Today’s photos are of Claudine, made last year at Joshua Tree, California. I’m posting these today for two reasons. One, I first scanned the negatives for these images yesterday; and two, I saw another photo of Claudine today made by a photographer somewhat better known than me.

I was walking through Soho in Manhattan this afternoon and decided to walk up Greene Street, which runs north/south from Canal Street up to Houston (pronounced ‘house-ton’) Street. I used to frequent Soho quite a bit some years ago, in the days when there were many photo galleries there, before most of them moved either to West Chelsea or to 57 Street. I don’t remember walking on Greene that much, but I do remember it being one of the less commercial streets in the area.

That’s changed a lot. As I walked on it going north today, I saw a multitude of higher end shops. Not so much big name brands but stores with innovative design, from what I could see, both in their layouts and the items they had. Several art galleries were among them.

At one point, getting close to Houston, I passed a shop with two books in its window. One book was large. The other was humongous. I quickly realized what these books were – Helmut Newton’s Sumo, both the huge original published ten years ago and the recent, smaller reprint. I looked up to see what this store was and saw the name Taschen. “Well, that makes sense,” I thought to myself. “Taschen is the publisher of these books.”

It also publishes a lot of other books about art and photography, and the store’s shelves were covered with them. I didn’t have time to stop into any other places, but I just had to step in here for a couple of minutes. I inquired about the price of the smaller Newton book, and as expected, I was quoted the list price. (It can be had for less elsewhere.) I had seen and looked through the book at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin during the summer, so I chose not to look through the it this time. I also chose not to ask how much the original version costs. I have no place to put such a thing at home, but perhaps even more, I was afraid to find out the price.

There was one book I did ask to see, and that was Nude, the new book of nudes by Ralph Gibson. I’d looked through it briefly at an art bookstore in Berlin, but I wanted to see it again. I also asked if the store had the two special editions, each one coming with an 11 x 14 print of a Gibson nude. The reason I asked this was that the model in one of these two prints is Claudine. The people there showed me both prints, framed.

This is a big book, too – not humongous like the original Sumo, but at 11” x 14” or so, still quite large. I’d like to add it to my collection, but as it’s a limited edition, with each copy signed and numbered by Gibson, the price is very hefty, too (much more than the smaller Sumo.) The special editions with the prints are even more limited and more expensive. So, I will have to think long and hard about this one, but as I’ve already spent too much already this year, I’ve got several months to think it over until 2010 rolls around. Of course, if the version of the book that I want is sold out by the time I can act (if I choose to act), the decision will be academic.

The weather here in New York City has taken a sudden turn to the cold side, reaching down to 48 degrees last night and this morning. I had to cave in and finally wear a long sleeve shirt to work today. I guess summer is really over.

For those of you who like your nudes mixed with a bit of humor, check out this video:
Rodney Carrington – Show them to me – Watch more Funny Videos

If you happen to like C&W, so much the better. For what it’s worth, I came across it on Facebook, it’s having been posted there by a woman who’s a sculptor. She thought it was funny, so perhaps you will, too. (Apologies for the brief movie ad that precedes the video.)

In homage to Stephen Haynes and his risotto (which a third party has informed me is very good), I decided to prepare rice for dinner last night for the first time in quite a while. My method of preparing the rice is probably less involved than Stephen’s. I fill the pot with water, put in the bag with the rice, put the pot on the stove and turn on the heat. After it’s boiled for ten minutes or so, I turn off the flame, take the bag out of the water, cut open the bag and pour the contents into a bowl. Last night, I added some butter, olive oil and grated cheese. It may not be gourmet, but it wasn’t bad. (Of course, Stephen will probably have to reach for the Pepto Bismol after reading my account. Sorry.)

Finally, a welcome to the latest Follower – Rapozo.

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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2 Responses to Claudine

  1. This image of Claudine is also currently featured at Univers d'Artistes has to do the shameless marketing here, Dave :}

  2. That top one is a very fine photo of Claudine. She's a wonderful model. And you did her justice.

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