“Often I pretended to a cameraman to know less than I did. That way I got more cooperation.” Happy Birthday, Ida Lupino! Writer, director, producer, & star!

Surrealism inspired photo-series by Scotty Welbourne (1941).

A Late New Year Update

Some of you know about my Substack newsletter, and I am very grateful for those of you who read my sporadic updates. In a bid to be more regular, I recently (as in December 2021) activated the membership option. It’s basically Patreon, but not Patreon (is Patreon preferred? Let me know if so). This will enable me to keep the newsletter free, while enabling me to fund my research. The first piece is on Maar and Oppenheim’s (Em)body(ing) Art. More to follow shortly!

Man Ray, ‘Erotique Voilée’ (1933).

Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight

For Magnum Photos I wrote about W. Eugene’s Smith moving photographs of Charlie Chaplin as he made Limelight (1952), the most personal film of his career:


Photo by W. Eugene Smoth (1952)