Tony Ray-Jones’ Picnic at Glyndebourne

Tony Ray-Jones’ Picnic at Glyndebourne

Tony Ray-Jones’ attitude towards life was to expose its “gentle madness” and “to walk, like Alice, though a Looking-Glass, and find another kind of world with the camera.” He preferred to photograph situations that are “ambiguous and unreal, and the juxtaposition of...
Walker Evan’s picnic with Robert Lowell and Caroline Blackwood

Walker Evan’s picnic with Robert Lowell and Caroline Blackwood

When Walker Evan photographed Robert Lowell and Caroline Blackwood picnicking on the grass, he was aware of the couple’s tension. He wrote to a friend, “I think they do a lot for each other, and it is a great pleasure to see.” But hinting there was more to tell,...
George Platt Lynes’ Picnic at Tintagel

George Platt Lynes’ Picnic at Tintagel

So far, I know only this photograph by George Platt Lynes of Cecil Beaton’s set for Frederick Ashton’s ballet Picnic at Tintagel. Ashton’s story of the doomed love affair of Tristram and Isuelt begins circa 1916 and then devolves into the mythological time when...
Giles Price’s Katmandu

Giles Price’s Katmandu

In the aftermath of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, residents of Katmandu camped out in the open. At a glance, Giles Price’s photograph seems to be a picnic. It is not. It’s a small segment of the chaos of disaster on what would otherwise be a glorious day. The...
4-CV Roadside Picnic

4-CV Roadside Picnic

Have motorcar, have picnic. Featured Image: Roger-Viollet Agency. Couple Seated before a 4CV. Camargue (France) ( 1954) (File 340.2); http://www.roger-viollet.fr/agence.aspx
Churchill on the Rhine

Churchill on the Rhine

Winston Churchill, England’s Prime Minister picnicked in Holland on the west bank of the Rhine River with Gen. Bernard Montgomery, and Field Marshall Alan Brooke (February, 1945). Allied armies had already crossed the Rhine and invaded Germany, and though the area was...
Klett’s Grand Canyon

Klett’s Grand Canyon

Relaxed and easy. Mark Klett’s Picnic on the Edge of the Rim is a Grand Canyon vista that brings the vast landscape into manageable focus. I wish I had created this photograph. Featured Image: Mark Klett. Picnic on the Edge of Rim, Grand Canyon (1983), Gelatin...
Charcot’s Antarctic Picnics

Charcot’s Antarctic Picnics

Twice, Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the French doctor of medicine and polar explorer, picnicked in Antarctica. In each instance the situation called for a diversion from the boredom of cold and ice while engaged in scientific research and mapping. Uncharacteristically for a...