So here’s a portrait we did of director David Lynch. This was shot for the icon issue of the now defunct project of Shepard Fairey and Roger Gastman called Swindle Magazine. We were told we had no more than 30 minutes with Mr. Lynch, not because he was a diva or anything but that he can’t handle doing one thing longer than 30 minutes apparently. We decided to shoot him with 4x5 film, Kodak Portra 160 to be exact with one soft box (like every 4x5 shot we ever shoot). We shot 4 frames that felt great so we asked if he would like to smoke. He said “I would love to, it’s one of my favorite things to do”. He lit up, we shot this one last frame and called it a day because we knew we had it. 5 frames, have never even looked at the other 4. As we were packing up our gear he said “It was a real pleasure watching you guys work” and he walked off. Thank you Mr. Lynch for your time.
Lee Friedlander - Mannequin (2009-11)
“Friedlander roamed the sidewalks of New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, focusing on storefront windows and reflections, which speak to marketplace notions of sex, fashion and consumerism. Thoroughly straightforward, their unsettling and radical new compositions suggest photographs that have been torn up and pasted back together again in near-random ways.”
I think the radio will change-– and the sooner the better. Because no matter what way you look at it, the most pleasurable experiences you ever have is when something’s played to you you don’t know. Like going round to a friend’s house and they’ll stick a tune on you. Or going into a store when I was a kid and the new Smiths record’s come out and I’m going up to the guy-– and he’s really cool, the indie store in town-– and just talking to him about music for 20 minutes.Thom Yorke talks to Alec Baldwin (!) about music discovery and so much more in this great interview from Baldwin’s “Here’s the Thing” radio show. (via pitchfork)
If we’re going to turn down the likes of Fitzgerald, I will lose all interest in publishing books.
Maxwell Perkins, threatening to resign his position at Charles Scribner’s Sons, in protest of his colleagues’ unanimous decision not to publish F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel, This Side of Paradise.
It was a risky move, but the heads of Scribner decided they would rather publish Fitzgerald’s unconventional tale than lose Perkins. The rest is history. Not only did Fitzgerald go on to write The Great Gatsby under the Perkins-Scribner masthead, but he also introduced Perkins to his friend and mentee, Ernest Hemingway. Their relationship blossomed and found Perkins editing and publishing everything from The Sun also Rises to The Old Man and the Sea.
Maxwell Perkins is now considered one of the greatest literary editors of all time. His lifelong employer, Charles Scribner’s Sons, one of the greatest publishing houses of all time.(via maxyoder)