Friday, August 3, 2012

Jenny Danziger. 2000 - 2012

Photograph by Elliott Erwitt

It's not everyday that a $5 dog found on and picked up at a kill shelter in rural Virginia goes on to live on Park Avenue and be photographed by some of the world's top photographers, but in her relatively long and always happy life, our dog Jenny had the pleasure of being photographed by Elliott Erwitt and The Sartorialist. She had an outsize personality and an even bigger heart and will be deeply missed by just about everyone who knew her.

For my 50th birthday, my wife surprised me by commissioning Eliott Erwitt to photograph Jenny with our kids. While I wasn't there for the secret sitting, apparently Erwitt startled the children even more than Jenny by getting down on his hands and knees and barking at Jenny before each picture!

Photograph by Elliott Erwitt

Several years later, I persuaded Scott Schuman to photograph our brood for a Christmas card and the result, with Jenny focused on something out of frame, captured her perfectly.

Photograph by The Sartorialist

One of my own favorite pictures of Jenny was taken in Bellport where Jenny liked nothing more than to go exploring and get as dirty as possible! I always thought she looked like she had been face-painted to look like a tiger in this snap!

As one of my son's friends was kind enough to text me after hearing the news of Jenny's passing "She was the best dog ever!"

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lisa Taylor

Going through polaroids recently at The Andy Warhol Foundation, I came across this beautiful and unique shot of 70s model Lisa Taylor. The following week I was in London and saw this picture below hanging at the Tate Modern. It's Helmut Newton's famous photograph of Lisa often credited as being the first mainstream image where a woman was the desirous/seductive partner. So whatever happened to Lisa T?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bill Dane

Also seen at the "Exposed" exhibition at the Tate Modern, this late 70s/early 80s picture by Bill Dane is not a fashion photograph but it's every bit as good as that other non-fashion photograph, "Satiric Dancer" by Andre Kertesz.

Satiric Dancer by Andre Kertesz. 1927.

Malick Sidibe

A young couple dancing by Malick Sidibe. The gesture and the moment are just so sweet - their bare feet, the way their heads are almost touching, the formality of their clothes. It's a picture of people falling in love.

Friday, July 30, 2010