Mike Parr’s self portrait is one that attempts to map the interactions of mind and body, the conscious and the unconscious. It is not a solipsistic search for the self but rather an attempt to explore the human condition and how the personal informs the political.In his self-portrait prints, Parr takes his own image and twists, stretches and defaces it. They are scratched and scarred; marked by acts of aggression and violence. The concept of identity, then, constantly shifts and mutates — unfolds and buckles.
1910’s-era movie theater etiquette Public Service Announcements (via 1,2)
Most early movie theaters had only one projector so “etiquette slides” were used to divert the audience while reels were being changed. These glass slides often featured lighthearted instructions for proper behavior while viewing a film.
A 1997 portrait of the late Isabella Blow, wearing Christian Lacroix and what looks like a hat fashioned from pheasant feathers. Blow was a fashion editor, stylist and muse who discovered and nurtured the likes of Alexander McQueen, milliner Philip Treacy, and Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman.
Known for her singular style, Blow secretly suffered from depression and took her life 10 years after this photo was taken. It was a loss that reverberated throughout the industry, made even more searing when her prodigy McQueen committed suicide in 2010. The world had lost a woman with a very distinct sense of self and a talent for spotting talent.
At her memorial, former boss Anna Wintour said that Blow not only wore fabulous clothes to work but also cleaned her desk with Perrier and Chanel perfume. Photo from Vogue Italia, March 1997.