M. Monroe #8


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. 

Residents: Inside the Iconic Barbican Estate

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.