Books »Cowboy Kate and Other Stories

by Sam Haskins (1964)

Sam Haskins, a personal favorite, who passed away last year is perhaps best known for his photography book, Cowboy Kate. A playful, sexy book that features gorgeous black and white photographs of gorgeous women plus pre-computer aided montages and effects, Cowboy Kate & Other Stories is a nostalgic picture story about the Hollywood version of the old west with fast draws, great hats, and raucous fun. The “Director’s Cut”, reissued when Haskins was 81 a few years back features new images never before published. While most photos feature the subjects au naturale, (literally natural, and blissfully without over grooming and augmentation), there are still plenty of style tips to take hold of: hats to die for, clean summer eyelet,  great pair of flat front pants, olde timey boots, and innocently sexy see through lingerie.

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Posted on June 20, 2010

Spend a Couple Minutes »Hipstamatic

iphone app

If you have been seeing those funky, saturated, square photos popping up online, don’t get too down. It’s not that everyone can suddenly afford high end old timey medium format cameras, they just have two bucks for the popular Hipstamatic iphone app which instantly turns digital photos into mini retro pieces of art. Here are a few I’ve taken lately.

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Posted on June 20, 2010

Style Icons: Male »Malick Sidibe

Malian Photographer

I randomly cam across an image by Malick Sidibe the other day and was instantly taken and mesmerized by the vibrant portrait photographers work. From Mali, Sidibe is most famous for his 1960s photos of youth culture in Bamako, Mali’s largest city that was, at the time undergoing immense changes (Mali had gained independence in 1960 then became a socialist state which was later overthrown at the end of the decade.)

The images are not only historically interesting but, for lack of a better word, amazingly cool. Fashion inspiration abounds.

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Posted on June 13, 2010

Style Icons: Male »Guy Bourdin

Provocative Photographer

As a devoted Helmut Newton lover, I am a little shocked with myself for having so little knowledge about the equally provocative fashion photographer Guy Bourdin. Lucky for me, my photographer brother in law touts an impressive collection of Bourdin’s books to school me.

His career is beyond impressive, from Man Ray‘s protege to Vogue contributor to a legacy as one of the industries greatest artist (though a reluctant one). Am dying to see an older BBC documentary about him called Dreamgirls: The photographs of Guy Bourdin, but seems it can only be seen in segments on youtube for now (must watch this weekend). For now, enjoy a small collection below/after the jump of his work.

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Posted on May 2, 2010

Web Sites »Eating Asia

Stunning Food Blog

Inspiring food writer Robyn Eckhardt and the gorgeous photography of David Hagerman will not only put Eating Asia at the top of your favorite food blogs, but Malaysia at the top of your list of places to visit. I particularly love the savory breakfast foods that are heavy on garlic and other bold spices often ignored in Western cooking for the first meal of the day. Some great images from the site are below, all photos are by David Hagerman. Please take a look at the site for even more mouth watering entries.

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Posted on April 4, 2010