Isabelle Huppert by…you’ve guessed it…Helmut Newton

Photographer Helmut Newton literally took photos of every single famous face throughout several decades, including that of french actress Isabelle Huppert back when she was younger. She stroke an interesting pose in the picture below and the image went on auction at “Philips de Pury & Company”. All rights go to the author.

Check out the lot detail and the price tag:

Isabelle Huppert at the Carlton, Cannes, 1976

Gelatin silver print. 23 7/8 x 19 7/8 in. (60.6 x 50.5 cm). Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/10 in pencil on the verso.

ESTIMATE $8,000 – 12,000


A great tribute to Hanna Schygulla

Here’s a tribute I found by a very interesting artist named Ralf Ueltzhoeffer. Born in 1966, in Mannheim, Germany, he usually uses typography to create portraits of famous faces, thus using the medium as an art in its own right. His artistic research is dedicated to the relationship of visual and written information in cyberspace in the creation of faces and visual blind spots.

Here’s his 2009 portrait of Hanna Schygulla, the famous German actress.

All rights go to Ralph Ueltzhoeffer.


” Charlie Chaplin Leaving America ” by Richard Avedon

Influential American fashion photographer Richard Avedon (1923-2004) took this photo of Charlie Chaplin in 1952 before the actor/director/music composer left Hollywood to get back to London.
He had a lot of problems with the Comity of Un-American Activities because his film, “Modern Times” (1936) had mass appeal among communists living in the US at the time. Ultimately, Chaplin, who had established himself in America, got back to London and moved on to film “A King in New York” (1957) as a parody of the country and its legal system.


Richard Avedon. Charlie Chaplin Leaving America. NYC, September 13 1952. All copyrights go to The Richard Avedon Foundation.


Rampling by Lynch / Rampling by Teller

International fascination with actress Charlotte Rampling’s face is not likely to change anytime soon.

I would like to share with you these recent photos of her shot by David Lynch and Juergen Teller. There are no associations between the works of Lynch & Teller, nor am I trying to compare them.

Teller, born in Erlangen, Germany in 1964, has been published in influential publications such as W Magazine, iD and Purple and is a well-known fashion photographer. He did an erotic photoshoot of Rampling in Seattle around 2008. Teller has produced numerous monographs with Steidl art publishing house including Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009 and Zimmerman, where you can find these images.
Copyright goes to, naturally, Steidl.

© “Charlotte Rampling” by David Lynch (2008)


© Charlotte Rampling by Juergen Teller, Seattle, 2008.

© Charlotte Rampling at the Louvre, by Juergen Teller

© Charlotte Rampling & Raquel Zimmermann at the Louvre, by Juergen Teller

© Charlotte Rampling by Juergen Teller, Seattle.

© Charlotte Rampling by Juergen Teller.


Brigitte Nielsen, back in the day

Helmut Newton‘s wife June was a photographer herself. She used the pseudonym “Alice Springs” and took photos of many a famous face, including Danish actress & model Brigitte Nielsen.
Nielsen is mainly known for her roles in Red Sonja & Rocky IV. Not that these films are of particular aesthetic value or interest, I personally find the photo below pretty impressive.

© “Brigitte Nielsen and Son” by Alice Springs aka June Newton. 1990.

In 1924, Salvador Dali did a portrait of…

© “Luis Bunuel” by Salvador Dali. 68.5 x 58.5. Oil on Canvas (1924).
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.

Tribute to authors & screenwriters: Ben Hecht

 Ben Hecht (1894-1964) aka “The Shakespeare of Hollywood” is an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist.  He’s the first screenwriter to receive an American Academy Award for Best Screenplay (Underworld, 1927 by Josef von Sternberg).
He is also an unaccredited script doctor on countless other projects, including Gone with the Wind(1939).
To his credit are the following films: Scarface (1983), His Girl Friday (1940), The Scoundrel (1935), Wuthering Heights(1939), Notorious (1946), Monkey Business (1957), Spellbound (1947).
It has been said that he can produce a screenplay in two weeks.

© Ben Hecht, circa 1919, Culver Pictures (original photographer).