Barbara Nitke is an American photographer whose career began around the end of the so-called golden age of porn, before the advent of home videos made furtive jaunts to a theater obsolete. By the early 80s, these skin flicks featured relatively known stars and a semblance of plotlines, requiring at least some direction and reshoots.
Born on a Wisconsin farm in 1868, Edward Sheriff Curtis became fascinated with photography early, building his own camera around the age 10. As a teenager his family relocated to Seattle, where he photographed Princess Angeline (aka Kickisomlo), the daughter of the Duwamish chief Seattle, after whom the city was named. Curtis recognized his life's calling as a documentarian of Native American cultures and quickly joined expeditions to Montana and Alaska to do just that.
Behold the haute cheese of photographer Mario Casilli, master of the soft-focus lens and king of the TV Guide cover. In the 1980s, Casilli shot the highest-profile TV and music stars in America, capturing the excess and glamour of the greed-is-good decade, the era of Dynasty and Dallas, shoulder pads, and big perms.
Parsons School of Design, New York's premier fashion academy, has ended its partnerships with fur companies, reports Yahoo Style. Focusing instead on alternative materials and methods, Parsons had previously promoted career opportunities in and accepted sponsorships from the fur industry. It will no longer offer any incentives for students to use fur in their designs.
This week Mr. Lash went to Sierra Leone, the setting for Graham Greene's love triangle The Heart of the Matter. I love visiting the settings of my favorite books and can still hear Mr. Greene asking if I'm "as beautiful as my voice" back when I had a job flirting with writers on the phone at Granta magazine.