I’m a huge fan of Italian photographer Guido Mocafico.  I especially like his still life photography that was inspired by Dutch Master paintings of the 17th Century.  Take a look at Mr. Mocafico’s work below along with some of my favorite Dutch paintings that may have served as inspiration.

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Guido Mocafico

Aelbert Jansz van der Schoor - 1660

Aelbert Jansz van der Schoor - 1660

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Guido Mocafico

Floris van Dijck - 17th Century

Floris van Dijck - 17th Century

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Guido Mocafico

Pieter Claesz - 17th Century

Pieter Claesz - 17th Century

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Guido Mocafico

Willem Kalf - 17th Century

Willem Kalf - 17th Century

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Guido Mocafico

Alexandre-François Desportes - 17th Century

Alexandre-François Desportes (French) - 17th Century

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Guido Mocafico

Alexandre-François Desportes (French) - 17th Century

Alexandre-François Desportes (French) - 17th Century

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Guido Mocafico

Maria Oosterwijck - 1669

Maria Oosterwijck - 1669

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Guido Mocafico

Hendrik Andrieszen - 17th Century

Hendrik Andrieszen - 17th Century

I’m a huge fan of these old Columbia and RCA vinyl covers by artist Jim Flora from the late 1940’s – 1950’s.  I found these on the official Jim Flora Website.

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Benny Goodman sketch

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Early Richard Avedon

May 25, 2009

The early work of Richard Avedon has been getting a lot of attention lately because of the Avedon Fashion Photography 1944 – 2000 exhibit at The International Center of Photography.  “Dovima and Elephants” is also being featured at The Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the “Model as  Muse” exhibit in the Costume Institute.  Here are a few of my favorite early Avedon photographs.

Dovima in Balenciaga Couture

Dovima in Balenciaga cloche - Cafe de Deux Magots, Paris 1955

Dorian Leigh  Evening dress by Piguet, lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

Dorian Leigh - evening dress by Piguet, lie St.-Louis, Paris, August 1949

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Sunny Harnett - evening dress by Madame Gres, Casino, Le Touquet, August 1954

Sunny Harnett - evening dress by Madame Gres, Casino, Le Touquet, August 1954

Carmen - Coat by  Pierre Cardin 1957

Carmen - Coat by Pierre Cardin 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - coat by Guy Laroche, Palais-Royal, Paris, August 1957

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Georgia Hamilton - emsemble by Balenciaga

Georgia Hamilton - emsemble by Balenciaga

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - Evening dress by Madame Gres, Moulin Rouge, Paris, August 1957

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall - Evening dress by Madame Gres, Moulin Rouge, Paris, August 1957

I found these amazing antique posters on AllPosters.

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Leopoldo Metlicovitz

Artist: Leopoldo Metlicovitz

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Spyker -  They are still making AMAZING cars in Holland!

Spyker - They are still making AMAZING cars in Holland! Artist: Vanderhem

Artist: Geo Ham

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Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Ernst Ruprecht

Artist: Ernst Ruprecht

Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Geo Ham

Artist: Falcucci - 1930

Artist: Falcucci - 1930

Artist: B. Minne - 1952

Artist: B. Minne - 1952

Artist: Marcello Dudovich - 1922

Artist: Marcello Dudovich - 1922

This cel is extremely special and extraordinarily rare because it features all four of The Beatles on 1 cel.  Thanks to Jessica for sharing this with me.

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Here are some more incredible images of the Mercury Project astronauts.  I’m obsessed with the old space suits!

The original Mercury astronauts - John Glenn, Virgil Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra, Donald Deke Slayton, Gordon Cooper.

The original Mercury astronauts - John Glenn, Virgil Gus Grissom, Alan Shepard, Scott Carpenter, Walter Schirra, Donald Deke Slayton, Gordon Cooper.

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LIFE Magazine September 14, 1959

LIFE Magazine September 14, 1959

LIFE Magazine Space Wives - September 1959

LIFE Magazine Space Wives - September 21, 1959

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I found this amazing Al Moore pin-up girl calendar from Esquire Magazine on the ASIFA Hollywood Animation Archive.  The fine folks over at Esquire should hire some new artists and bring these calendars back!

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Here’s a look back at some of the men and women that bring us our mail every day.

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Post Man in Bangkok

Post Man in Bangkok

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Rocket Mailman of the future!

Rocket Mailman of the future!

I can’t even imagine all of the smoking, drinking, and womanizing that must have gone on in this office, but martini lunches with these gentlemen must have been a blast and a half!

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