Tommy Kha about his project: “Return to Sender surveys acts of myself receiving a kiss from strangers, friends, and lovers, and not returning it. While my passive character mirrors stereotypes of the Asian men—usually almost always depicted as neutered, asexual, or submissive within media, it is my transgression as the photographer that undermines this passivity. Coupled with the other participants control over their own representation through their kiss, these images intend to question and confuse the role of the photographer and sitter, protagonist and supporting character, self-portrait and performance.” http://www.tommykha.com
Brad Elterman (born 1956, in Bervely Hills) shot his first celebrity photo by a stolen camera when he was only 16. He went backstage at the most legendary of concerts and took part to the craziest parties, circulated with the most acclaimed of stars: Bob Dylan, Duran Duran, The Dead Boys, Blondie, Michael Jackson, Madonna, John Travolta, among others.
His spontaneous pictures have been published in magazines and newspapers such as Creem Magazine, Circus Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New York Post, and constitute a glamorous testimony of the music and fashion scene in Los Angeles in the 70s and early 80s.
The cover of new book “Dog Dance” features a detail of one of his most famous photos. The book was at the center of a book signing last week at Colette Store, in Paris.
“Dog Dance”, Published by Damiani and available at Colette and online.
This picture is a milestone of the “peace, love and rock’n roll” era! Bob Dylan and Mary Travers (from the band Peter, Paul and Mary) worked together on the trio’s third album, which featured three songs by 22 year old Dylan. According to Mary, they were never in a proper relationship, but at that time “everyone was kissing each other”.
About Jim Marshall, author of this picture: “ I’ve been very lucky, what can I say? The access was great and uh—this has been my life doin’ pictures and it’s never just been a job; it’s been my life.”
Real love knows no boundaries.
Sammy Davis Jr (American singer, dancer and entertainer) and May Britt (Swedish actress) met in 1959 and married in november 1960. At that time interracial marriage was forbidden by law in 31 of the Unisted States of America. Prior to the wedding, Britt even had to convert to Judaism. They had one natural child and adopted two others. This is what I call a special couple.
Brian Duffy is a British photographer. After studying design, he started his career as a fashion stylist, at first for Couture Houses, and then for Harper’s Bazaar. This is how he discovered photography and decided to learn the job through being a photographer’s assistant. Then he was hired by British Vogue in 1957. Along with fellow photographers David Bailey and Terence Donovan, he captured, and in many ways helped to create, the “Swinging London” of the 1960s. He also portrayed David Bowie, John Lennon, among others.
When they first met in 1962 Bob Dylan was very young and totally new on the music scene. They fell in love in a second. Joan invited him to join her concerts which contributed to enhance Dylan’s success. It is Dylan who first came with politics in the music. After they split, Dylan became a star in the folk music, whereas Baez got more involved in politics and fight against Vietnam War. This photograph was apparently taken during Dylan’s Tour accross the USA in 1975.