May 31, 2012

Amazing 1960s Celebrity Photos Found in a Photographer's Closet

When Dan Oppenheimer opened the door to Jack Robinson's apartment, he had no idea what he'd discover. He knew that Robinson had been a photographer in an earlier chapter of his life that he rarely spoke of.

Oppenheimer, who had been Robinson's boss at a stained-glass studio in Memphis, recalls that Robinson kept mostly to himself and had very few friends. Few people even knew he had died, which might explain why Oppenheimer found himself in this position to begin with: There was no one else to take care of the effects.

What Oppenheimer did find when he opened the doors was an immaculately tidy apartment with exactly one of everything: One plate, one bowl, one mug. Robinson only wore white shirts and jeans, Oppenheimer says, and his spare white buttons were meticulously organized by size. A few cameras were in a display case. Then he opened the closet.

"I opened this one box, and stacked down to the bottom was Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Jack Nicholson, The Who," Oppenheimer told NPR. "It became very obvious that this was no ordinary photographer."

Jack Robinson, New Orleans, early 1950s (Jack Robinson Archive)

Jack Robinson had been a commercial photographer in New York City — namely for Vogue — long enough to build an archive of some 150,000 prints of the most recognizable faces of the '50s, '60s and '70s.

It wasn't until after his death that Oppenheimer discovered this — and more. Like the fact that Robinson was gay; that he had skyrocketed from a small-town Mississippi home to the upper crust of social hipdom, carousing with Andy Warhol's milieu; that he'd had a serious alcohol problem, which, likely in tandem with other factors, led to his ultimate unraveling.

Ever since Robinson's 1997 death, Oppenheimer has been piecing together the photographer's life — cataloging and publicizing the photos, managing what is now the Jack Robinson Archive. And after more than a decade, a preview of Robinson's work can be seen in the book Jack Robinson On Show: Portraits 1958-72.

Elton John

Ralph Lauren

Melba Moore

Anthony Perkins

Nina Simone

May 30, 2012

Life in Photographs by Dorothea Lange from the 1920s to the 1950s

Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an influential American documentary photographer and photojournalist,best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography.

Dorothea Lange in 1936

17 Beautiful Photos of Brigitte Bardot on the Set of 'Shalako' in 1967

Shalako is a British 1968 Western film directed by Edward Dmytryk, starring Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot, filmed in Almería, Spain. The cast also includes Stephen Boyd, Jack Hawkins, and Honor Blackman, Connery's co-star in Goldfinger. It is based on a novel by Louis L'Amour.

Brigitte Bardot clearly has a lovely time speaking inflected English in an American Western, and Sean Connery is obviously relieved to be, and very strong outside James Bond.

The plot concerns a lot of European aristocrats who insist on shooting wild sheep on a safari in Indian territory. The American Westerners keep putting them down in every way, except in rock climbing (the Europeans have practiced in the Alps), and when the Apache come they are no more villainous (or saintly either) than they ought to be. The movie, directed by Edward Dmytryk, is unpretentiously not so much antiwar as propeace ("There has been enough bloodshed," an Apache chief says near the end, and there has.)

The First Monterey Jazz Festival

The Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) is one of the longest consecutively running jazz festivals. It debuted on October 3, 1958 and was founded by San Francisco jazz radio broadcaster Jimmy Lyons.

The festival is held annually on the 20-acre (8.1 ha), oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds, located at 2000 Fairground Road in Monterey, California, USA on the third full weekend in September, beginning on Friday. More than 500 top jazz artists perform on nine stages spread throughout the grounds, with more than 50 concert performances.

Performers: Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars, Dizzy Gillespie, Ernestine Anderson w/Gerald Wiggins, Cal Tjader Sextet, John Lewis, Shelly Manne, Art Farmer, Milt Jackson, Gerry Mulligan, Harry James Orchestra, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy DeFranco, Shelly Manne & His Men, Max Roach, Modern Jazz Quartet, Lizzie Miles, Benny Carter, and more...

May 29, 2012


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