A portrait of Maya Deren by her husband, Alexander Hammid.

Alexandr Hackenschmied (1907 – 2004) was a leading photographer and filmmaker in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. His film, Meshes of the Afternoon, which he made with filmmaker Maya Deren — to whom he was married from 1942 to 1947 — has become an icon of avant-garde cinema in the U.S. He changed his name to Alexander Hammid when he became a citizen of the United States in 1942.

Here is a photo he shot of his wife, Maya Deren in 1945.

NB- For a contemporary experimental filmaker, click here and for more about him, like us on facebook here

Beautiful ” Dr. No ” book covers!

Dr. No is is the sixth novel in Ian Fleming‘s James Bond series and the first Bond film ever (1962), starring the gorgeous Sean Connery as the agent. With all the hype surrouding Skyfall, I thought it would be pertinent for us to look back at the first film and most importantly its source: the book and its numerous beautiful editions.
Here you will find my favorite book covers of “Dr. No”, the wonderful cover illustrations and all the info I can find about the edition !
Enjoy !!

First edition cover: Published by Jonathan Cape in 1958. Cover designed by Pat Mariott.

UK Edition: Pan G335 (1960). 1st paperback edition. Cover by ‘Peff’ (Sam Peffer).

Penguin Books special 100th Centenary cover. This design appeared too in a homage poster without the Penguin logo. Designed by Michael Gillette.

Pan Books. Designed by Raymond Hawkey (1963).

“Dr No”, Ian Fleming, The Macmillan Company New York, Library edition, published in 1958. (Unknown designer)

Anderson, as in Lindsay Anderson: A Portrait

A founding figure of the British New-Wave, and if you have not seen his films with Malcolm McDowell, you gotta, here is Lindsay Anderson! (Think “If” in 1968, “O Lucky Man” in 1973 & “Britannia Hospital” in 1982 just to name some of his impressive works, although the quality of the last film has been the subject of many debates).
This photo of the director was taken in the 80s  – a period when Anderson found it increasingly difficult to make films following the poor critical and commercial response to his 1982 film. Around that year, Anderson was offered the role of the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Unknown photographer.

I am not the author of this image.
All rights go to the University of Sterling and the Lindsay Anderson Foundation.

A pretty grotesque ” Un Chien Andalou ” poster

Probably the scene everyone remembers from “Un Chien Andalou” (1929, Luis Bunuel) is the opening sequence with the eye getting slit. This shot made it into so many film posters, but Polish artist Wieslaw Walkuski (1956-) came up with a pretty grotesque work of art himself.
He also studied at Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and then got hired by Film Polski and he now had more than 200 posters to his name and he continues his work as a poster designer, an illustrator and a painter.

I am not the author of this image. All rights go to Wieslaw Walkuski.

NB – Check out this photo of Luis Bunuel & Louis Malle together here

un chien

Faust (1926) – Behind the scenes

A very rare photo of F.W Murnau & Emil Jannings (Mephisto), behind the scenes, on the set of FAUST (1926), the brilliant Goethe adaptation.
Check out our Facebook page for some rare posters of the amazing film here

For another Mephisto, click here.

I am not the author of these images. All rights go to F.W Murnau

Ava Gardner portraits by George Hoyningen-Huene.

Baron George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968) was a seminal fashion photographer of the 1920s and 30s. He was born in Russia to Baltic German and American parents and spent his working life in France, England and the United States. Here are some of the most impressive shots he took of Ava Gardner in 1956 for MGM. For an even bigger dose of Miss Gardner, like us on Facebook for more shots, here.

NB- don’t miss out on our Norman Parkinson’s gothic portrait of Vivien Leigh here

I am not the author of these images. All rights go to MGM.


” Places, Strange & Quiet” by Wim Wenders

Last spring, I had the wonderful opportunity to go to the north of Germany for one week on a kick-ass scholarship and visit an amazing place by the name of Deichtorhallen (Hamburg).
The exhibition that was going on there featured sceneries shot by Wim Wenders bringing together almost 60 images, taken from 1983 to 2011 in Salvador, Brazil; Palermo, Italy; Onomichi, Japan to Berlin, Germany; Brisbane, Australia, Armenia and the United States.
Scroll down at the end of the page to read a great quote by Wim Wenders.

I am not the author of these images. All rights go to Wim Wenders and Wenders Images. http://www.deichtorhallen.de


Walled In,2005. Digital c-print. 131 x 125 cm. Courtesy Wenders Images.


Dinosaur and Family, California, 1983


The Chopper, 2005. Digital c-print. 124.5 x 125 cm. Courtesy Wenders Images.

Street Corner Butte, Montana, 2003

Cowboy Clown, Brisbaine, 2006

Sun Bather, Palermo, 2007

Policeman, Heiligendamm, 2007

“When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. I have a huge attraction to places. Already when I look at a map, the names of mountains, villages, rivers, lakes or landscape formations excite me, as long as I don’t know them and have never been there … I seem to have sharpened my sense of place for things that are out of place. Everybody turns right, because that’s where it’s interesting, I turn left where there is nothing! And sure enough, I soon stand in front of my sort of place. I don’t know, it must be some sort of inbuilt radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange.”