:::UMAMI::: my blog

This is where I store tasty bits of info on things I find interesting or quirky, ranging from design work, quality music to good eats.

Follow Me on Pinterest

Lillian Bassman

Fashion photography's doyenne on modern darkrooms, the twisted industry and her career renaissance

Karen Day ::: Cool Hunting

American photography legend Lillian Bassman, who at 93 says she uses "the same techniques in Photoshop as I did in the darkroom," neatly dismisses both romantic notions of film's purity and digital fantasies of spectacularly-manipulated images. Describing her modern approach, the former Harper's Bazaar art director explains the shift in her career as a simple tool upgrade, "the palette has changed, the end result is the same."

While her stunning black-and-white photos poetically depict the fine art of fashion, her unwavering reverence for couture doesn't extend to the fashion industry as a whole. "I don't look at fashion photography much and never really have," Bassman says.

Instead the pioneering photographer turned to textile studies in high school, eventually picking up a camera during her time at Bazaar (where she was also known for promoting the careers of legends like Richard Avedon and Louis Faurer). The magazine published her images over the course of many years until her painterly, experimental style fell out of favor in the '70s. She explains, "For me it changed when the models started getting so young. It's hard for me to look at a $10,000 dress on a 14-year-old girl."

When she abandoned fashion photography for personal projects, Bassman boldly discarded her life's work—40 years of negatives and prints. Some 20 years later in the '90s, a forgotten bag filled with hundreds of images was discovered, spawning a new wave of fans and inspiring Bassman to take part in the resurgence.

The relentless artist, whose photographs undoubtedly changed the way the world views fashion, reveals "I enjoy digital photography and at my age it's much more comfortable!"

Check out some of her work in the upcoming group show at London's The Wapping Project Bankside, running from 17 August-4 September 2010.


The Sketchbook Project - 2011 Tour

The Sketchbook Project: 2011
Share your doodles or thoughts with the world through The Sketchbook Project, a traveling art exhibit showcasing creatively completed Moleskines. After its U.S. tour the collection will remain permanently atThe Brooklyn Art Library.

vintage tokyo subway posters - Manner

Pink Tentacle posted a few Manner posters that appeared in the Tokyo subways between 1976 and 1982


Octopi? Octopuses? Octopodes? Merriam-Webster Ask the Editor


GUNDAM in Shizuoka ::: summer clouds :::




Exhibition of Patent Pending Industries celebrates 11 years of work 


Eleven years ago Jeff Kleinsmith and Jesse LeDoux left Sub Pop Records' art department and formed Patent Pending Industries. They blend computer-based design with hand-drawn illustrations to create the unique imagery and typography featured on hundreds of posters for numerous bands.

The upcoming retrospective "11/100 Patent Pending Industries 1999 - 2010" celebrates their long history of design and printmaking, displaying nearly all of their works in their entirety at Seattle's Design Commission Gallery.

Opening 5 August 2010, the show runs through 1 October 2010.

Click to read more ...


The Camera Lens Mug

Available at photojojo

This mug looks like a Canon 24-105mm lens!

Equipped with a lens-cap lidrubber-grip focus and zoom rings and an auto-focus switch that actually switches.


Tangga House

Tangga House Architects: Guz Architects  Location: Singapore, Singapore

The house is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional courtyard house, laid out around a central green courtyard with a double height stair and entry area forming the focal point of the project. The L-shaped plan creates open spaces which encourage natural ventilation and offer resident’s views over the courtyard to the verandah, roof gardens and beyond. Lushly planted roof gardens surround the house and add to the effect that nature is evident in every part of the house. The large roof above the courtyard creates an indoor and outdoor space leading to the gardens and swimming pool which wraps around two sides of the house.




Who's that artist?

My friend Sol (solneelman.com) took a quirky image of our friend Meg. Wonderful artist and curator.www.meganscheminske.com


Star Trek: The Trouble With Tribbles Posters by Olly Moss

via Laughing Squid

Olly Moss created a wonderful set of posters for the screening of the 1967 Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles”at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin. The posters go on sale Friday at Mondo.