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This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere features the origin of street style photography, baking pans as coinage, wildly organic paintings, dying storefronts and a black hole of 1970s interiors.
Long before The Sartorialist or Hel Looks snapped stylish candids on cobbled streets, the Seeberger brothers had established modern street photography in Paris — granted, as a more highfalutin version of the genre. According to Elegance: The Seeberger Brothers and the Birth of Fashion Photography:
“Modern fashion photography was born when three brothers, Parisian postcard photographers, shifted their lenses to the upper echelon of French society in the early twentieth century. As impromptu portraits of beautiful women in inimitable finery at racecourses, resorts, and cafes began to appear in magazines, au courant designers such as Chanel, Hermes, and Madeleine Vionnet rushed to send their models to posh watering holes to be photographed with the beau monde.”
Don’t these photos look as though they could be contemporary? And the second lady: dead ringer for Sofia Coppola. [Via Miss Moss]
The dinettes, laundromats and storefronts of yore are quickly disappearing, in New York and beyond. As a lifelong admirer of neon and hand-painted signage, I hold tight to photography that documents this dying way of life. James and Karla Murray’s dedication is valued by this nostalgic lady. [Via Lost.net]
The 1970s Interior Design Flickr pool is a black hole I have no wish to escape from. Are you ready for a ’70s revival that isn’t about bell bottoms? Shag carpet (in small doses), avocado and wood panelling are back en vogue, and I couldn’t be happier! Far beyond lame rec rooms, these sophisticated, homey interiors embraced texture, bold swaths of color and the craft revivalist movement. Now to find a thickly knit wall hanging! [Via Pour Porter]
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