Tuesday Flickr Set: A sip of Paris, circa 1962. Tom Palumbo.

When Mike Dempsey waxed his admiration of Jean Seberg in Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 ‘À bout de soufflé (Breathless), there was little for which to take issue. She was a singular beauty. And so seemingly French (a born Iowan, actually) with that cropped cut, cigarette and wooly cabled fisherman's sweater. I recall thinking—as McIsaac and I discussed again earlier this very evening—that Paris in the early 60's would have been an inimitable time (and place) to roam. Of course, part of that is most certainly imagined nostalgia, but the other part I must believe, exemplified glamour in its purest form. Like Seberg; equal parts gorgeous and intrigue, even if merely an illusory construct. Smack dab in the middle of all of that were the men and the women who worked and lived, devoured and documented the café scene at a time "when content, space and scale coalesced". Tom Palumbo, a fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar (with Alexey Brodovitch), Vogue, and other publications was but one of those able chroniclers. As Palumbo explains in his profile, this collection marks the beginning of an extensive archiving project with New York's Wonderbread. We can only hope there is much, much more in which to await. In the meantime, there are decades of Palumbo's work yet to sip in.

Posted by Eric Hillerns in Photography | 17 February 2009 | Permalink | Comment on this post (8 so far)