Photography and Design

Fun Times at Bauhaus Dessau

Those wild and crazy Bauhaus boys and girls, with their improv jazz band and beach antics and clownish poses. They weren’t just dedicated students at what was probably the most influential design school in the 20th century. They were also partying hearty in 1920s Germany… before Fascism put a brutal end to this hotbed...

Newly Exposed: a Bauhaus Master's Dark, Private Photos

Hitler declared his paintings degenerate. Of course, Lyonel Feininger was actually one of the 20th century’s most important American avant-garde artists: at various times a Cubist, Expressionist, and Secessionist. He’s also well known as one of the Bauhaus’s original faculty, and was even a distinguished newspaper comic strip artist. But a photographer? Really? Truth...

3:01 PST. Pacific Standard Gift Book Time, part 1

Forget the Rose Parade; the real reason to be in L.A. right now is Pacific Standard Time… the arts program, not just the zone. A six-month “happening” that kicked off in October, PST is the largest collaborative art project ever undertaken in Southern California. Over 60 museums, galleries, and other institutions allow us to...

Rediscovering The Great Outdoors . . . And My Own Library

While researching an article I’m doing for an upcoming subject on 1920s posters, I pulled several books off my shelf to leaf through hoping to find some supplemental material. One of the volumes I grabbed was “Outdoor Advertising” by Wilmot Lippincott published by the McGraw-Hill Company in 1923. A relatively unassuming looking book from...

I See VU

VU was a French illustrated weekly that innovated graphic design, photo journalism, periodical publishing and more. From March 21, 1928 (five years before LIFE magazine) to May 29, 1940, more than 600 issues were published – many were stunningly printed as sepia rotograveur. Here is a French video about VU. According to a book...

Behind the Scenes of "Lucky"

Since July of 2010, I have been creating monthly visual essays for Imprint. These pieces are part art, part poetry, part storytelling and part design. They combine poetry and prose, illustrations, photography, paper sculpture or three-dimensional typography to create the visual language of my life. For the last two months, my voice has been absent...

Vintage Circus Photography

Last week was kind of a crazy one for technology news, between Adobe, then Apple, then Steve Jobs’ death—not to mention terrible economic news from everywhere. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little bit of a beauty break. Today, I’m just looking at something cool a friend sent along: color...

Emulsion Si, Digital No!

The Center for Alternative Photography focuses on the preservation of emulsion-based photography through the education and promotion of alternative photographic processes. Marcia Lippman is a master of the form. She has been shooting invisible light for 35 years. She uses her camera to locate herself in faraway places, often quite off the map, shooting...

Botany Blueprint: Tara

Specimen #18: Tara (Caesalpinia spinosa) ith its flaming beans and razor-sharp noli me tangere spines, the tree we call, simply, “tara” (Caesalpinia spinosa), is a striking figure, in any landscape. My encounter with tara was by a Pacific tide pool, on a stormy day. The fiery-hued seed pods seemed to advise that we venture...

Polaroid's Back and Lady Gaga's Going Gaga

The Made in Polariod Art Exhibit: 50 Artists, 50 GL10 Printers, 50 Works of Art is “an art exhibit like no other,” says Polaroid.  50 artists were given GL10 Instant Mobile Printers and “the freedom to creat whatever came to mind.” And they are on view in the Polaroid online gallery here. The Made in...