Loving the looks of this beautifully-bound limited edition compendium of photos of the Rat Pack in their heyday. The packaging, designed by Progress Packaging, was what first caught my eye, but the photos and content are equally appealing. Published by Reel Art Press, here is what they say about the book:
“Frank Sinatra’s legendary clique defined life in the fast lane throughout the late fifties and early sixties, dominating American culture and epitomising a life of cocktails, love affairs and Hollywood glamour.
A select group of photographers, including Sid Avery and Bob Willoughby, captured the Rat Pack in their heyday. Many of the images they produced have been largely stored away, many even undeveloped. For the first time, access to these shots has been made possible to produce one deluxe, collector’s edition.
The Rat Pack is the definitive book on Frank, Dean, Sammy and co. tearing up Hollywood and Las Vegas with an extended cast including Marilyn Monroe and JFK. Fifty years on from the year many refer to as The Year of the Rat Pack, 1960, and their influence endures. Shooting Ocean’s 11 by day, performing at the Sands by night and sweating out the sour mash in the sauna in between, The Rat Pack includes behind the scenes footage at the JFK Presidential Inauguration and house parties with Ava Gardner and Marilyn Monroe.”"
I am totally enamored with Jacques Henri Lartigue and his work. Born in 1894, he received a camera for his seventh birthday, and from then on essentially kept a photo diary of his life. Fascinated by the things most young boys are interested in, including cars, dogs, his family and friends at play, aircraft, many of his most famous photographs were taken during his childhood.
Apparently, Wes Anderson is a big fan and has modeled many of his characters and images after Lartigue’s work, including Max from Rushmore. Also did you notice the photo of Zissou? Bet that’s where he got Steve Zissou’s name!
As he continued to document his surroundings and outings for his entire life, he later took many photos of fashionable Parisian life and French vacation spots, but I’ll save that era for another day.
Today, I’m loving the joie de vivre, humor, and idiosyncrasies captured in his childhood photographs.
Can you believe his technical capability at such a young age? This was before digital made everything look good, y’all.
Love these iconic photos from the catalog for the Robert Indiana show at Paul Kasmin Gallery in 2008.
Has there ever been a more handsome man? I am convinced there has not.