This Recording


In Which With A Friend I Can Smile But With a Lover I Could Hold My Head Back And Really Laugh by alexcarnevale
February 17, 2008, 10:34 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Our love for the one known as Jennifer Beals knows no bounds. Read of our dalliances with The L Word here and here. Ms. Beals’ favorite photography books follow.

beals4.jpg

Robert J. Hughes:

Actress Jennifer Beals first rose to stardom while she was a student at Yale and appeared in the 1983 hit movie Flashdance, playing a welder by day and an exotic dancer by night. She now plays a driven art department dean in Showtime’s The L Word, which has just begun its fifth season.

beals6.jpg

In real life, Ms. Beals also has a keen interest in art, particularly photography. She says, however, that due to the demands of raising her 2-year-old daughter she doesn’t practice that craft as much as she did in the past, when she “photographed every day.” Here, she lists five books of photography she admires.

beals1.jpg

[The Family of Man]

‘The Family of Man,’ by Edward Steichen and Carl Sandburg

The book was tied to a 1955 exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

“I first saw this book when I was a little girl,” Ms. Beals says. “It creates the cycle of humanity starting with birth, chronicles the good and the great and the not-so-great, the difficult and universal elements of what it is to be human.”

beals2.jpg

[Looking at Photographs]

‘Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art,’ by John Szarkowski

“I encountered it in college,” Ms. Beals says. Pictures in this book “made me more aware of how we exist within our environment.”

scar2.jpg

scar1.jpg

[Henri Cartier Bresson]

‘Henri Cartier-Bresson, the Early Work,’ by Peter Galassi

Ms. Beals admires Mr. Cartier-Bresson’s “ability to hold two opposites with the same photograph, of struggle and joy and alienation and belonging,” she says.

7f98bd89ccdd9af326bf778b72cb1d08_large.jpg

“It jibes with me now as an actor, in terms of being interested in paying attention to life.”

cartier-bresson_banks_of_marne.jpg

henri-cartier-bresson13.jpg

[Teenage]

‘Teenage,’ by Joseph Szabo

“This is a great book,” Ms. Beals says.

“Uncontrollable Urge” – Devo (mp3)

“It’s this amazing document of what it is to be in high school at that time, for almost anybody.

“Rain in Summertime” – Velour (mp3)

“Even though it’s from the ’70s to the late ’80s, you recognize people you went to high school with.”

“Tranquilized” – Inhaler (mp3)

yay.jpg

[Coincidences]

Coincidences,’ by Sarah Moon

“She started as a fashion photographer, and the images are really dreamlike,” Ms. Beals says.

“There’s a sensation that something just happened and is about to happen, and you’re in that transitional gap. The technique is astounding.”

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

The great debate.

The web exposes all.

I can’t be your friend unless I pretend.

beals3.jpg

ten reasons why

About these ads

11 Comments so far
Leave a comment

[...] In Which With A Friend I Can Smile But With a Lover I Could Hold My Head Back And Really Laugh [...]

Pingback by In Which We’re Here To Spit Semiotic Theory And Chew Bubblegum, And We’re All Out Of Bubblegum « This Recording

[...] under: Uncategorized You can enjoy our aesthetically pleasing series about pin-ups and photosets here, here, here, here, here, and [...]

Pingback by In Which We Live To Love You More Each Day « This Recording

[...] Into The Limited View of The Darjeeling Patriarchy And Has A Little Something for Wes AndersonIn Which With A Friend I Can Smile But With a Lover I Could Hold My Head Back And Really LaughIn Which The Fourth and Final Part Of Our Year End Countdown Makes Itself Known To YouIn Which We [...]

Pingback by In Which We Have But One Love And We Can’t Quit You Internet « This Recording

[...] Into The Limited View of The Darjeeling Patriarchy And Has A Little Something for Wes AndersonIn Which With A Friend I Can Smile But With a Lover I Could Hold My Head Back And Really LaughIn Which The Cultural and Aural Wisdom of Kanye West Takes Us OverIn Which The Fourth and Final Part [...]

Pingback by In Which We Have One Love And We Can’t Quit You Internet « This Recording

[...] Jennifer Beals’ favorite photosets. [...]

Pingback by In Which We Are A New Voting Bloc of Photosexuals « This Recording

[...] Saved Latin What Did You Ever DoIn Which The Cultural and Aural Wisdom of Kanye West Takes Us OverIn Which With A Friend I Can Smile But With a Lover I Could Hold My Head Back And Really LaughIn Which Danish and I Account For A Presidential Campaign That I Refuse To Believe Is Really Real At [...]

Pingback by In Which We Are A New Voting Bloc of Photosexuals « This Recording

[...] Jennifer Beals’ taste in photography. [...]

Pingback by In Which We Examine The Dervish We’d Become « This Recording

[...] InterestingIn Which New Albums Represent The Elation And Disappointment of This Transitional MonthIn Which With A Friend I Can Smile But With a Lover I Could Hold My Head Back And Really LaughIn Which We Are Most Similar At Our Age To Mike PenberthyIn Which Anselm Kiefer Takes Two Steps Out [...]

Pingback by In Which The Best Superhero Books of All Time Counts Down For Your Amusement « This Recording

[...] is more important to be beautiful than to be smart, or to be nice, or to be [...]

Pingback by In Which We Shed Our Inhibitions One Last Time « This Recording

my favorite song by Joan, and you use it brilliantly as a title. gads, you guys are good.

Comment by molly

[...] under: Uncategorized You can enjoy our aesthetically pleasing series about pin-ups and photosets here, here, here, here, here, and [...]

Pingback by In Which We Put A Little Something In Our Lemonade « This Recording




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s



Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 80 other followers

%d bloggers like this: