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Book: Elmer Batters, From the tip of the toes to the top of the hose.



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Elmer Batters: from the tip of the toes to the top of the hose. When I first read the title of this book I thought “awesome, I love thigh highs!” A lot of my pinup work revolves around retro or vintage lingerie and thigh highs are an essential part of that. Heck I’ve seen pinups of a woman wearing a bathing suit with thigh highs, which is seriously pushing the idea that they go with everything, but if you can’t do that with pinup where can you read more

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

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.