posted you can find here.  

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Black Magic by Max Snow

Black Magic is beautiful series by photographer & artist Max Snow (brother of the late Dash Snow.) Part one of a two part series I’m going to post. Next one next week…

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High Voltage

High Voltage

They don’t make em like they used too… AC/DC Paris 1979.

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Behind HBO’s City…

Behind HBO’s City…

In 1983, the HBO starship was introduced to us via a 30ft model & some old school in camera effects. Viva old school…

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The Rainbow Boogie

This is how the opening paragraph reads in the book ‘Van People – The Great American Rainbow Boogie.’ I got this book about 15 years ago with grandiose plans to write something that involved this purely alien lifestyle to me. People customizing vans that looked cool (inside & out) driving around talking on CB radios…

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Airport Series – Worldport

Airport Series – Worldport

Another piece of amazing architecture about to be gone. I used to fly out of this one a lot as a kid. My earliest memory, a couple having their suitcases ripped off right in front of them while waiting for a cab.. NYC in the late 70’s early 80’s man…! Via Wikipedia Terminal 3 at John…

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The Dirty Dolls

The Dirty Dolls

Via IMDB Johnny, a psychopath, puts together a gang made up of young teenage girls to commit crimes for him. Everything is going well until one day…. Sounds somewhat interesting, only because it’s from the producers of “Teen Age Jailbait & the Suckers.”

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Airport Series – Sundrome

Airport Series – Sundrome

Another example of a piece of architectural history demolished to make way for a “new” terminal. Some of you may remember this Terminal at JFK as the TWA Annex, or more recently the Jet Blue terminal before they completed their own new one. What some of you may not know is the terminal was originally…

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Airport Series – Terminal 8

American Airlines opened Terminal 8 in 1960 at what was then New York International Airport at Idlewild. The terminal was instantly identifiable by the Robert Sowers stained glass facade that covered the entire length of the building. In 2007 American Airlines demolished the terminal to make way for a new one. The airline had hoped…

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Test Card F

Test Card F

Her name is Carole Hersee and she still remains the most aired face in British television history. Her father was George Hersee a BBC engineer who took photos of his daughter when she was eight years old and included it in the first color broadcast test card. That test card was first aired on July…

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Ezra Stoller & T5

Ezra Stoller & T5

As a child I remember flying in and out of the Pan Am terminal (now Delta – soon to be demolished) at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. I don’t really remember it, or certainly any sort of architectural detail of the space, not even the overhang. I do however remember the few times…

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House

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 masterpiece about a school girl who goes with a group of friends to her aunts house for the summer, only to suddenly find themselves experiencing some heavy super natural events taking place. Enter psychedelic craziness coming from all directions. The cool thing about this film is the crass special effects that Obayashi…

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Those Goonies

Those Goonies

If you don’t know “The Goonies”, then I can’t help you, I can only tell you to go watch it. Richard Donner’s 1985 film written by Steven Spielberg  with a screenplay by Chris Columbus is not only a screen capture of 1985, it’s also still a bunch of fun.

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Art Kane

Art Kane

Art Kane was another photographer that was a great influence on me in my early years. You may not have heard his name but I’m pretty confident you’ll recognize his images. Here is a small collection of them.. the most famous being the ‘The Big Meeting’ taken in 1958 in Harlem.

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Discovering Dad

Discovering Dad

An interesting blog on Terry Gilliam started by his daughter Holly. It’s essentially Holly archiving all her dads work from pre-Monty Python to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. It’s only been up a couple of weeks and already there is some interesting stuff starting to appear. For any fan of Gilliam’s work and his unique vision,…

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California Trip

Dennis Stock was an American photojournalist and documentary photographer and a member of Magnum Photos. In 1968 he published a book called California Trip. It’s pretty magaical.. and although all the photos above are not from this book, they show Stocks’ outstanding work including a few photographs he took during the filming of “Planet of the Apes” & “The Last Movie”. Stock…

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Luma Nocturna

Luma Nocturna

The film Luma Nocturna by Dennis Pies, now known as Sky David, was made in 1974. It’s a beautiful abstract piece that uses overlapping dissolves of hand-drawn images to capture the luminescent magic of light strewn across a black city at night.  

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Captain Goodvibes

Captain Goodvibes

Captain Goodvibes is a cartoon strip born from the hand of Tony Edwards. Tony Edwards is an Australian comic book artist and illustrator. The character was inspired by Gilbert Shelton‘s Wonder Wart-Hog and achieved cult status with the Australian surfing community. Here’s a brief rundown from Mr. Tony Edwards himself, via Captain Goodvibes. The History of Captain Goodvibes The Captain…

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Locals Only

Great book released by our friends over at AMMO on Southern Californian skate culture in the mid 70’s by the photographer Hugh Holland. Via AMMO “During the mid-1970s, Southern California was experiencing a serious drought, leaving an abundance of empty swimming pools available for trespassing skateboarders to practice their tricks. From these suburban backyard haunts…

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City Of Ambition

City Of Ambition

Wonderfully haunting photographs by Ferit Kuyas of one of the largest cities in the world. Chongqing, China. The city is  roughly the size of Austria and has a population of approximately 32 million people. See more of Kuyas work HERE.

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John Crawford

John Crawford

Really nice series by New Zealand photographer John Crawford. Via our friends at It’s Nice That.

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Bourdin Polaroids

Bourdin Polaroids

Here are some test polaroids by the late great Guy Bourdin. I’m a fan of Bourdin & Polaroid so it makes them twice as nice. get more on Bourdin

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Other Posters

Tony Nourmand & Graham Marsh are more known for there popular series of books entitled ‘Film Posters of the 60’s’,’70’s’ & ’80’s’… but they also managed to slip out this little rarity back in 2003. ‘X-Rated Adult Movie Posters of the 60s and 70s’. Just as much thought and design went into some of these…

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The Ant Farm

The Ant Farm

Ant Farm made cool shit. Via Wiki Ant Farm was an avant-garde architecture, graphic arts, and environmental design practice, founded in San Francisco in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels. The name was given to them by a friend to whom they had described what they were doing as “underground architecture,” taking the name literally she responded, “oh underground architecture is…

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Jean-Claude Forest

Jean-Claude Forest

Jean-Claude Forest was an illustrator best known for the sexy sci-fi comic strip he created ‘Barbarella.’ The strip was first published in a magazine in France in 1962, but was released to the world as movie in 1967 starring Jane Fonda.   Heres some info on him via Wiki… While at the Paris School of Design…

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Source Family

I was first introduced to Father Yod (aka Jim Baker) by a friend of mine Mary Fagot a few years ago. She was telling me all about this cult guy who along with his disciples ran a health food restaurant on Sunset Blvd and had 13 wives and all kinds of other crazy stuff. It…

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Ken Adam

Ken Adam

Ken Adam is a production designer most famous for ‘Dr Strangelove’ and the James Bond films of the 60’s & 70’s. He is also one of only two German nationals who flew for the RAF in World War II. Here is a interesting clip on him…          

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Wallace Berman

Wallace Berman

Wallace Berman was often referred to as the father of assemblage art. He rose to prominence during the beat scene in California in the late 50’s & early 60’s. He is most known for his magazine ‘Semina.’ You can see him on the cover of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’ He is directly above John…

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Peter Baker

Peter Baker

Really great photographs from photographer Peter Baker… See  more of his work HERE & HERE Awesome stuff!

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Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino is more known for his furniture design and architectural design than he is for his Polaroid photography. Taschen first published a book of his Polaroid’s back in 1994, this is when I discovered him… I knew nothing of his other professions back then, but it’s interesting to see all of the stuff he…

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Haskins

Haskins

I’m a huge fan of this mans work, from the first time I saw it many years ago (too many to identify here) I thought he was BRILLIANT… here’s a piece I did for the wonderful folks over at ‘It’s Nice That’ last year…. this related in particular to his Photographics Book.. but I urge…

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ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ (Chomolungma)

ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ (Chomolungma)

Or otherwise know as  Qomolangma (choh-moh-lahng-mə), “Holy Mother”; Chinese: 珠穆朗玛峰;  Nepali: सगरमाथा, Sagarmāthā or even Mt. Everest, as most of us know it. I have been fascinated by it recently, I’d even say obsessed. I’d gotten it into my head to possibly climb it… Well.. Here’s some facts… it costs about $75,000.00 to climb Everest. This includes the permits (required) and the…

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Steven Shore

Stephen Shore is one of those photographers that for me fall into the same category as say, William Eggleston. The unique ability to shoot the mundane and make it look incredibly interesting. It’s a unique talent and a great influence. Shore is a self taught photography master who one day struck a cord close to…

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Gilbert Shelton

Gilbert Shelton

There will always be a special place for Gilbert Shelton in my world, why you ask? Well, at the age of eleven I was absolutely obsessed with the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Those lovable hippy dope fiends who were out to score or get laid, but always managed to get themselves in to trouble. Addictive…

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Brownjohn

Brownjohn

Robert Brownjohn was one of the most important designers of the last 50 years.  He was also one of the very few who bridged the gap between still and moving image effortlessly.  He is probably most known for his James Bond title sequences for the films ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘From Russia With Love’ (before handing the…