Vee Speers

Today is my birthday! I’m turning 30. I invited my best friends to join me in Amsterdam to celebrate my new decade. For *It’s Not a Cabaret, I thought the series The Birthday Party by Australian photographer Veer Speers would match perfectly with the occasion.

Leibovitz & Witkin @ Fotografiska Museet

NICOLE KIDMAN, NEW YORK CITY, 2003

Annie Leibovitz, A Photographer’s Life, 1990–2005, at Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm, from May 21 to September 12, 2010.

NIGHT IN A SMALL TOWN, 2007

Joel-Peter Witkin, Bodies, at Fotografiska Museet in Stockholm, from May 21 to August 22, 2010.

Chris Makos – Polaroids

Part of what makes Christopher Makos’s Polaroids so awesome is that, in addition to capturing an ephemeral nostalgic glow (I mean, isn’t that what Polaroids are all about?), the subjects themselves are those elusive legends of a bygone era. Makos has an archive of hundreds of Polaroids taking during the 70′s and 80′s, jet-setting between New York and Los Angeles, partying with fashion designers, celebrities and artists. He was actually taking the photos that most current polaroid photographers are trying to mimic. Basically, he’s like the king of the Polaroid.

Original SX-70 Polaroids by Chris Makos will be featured in the show Polaroids at the Christopher Henry Gallery in NYC from April 22-May 23, 2010. A new book of Polaroids, published my Photology with text by Calvin Klein, is available at the exhibition (a sneak peek PDF can be downloaded here).

Romain Laurent – Tilt

Some fun stuff from commercial photographer Romain Laurent.

Sam Jury

Welcome to the imaginarium of artist Sam Jury. Shown here are a selection of photographs, but Jury tends to work across media, often fusing painting, photography and video in some combination. The work sets out to question the relationship between reality and perception, especially in a culture that tends towards a high degree of digital manipulation. The result is a world positioned between dreams and memories, in which the limits between reality and illusion are—often literally—a little blury.

The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family by R. Avedon

Time to revisit some classics. The iconic Kennedy family portraits by Richard Avedon will be presented by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts from April 17 to July 18, 2010. The exhibition, entitled The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family, was created by the National Museum of American History and is supported by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).