Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Strike a pose ...

Taken at a previous Cannes film festival - between 1958-1962, this photo perfectly captures that late 50s-early 60s look. This is the look we guys aspired to then, the clean cut, striped shirt look - preppy I suppose. Love the airline bag! I had one too though did not fly until later ...

This is one of the great photographs [of an Italian model Giancarlo] by John S. Barrington, a pioneer of nude male photography since the '40s through to the '90s (before the age of gay liberation and the new permissiveness and the internet...) and is the subject of a fascinating book "PHYSIQUE The Life of John S Barrington" by Rupert Smith, published by Serpent's Tail. Perfect social history - great pictures too including the young Alain Delon, also captured by Barrington at Cannes in 1958; and life during wartime was a lot of fun too in the London blitz for those who seized the moment!

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