July 22, 2014

Cuba Then

Cuba Then (Monacelli Press) features some 260 images from the Ramiro A. Fernández Collection of more than 4000 photographs of Cuba dating back to the late 1800s. It is a sequel to I Was Cuba(Chronicle Books), which in 2007 offered a first selection of similar images from Fernández’s in-depth and often intriguing holdings. A New York-based former photo editor for various Time, Inc. magazines (Entertainment WeeklyPeoplePeople en Español) and current contributing photo editor of Americas Quarterly, Fernández emigrated from his native Cuba to Florida with his mother, sister and 22 pieces of luggage when he was eight years old. That was in 1960, shortly after the triumph of Fidel Castro’s dictatorship-crushing political revolution.

1. Annemarie Heinrich, The Lecuona Cuban Boys on tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1940-1941), silver print, 8 x 10 inches. This was a popular Cuban orchestra, which toured the world extensively during the 1930s and 1940s. It was founded and promoted by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona (all photographs courtesy The Monacelli Press unless stated otherwise)

2. Photographer unknown, an unidentified Cuban youth takes part in a voluntary security detail outside the Habana Hilton as curious onlookers edge in for a glimpse of Fidel Castro, who had moved into the hotel for a while (January 1959), silver print, 5 x 7 inches.

3. Photographer unknown – World Wide Photos, unidentified performer in a Cuban-operated circus carrying an anaconda (non-indigenous) snake in Camagüey, Cuba (circa 1942), silver print, 8 x 10 inches.

4. Photographer unknown, the actor Alec Guinness in the Old Havana section of the Cuban capital, seen here in a publicity still from the movie, “Our Man in Havana.” The movie was an of the British author Graham Greene’s 1958 novel. This Columbia Pictures motion picture was the last Hollywood-scale production carried out in Havana before relations between the United States and Cuba were severed (1959), silver print, 8 x 10 inches (courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

5. Photographer unknown, Passengers on a municipal bus (known as a “guagua” in Cuban Spanish), Havana (1954), silver print, 8 x 10 inches

6. Panama Pacific Line, Morro Castle, situated at the entrance to Havana Harbor, viewed from the port side under misty conditions (circa 1925), silver print, 8 x 10 inches

7. Photographer unknown, a rain-soaked crowd during a storm on Havana’s gulf-side avenue and promenade, the Malecón, with a view toward the east (circa 1935), silver print, 8 x 10 inches

Cuba Then (2014) is published by The Monacelli Press.

July 17, 2014

Vintage Ink Passion

July 7, 2014

Shall We Dance?

1. Arthur Elgort

2. Volkmar K.Wenztel

3. Cristiana Couceiro

4. 1951

5. Bob Gruen

6. Hugh Thomson

7. 1962

8. Inge Morath

9. lobby card for My Fair Lady

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Filed under: vintage photography 
June 29, 2014

What is Your Favorite Thing to Touch? written and illustrated by Myra Tomback Gibson (1965)

June 29, 2014

The Little Fireman - illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Little Fireman - written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina (1975 edition).

June 25, 2014

The Black Cat Posters

June 19, 2014

| Calçada do Duque,Lisboa. (1940)


Calçada do Duque,Lisboa. (1940)

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Filed under: old Lisbon vintage 
June 17, 2014

From 30 Vintage Movie Posters from Japan

1. Kiyoshi Awazu, poster for Double Suicide, 1969 (Awazu on 50 Watts)

2. Kurosawa’s own artwork for Dodes’ka-den (Clickety Clack), 1970

3. ”Young Miss” (Ojo san) movie poster, 1930 . via Pink Tentacle

4. For a Few Dollars More, 1967

5. Masculin Féminin, 1966. via Zero Focus

6. House, 1977. via Gurafiku

7. Rififi, 1955

8. Onibaba, 1964

June 17, 2014

The Literate Cat

1. Patricia Highsmith with Ripley

2. W.H. Auden with Pangur

3. Doris Lessing with Black Madonna

4. Samuel Becket with Murphy and Watt

5. William Carlos William with Adam and Eve

6. Edward Gorey with Harp, Brown and Company

7. André Bazin with Chaplin

8. Jean-paul Sartre with Nothing

9. Truman Capote with Tiffany

10. A very literate cat.

June 16, 2014

Baron Wolman

Groupies and Other Girls