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Backstage at Lacoste Fall 2013 Ready to Wear, ph. Mara Corsino
Nobody knows how old the Russian-born photographer Nina Leen was when she died, in 1995. Judging from her obituary, information about Leen is scarce. She lived in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland before moving to the U.S., where she became one of Life magazine’s first female photographers, in the nineteen-forties. She shot countless assignments for the magazine, including more than fifty cover stories, and produced fifteen photo books. Her most well-known subjects were animals (including her dog Lucky), American women and adolescents, and the Irascibles, a group of abstract artists, including Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. Though many of Leen’s assignments were quite pedestrian—her photos have titles like “A Couple Looking for a House to Buy,” “Children Attending a Birthday Party,” and “American Women Playing Bridge”—her images are packed with as much violence, sexual tension, and mystery as any David Lynch film. Her photos wouldn’t look out of place next to Cindy Sherman’s on a gallery wall. But, unlike Lynch or Sherman, Leen found tension in the real world, and her subjects weren’t actors—they were just everyday people living out their lives. And while a quick search on the Internet will turn up photo captions, why bother? After all, sometimes knowing less is much more interesting.
—James Pomerantz on the photography of Nina Leen. Click here to view additional photos: http://nyr.kr/NWEGWY
Sociable weavers construct permanent nests on trees and other tall objects. These nests are the largest built by any bird, and are large enough to house over a hundred pairs of birds, containing several generations at a time. The nests consist of separate chambers, each of which is occupied by a pair (sometimes with offspring) roost and breed.
Picture: Dillon Marsh / Rex Features (via Tiny weaver birds make huge nests on telegraph poles in the Kalahari desert - Telegraph)
Mark Rothko - Untitled, 1960
“If you are only moved by the color relationships in my paintings, you are missing the point. I am interested in expressing the big emotions — tragedy, ecstasy, doom.”
“Jason Booher designs book covers as well as other things”