The National Portrait Gallery is showcasing the works of the Daily News photographer Harry Warnecke in a collection they are calling ‘In Vibrant Color’. Warnecke was the lead at the Daily News color photo studio and is credited in convincing the Daily News to invest in expensive technology that introduced color photography to the national audience. At the time, the tricolor process was so rare that Warnecke was forced to build his own camera, which used filters to separate images into the red, blue, and green pigments, creating the bold color we see in his photographs.
The collection showcases some of the cultural icon’s of the 1930’s and 40’s. Dale Evans, Louis Armstrong, Orson Welles and Dwight Eisenhower were just a few of the subjects Warnecke was able to capture. His photos used color, rather than the black and white contrast that most photographers of his era were focusing on. By pushing the ‘needle’ and expanding into color photography, Warnecke was to capture the true spirt of America.
I was unable to attend the Spring/Summer 2012 preview party thrown by Lands’ End Canvas a few months back, but just caught this video and I am very excited about what they showed and what I can assume to be live on the site/in-store in the next few weeks. (Yes, I know it still ‘winter’, but Feb is ‘spring’ in the retail world) Easy, casual pieces, infused with color and just the right amount of style, are what LEC is standing for this season. Collection looks great and I have already picked out a few must have pieces for myself. Great job guys!
(Disclosure: The Noble County Gold curator was previously employed by Lands’ End/LEC and received no benefit from them by posting this video.)
The gentleman at Context have expanded their offering to include a collection of select interior and art pieces. Having teamed up with local vintage and antique dealers from Wisconsin, the collection is a great representation of the Midwest. Sam, Ryan and Ben used the same, unique edit point they have with their apparel collections on curating these pieces. Each item has a story behind it and knowing the guys at Context, you would hear no complaints asking for them to tell those stories over a cold Spotted Cow or Old Fashioned, it’s their passion.