Vintage Pin-Up

Pat Lawler was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month August 1955. She is best known for her appearance in the movie Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957). She was photographed by Hal Adams who shot ten Playmate pictorials for Playboy between 1955 and 1957.
Hal Adams stopped shooting for Playboy in the late 50s when Hugh Hefner wanted him to begin featuring more nudity in his photographs.
He was a good friend to New York fashion photographer Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton and Matthew Rolston.

On the Phone

Milla Jovovich photographed by Ellen von Unwerth
Born in Kiev, in what is now Ukraine, Jovovich emigrated with her parents to London when she was five, and then to California. In 1987, at the age of 12, she began modelling when Herb Ritts photographed her for the cover an Italian magazine. Richard Avedon featured her advertisements. In 1988, Jovovich had her first acting role in a television film and that year also appeared in her first feature film. Read more.

The Countess

Knickers Down

Photograph by Jean François Jonvelle .
He was assistant to Richard Avedon in the 1960s. During his career, he made many portraits of women, often his friends: natural young people, often naked, unconcerned. Unlike other fashion and glamor photographers, who offer a provocative woman, Jean-François Jonvelle’s performance is much softer, more natural, more jovial but equally sensual. He died at the age of 58 years of terminal cancer, 15 days after the disease was detected, on January 16, 2002, in Paris.

Nadja Auermann

Nadja Auermann by Pamela Hanson.

Nadja is a German model and actress.

A New York Times fashion columnist, Guy Trebay, wrote of her “ice maiden visage and pole vaulter’s legs”.  She once held the record for being the model with the longest legs in the world in the Guinness Book of Records.

Throughout her career, Auermann worked with numerous well-renowned photographers. The list includes Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Mario Testino, Richard Avedon, Patrick Demarchelier, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, Craig McDean, Steven Klein, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Mario Sorrenti, Ellen von Unwerth,Paolo Roversi, Juergen Teller and Peter Lindbergh, who reckoned her as his muse. (Source)

Sunday: 3 of 6

Jacques Henri Lartigue was a French photographer and painter, known for his photographs of automobile races, planes and Parisian fashion female models. Continue reading

Sunday: 6 of 6

Tina Fey, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Fey is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (1998-2006), for her impression of former Alaska Governor and 2008 Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and for creating acclaimed series 30 Rock (2006–2013) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015–present). (Read more)

Annie Leibovitz photographed John Lennon on the day he was assassinated, and her work was used on two record albums by Joan Armatrading and one of Boz Scaggs. She is the only woman to have held an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
Leibovitz is much influenced by Richard Avedon, and his ‘personal reportage’, developing close rapport with her subjects.
Leibovitz had a close relationship with writer and essayist Susan Sontag from 1989 until Sontag’s death in 2004. During Sontag’s lifetime, neither woman publicly disclosed whether the relationship was a platonic friendship or romantic. (Read more)

Thursday: 6 of 6

Fashion photograph by Avedon from 1957.

Tuesday: 2 of 6

Allen Ginsberg, poet, photographed by Richard Avedon.

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night” (from Howl)