Finally it feels like Spring. This collection of images includes three style icons of the early 1900s – Maude Fealy, Evelyn Nesbit and Lily Elsie, several photos taken in the period of my favourite spring activities (picnicing, fairs, zoo visits, botanical garden trips, May Day celebrations) and some of the natural history artwork of Ernst Haeckel.
Penelope Tree is an English model who was first discovered by Diane Arbus at age 13 and is most well known for her work in the 1960s for vogue magazine and photographers such as Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton. John Lennon once famously described her as “hot, hot, hot, smart, smart, smart”. Her unique beauty and individual personal style made her an It girl of the generation.
Martin Munkácsi is a Hungarian photographer who started as a sports writer/photographer in Hungary in the 1920s and became one of history’s most influential fashion photographers while working for Harper’s Bazaar. He is well-known for his informal, spontaneous images which were incredibly revolutionary at the time. His work was highly influential in the career’s of Richard Avedon and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Richard Avedon – “He brought a taste for happiness and honesty and a love of women to what was, before him, a joyless, loveless, lying art. Today the world of what is called fashion is peopled with Munkácsi’s babies, his heirs…. The art of Munkácsi lay in what he wanted life to be, and he wanted it to be splendid. And it was.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson re: ‘Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika’ by Munkácsi – “For me this photograph was the spark that ignited my enthusiasm. I suddenly realized that, by capturing the moment, photography was able to achieve eternity. It is the only photograph to have influenced me. This picture has such intensity, such joie de vivre, such a sense of wonder that it continues to fascinate me to this day.”
Since I have been planning our first ever winter getaway vacation, I was struck by the idea that these images could serve as amazing inspiration for vacation photos as well!