Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Swimming in the American Dream

Lawrence Schiller, Marilyn Monroe, 1962/printed 2011, Digital chromogenic print, Courtesy of Judith and Lawrence Schiller; Lawrence Schiller © Polaris Communications, Inc.
Herb Ritts, Richard Gere – Poolside, 1982, C-type print, Courtesy of the Herb Ritts Foundation, Los Angeles © Herb Ritts Foundation
Mel Roberts, Rich Thompson and Mike Kelley, Bel Air, 1962, C-type print, Estate of Mel Roberts © Michael H. Epstein & Scott E. Schwimer.
Michael Childers, The Hockney Swimmer, 1978, C-type print, Courtesy of Michael Childers © Michael Childers
Mel Roberts, Robert and Cliff, Sherman Oaks, 1980, Type-R print from Kodachrome transparency, Estate of Mel Roberts © Michael H. Epstein & Scott E. Schwimer
Bill Owens, Hockney Painted This Pool,1980, C-print, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of Bruce Berman and Nancy Berman © Bill Owens

In these pictures there is a fine beauty combined with nostaglia. Memories flooded into the clear water of a swimming pool of a Hollywood home. Vintage inspired fashion and fantasy. Peaceful years of wealth to turn the page.

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