photography

Love happens here



Emily Rose England Inside London's Enduring Queer Club Scene, 2016

Just opened: Love Happens Here, an exhibition from The Photographers’ Gallery that’s being shown in a different location to its Oxford Circus home.

Love Happens Here marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, with a show of photography at London’s City Hall until 28th July 2017. (more…)



On archives and exhibitions: Balenciaga, Jessica Ogden, Cartier, George Rodger



Balenciaga Shaping Fashion exhibition at V&A

London is enjoying a golden age of art and fashion exhibitions. You could easily do nothing else all day but soak up one multi-sensorial orgy after another. I made Hockney at Tate Britain by the skin of my teeth and I’m currently gearing up for Matisse in the Studio (more…)



What’s the deal with Gerhard Steidl?



Gerhard Steidl
I blame Gerhard Steidl for the reason I nearly break my neck every time I descend the steps into my office. The fact is, I have a confession: I have a book problem. Books are OK to spend money on, right? They’re objects of learning and curiosity and they’re also symbolic of taking time in a sped up word. And some are objects of beauty even more ravishing than a Prada shoe or a Valentino sweater. (more…)



Happy birthday Cy Twombly!



Cy Twombly by Horst P Horst

Happy birthday Cy Twombly!

I’ve just been re-reading this old 032c article on a 1966 Vogue shoot featuring Cy Twombly’s sublime Italian palazzo apartment. Apparently the Vogue feature (shot by Horst.P.Horst) was later considered detrimental to his reputation, positioning him as ‘a decorator ‘ rather than a serious artist. While that’s rather farfetched, I can kind of see why in these Horst pictures; I wouldn’t say no to a Twombly-decorated house…. (more…)