Fabulous is a word that gets tossed around freely by gay guys. That said, sometimes the word fits the deeds. Ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous, Francesco Scavullo.
“Acknowledged to be the dominant photographic influence on American fashion and beauty, Francesco Scavullo has photographed almost every celebrated man, woman and child in the world today. His photographs have graced the covers of magazines such as Rolling Stone, Life, Time, Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Mademoiselle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Harpers & Queen, L’Officiel, Woman and Max, to name a few. Francesco photographed the covers of Cosmopolitan for 30 years. He has shot many movie posters, including A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand. Francesco has also done many album covers. Edgar Winters’,They Only Come Out At Night, is the first Rock & Roll cover with full drag make-up. Diana Ross’ Diana album shows her with no make-up, wet hair, wet tee shirt, and torn jeans.”
Daniele Buetti. Swiss Artist. Here’s what Wikipedia had to say about his practice:
Buetti develops his work complexes during a number of years, exploring issues in a medium adapted from popular culture, specifically created for the subject. The header-name given to each work complex is an integral part of the piece; usually in English, it follows basic laws of global accessibility. Once Buetti feels that a particular area of concern has been completely exploited, he moves on. Sensitive tomass culture and headline issues, he subsequently builds up new aesthetic strategies for a campaign including new paradigma of what makes the world turn. Within this diversification of expression, his themes remain closely related. Characteristic of his work is a choice of unsophisticated materials and techniques: his practice includes cardboard, tape, wallpaper, party lights and decorations, household paint and the use of on-site situations. His source material he often finds in newspapers and magazines; It can also be inspired by TV series or movie films. The use of popular images enables the viewer to access his work on an emotional rather than an intellectual level. His visual catalogue of concerns touches on fashion, football, cataclysms, terrorism, beauty, love, death, religion, to mention only the major themes.
I have a problem…I’m a magazine junky. I read all of them and I keep all of them. It’s drives my husband crazy—the ever-growing stacks of glossy, aspirational decorating magazines. The nightstands in our guest rooms are heavy with reams of old National Geographic, Elle Decor, and Martha Stewart Living. But I digress.
Until today, I had no idea that one of the gifted photographers in all those pages was Eric Paisecki. He takes the most wonderful photographs. You can check out all his portfolio here:
This is one of many beautiful photographs on an even more beautiful blog I found this afternoon. It’s called the Kingston Lounge. The author documents “America’s historic abandoned architecture.” Run, don’t walk.
For the love of Dolly.