model~ steven dehler~ photos courtesy~ paul boulon


ROB NERRO~ circa 1990
photo & model courtesy~ rob nerro~ los angeles/antebellum correspondent









model~ norman mayers~ photos courtesy~ peter palladino



charlie chaplin in front of just completed chaplin studios @ 1416 n. la brea ~ circa 1917

Located at the corner of La Brea & Sunset, the studio Charlie Chaplin built
 resembles an English village, a series of gray, Colonial clapboard cottages,
 with a Tudor mansion facade, stylized brick chimneys,
 and orderly, green landscaping.

Until 1999, it was the headquarters of A&M Records
which was created by trumpet player Herb Alpert (the "A" in "A&M") and Jerry Moss.

 Recently, the studio was purchased by Jim Henson Productions," In fact, they have added a wonderful statue of Kermit, dressed like Chaplin's "Little Tramp", standing above the main studio gate.



Four Beach Cities residents among 18 men arrested for lewd acts in bathroom

Eighteen men were arrested in Manhattan Beach for engaging in lewd acts over several weeks in a beach bathroom that had been publicized on the Internet as a popular meet-up for sex.

Undercover detectives set up sting operations throughout the month of March at the Marine Avenue men's bathroom after being alerted to suspicious activities by the L.A. County lifeguards.

Beginning in late February, lifeguards noticed that the same men would loiter in the area and return to the bathroom, staying inside much longer than the typical visit.

"Some folks would be in there over an hour at a time," said Manhattan Beach Police Officer Stephanie Martin. "The lifeguards would do a walk-through and see two and three pairs of feet in a stall."
The county maintenance staff also reported sexually graphic graffiti on the walls and holes drilled into the stall partitions.

"Maintenance would patch up the holes, and the next day, they were drilled out again," Martin said.

Undercover detectives set up initial surveillance of the bathroom and within minutes, made their first arrest. Detectives also began monitoring various Internet sites, such as chat rooms and social networking, where the Marine Avenue bathroom was being discussed.

During six separate sting operations in March, 18 men, ranging in age from 20 to 59, were arrested on various charges including soliciting/engaging in lewd conduct in a public place, loitering around a public toilet to engage in a lewd or unlawful act, utilizing a peephole in a restroom (an invasion of privacy), resisting arrest and indecent exposure. One man was from Manhattan Beach, one from Redondo Beach, one from Hermosa Beach and one from El Segundo.
Most of the arrests were made in the middle of the day, Martin said.

"It's shocking," said a lifeguard captain who could not speak further about the incident.

Each arrestee was released pending a court date or further investigation. Depending on the charge, they could potentially face a $2,000 fine and up to one year in county jail.

Martin said the men targeted the Marine Avenue bathroom since it was the only one along the city's beach with doors on the stalls, providing privacy and concealment. The doors have since been removed by the county, which maintains the restrooms.

The police chief said the department will periodically conduct undercover operations in the beach bathrooms going forward.

"We don't anticipate anything going on in the bathrooms again," Martin said. "We did an immediate, quick and aggressive investigation and made so many arrests. We're trying to get out, 'Don't come here for that. People are going to go to jail.' We don't want that in our public restrooms."

Redondo Beach Police Sgt. Shawn Freeman said there have been no reported sexual incidents in any of the Redondo Beach restrooms, and therefore no arrests.

Hermosa Beach Police Det. Mick Gaglia said the city occasionally makes an indecent exposure or lewd act arrest in a public bathroom, "but we haven't had any severe history of it."

"It's nothing we would consider an overwhelming problem for the city," he said. "We haven't had any multiple arrests and no repeat offenders. We always encourage no one to let their child go into the bathroom by themselves; be aware of who is in there when they go inside."

repost courtesy~ heath daniels~ west hollywood/antebellum correspondent




Guy  Bourdin (December 2, 1928 in Paris – March 29, 1991 in Paris),  
was a French fashion photographer.

Guy  was born December 2, 1928, at 7 Rue Popincourt, Paris. He was abandoned by his mother the following year, and was adopted by Maurice Désiré Bourdin, who brought him up with the help of his mother Marguerite Legay.
During his military service in Dakar (1948–1949), he received his first photography training as a cadet in the French Air Force.
In 1950 he returned to Paris, where he met Man Ray, and became his protégé. Bourdin made his first exhibition of drawings and paintings at Galerie, Rue de la Bourgogne, Paris. His first photographic exhibition was in 1953.
 Bourdin exhibited under the pseudonym Edwin Hallan in his early career.
His first fashion shots were published in the February issue of Vogue Paris in 1955. He continued to work for the magazine until 1987.
Bourdin married Solange Marie Louise Gèze in 1961, who gave birth to his only child, Samuel in 1967. His wife died of a heart condition in Normandy in 1971.
An editor of Vogue magazine introduced Bourdin to shoe designer Charles Jourdan, who became his patron, and Bourdin shot Jourdan's ad campaigns between 1967 and 1981. His quirky anthropomorphic compositions, intricate mise en scene ads were greatly recognized and always greatly anticipated by the media.
In 1985, Bourdin turned down the Grand Prix National de la Photographie, awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, but his name is retained on the list of award winners.
Bourdin was one of the best known photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the 20th century. He shared Helmut Newton's taste for controversy and stylization, but Bourdin's formal daring and the narrative power of his images exceeded the bounds of conventional advertising photography. Shattering expectations and questioning boundaries, he set the stage for a new kind of fashion photography.
Bourdin worked for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and shot ad campaigns for ChanelIssey MiyakeEmanuel UngaroGianni VersaceLoewePentax and Bloomingdales.

Since his death, Guy Bourdin has been hailed as one of the greatest fashion photographers of all time, and his son Samuel Bourdin released a book with the finest prints of his father's work, called "Exhibit A" in 2001 
(co-edited with Fernando Delgado). His first retrospective exhibition was held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London 2003, and then toured the National gallery of Victoria inMelbourne, and Jeu de Paume in Paris.
Bourdin was the first photographer to create a complex narrative, then snatch a moment — sensual, provocative, shocking, exotic, surrealistic, sometimes sinister — and simply associate it with a fashion item. The narratives were strange and mysterious, sometimes full of violence, sexuality, and surrealism. Bourdin was influenced by his mentor Man Ray, photographer Edward Weston, the surrealist painters Magritte and Balthus, and film maker Luis Buñuel. Even though much less well known to the public than his colleague Helmut Newton (also working for Vogue), Bourdin possibly has been more influential on the younger generations of fashion photographers.
Guy Bourdin was a short man with a whiny voice, and had a reputation of being incredibly demanding. Dark rumors surrounded him: his mother abandoning him as an infant, the suicides of his wife and two of his girlfriends, and the cruelty in which he treated his models.
Bourdin was not a natural self-promoter, and did not collect his work or make any attempt to preserve them; in fact he refused several offers of exhibitions, rejected ideas for books, and wanted his work destroyed after his death (but since he didn’t keep so much of his work for himself, fortunately most of it was saved). The first major book devoted to his work was Exhibit A (mentioned above), released ten years after his death.
Madonna's 2003 music video for Hollywood was greatly influenced by the photography of Bourdin, so much so that a lawsuit was brought on against her by Bourdin's son for copyright infringement.
A documentary program, Dreamgirls: The photographs of Guy Bourdin, was shown for the BBC in 1991. Fashion photographers like Helmut Newton and Jean-Baptiste Mondino talked about how Bourdin managed to shoot fashion photography in his own unique way .
Contemporary photographers such as Mert Alas and Marcus PiggottJean Baptiste MondinoNick Knight and David LaChapelle have admitted to being great admirers of his work.
Lady Gaga totally ripped him off, (i mean paid homage) on her PAPARAZZI video.

Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) was an obsessed man. And that is to put it slightly. Working for Vogue, he made his heavily made-up models twist to uncomfortable positions in surreal, absurd, gloomy images. He loved red-haired women - who reminded him of his long-lost mother. His estranged wife committed suicide by hanging herself.

Guy Bourdin's pictures haven't been publicly displayed for twenty years since he didn't want to separate them from their original context for exhibitions or books. Whereas Helmut Newton's pictures for Vogue were stylishly monochrome and sadomasochistically erotic, Bourdin let his glaring and bright colours do the talking. Both Newton and Bourdin have been accused of misogyny. Both photographers competed in trying out the endurance of their models. The images are flooding with fetishistic elements, high-heel shoes, corsets and skin-tight leather outfits. Women twist in doll-like make-up and most curious postures. When one of the models said that his images almost resemble pornography, Bourdin snapped: "Don't make me laugh, this is art."

The cinematic narrative of Bourdin's images has something reminiscent of Cindy Sherman's photographs. It felt like something had already happened before the picture and would happen even after that. The pictures had certain suspense in them.
Guy Bourdin's reputation was that of a difficult and demanding person, and one of his former models admits that it took a bit masochistic character to be able to work for him.
Hermit-like Bourdin was more into tragedies than happy endings, which could often well be detected from his photographs; even those seemingly most filled with sunshine always had a slightly macabre tone, combining death and glamour. It has been said of Guy Bourdin that he was a complex personality and a gloomy genius who had just chosen a ladies' magazine as his way of expression.

This is what David Bowie's got to say about Bourdin:
"Since the advent of AIDS and the new morality, and, of course his death, his dark sexy fatal style had fallen out of Vogue. An uncompromising photographer, he had found a twisty avenue through desire and death. A white female leg sticking gloomily out of a bath of black liquid enamel. Two glued up babes covered in tiny pearls. The glue prevented their skins from breathing and they pass out. 'Oh it would be beautiful,' he is to have said, 'to photograph them dead in bed.' He was a French Guy. He had known Man Ray. Loved Lewis Carroll. His first gig was doing hats for Vogue. He'd place dead flies or bees on the faces of the models, or, female head wears hat crushed between three skinned calves heads, tongues lolling.What was this? Fine Arts? The surrealists might even think his work passé. Well, it was the `50s, that's what it was.
The tight-collar `50s seen through unspeakable hostility. He wanted but he couldn't paint. So he threw globs of revengeful hatred at his nubile subjects. He would systematically pull the phone cord out of the wall. He was never to be disturbed. Disturbed. Never. Everything and everyone died around him. One shoot focusing upon a woman lying in bed was said to be a reconstruction of his estranged wife's death. Another picture has a woman in a phone booth making some frantic call. Her hand is pressed whitely against the glass. Behind her and outside are two female bodies partially covered by the autumn leaves. His dream, so he told friends, was to do shoots in the morgue, with the stiffs as mannequins. I don't know. I just read this stuff. Now his spirit was being resurrected. We're mystified by blood. It's our enemy now. We don't understand it. Can't live with it. Can't, well... y'know?"
nothing is on official record since his son controls bourdin's estate, but at the time of her death is was reported that his wife committed suicide by hanging herself in bourdin's photo studio.

in an interview in 1977, bourdin stated that he refused to have photos taken of himself. 
he said each photograph robbed a bit of one's soul. models were accepting of this practice since they had decided to give their souls away.

it is rumored that guy bourdin committed suicide on march 29th, 1991, in the same studio his wife had hung herself in 1971.