Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, and oddly, my grandmother (she was a prominent textile designer through the 50's to 2006) all studied with this man, hailed as the ultimate graphic design and aesthetic genius of his time. His work was so forward thinking, he revolutionized how people saw layout forever.
Post Christmas, I spent two or three days doing something I absolutely love, researching and putting myself through my own kind of art school. I (obviously) had classes with the great photography masters I've been obsessively posting on lately, but also, I discovered a whole free drawing school just waiting for those of us looking to teach ourselves. It's free, on youtube. Duh.
Here are a few examples of the lessons I got and geeked out on, but put in 'how to draw' and hundreds of awesome videos will pop up.
I thought Weegee was a standard mainstay for those interested in photography and/or art, but apparently not. Allow me to share for those who don't know.
Weegee (nee Arthur Fellig) was one of the first photographer's to document crime scenes in New York City, back in the wild days of the 30's and 40's when the mob was knocking people off left and right. He is a huge influence on a number of notable modern photographers.
"In 1938, Fellig was the only New York newspaper reporter with a permit to have a portable police-band shortwave radio. He maintained a complete darkroom in the trunk of his car, to expedite getting his free-lance product to the newspapers. Weegee worked mostly at night; he listened closely to broadcasts and often beat authorities to the scene." *
Weegee's stark black and white's documented grimey city life like no one before him, and almost none after.
To find out more about Weegee hop on the google train. There isnt one cohesive website for him, since he was in the ground 30 years before the internet got big.
I don't know about anyone else, but I love to exercise my noggin. In the miami airport earlier this month, I picked up a copy of an old favorite magazine for flexing the brain deck, The Atlantic Monthly. Started in the 1800's to promote independent thinking and liberal politics (think anti-slavery, etc.).
They print some of the most thorough, intelligent (and readable!) journalism out there. Anyone looking for genuine news and unbiased information, this will be appreciated.
They just went through a design overhaul, and I only just discovered their website, but if growing your skull sponge interests you, I would recommend you look into the Atlantic.
You can find them on any newsstand pretty much, or online, here: www.theatlantic.com If you're lazy, they even have a group on Facebook.
All photos borrowed from theatlantic.com's current home page. Hit it.
How the fuck did these two gawky white boys get so much soul. I am lying, this is not the soundtrack to today, this is the soundtrack to the week, and to the last month while we're at it. Ladies and Gentleman, by way of Akron, Ohio, The Black Keys.
I give it to them for keeping their grungy nerd looks intact.
I think the below video is pretty boring, but the song is great:
That's it, if you know the Black Keys' manager per chance, send them my way. I am going to direct their next video. They need something as epic as their music:
snap this little ditty up before their all gone. At 3 GBP, they are a STEAL. God bless the internet.
"Tags: East London" is a DIY zine for all you lovers of letters / tags / drippy tags and features a collection of photos documenting some of the tags that we have spotted in and around the streets of East London. The zine is A5 in size, a yellow cover with black and white images and a splash of colour images. 30 pages in total and yours for only £3.00.
The zine includes photos featuring tags from Oker, Nylon, ATG, INk F, Tek13, Cept, Sickboy and Word To Mother to name a few.
I went to elementary school with Emily. Like five fuckin years old, running around the gym pulling people's hair elementary school, a million years ago. Granted, that was where all the artsy parents and freaks sent their kids so we expect weird miracles, but homegirl was just nominated for a grammy. She taught herself to play the guitar at 16. Now she is twenty three.
Her album came out in the summer on J records, and if you like neo-soul, urban pop, R&B, guitar strummin' soulful girl-singing type music, you will love her. I'd call her the female John Legend.
I am in charge of marching the Darling army. I like paints, painters, paintings, and painted things. I like photos and writing , boards with wheels, drums, typewriters and wheat beer. I like documentaries, 35mm, and video. Darling is mostly me, sometimes a multitude of others.
I like newspapers, black and white, and British humor. Airplanes are my resting place, and I'm still shocked anyone would ever rent me a car. I can name that artist like you can name that street. Tell me and I will forget, but I will remember later I promise. I pay attention.