Friday, May 29, 2009

Straight Razor

The first time I got a straight razor shave was in Cuba. I was staying in an apartment in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana for a month with some friends. We went to the neighborhood barber (pics above)...and he suggested the straight razor. Closest smoothest shave of all time. My barber in LA is Ian. "Ian the Barber".

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Local Shops

Busy day making the rounds...
... Heavyweight gallery. Eric Coleman happened to be there. Nice to catch up and exchange stories with fellow photographer.
Endovanera studio in Echo Park...
Evil Monito studio. Ricky climbed up into the upper rafters of the studio and grabbed me a new Evil Monito x Kangol Cabby hat...and a nice jacket from 3sixteen...thanks Ricky!
Ricky and I headed downtown to say what's up to Jae at the Cassette studio.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The King of Vodka

Another interesting departure from my usual subject portrait of Linda Himelstein for her book The King of Vodka, published by HarperCollins.

In this sweeping history of vodka scion Pyotr Smirnov and his family, distinguished journalist Linda Himelstein plumbs a great riddle of Russian history through the story of a humble serf who rose to create one of the most celebrated business empires the world has ever known. At the center of this vivid narrative, Pyotr Smirnov comes to life as a...