When The Inside Source visited the home of Sabine Heller to discover her world of objects, one of her obsessive collections was gathering photos with groups of people in it.
We couldn’t help scour eBay for the theme of Navy photos. Seen above is an original vintage panorama photograph of the US Naval Training in Dearborn, Michigan, 1944. It’s available for $49. If you miss this one, fear not, there is a slew of other Navy images available for your home.
(Photo: Courtesy of eBay Seller Kachina. Text by Jauretsi)
Grace Kelly — actress, style icon, and Princess of Monaco, no less — was truly one of the classiest gals to have ever graced this planet. Not just a pretty face, Kelly won an Academy Award for her role in The Country Girl in 1954. Later the American Film Institute went on to rank her on their list of top female stars of American Cinema.
(Photo courtesy of eBay seller collectiblesandthingsfromthepast. Text by Jenny Bahn)
eBay Find: Vintage Photo
Sometimes it’s worth peeking on eBay to find vintage photos (for $1.55) like this. Here’s a 1960’s fashion vixen soaking in the rays, unbeknownst of the fact she’d be sold on eBay and published on Tumblr 50 years later. Ahhhh, life!
(Photo courtesy of eBay Seller: Bittebooks. Text by Jauretsi)
Insta-Peep-O-Gram: Suit Up
Meet Sean Hotchkiss, a former fashion and style writer for GQ (before getting scooped up recently by J. Crew). His Instagram feed is a mix of behind-the-scenes action, global travels, and a few half-eaten donuts for good measure. Unlike our usual roster of must-follow fashion folk, it’s nice to get a man in the mix for a different, more masculine perspective.
(Photos courtesy of @shotchkissnyc. Text by Jenny Bahn)
The Photography Hunt: Michael Avedon
Michael Avedon, grandson of legendary photographer Richard Avedon was interviewed by the founder of Dirt who recently asked him his camera of choice. Michael quickly confessed that he was “totally a film guy”. The budding artist continued to describe his passion for old school equipment. “I’m drawn to the work of past” he says. “I will have to become a slave to the digital world… [MORE] eventually but I’m mostly working with my 35mm, my Rolleiflex. I just started experimenting with 4x5 but I haven’t stepped it up to 8x10 yet, but yeah I love film. I photograph my grandma in this chair all the time with my Rolleiflex.”
We spotted a bunch of Rolleiflex cameras in the eBay closet for those lovers of all things vintage. In terms of inspirations, Michael points out what motivates his mind. ”In a photographic sense, I’m all about the face. Irving Penn. I love Nan Goldin, Larry Clark. But if I had to say strongest influence I would say Otto Dix and Egon Schiele, I’m drawn to the German aesthetic”. When it comes to filmmwork, he tells Dirt, “how can I forget Woody Allen, Tarantino, Lynch, Antonioni? All the classic filmmakers I adore.”
Polaroids by Curtis Kulig
It seems artist Curtis Kulig, notorious for his ubiquitous "Love Me" tag, has one more fetish in addition to painting all over the world — Polaroids. Here’s just a tiny spattering of friends who’ve rolled through his New York studio. To see the vast collection, visit his Polaroid gallery.
(Photo: 1. Soko 2. Paul Gondry 3. Todd Selby 4. Terry Richardson 5. Rogan Gregory 6. Yael Aflalo 7. Camilla Deterre. Text by Jauretsi)
The Photography Hunt: Ruvan Wijesooriya
After our previous chat at Art Basel with photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya, documenter of LCD Soundsystems last glorious seven years, first we ran to go buy the book, and secondly, we inquired which cameras created all the magic.
"I use the Contax systems, so I really love my Aria" says the music-phile. He also tipped us off to the G2 Rangefinder. ”My point-and-shoot of choice is a Contax T3. I probably like that one best. It was my first real camera and its stealthy”. In terms of lenses, you can’t go wrong with the good ol’ fashioned standard 35 mm lens. eBay has a ton of options up for grabs so take a peek. Now all you have to do is have the foresight which Ruvan had almost a decade ago, and find yourself the next LCD Soundsystem to document. Visit Powerhouse Books to purchase your own copy of LCD for some inspiration.
Hanuk Snaps eBay’s New York Dinner
As we closed up our LA cocktail event this Monday to celebrate the new eBay Feed in LA, we fondly look back at our New York event just last month. Here’s new snapshots from New York based night-life photographer Hanuk. His signature party snap is called “The Kiss”. Notice him smooching two ladies, The Inside Source’s writer Jenny Bahn (bottom center) and Jewelry Designer Anna Sheffeld (bottom right). He hopes to one day make a monster Kiss book. Here’s more from the mind of Hanuk…
Q: Thanks for coming to our cool little dinner for eBay. Can you tell me 3 things that made you smile in the room that night?
A: It was wonderful to see so many friendly, familiar faces at such a delicious dinner— such wonderful food and drinks, not to mention the entertainment! It was so amazing to see Soko live.
Q: When you search for things you love on eBay, are there any specific categories you’re obsessed with?
A: My obsessions come in phases, but they are very strong. For a while, it was all toys, The Tick and Nightmare Before Christmas. Then, I moved on to things I loved in the 80’s that you just couldn’t find anywhere else, from old rugby shirts to discontinued colognes.
Q: Tell us what you are up to with work? Any projects of yours we should follow in the coming months?
A: Right now I’m working on a book about all my kiss photos, and hope to have an exhibition/party early next year, with even more kisses there, of course.
(Photo: by Hanuk)
There’s nothing more I love than bumping into an old box of a friend’s childhood photos. In this case, Jewelry Designer and model Manon Von Gerkan documents her upbringing (from birth til modern day) on a website she founded with friends, HereWeGoNow, highlighting cool New York creatives. Manon’s trip down memory lane is a section is called Looking Back. Photographers Gerald Foster contribute alongside Vanessa Ly and Lucie Kim. Altogether it’s a platform for visual storytelling with no agenda, other than make you feel good. I can honestly say these old school Halloween pics make me feel warm and fuzzy.
(Photos: From Manon Von Gerkan’s Personal Collection on HereWeGoNow)