Pinup Life in the Kitchen

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Gil Elvgren “Confidentially This Sticks”

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by Paul Cernia

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by Pete Hawley

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Earl Moran

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Al Moore

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1950s advertising

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1950s Kraft Food ad

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Modern Wife 1940s

 

1950s ad
and of course Dita von Tease
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Loulou von Brochwitz

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victorian “threesomes” and 1920s fashion ads

Previous post made me look for more 1920s ads with groups of two men and one woman I found a couple of them. I suppose such groupings are a carryover from Victorian times when a woman was supposed to have several suitors in waiting. So in addition to 1920s, I include here one ad from La Belle Epoque.

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Story of red scarf

An image from the New York Public Library of 1920s ad, depicts a girl and two men hanging out on the beach. Red scarf here is “oh-so-fashionable” accessory added to create contrast with girl’s blue swimsuit. But the USSR, red scarf was a bit more than a cute fashion statement -it was always inseparable from the revolutionary rhetoric..red being a communist flag, a flag that was said to be stained with blood of comrades fallen in the struggle for freedom. So in the oeuvre of Soviet photography red scarf was de rigueur element, that was to emphasize communist women workers. 

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photo by Dmitry Baltermants 1971

photo by Boris Kaufmann, Soviet Moldavia 1966

some Russian photography via Houston Fotofest

I wish I could see “Contemporary Russian photography show” in Houston
but here are a few good photos i found looking through the pages of auction listings
sergey maximishin
Sergey Maximishin has lots of great photos on his site…I liked the story of Shoyna, a Russian fishing village devastated by environmental consequences of overfishing.
Next is Tatyana Plotnikova there are lot of good images on her site as well; my picks are from the series “Bathers” and “North Corrida.”


Also Margo Ovcharenko’s series Hermitage
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And the last one i a vintage image from 1979 called “Last Ring of the School Bell, Ulyanovsk” by Shechekoldin

Van Arno’s painting that made me laugh

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This is from Van Arno’s show “The Boogie Disease” and this piece is called Tongue For Turnips On Tobacco Road
i loved this one as well
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titled Thank The Lord For The Night Time
good to know T.H. Benton style of painting lives on in a constantly evolving form..here’s a couple from Benton
Benton, Thomas Hart (1899-1975) - 1964 Twist
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“Poker Night” based on a movie Streetcar Named Desire

deja vu

just saw Mad Men poster…very nicely done indeed. But it reminded me of something …

here’s my self portrait from 2007
vlad voloshin self portrait
which was done in response to Aaron Hawks series of self portraits but in particular to this one below

Mister Hawks has quite a few self-portraits in the same vein here’s one more
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life is strange sometimes…

note on photobooks

Thanks to Alec Soth best books list
I found a couple interesting books:
Watabe Yukichi “Criminal Investigations” published by Editions Xavier Barral EXB
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and another book by the same publisher, a work of American photographer Jane Evelyn Atwood “Rue Des Lombards” a series about prostitution
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and one more book, so i don’t forget, “Surrounded by No one” is by Margaret M de Lange
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