WAYNE MILLER (1918-2013)
Magnum Photos just announced the passing of Wayne Miller, member since 1958 and president of the collective from 1962-1968.
May his soul rest in peace.
“I got a head full of ideas, that are drivin’ me insane.” ― Bob Dylan, Maggie’s Farm
Jazz musicians Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and Fats Waller look at letters in their hometown of Harlem, New York.
The legendary Jazz pianist Fats Waller was born on this day in 1904. Waller composed a series of hit songs including Ain’t Misbehavin’ and was known for his comic personality. Happy Birthday!
IN MEMORIAM RAY MANZAREK (1939-2013)
Ray Manzarek, one of the original members of The Doors, has died at the age of 74. He is considered one of the greatest keyboard players in rock and roll history. (+) May his soul rest in peace.
Read an obituary on Ray Manzarek on OOTD.
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live. Be a man before being an artist!” ― Auguste Rodin
Adolf Hitler (1889–1945), leader of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP), strikes a pose for photographer Heinrich Hoffmann whilst listening to a recording of his own speeches. These photographs taken reveal how Adolf Hitler rehearsed his hand gestures for his public speeches. He used to ask Hoffmann to take pictures of these so he could see what he would look like to the German people, as one of Hitler’s greatest and most well-known skills was his public speaking, which he used to his advantage to emphasise his notion of a “great national revival” of Germany.
Once he saw them, he would vet the pictures and decide whether to incorporate the various animated movements in his engagements. Hitler later banned them from being published for being “beneath one’s dignity”. But the photos, which were never intended to be seen, survived the war. The vetoed photos were stored in Hoffmann’s studio until his arrest at the end of the war, whereupon they disappeared into various archives.
They were later published in his little-known memoir, “Hitler Was My Friend”, in the 1950s and have now been released in English to be seen by the general public. They capture the meticulous training Hitler undertook to perfect his famous speeches, and give a rare insight into his vanity and controlling personality. (more photos and info here: +, +, +)
PHOTOBOOK: HOLLYWOOD UNSEEN
‘Hollywood Unseen’ is a tribute to Hollywood film studios like Columbia, Paramount, MGM, Universal, Warner Brothers, RKO and Twentieth Century Fox. From the late 1920s to the early 1950s these studios presided over the ‘Golden Age of Cinema’, and their publicity departments created some of the most stunning and iconic images of Hollywood’s stars ever taken.
In this book, for the first time, are photographs showing the ‘ordinary lives’ of the stars, including Rita Hayworth, Gary Cooper, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe and many more. In reality, these photographs were as carefully constructed and prepared as any classic portrait or scene, and they depicted the actors and actresses exactly as the studios wanted them to be seen.
The publicity departments cleverly formed an idealised view of the husbands, wives, children, pets, parties, premieres and hobbies of the stars. Ironically, many of the images were only used once or twice, and were then never seen again. Drawn from the extensive archive of the John Kobal Foundation, this book showcases an extraordinary collection of these hidden photographic gems. (+)
© D. Bowie Archive / V&A Images, 1976, David Bowie
David Bowie in his first movie “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”
This photograph is part of the book “Waits/Corbijn ‘77-‘11” that finally has been published today (find more pictures and information on that book in this previous post).
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