Surreal Vignette by Cecil Beaton (1936)

Ruth Ford (1911-2009) was an American model and stage and film actress. As a model she posed for Harper’s, Town and Country and Mademoiselle. She was best known for the salon she created at her beautiful, art-lined Manhattan apartment, frequented by the likes of William Faulkner, Cecil Beaton, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol (source).

Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford.


Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via


Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via


Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via


Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via


Portraits of Surrealist Xenia Kashevaroff by Edward Weston (1931)

Xenia Kashevaroff (1913 – 1995) was an American painter, sculptor, bookbinder, conservator, and musician notable for her surrealist mobiles and artistic collaborations.

Her work has been described as on the “cutting edge of surrealism in sculpture” for her time. From 1935 to 1945, she was married to the musician and composer John Cage and performed in his percussion ensemble throughout their marriage.


Xenia Kashevaroff by Edward Weston (1931) via

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Xenia Kashevaroff by Edward Weston (1931) via


Xenia Kashevaroff by Edward Weston (1931) via


Xenia Kashevaroff by Edward Weston (1931) via


Xenia Kashevaroff by Edward Weston (1931) via

Amazing Surreal Photomontages by Grete Stern II

Grete Stern (1904–99) began taking private classes with Walter Peterhans―soon to become head of photography at the Bauhaus―in Berlin in 1927. Stern is best known as half of Foto Ringl + Pit, the innovative advertising and design studio she founded in Berlin in 1929 with her fellow Bauhaus alumna Ellen Auerbach.

In 1932 Stern met fellow photographer Horacio Coppola at the Bauhaus. In 1933 they emigrated to London where they married. Two years later in 1935 they settled in Coppola’s native Argentina. Two months after arriving they presented what the magazine Sur called

“the first serious exhibition of photographic art in Buenos Aires”

The exhibition comprised work produced in Germany and London. For a while Stern and Coppola tried operating a studio in Buenos Aires. It didn´t work out and the couple divorced in 1943. After a brief return to England, Stern settled in Argentina to raise a family, her daughter Silvia and her son Andrés.

Among Stern’s most significant accomplishments are her Dreams (Sueños). In 1948 Stern started illustrating women´s dreams for a women’s magazine column titled “El psicoanálisis le ayudará” (“Psychoanalysis will help you”). Over the course of three years Stern created 140 witty photomontages, where she portrayed women’s oppression and submission in Argentine society with sarcastic and surreal images. The photomontage was an ideal way for Stern to express her ideas about the dominant values.

She became a citizen of Argentina in 1958.

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Grete Stern, Dream No. 43: Untitled,  1949 via


Ringl + Pit, Hat and Gloves, 1930 via


Grete Stern, Dream via


 Grete Stern, Dream No. 20: Perspective via


Grete Stern, Dream No. 46: Estrangement via


Grete Stern, Dream No. 44: The Accused via


Grete Stern, Dream No. 13: Consent via


Grete Stern, Dream No. 41: The Phone Call via


Grete Stern, Dream via

Amazing Vintage Surreal Glamour by photographer Angus McBean

Angus McBean (8 June 1904 – 9 June 1990) was a Welsh photographer, set designer and cult figure associated with surrealism.

Two figures have prevented McBean from gaining more fame: Cecil Beaton (thanks to his lavish lifestyle and work for Vogue and the British Royal Family); and David Bailey, who much later (1960s) was close to Cecil Beaton both personally and in terms of style.

McBean did not enjoy this level of fame either in his life or after death, even though he was arguably the better technically and artistically.

Additionally McBean’s focus on the world of theatre (particularly London’s West End) did not give him international recognition.

In 2007, seven original colour transparencies (slides) of his photographs for the Beatles album cover Please Please Me by McBean were accidentally thrown in the bin at the headquarters of EMI.


Marlene Dietrich, “No Highway in the Sky” by Angus Mcbean Pinewood Studios, 1951 via


Audrey Hepburn by Angus Mcbean via


Vivien Leigh as Aurora by Angus McBean, 1938 via


 Hermione Baddeley by Angus McBean, 1938 Gelatin via


Marika Rivera by Angus Mcbean via


Dorothy Dickson by Angus Mcbean, 1938 via via


Beatrice Lillie by Angus McBean, 1940s via

Beautiful Vintage Photos From “Shocking – The Art & Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli”

The now scarce and out of print book “Shocking Schiaparelli” features beautiful images by the surrealist inspired fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli – one of the most influential designers of the 1930s & 1940s.


Photo from “Shocking – The Art & Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli” via


Photo from “Shocking – The Art & Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli” via


Photo from “Shocking – The Art & Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli” via


Photo from “Shocking – The Art & Fashion of Elsa Schiaparelli” via