Three Men …

… two photographs, and a wall. Thanks to shihlun for picture #2!

#1: © Rolf Gillhausen, ca. 1950, Three men in front of diagram
#2: © Werner Bischof, 1951, Picasso exhibition, Tokyo

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I first saw this photo on sfmoma's blog about a year ago, without information about the photographer or when it was taken. Today, after re-spotting it - again without credits - I thought I check the web if I can find any reliable information about this photograph, and voilà, here it is:

It was taken by Herb Slodounik, who worked as staff photographer for The Montana Standard where the photo was published in April 28, 1968. For everyone with a account: you can check it here.

The Montana Standard caption:

"GRATE," BUT IS IT ART? is an example of candid humor where the photographer does not intrude or control the situation. This picture was taken several years ago by staff photographer Herb Slodounik in the San Francisco Museum of Art Shot with a Rolleiflex 2. (+)

A few years earlier the photo was published on the famous ‘Miscellany’ back page of Life Magazine / Issue July 26, 1963 (I guess it was taken around that time).

In 1988 it was republished in the book LIFE SMILES BACK by Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr., together with 231 more ‘Miscellany’ photos.


"At the San Francisco Museum of Art, an abstract gets close scrutiny.” (+)

Herb Slodounik died in 2008 after suffering from cancer. You can find more information about his life here.


Kurt Cobain died 20 years ago, on April 5, 1994. It’s crazy how time flies - it doesn’t feel like long ago that I first listened to Nirvana as a teenager, buying albums, singles, videotapes (e.g. Sonic Youth’s 1991: The Year Punk Broke) and bootlegs with my pocket money that was intended for lunch snacks at school. May his soul rest in peace.

Here’s a short excerpt of the 1994 obituary from the New York Times archive:

"Kurt Cobain, the ragged-voiced product of a Pacific Northwest timber town who helped to create the grunge rock sound that has dominated popular music for the last four years, was found dead today at his home here. The police said they believed that Mr. Cobain, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for the influential band Nirvana, killed himself with a single shotgun blast to the head." (read more)

Find an impressive collection of Nirvana photographs and bootlegs here. More photos of Kurt & Nirvana on my blog here.

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© Les Guzman, Sep. 1992, Kurt Cobain in bed

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© Peter Keetman, 1950, 'Schallplatte'

Thanks to regardintemporel. Find more of Keetman’s wonderful photos here.

© Daniel Kramer, Aug. 28, 1965, Bob Dylan, Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, NYC

Created during the transitional years when Dylan turned from folk poet to rock star to acclaimed American cultural icon, Daniel Kramer’s photographs have been hailed by many as "the best pictures of Bob Dylan ever made." Many of these photographs are highlighted in Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, the first feature-length film biography of Bob Dylan. (+)

“I was born very far from where I’m supposed to be, and so I’m on my way home.” ― Bob Dylan, No Direction Home

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© Tomasz Gudzowaty, 2011, Sumo wrestlers, Tokyo, Japan

Wrestlers from Michinoku stable enjoy taking ‘onsen' (hot spring bath) at Kanyaka Ryokan after the autumn tournament in Tokyo.

© Hermann Landshoff, 1948, Young Richard Avedon, New York

American fashion photographer Richard Avedon, who worked as an assistant for Landshoff, considered himself to have been profoundly inspired by him, even being moved to claim that "I owe everything to Landshoff."

If you’re in Munich at the moment make sure to visit the Hermann Landshoff Retrospective at Münchner Stadtmuseum, open until April 21. More information about the exhibition here.