FOTI No.003 – Christian Dior with model Lucie Daouphars

FOTI No.003 –  Christian Dior with model Lucie Daouphars

Christian Dior with model Lucie Daouphars, AKA Lucky, circa 1955 in his atelier at 30 Avenue Montaigne. Photograph: Christian Dior Fashion designer Christian Dior is pictured in this 1955 image with his favourite model ‘Lucky’ in his Paris atelier. It’s hard to believe that two years after this photograph of Christian Dior and his favourite model, Lucie Daouphars (otherwise known as Lucky), was taken in 1955 the great couturier would be dead. For the image…

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Photography Masterpieces from Living Legend Elliott Erwitt

Photography Masterpieces from Living Legend Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt, really Elio Romano Erwitt, (born 26 July 1928) is an American advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings— a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment”. Erwitt was born in Paris, France, to Jewish-Russian immigrant parents, who soon moved to Italy. In 1939, when he was ten, his family immigrated to the United States. He studied photography and filmmaking at Los…

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Cathleen Naundorf – a Queen of Aged Haute Couture Photography

Cathleen Naundorf – a Queen of Aged Haute Couture Photography

Cathleen Naundorf (b. 1968) is a French German photographer, living and working in Paris. In the late 1980s, she graduated from photography studies in Munich, and started to work as a photo assistant in New York, Singapore and Paris. In 1993 Naundorf began travelling to such destinations as Mongolia, Siberia, Gobi Desert and the Amazonas headwaters in Brazil. Naundorf’s fascination with ethnic groups took her to work with Indiain tribes such as the Yanomami in Amazonia,…

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Diana Slip – the Forgotten Fetishwear Company of 1920s Paris

Diana Slip – the Forgotten Fetishwear Company of 1920s Paris

Let’s remember Diana Slip, the lingerie company whose whips and frills were captured by the likes of Brassaï and Roger Schall (both of them will be featured on Alafoto soon). Who? As Michel Foucault famously attested, we often presume that contemporary society is singularly sexually liberated, that those who came before us were far more conservative, even their innermost fantasies more bourgeois than ours. That is, of course, completely untrue – a fact proven by…

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Jacques Henri Lartigue and romantic Paris

Jacques Henri Lartigue and romantic Paris

Jacques Henri Lartigue (French: [laʁtig]; June 13, 1894 – September 12, 1986) was a French photographer and painter, known for his photographs of automobile races, planes and Parisian fashion female models. Born in Courbevoie, France to a wealthy family, Jacques Henri Lartigue started taking photographs when he was seven. He photographed his friends and family at play – running and jumping; racing home-built race cars; making kites, gliders as well as aeroplanes; and climbing the…

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