Marilyn Monroe hairdress test for Let's Make Love, 1960. Although it’s just a functional image, I love the surreal composition of this. I think I may prefer all of the photography surrounding Monroe’s films – especially the many candid shots of her reading – than the films themselves.
Ed Ruscha with six of his books on his head. Photograph by Jerry McMillan, 1970. I would love a copy of every one of those, but mostly I want that shirt because hot damn.
Photographer Peter Byrne visited 45 different ranches in twelve states to capture the life of the contemporary cowboy. This Land, designed by myself, is the result of this shooting adventure. The book is launched this weekend at Print Stuff, York's new independent print and publishing fair, and is available to buy from Peter's shop.
As both a professional photographer and resident of the Barbican Estate resident, Anton Rodriguez has combined his passions to make the excellent Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate. The book explores the interiors and inhabitants of 22 flats; a sun-drenched blend of iconic modernist furniture and personal stories. There's also an essay by Katie Treggiden, looking at the history of the site and exploring why there is such an interest in peeking behind those curtains. It's a wonderful book about a wonderful place – probably the closest you'll get to actually living their yourself.
I have a camera. I think I know how it works. There's the turny bit, and there's the inny-outy bit, and there's all those numbers and letters that do stuff. I'm particularly proud of some of the things I've shot with it, such as Some Feet and Nice Breakfast With Chorizo and the ongoing Distant Blurred Son series. But then I see the work of a real photographer like Pip, and I realise I know nothing at all. He uses his little black box to capture light and character and moment and turn it all into something more. His portraits of British actors are particularly beautiful (although if you ask me, capturing someone's essence by shooting their face rather than their feet is just cheating). Check out his portfolio for more of this sort of thing.
I was going to do a post about the work of legendary photographer Terry O’Neill, but whilst perusing his work on Artsy, it soon became apparent that there was simply too much amazingness to choose from. So instead, here's a more contained collection: his 1970s James Bond set photographs, caputing Connery, Lazenby and Moore at their Bondiest (plus a bit of bonus Blackman). For more of this sort of thing, check out O’Neill's book, All About Bond.Read More
Virgin Records celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2013. Photographer and designer Brian Cooke was there at the very beginning, shooting everyone from Mike Oldfield to the Sex Pistols. I met him in his York studio to discuss his work for the label, and his part in the origins of that iconic logo.Read More