The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Shutterbug Friday #1:
Clifford Coffin and The Art of Post-War Chic

Clifford Coffin was a photographer for Vogue magazine at a time, the 1950s, when Fashion came as close as it ever will to the condition of iconography.

Here is a sampling of that work:





























17 comments :

Vanwall said...

Brilliant work - the lighting was magical, and the compositions were sublime. Great little series, Tom!

laamish said...

Great series!

Jessica R. said...

Absolutely wonderful, and a great idea for a series.

-K- said...

Fascinating. Its an aspect of photography that I've never really looked at.

It Will Come to Me said...

Where can I find more? Fantastic.

It Will Come to Me said...

I've just answered my own question. Been over to Google images. Thank you for introducing me to this genius.

modemo said...

Not to mention the great look of scans from old transparencies.

Z said...

incredible! Thanks again

Christopher said...

those are great..a few of them looked like they were shot just yesterday and hard to tell if they are the real thing or a current re-creation..

Richard Gibson said...

Lovely Tom.
Reminded me of 'Funny Face'.

Lally said...

Tanks for posting these, a revelation.

Operator_99 said...

Nice. Nice.

Christopher said...

oh yeah..Funny Face has a brilliant opening montage

Tosh said...

I have his book that came out five or six years ago. But sadly out of print now. But worth checking out - and it's a beauty. Thanks for putting this work up.

Ciao
Tosh

Art Rock said...

Excellent - thanks for posting thsi and keep up the brilliant blog.

marietta said...

Hi, Tom.

marietta said...

Hi Tom,Cliffort Coffin-ich habe noch nicht viel von ihm gehört.
Da fällt mir P.Horst ein mit seinem wunderbarem Studiolicht,"The Mainbocher corset",oder auch Richard Avedon letzte Sebstportraits.Cecil Beaton."Odalique". E,Sittwell ,Portrait.
Um nur wenige zu nennen,würde Clifford Coffin sich wunderbar in diese Serie einfügen.Thanks for this "Beautyful" post.