The Dying Swan

Trinidadian carnival artist Peter Minshall returned this year in full force with his Carnival King, The Dying Swan – Ras Nijinsky in drag as Pavlova, a sublime Moko Jumbie ballerina brought to life by Jha-whan Thomas. Its beauty lies in the simplicity of the costume and the delicacy of the movement which accompanies a steel pan rendition of Camille Saint-Saens’s ‘The Swan’.

Peter Minshall, the dying swan, carnival, Trinidad and Tobago

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After Gauguin

Two fashion shoots with the exotic taste of Gauguin

“All her traits combined in a Raphaelesque harmony by the meeting of curves. Her mouth had been modeled by a sculptor who knew how to put into a single mobile line a mingling of all joy and all suffering.

I worked in haste and passionately, for I knew that the consent had not yet been definitely gained. I trembled to read certain things in these large eyes–fear and the desire for the unknown, the melancholy of bitter experience which lies at the root of all pleasure, the involuntary and sovereign feeling of being mistress of herself. Such creatures seem to submit to us when they give themselves to us; yet it is only to themselves”

Extract from Noa Noa by Paul Gauguin

1. Peter Lindbergh shoots Naomi Cambell for Harper’s Bazaar, 1992

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2. Arthur Elgort shoots Liya Kebede for Vogue

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Build Your Own Body

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1. Hanna Holch

2. Torso by Jean Arp

3. Guy Bourdin


Olympia

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Olympia. Edouard Manet. 1863.

A Parody of Manet's Olympia with Junyer and Picasso. By Pablo Picasso. 1902.

A Parody of Manet’s Olympia with Junyer and Picasso. By Pablo Picasso. 1902.

The Black and The White. Felix Vallotton. 1919

The Black and The White. Felix Vallotton. 1919

Mel Ramos, Manet's Olympia, 1974. Lithograph.

Mel Ramos, Manet’s Olympia, 1974. Lithograph.

Portrait (Futago). Yasumassa Morimura. 1988

Portrait (Futago). Yasumassa Morimura. 1988

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Olympia, YSL Spring 1999 ad campaign for Rive Gauche, shot by Mario Sorrenti.


Mona Lisa

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Mona Lisa, YSL Spring 1999 ad campaign for Rive Gauche.


The Midnight Robber

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Peter Minshall. The Midnight Robber, the king of Danse Macabre (1980)

A Carnival costume by the legendary Trinidadian Carnival artist Peter Minshall, also known as Mas Man.

Click here to read about him in the Caribbean Beat magazine.


Wild Hair

These stunning photographs are from the Hairstyle Series by the late Nigerian phototagrapher J.D. Okhai Ojeikere :

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