Best known for his film career, Dennis Hopper was also a photographer, artist, collector, and fixture of the creative community for over half a century.
Using a hand-made, 35-foot long film camera, Dennis Manarchy travels around the country “to capture the uncommon beauty and individuality that define our people in a way that has never been done before.”
Peggy Moffitt was the definitive mod model, with a short mass of brunette hair carefully coiffed into a slick bowl cut and huge kohl-trimmed eyelids gazing out from beneath the fringe. Over the course of the past 50 years, photos of Peggy Moffitt have proven to be more than just vintage modeling shots; they are iconic images of an era.
Self-taught anthropologist Patrick Cariou has captured surfers, Rastafarians, and inhabitants of the Trenchtown area of Kingston, Jamaica. The French photographer brings a new perspective of the Rom people in Gypsies, a series of stunning portraits and landscapes that captures the misunderstood ethnicity’s broad, multifaceted culture.
New York-based historian, photographer, and designer Joanna Ebenstein is the mastermind behind Morbid Anatomy, a blog that merges the seemingly disparate fields of art and science through a unique examination of death and medicine.
While photographer Mick Rock has come to be known as “the man who shot the ’70s,” his body of work is much more than a collection of Nixon-era snapshots of a bygone music scene. After capturing early pop-culture gods like Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, Syd Barrett, and Queen, the aptly-named Rock went on to take pictures of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Killers, and Lady Gaga.
In The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses, Dr. Paul Koudounaris gives us an intimate understanding of the sites where bones of dead people are placed together en masse. What may seem like a gory theme for a book and photo series is actually a beautiful treatment of the culturally touchy subject of death.
As if most images of LA weren’t weird enough, now there’s a whole new crop of pictures that shed light on a gritty Los Angeles — in glorious black and white. They’re rare, archival snapshots of mid-century LA, documenting an era, landscape, and zeitgeist that no longer exist.