Welcome to the latest edition of ODAAT: one day at a time…
Friday, 26 March 2004
Pix Of The Day: Rolled, Dressed, Drowned & Stoned
CREDITS [L to R]: © [1-3] Staley+Wise Gallery/StaleyWise.com
© [4-5] Joseph Bellows Gallery/JosephBellows.com
WHERE: originally London, England. WHAT: photographs by Norman Parkinson.
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Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), with Cecil Beaton and David Bailey, was a leading photographer of British society. Online we visited  Staley+Wise, with premises on Broadway, New York, NY, and  Joseph Bellows, the La Jolla, CA, based company, both of which are specialist photograph dealers.
When we were researching today's feature we saw the right hand picture of the Rolling Stones before we saw the left hand picture. Both share a very similar title, 'How To Kill Five Stones With One Bird', both were taken in 1964, and both look as if they were taken at the same session. The title only makes sense after one has seen the picture of the Stones under the table… are they meant to be seen as a pair? is one incorrectly titled? We have no way to find the answers - anyone else know?
There is a comprehensive collection of Parkinson portraits at the NPG [National Portrait Gallery], though these are less than generously sized, which is the way with most NPG resources. Perhaps the public sector culture is less generous than the private sector with freebies for the masses, though if you can afford the fee scale the NPG will jump through hoops. Clearly we are naive in such matters, because we thought it would have been the other way round. Good to know that in the best tradition of the parable of the talents, the servants are growing the tax pounds.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)