Author: Eclectic Vibes

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka Sa…

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Yutaka Sakano in Tokyo for Issey Miyake in 1983.

Yutaka Sakano: “One day in July 1983, I received a phone call from Midori Kitamura, Issey Miyake’s assistant who was in charge of press relations at the time. She tells me that a young artist named Basquiat, who has become a sensation in New York, was coming to Japan, and she asked me if I could photograph him for a men’s fashion magazine. I immediately reserve studio # 8 in the basement of Studio Azabu, which no longer exists today. The day of the shooting, I loaded in my car a hand made backdrop and went to the rendezvous in a good mood. This is the first time I met Basquiat. I did not know anything about him. He looks like a wonderful young man. He takes the initiative during the shooting, improvising all kinds of poses. It is also the first time he meets me, and we did not speak each other language, having to opt instead for hand gestures communication. He did his best to comply with the guidelines given by the Japanese photographer that I am. Even though the photos are for color publication, I always take black and white photos for my own use. And if I find the subject particularly interesting, all the shooting is also done in B&W.” 

Jean Harlow photographed by Ted Allan, 1936.

Jean Harlow photographed by Ted Allan, 1936.

twixnmix: Sonny & Cher (1965)

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Sonny & Cher (1965)

Damon Albarn presents the Mojo Legend Award to…

Damon Albarn presents the Mojo Legend Award to Ike Turner in 2007.

Bo Derek photographed by Bruce McBroom for &ld…

Bo Derek photographed by Bruce McBroom for “Ten” (1979)

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Mae West and Raquel Welch in “Myra Breckinridge” (1970)

There were reports of conflicts between Raquel Welch and Mae West during filming.

Raquel Welch portrays a gay man who has a sex change and transforms into Myra Breckinridge.

Mae West

portrays

Leticia Van Allen, a casting agent. This was her first film role since 1943.

She was responsible for getting a then-unknown Tom Selleck cast as one of her studs in the film. 

Maureen O’Hara and her daughter Bronwyn Fitz…

Maureen O’Hara and her daughter Bronwyn FitzSimons in 1962.

Photos by Gene Trindl

Gene Tierney publicity photos for Sundown (1…

Gene Tierney publicity photos for Sundown (1941)  

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Ike and Tina Turner photographed by Norman Seeff, 1975.

Norman Seeff’s shoot with husband-and-wife R&B duo Ike and Tina Turner was among the most memorable of his career. As his first filmed session, the footage was riveting. “They performed an amazing version of ‘Nutbush City Limits’ right there in my studio. There was incredible energy and vitality between them.” He recalls that the couple’s contrasting personalities made their interactions all the more compelling. “Tina was a whirlwind of freedom and spontaneity,” he says. “She was teasing Ike, trying to get him to loosen up, but there was an edge about it. It was as if she was challenging him just a bit. It felt almost dangerous but at the same time ecstatically creative.” Ike on the other hand was reserved and controlled. “He was very charismatic. He had a regal, majestic quality about him, and a tremendous sense of who he was.”

twixnmix: John Lennon and Yoko Ono during a…

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono during an interview at their home at Tittenhurst Park, near Ascot, Berkshire, July 1971.

Photos by Michael Putland