Month: September 2014

Interview with Michael Torosian, Lumiere Press

Devoted exclusively to photography and working in the fine press tradition, the books made by Canadian printer Michael Torosian are composed in lead, hand-printed and hand-bound. Over the years, these publications have been acquired by more than 100 public institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The International Center of Photography, New York; and ...

REVIEW: Horst, Photographer of Style, V&A, London

The V&A’s retrospective of the 60-year career of Horst P. Horst is a marvellous exhibition, beautifully curated and presented. Alongside dozens of instantly recognisable images (the Mainbocher corset one, the nude with the harp), and a fabulous display of his Vogue covers – he shot more than 90 – are lesser-known male nudes, travel photography, and the ...

REVIEW: Peter Lindbergh, Gagosian Gallery Project Space, Paris

Two exhibitions this weekend have restored my faith in the idea of the white wall gallery as a place to see photography, and see it in a new way. This is the first: Peter Lindbergh’s 30-year retrospective at the Gagosian Gallery’s discreetly luxurious Project Space in le huitieme. The exhibition is spread over two floors. Downstairs ...

REVIEW: Hedi Slimane: Sonic, Fondation Pierre Bergé / Yves Saint Laurent, Paris

A couple of years ago, when I was Art Director of Russian Vogue, I used to design the covers and fashion stories Hedi Slimane shot for us. Among other things, this involved trying to reason with his agent about how to leave a white border of exactly one centimetre around Hedi’s photographs without cropping the photographs, ...

THE SHOOT: Matthew Rolston/Victoria Beckham

In the fourth post of an occasional series the Founder and Curator of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott recounts his experiences working with some of the great photographers of the last century. Here he takes us behind the scenes of a shoot with photographer Matthew Rolston and Victoria Beckham in Paris. Every Haute Couture dress is hand ...

ARCHIVE VIDEO: Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, 2000

Gordon Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft. At the age of twenty-five, Parks was struck by photographs of migrant workers in a magazine and bought his first camera, a Voigtländer Brillant, for $12.50 at a Seattle, Washington, pawnshop. The ...

THE SHOOT: Jeanloup Sieff/Elle Macpherson

In the third post of an occasional series the Founder and Curator of the United Nations of Photography Grant Scott recounts his experiences working with some of the great photographers of the last century. Here he takes us behind the scenes of a shoot with photographer Jeanloup Sieff and Elle Macpherson in London. After many years of admiring ...