Saturday, October 22, 2016

Traffic Control in Krakow, Poland During the Nazi Occupation in 1941

Under the terms of two decrees by Hitler (8 October and 12 October 1939), large areas of western Poland were annexed to Germany. These included all the territories which Germany had lost under the 1919 Treaty of Versailles, such as the Polish Corridor, West Prussia and Upper Silesia, but also a large area of indisputably Polish territory east of these territories, including the city of Łódź.

Some Polish institutions, including the police, were preserved in the General Government. Political activity was prohibited and only basic Polish education was allowed.

20 Fascinating Vintage Photographs That Show Paris Life in the 1920s

After the austerity and bloodshed of World War I, France longed for joy and light-heartedness. Pre-war values were rejected as people embraced new lifestyles and new technologies, and discovered a lust for extravagance and partying that had the era named Les Années Folles (the Roaring Twenties, or the 'mad years'). Cars appeared on the roads; picture houses opened, projecting the world's first silent movies; radios appeared in households; jazz flourished, and musical halls – where icons like Josephine Baker and Maurice Chevalier launched their careers – became the places to see and be seen in.

Paris was at the heart of it all, not only in terms of fashion and entertainment, but in the domains of decorative art and architecture, as movers and thinkers drew inspiration from cubism, modernism and neoclassicism to create the 'total' style we know and love today: art deco. Such was the impact of this 'modern style' that it carried on well into the 1930s.

A triporteurs race is shown passing under a backdrop of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, January 1920. (Keystone-france / Getty)

Two Parisian women enjoy an afternoon cup of coffee, circa 1925. (Branger / Roger Viollet / Getty Images)

The Eiffel Tower is shown peeking between the Parisian back streets. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Two women elegantly show off the fashions of their era. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Children are seen selling lilies in the streets of Paris, 1930. (Anonym / IMAGNO/Austrian Archives (S))

23 Color Found Photos Captured Venice in the 1960s

Here is a collection of 23 interesting color found photos that captured everyday life of Venice, Italy in the middle of 1960s.

Feed time, December 1971

60 Beautiful Wedding Dresses You Could See in the 1920s

The 1920s was really outstanding for fashion, and wedding dresses were not also an exception. These vintage photos below will explain this.

Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley during the filming of Viva Las Vegas in 1963

Gorgeously Surreal Fashion Photography by Guy Bourdin During the 1970s

Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was one of the most radical and influential fashion photographers of the twentieth century. His unique blend of surreal and erotic imagery filled the pages of international magazines such as French Vogue during the 1970s and became synonymous with Charles Jourdan’s revolutionary advertising campaigns. Rejecting the typical ‘product’ shot in favour of staging unsettling mise en scene that hint at consumption, sex and desire, his photographs sought to shock and ignite the viewer’s curiosity.

In 1950 he met Man Ray in Paris and became his protégé. Consequently surrealism was ever-present in his work and he was forever drawing fresh inspiration from figures as disparate as Alfred Hitchcock and Lewis Carol. He cleverly fused a very European aesthetic with the post-war Pop culture of the west coast, USA.

Bourdin realised that it is not fashion itself that seduces people but the fantasy it represents. Psychodrama and the theatre of the absurd pervade his work; a true master of the storyboard, Bourdin rigorously planned his compositions for fashion shoots to suit the format of the printed page. Conceived long before the advent of digital retouching, he went to tremendous lengths to produce highly stylised images, often pushing his models to their limits to achieve his desired vision.