The brilliant, peerless, hilarious Richard Pryor (1940-2005) was born 73 years ago today in Peoria, IL. In this photo, he and Phylicia Rashad are paying a visit to Ms. Rashad’s sister Debbie Allen in her dressing room on April 27, 1986. Ms. Allen had just opened in the return of Sweet Charity on Broadway. Photo by Ezio.
Vintage Black Glamour (The Coffee Table Book!) is coming in 2014! Register your interest here http://bit.ly/VBGbook And thank you!
"You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it." —James Baldwin
"Writing is really a way of thinking—not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” —Toni Morrison
"The purpose of any piece of writing is its existence before a reader’s eyes. A writer exists when she fills the blank page. A writer fulfills her task when she can be read by readers. The important thing is to write." —Nancy Morejón
"The ability to use language to effective ends, to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words—that’s magical." — Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
"By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication." —Ralph Ellison
"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." —Maya Angelou
Happy Thanksgiving! Yes, I am dragging out my annual Lena Horne at the stove shot (she is really demonstrating fuel conservation here, circa 1940s, via Corbis) but let’s just pretend she just put a bird in the oven, shall we? And let’s all hope that her hypothetical bird turned out a lot better than my tragic Lemon Pound Cake today. Good thing I’m also bringing a bottle of wine!
Share Your Feast: Tips from Foodie Photographers on Instagram
A little over a year and a half ago, San Francisco food and lifestyle photographer Sonya Yu (@sonyayu) shared some of her best advice about how to take beautiful photos of food. We caught up with Sonya and chatted with a few of the top foodies on Instagram to hear their favorite tips.
For all those celebrating Thanksgiving this Thursday, take note of these pointers to score that perfect photo of your holiday spread:
Patrick Janelle (@aguynamedpatrick) “I look for a nice texture as the backdrop to the meal. The plastic table not good enough? Call me crazy, but sometimes I’ll set the dish or drink on the ground for a better backdrop (see: #coffeegrounded). A lot of people like to neatly organize their food on the table before a shot, but I like a more natural look. A fork askew, map of the city, your handbag, phone or keys: each element gives the photo more visual texture and definitely makes it more personal.”
Joann Pai (@sliceofpai) “Good lighting is an integral part of food photography. Soft daylight is best. Depending on the situation, I would even suggest taking your food to a place with good light, then taking a photo.”
Ruben Hughes (@rubenhughes) “When editing, try slightly upping the highlight in your photo which will increase the whiteness of your plates or other ware. Bringing out the color in your photo can help increase the beauty of it. Try adding a bit of warmth or focused saturation to any colorful areas.”
Sonya Yu (@sonyayu) “A great vantage point always makes for a great composition, especially when your extensive spread seems too difficult to fit into a square. Go grab the nearest chair to stand on and don’t be shy—take your photo from up above to capture the entire meal! And of course, don’t forget to save me and @trotterpup a plate!”