quote of the day

Quote of the day: Caroline Coon

The Slits 1977 by Caroline Coon

“Some people disparage us looking back; they call it nostalgia. But from my point of view, it is ever necessary to remember and never forget authentic excitement and creative energy, especially in times of political crisis and despair. Today, in yet another moment of political crisis and despair, it is good to remember that challenging the status quo is possible and people can make their voices heard. And although at the time such insurgency is often dismissed, contrary to what the establishment would wish, positive creativity counts. It does make a mark. It matters and it changes society.”
Artist and activist, Caroline Coon

I can’t wait to see Nothing to Lose. The Punk Photographs of Caroline Coon, Caroline Coon’s selling exhibition at the Centre for British Photography, which opened last Thursday and is only on until 17th December. I’ve been researching women and punk for the last couple of months and Caroline was one of the leading female protagonists of the early UK punk movement. As well as photographing the scene, she was a journalist, The Clash manager, human rights activist and an incredible painter.

Do read the rest of her address here and check out the exhibition here. All profits from photography sales will go to support the gallery’s work with grants, open calls, workshops and other public projects.

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: The Slits, 1977 by Caroline Coon
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Quote of the day: Michael Chow

Michael Chow studio 1973 Barry Lategan

“It’s a photograph dress, not a wearing dress. And that reminds me of a story. This man sold a thousand tins of sardines, and the buyer rang him up and said, ‘I’ve just eaten one of your sardines. It was disgusting,’ and this man said, `You fool, they weren’t eating sardines, they were buying and selling sardines.’”
Michael Chow on Tina Chow’s Fortuny dress, Vogue, 1973 (more…)

Quote of the day: Tiina Laakkonen on retail for the post-aspirational class

Tiina The Store by Christopher Sturman

“The aspirational retail world has been taken over by big luxury brands. That’s what they’ve done in East Hampton. But my customer is no longer aspirational. They don’t want logos or any of that stuff. They’re done.”
Tiina Laakkonen, New York Times (more…)

Quote of the day: Jenna Lyons

Jenna Lyons Real Housewives of New York - Gavin Bond

“There’s something about caterers that they love blue cheese, caviar or salmon roe, and Champagne, which has to create the worst breath situation possibly known to man. Throw in a little bit of dill, and you’re done. Tragic. It’s so disgusting … My one strategy is to stand by the door to the kitchen where the servers are coming out. Then you get them right when the food is coming out. If you stand away from the kitchen, by the time it gets to you, the little macaroni-and-cheeses or mini grilled cheeses nobody else ate have coagulated, and the servers have been bumped around so they’re not in the best mood.”
Jenna Lyons, Bon Appétit (more…)