Portrait of Jacob C. Miller, a Civil War veteran who lived with an open bullet wound in his forehead for decades. Read more of his story here…
Orange cars Powell, 1973. Photograph by Fred Herzog.
Skiers towed by cars and motorcycles speed up to 100MPH in Bavaria, Germany in 1955.
Vienna, 1959-1960. Photograph by Libby Hall.
Rockabilly gang in Evreux, 1982. Photograph by Gil Rigoulet.
The Midget Club at 4016 W. 63rd St in Chicago, 1968. The bar was run by Chicago native Parnell St. Aubin, who’d played a Munchkin soldier in The Wizard of Oz, and his wife, Mary Ellen Burbach, a former Mae West impersonator with the Rose’s Parisian Midget Follies.
Young men at La Caverne, a bar and nightclub in Soho, London, 1955. Photograph by Joseph McKeown.
Children playing at the pond of Luxembourg Garden, Paris, 1936. Photograph by Robert Doisneau.
Photographed by Bunny Yeager at Africa USA, a jungle-style petting zoo in Boca Raton, Florida–the photos are amazing despite the fact that both Bettie Page and the cheetahs were not feeling their best.
Read more of the story behind Bettie Page and the iconic cheetah pinups here.
Phillip Garner destabilized this naturalness in his comic photograph of the ‘half-suit’: “The suit helps to create an illusion of a hard, or at least a firm and ‘proper’, body that is autonomous, in control, rational and masculine. It gives the impression that bodily boundaries continually remain intact and reduce potential embarrassment caused by any kind of leakage.
“When bodies are draped in soft, light fabrics it is often possible to see the boundaries of the body – the rise and fall of the chest, mound of the breast, contour of the muscle. It is possible to see a spot of blood, a smear of dirt, a piece of flesh. Such matter signifies a body that cannot be neatly contained, a body that is not always rational and in control, a body that is both desirable and disgusting.”
He claimed that “the ‘half-suit’ retains the crisp formality established in the neck/collar/tie /lapel area but offers an abbreviated midsection for comfort and physical.” It is the absurdity the makes the photograph work as comic.
A girl carrying bouquet on way to fiesta in Guanajuato, 1968. Photograph by John Dominis.
Glenn Close, 1989.
A man and a boy sharing candyfloss at an Easter Fair on Hampstead Heath, London, 1956. Photograph by Bert Hardy.
Woman keeping an alligator as a pet in London, 1954.
Leicester Square, London, 1961. Photograph by Charles W. Cushman.
Two women at the ruins of one of the largest Maya cities of the Terminal Classic in Chichen Itza, Mexico, 1952. Photograph by Earl Leaf.