Looking back at Rutger Hauer

Rutger Oelsen Hauer (1944-) is a Dutch stage, television and film actor.
To his credit are several interesting films such-as the 1985 fantasy movie:  “Ladyhawke” with Michelle Pffeifer (the type of movie you remember from your childhood days) and most importantly, “Blade Runner” (1982), by Ridley Scott, the role that made him famous. Also, I am very curious about his work on “The Legend of the Holy Drinker” (1988) by Ermanno Olmi but haven’t seen it yet.

Most recently, Hauer starred as famous painter Pieter Bruegel in “The Mill & The Cross” (2011), directed by Lech Majewski, a film completely created out of several recreations of Bruegel’s most famous works. It’s spectacular to watch on the big screen, as an aesthetic experience in its own right, one that is also narration-free. The use of animation is impressive as a way to bring life into an inanimate painting, one with endless details and stories to tell. The film that indeed blurrs the line between the moving image and the still one. Hauer does it beautifully, close-ups to his face reveal his age but in a way seem to flatter him…

I have to admit that I’m surprised that there are almost no photoshoots paying tribute to his face. I did, however, uncover this little recent gem, shot by John Midgley in 2011 and published around the time of the film’s release.

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



The only male nude by Helmut Newton

Luchino Visconti’s collaborator and lover, famous Austrian actor Helmut Berger (1944- ) starred in , Conversation Piece (1974), The Damned (1969), Ludwig (1972) etc. On Ludwig, he said that after the filming, he committed himself to a sanatorium in order to rid himself of Ludwig’s character who had taken over his real-life persona.
An alleged-bisexual, Berger is also the only man ever shot nude by Helmut Newton who confined most of his works to fashion photography. “I was never interested in naked men”, the photographer said. And yet here is the iconic picture.

All rights go to Helmut Newton. I am not the author of this image (But Geez, don’t I wish I was)!

Helmut Berger, as photographed by Helmut Newton in Beverly Hills, 1984.

Judy (Garland) seen by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (1923-2004) is one American photographer whose work I find inspiring. I am particularly fond of the way he shot Judy Garland (1922-1969) throughout the 50s and the 60s. The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meet me in St-Louis (1944) and A Star is Born (1954)  actress and singer surely was not “over the rainbow” throughout her life: She met her untimely death due to an overdose of barbiturates, the drug that made her suffer throughout her life. I suppose these images capture her sense of youth, glamor and eventually desperation beautifully, very far from the typical “Dorothy” we all know and love.

Here are the photos I dug up of her, shot by Avedon. All rights go to the photographer. I am not the author of these images.

Judy Garland, 1951.


Judy Garland, 1951

Judy Garland & Richard Avedon, 1956

Judy Garland, New York, 1961

Judy Garland, 1963

NB: Check out Richard Avedon’s portrait of Carl Th. Dreyer here: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/dreyer-copenhagen/

& Truman Capote: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/tribute-to-authors-screenwriters-three-portraits-of-truman-capote/

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.