March 13, 2014 |
In "Behind Closed Doors: The Private Homes of 25 of the World's Most Creative People" (Hardie Grant, $29.95), London-based journalist Rob Meyers has assembled the interior-design version of those stars-without-their-makeup slide shows that never fail to fascinate. The book revolves around a simple premise: Meyers sent disposable cameras to dozens of celebrities, designers and fellow journalists with one simple instruction: Whatever else you photograph, you must shoot the inside of your icebox.
March 13, 2014 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police. In an eerie virtual tour of the Pistorius house Thursday, seen via crime scene photos taken just after her body was removed, Pretoria's high court followed the trail of blood leading up the marble staircase and inexorably into the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was killed.
March 5, 2014 |
Consuming celebrity news, you might think that nothing is off-limits to the prying eyes of the paparazzi. In late January, actors Dax Shepard and his wife Kristen Bell launched a campaign on Twitter to end harassment they face from the paparazzi for pictures of their baby. Using the hashtags #pedorazzi and #NoKidsPolicy , Shepard and Bell called on the celebrity gossip media industry to stop using these images and for fans to stop buying them. Some media outlets took the tweeting seriously.
February 28, 2014 |
Opening the door of Rene Holguin's RTH store on La Cienega and stepping into the piñon incense-scented space is like stumbling upon the souvenir shop of your dreams. A native of El Paso, Holguin learned leather crafting from his boot-maker father. He started his label in 2010 with accessories - cowhide leather flower pins and fringe necklaces, bandanna tote bags and felt hats - all evoking treasures you might find on a road trip. That vision has since evolved into a lifestyle collection, including unisex shirts and shirtdresses, shawls, jackets and denim, with a timeless, utilitarian cool.
February 28, 2014 |
Armed with a Leica M9 and a tripod, Osceola Refetoff searched the wide-open spaces of the California desert to document images of bleak landscapes that can be seen only through the windows of abandoned homes. “I set out to photograph the melancholy of decay and transience of human endeavor,” Refetoff, a freelance photographer and location scout, said in an interview. “Through it all, I tried to imagine who lived in these places, and capture the views these dreamers and broken spirits considered while looking out these windows.” The payoff is in the images by Refetoff assembled for an exhibition titled "High and Dry: Dispatches from the Land of Little Rain," scheduled to open March 22 at the Los Angeles Art Assn./Gallery 825. Refetoff generally used a single, medium-wide lens to achieve a consistent, neutral perspective.
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February 25, 2014 |
Morrie Markoff is not now and has never been a man of half measures. When he saw Depression-era evictions in his New York tenement, he became a fiery political activist. When he trained as a machinist, he was top of his class. When he argued with his wife, he left nothing in the tank. There's much to be learned from people like Markoff, who died briefly in 2012, but, true to his nature, clawed his way back to life. "His heart stopped, his eyes shut, his mouth fell open and his tongue dropped out," Morrie's daughter Judy said to me in an email, adding that the grieving family retreated to Good Samaritan Hospital's meditation room.