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Notting Hill Sound Systems


I â¤ï¸ this little photo book or photo zine, Notting Hill Sound Systems, by Brian David Stevens and published by Cafe Royal Books. It’s all double trucks of PA systems set up for the 2004 Notting Hill Carnival.

Brian David Stevens tweeted to me that these shots were done with a “leica m3 voigtlander 25mm (and maybe my 40mm) trix-x!” I must say, the medium incorporates with the subject exceedingly well. I love how this shows some down and dirty systems that forgo things like read more

Fashion Photography Now


Fashion Photography Now

Fashion Photography Now by Catherine Chermayeff. Great photo book of 50 different fashion photographers from film’s apex. The images are from 1997-1999 and are largely analog with a couple rather obvious and dismal-by-today’s-standards forays into digital. A really great book with creative and interesting images. Amazon has them for two cents plus shipping and it’s well worth it to add this gem to your library. Word of parental warning this book does contain read more

Mondo2000: A Users Guide to the New Edge


From my library Mondo2000: A Users Guide to the New Edge. I loved this book and it was a huge influence on me. It came at a point when computer graphic design first became usable and images were first digitized and manipulated. Mondo2000 is an incredible glimpse into the primordial ooze that birthed a Digital Pre-Cambrian Explosion of experimentation, diversity, and ultra-visual communication. It started as a magazine which I often bought at the only book shop in town that carried it. read more

John Deakin


John Deakin was a photographer for Vogue magazine back in the day. His work was largely forgotten and poorly handled. Much of it shows the ravages of time. He was very much about raw, truthful portraiture which of course put him at odds with the golden age of Hollywood glamour photography.

Doorbuster deals at Daedalusbooks.com


I just got a box of books the other week from Daedalusbooks.com some of which center around film photography, and all were crazy good deals. First up is Miami Graffiti by James Murray & Karla Murray (ISBN 9783791341620). This is a pretty cool little book of street art from Miami. Most of the work depicted is awesome, some of it resonates a little less with me. The photography of the street art is pretty good. Best thing is the price, Daedalus wants $3 for it!

Next up is Vintage 80s: read more