12 October 2012

Bizarre Bazaar : Eerie Images from Harper's Magazine

Harper's Bazaar Cover January 1942 : It's the middle of World War II, Clark Gable's wife just died, and all this girl can think about is Salvador Dali's new autobiography. Photograph by Louise Dahl-Wolfe. 
From "Crime and Fingerprints" article in Harper's Bazaar, 1910.
Lauren Bacall cover of Harper's Bazaar, March 1943.  From this cover, she was discovered by Howard Hawk's wife, who later trained her to lower her voice, which would become her trademark sultriness. Photographed by Louise Dahl-Wolfe.

Richard Avedon photograph of The Capuchin Catacombs of Palermo, a monastery famous for mummifying the deceased when they ran out of room in the crypt. Up until the 1920s, it was considered a status symbol to be embalmed by the monks and displayed in a glass case in one's finest garments, with some clients requesting and paying for a periodic post-mortem change of clothes. Harper's Bazaar 1961. Creepy!

"Surreal Shopper" photograph by Herbert Matter, Harper's Bazaar 1939.

Learn more about the career and works of photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.