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For over forty years, New York-based photographer Meryl Meisler has been documenting the grit and the glamour, the decay and the rebirth of her home city, with a particular focus on the exhilarating -- and tumultuous -- '70s. Her previous book, A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick, juxtaposed the glittery nightlife of the period with images shot in Bushwick, including photos of residents hanging out in front of graffitied doorways and empty lots of rubble. Her newest collection continues this idea of a study in contrasts but this time turns its attention to the wild, libertine scene happening in Manhattan with the quieter, family-oriented traditions continuing in the suburbs. Purgatory & Paradise Sassy '70s Suburbia & the City includes photos of Meisler's own family members and friends at Jewish holidays, weddings, and the beauty parlor along with images of Patti Smith performing at CBGB, naked men on Fire Island and exotic dancers with tips collected in their fishnet stockings. The book, which is out now, can be purchased HERE and you can preview some of our favorite photos below.
Stiv Bators, Dead Boys. CBGB
Hustler on a Boat
Fire Island Pines, NY
Stacey Walking Down Playmate's Stairs with tips in her Stockings
On the "Big Day" Susan Could Still Find Something to Maker her Sad
Huntington Town House, NY
A Flower Outside CBGB OMFUG
Father and sons in 3 Piece Suits at the Easter Parade
Easter Sunday 1977
Two Nudes with Jewelry on Beach
Cherry Grove Fire Island, NY
Labor Day 1977
The Meisler, Forkash & Cash Clan Welcoming a Sweet New Year
North Massapequa, NY
Rosh Hashanah 1974
Elda (Gentile) Stilletto and Guitarists at CBGB
King Shalom's Rubies (L to R: Helen, Ronda and Stephanie)
The Mystery Club
Crowning the Plainedge High School Prom Queen
Huntington Town House
Corrugated Hoses Emitting Smoke at Les Mouches Send in the Clones Party
Patti Smith Sings Gloria at CBGB
Mom Getting her hair Teased at Besame Beauty Salon
North Massapequa, NY
Jive Guy on Williamsburg Subway
When he's not snapping portraits of the most famous faces in the world, photographer George Holz lives upstate in a house with sheep, chickens, two dogs, a cat or two, a couple of cars, a pick up truck and an original '60s Airstream. His wife Jennifer lives there too, her hand a presence on "Holz Farm" as well as in the light touch on the look and feel of his monumental new book Holz Hollywood: 30 Years of Portraits.
But it wasn't always like this. Certainly not 30-plus years ago when the fledgling photographer lived and worked out of an illegal loft on the corner of 4th Street and Lafayette in lower Manhattan, then a squalid downtown artist enclave, now a gentrified neighborhood with some of the most expensive apartments in the world. "Keith Richards lived across the way," says Holz. "You could see Rauschenberg sunning up on his deck across on Bond St."
By then Holz was already on his way to a major career but he didn't really know it. While a photography student at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he befriended Helmut Newton who was at the height of his infamous glory in the late '70s. Holz heard through a friend that Newton was expected at a Rodeo Drive boutique and waited around to meet his idol. "These days you would call it stalking," says Holz who parlayed the meeting into a job as an assistant. Still a student, he says, "I was torn between photographing a milk carton or tagging along with Helmut Newton." Guess what he chose.
After graduating in 1980, he worked around L.A. shooting album covers, before deciding, at Newton's urging, to go to Europe, specifically Milan. "Back then there weren't a ton of photographers going to Milan," says Holz. "I was living in an apartment with no heat with a modeling agency upstairs. I had a constant supply of models." But not much revenue. "It was tough. You're ready to give up and someone gives you a morsel and one thing leads to another. Everything was under the table there. We did our bookings through a modeling agency. They took 50 percent, but I didn't care. I had another week of film and food."
The road to celebrity photographer par excellence began with shooting still life portraits -- "from shoes to beauty," says Holz who worked under the watchful eye of his legendary benefactors Franca Sozzani at Italian Vogue and Paula Greif at Mademoiselle, eventually landing the global Elizabeth Arden campaign.
"Probably my first breakthrough celebrity portrait was Madonna in 1983 in California. And a little later I photographed Jellybean [Benitez] for Paper." But it wasn't until Holz received a phone call while he was on his yearly fly fishing trip in Montana that it all began to jell. "My agent called and said we have this young actor who's out here filming a movie. Would you be interested in photographing him. I probably would have said no since I was on vacation, but since I was literally 30 miles away I said ok I'll do it." The young actor was Brad Pitt; the magazine People.
Some 30 years later Holz has amassed many file cabinets full of negatives of the hundreds of celebs that followed Pitt. Holz Hollywood's 304 pages include many of his iconic images, as well as lots of others that have never been published before. "Over five years of going through the images, I kept wondering why the editors didn't pick this or that image. Maybe it was a shot with a breast hanging out that the magazine would never use but would be great for a book."
Today celebrities are used to being photographed and ogled but Holz's photos are different, stolen moments when something is revealed to the camera about the subject that isn't obvious. The defining photo often taken at the very end session when the shoot was formally over but "just a few more shots" were taken.
"I'd always try to push the envelope on the assignment. Try to do something farther than expected," he says. 'I was in Dennis Hopper's house all day for InStyle. I photographed him with his art work and showed his house architecturally but I knew that this was an interesting guy and I should do stuff for myself. I knew that the magazine would never use it but in the back of my mind I knew that I should do some iconic shots."
Surely, Holz has developed some tricks of the trade that help him get comfortable with the star and vice versa. "It's kind of like a dog," says Holz. "If they sense fear, they'll take advantage of you. You have to show a certain amount confidence. Take control. Feel that you can direct them but also need to know when to pull back. One time I was shooting Anjelica Huston and I could sense that if I started shooting she would move because she was a great model before she was an actress. I didn't have to tell her to do this or that. So I gave her that rope and let her do it. Other people, especially actors and actresses are comfortable when they are method acting the emotions are rolling and they can get into a role. They're used to being directed in films. But if you're taking one photo they get very nervous."
On the other hand, you have eccentrics like Joaquin Phoenix. "I had all these lights set up and I was shooting him and it wasn't going to work. He wouldn't sit still. I basically wound up following him around with the lights. He went to the kitchen and began washing dishes. He was talking to himself. I had to be flexible. I couldn't tell him what to do. The same thing with Kevin Spacey. He jumped up on a Times Square bus and I just captured him doing his thing. You have to be very flexible, especially with celebs. One of the tricks is being able to change everything 360 degrees at a moment's notice. Because it can go south very fast. They can walk. Other times you're spending the day and hanging out with their families and the day goes by and it's just like magic."
Holz manages to capture his subjects within the context of the greater buzz surrounding them. In one shot, Jessica Simpson, at the height of her early-aughts pop career, looking like a living Barbie doll. "When I was printing that image for the book in Italy I said I want her to look like Barbie. She was quite young and came from a religious Christian background. And they hadn't put her out as a sex symbol. When it came out on the cover of FHM, the cover line was 'Oh, Lord.' I remember the family was concerned."
And then there are people like Donald Trump who he shot for New York magazine. "As a photographer who does portraits there are people you really admire and those you do not but I still try to make it interesting and a great photograph. I still want to make them look good. I'm not going to shoot where you're trying to sneak something in to make a statement. I'm not going to do that."
Like most things media related, celebrity photography has been disrupted in the digital age. When massive stars like Rihanna can post revealing photos of themselves on Instagram, who needs photographers? "Now it's about shock," he says, "how to push the envelope even more. There's so much it doesn't seem special anymore. I have a nude of Carly Simon in the bathtub. No one's ever seen that. In this day and age is that going to be lost in the multitude of this kind of imagery that's surrounding the internet?
Well, not if you listen to Mariah Carey, Holz's most frequently photographed personality. "George is always focused on making me look the way he sees me when the camera isn't rolling," Carey writes in the book, "capturing the essence of the real person, not just a persona."
Anna Nicole Smith, 1993
Jessica Simpson, 2000
Cameron Diaz, 1995
Jada Pinkett Smith, 1997
Terri May, 1983
Janet Jackson, 2001
Mariah Carey, 2001
Serena and Venus Williams, 2001
Joan Jett, 1994
Joaquin Phoenix, 2006
Lindsay Lohan, 2004
Jack Nicholson, 1997
Brittany Murphy, 2002
Whatever else you want to say about Drake, his skills as a pop songwriter are undeniable. As Lorde puts it, he has a "really creative clever way of saying something really simple," a description used directly in reference to the nigh-inescapable "Hotline Bling." The track has nearly everything you'd expect from a Drake hit -- a catchy, well-produced beat drawing on a previously established musical tradition in an interesting and universally accessible way, a hook that's lyrically impossible to forget, and, of course, a lot of performative sadness and angst about failed relationships.
By late September, it's easy to get festival fatigue, coming off of nearly six straight months of music fests that include Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo and more (not to mention Burning Man) but then you get a second wind with the Trans-Pecos Festival, a psychedelically-inclined festival that took place this weekend in Marfa, Texas. While the remote town has long been known as an art oasis in the desert, more recently their music and food scenes have been on the rise and after three days of music from the likes of Jenny Lewis (who performed an awesome cover of "Groove Is in the Heart" with Texas native St. Vincent -- see the clip HERE) Portugal. The Man, Phosphorescent and more, it's clear the festival is only going to enhance the small town's reputation as an unexpected culture hub. Our photographer, Jackie Lee Young, was out there capturing the scene -- take a look at her photos from the weekend below.
Jenny Lewis and St. Vincent
Jenny Lewis has a great sense of when to deploy her friends (take the delightful "She's Not Me" music video). So it's not surprising that she successfully brought out Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, as a special guest at the Trans-Peco festival in Marfa, Texas, where we can say with certainty that no one called them Lewis and Clark at all (definitely, definitely not). Watch some video from the performance below, starting with their cover of "Groove is in the Heart," via Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound.
Most "Oh Cool" Idea
TonyMoly Rice Mask Sheet
The gimmick here is that the mask itself isn't cotton or paper--it's actual rice paper. The kind you delight to see stretched out over your late-night Seamless spring rolls. The kind you douse in peanut sauce. And, if you've ever bought them yourself (unlimited rolls 24/7!) you know that they undergo rapid change from pantry to plate -- starting out crusty and brittle, then, after a few minutes in liquid, soft, jellyfish-like, rollable (but also, like using long stretches of tape, is liable to twist up and stick to itself. Unlike other masks, this one doesn't come already marinated in essence--the liquid is in a separate pouch, which you dump onto the rice paper three minutes before impact with your face. It's good, healthy, interactive, multi-step fun. The rice paper gels up and sticks to skin better than many of its cotton counterparts. The serum's pretty strongly scented, making it hard to eat my quinoa-and-soy-sauce without also getting a cross-breeze of gardenia in there. But the effects were undeniable--a plumped-up deep nourishment that, even though I didn't sleep in it, made my skin look better well into the next day. Five stars.
Best Target-Area Mask
Glam Rock Abracadabra Mask
This isn't the full-face horror show sheet mask you're used to--this one's actually (stand by to be totally shocked) got a little who-is-that-masked-stranger sex appeal. It's an eye mask, set in the shape of a good masquerade-meets-Zorro-type mask, with little lacy designs festooning its little jellyfish-y body. Good for spot-treating your world-weary eyes that have seen too much banditry or world-saving the night before. If you don't want to commit to the whole shebang of a sheet mask, slap one of these on and your eyebags deflate, puffiness is un-puffed, and the whole area is blessed and forgiven, so you never have to reveal your true identity as a Secretly Hungover Person living unknown amongst an unsuspecting office.
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The upcoming generation of teens is full of kids who are stars to each other, but inhabit practically a different social universe from adults. They're building their own social media followings on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, you name it -- but to what end? For the olds among us: who are these teens, and how can we be as cool as them? Get to know the most fascinating teens on the internet in our feature, Yasss Teen.
It feels like I've known about Lohanthony forever, since his videos and images were so widely circulated (especially on Tumblr, which was my first internet home). Since bursting onto the viral internet with his nine-second magnum opus, "CALLING ALL THE BASIC BITCHES," Lohanthony has had an excitable, ubiquitous presence. Last year, Rich Juzwiak called him the "Littlest Big Diva" in New York.
I was listening to it earlier, a lot of it is very pleasant fun electro-pop, and it kind of follows that motif. Is that just how your favorite music was when you were making that compilation, or was it a specific sound you were going for?
On October 20, Kendrick Lamar will do a special, one-night performance of music from To Pimp a Butterfly at the Kennedy Center in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra. It's a first for Lamar, but not for the NSO, which worked with Nas on a performance of Illmatic last year. Still, it's not exactly surprising -- Lamar has evinced a flair for the dramatic with his recent music videos and Late Show performance, and an orchestral version of, say, "For Sale?" makes total sense. Tickets aren't available yet, but watch this space.
Belle & Sebastian have shared the new music video for "Perfect Couples", off their latest LP Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.
Groups of couples dance and float around a suburban living room with a Wes Anderson-approved color palette.Though the video is teetering on the 9-minute mark, you gotta stick around for the group dance sequence.
It's dizzying, tedious, and adorable -- but isn't that what love is anyway?
Check out the video above.
Makeup by Michael Anthony,
Photo Assistant: Jeff Rose
Models: Dianara at Muse, Mari at Muse, Bojana at Muse, Besa at New York Models, Anna at Soul, Jason Santore, James White, Philip K at Soul and Jake Brodsky
Tell us about Fomofuku. Where do you see its role in the realm fashion vs. function?
Face masks are ubiquitous in some Asian cultures and it is becoming more popular there to wear them as a fashion accessory. On a recent trip to Vietnam, we picked up a few of these "fashion" masks and my friends went crazy over them. When you stop and think about it, we have accessories to style every other part of our body so why not masks? Like sunglasses and hats, masks can offer utility but for FOMOFUKU, a means to express personality and more importantly, have fun with it. Personally, when we think of when and where we would wear a mask... festivals, raves, skiing... we think of having a good time. And they definitely make for a good instagram photo. In the end its all about having fun and keeping it simple.
How do you think masks relate to self expression and identity?
Historically, masks have been used to hide or protect a person's identity. We think it can do the opposite and can be utilized to accentuate identity, make a statement and/or redirect focus. You see a lot of musicians wearing masks and other facewear for these reasons. Like hair and makeup, a mask is a canvas to self express. In addition to our prints, FOMOFUKU will be offering white masks in our signature contour shape to allow people to customize their own.
Can anonymity be beautiful?
Yes... even more so in this digital age.
Its great to have a tease or only partially show something and it can be a beautiful thing when done well. Everyone is about exposure and showing face but isn't there always something special when its not fully revealing in an image? Its almost like placing bait or a constant draw for someone to return and look back.
What are your opinions on diversity in fashion beauty?
It's boring, really.There is no risk or anything that inspires people. It's more like, 'buy this or that because this person or celebrity uses it.' Fine, yes, it makes money... but who's gonna break that and make amazing beauty stories? We feel like if a person looks at a beauty story they should be able to walk away inspired and make there own path of beauty for themselves. Yes, they can also walk away with some product guidelines, but its so about product placement nowadays. Where are the Serge Lutens and inspiring, raw, real beauty that people can interpret for themselves?
What inspires your art?
Food, actually. It's a basic thing of sharing. As in sharing a meal with others and experience those moments. It's a core basic natural behavior where it brings people together. It also shows you different cultures and stories that you encounter through it. That's what we want to do with our work -- share it with others.Having different inputs and views always helps you grow. That's why shooting fomofuku was fun. It's an interesting way to approach beauty.
Where do the prints come from?
The mask prints are designed in-house. We have prints in everything from marble and peeling paint to kawaii kitty faces to burgers and fries to tropical flowers. We are attracted to the unconventional and plan to create a diverse offering to speak to different styles and occasions.
Who would you like to see wearing one of these masks?K Pop star ShinEE, Sia, Miley, Biebs, Cara, Katy P, Die Antwoord, Young Thug, Fetty Wap, Drake , M.I.A.,Tokimonsta, Skrillex -- basically anyone, really.
Bringing together celebrities for ostensibly charitable causes has a long history, ranging from the unacceptably cynical to the sweetly earnest. "The Boob Project" features a song called "Boob Spelled Backwards is Boob," written by an eight-year-old in order to promote breast cancer awareness. In other words, it's the latter type of celebrity collab -- it's kind of corny, but still sweet to see and hear people like Florence Welch to Noel Gallagher contributing. Listen to the song below, and donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation here. [via Stereogum]
Nicki Minaj will executive produce and act in a sitcom pilot about her life for ABC Family, Deadline reports. The pilot, which reportedly films this winter, will be written by Kate Angelo (Sex Tape) and focus on Minaj's life in her old neighborhood before becoming a star.
Venezuelan producer Alejandro Ghersi, a.k.a. Arca, burst onto the scene last year with the beautiful, intricate, and stark soundscapes of his debut album Xen. (He's also had production credits for Bjork, FKA Twigs, and Kanye West.)
Disclosure and Lorde have released the video for their new track "Magnets," and though the track is a pretty straightforward affair, the video is fire. Literally. Watch above.