L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Always finding beauty new - photographs by Lakin Ogunbanwo


Lakin Ogunbanwo (1987, Lagos, Nigeria), fashion and art photographer. He studied Law in Nigeria and Great Britain before moving into photography in 2012. Since then he's built an international reputation for his dramatic and enigmatic images, work that bridges the worlds of fashion and fine art. His photographs have been featured in such publications as the New York Times, i-D, GQ, Riposte, and many others.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Theme and inspiration - a Russian photograph and two Russian paintings.

The Shower, by Boris Vsevolodovich Ignatovich, 1935.
After the Battle, by Aleksandr Deyneka, 1937-42.
After the Battle, by Georgy Gurianov, before 2013.


Boris Vsevolodovich Ignatovich (4 April 1899, Slutsk - 4 April 1976, Moscow), Russian photographer, photojournalist, and cinematographer. He was a pioneer of Soviet avant-garde photography in the 1920s and 1930s, one of the first photojournalists in the USSR, and one of the most significant artists of the Soviet era.

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Deyneka (20 May 1899, Kursk - 12 June 1969, Moscow), Soviet Russian painter, graphic artist, and sculptor. He was regarded as one of the most important Russian modernist figurative painters of the first half of the 20th century.

Georgy Konstantinovich Gurianov (27 February 1961, Leningrad - July 20, 2013, Saint Petersburg), "a cult figure in the Leningrad underground scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Originally the drummer in the rock group Kino [...] he became a full-time artist and member of the two most important art movements to emerge at the end of the Soviet Union: the New Artists and the New Academy. The New Academicians sought to restore the figurative in contemporary art and a return to the Classical ideals of beauty, allowing them to explore, more or less openly, androgyny and homoeroticism in art." - Sotheby's

Sunday, October 20, 2019

In the midst of Kowalski - portraits of Marlon Brando by Carl Van Vechten, 27 December 1948

A year and twenty-four days into the run of "A Streetcar Named Desire", Brando was twenty-four years old when these photographs were taken.