John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s Picnic Photograph (1855)

John Dillwyn Llewelyn’s Picnic Photograph (1855)

It’s a family affair. And except for their clothing, not much has changed since John Llewelyn snapped his wife Emma and their children on a hillside above Swansea, Wales. According to family lore, Llewelyn photographed his wife Emma each year on her birthday,...
William Klein’s Fashion Models at a Picnic (1958)

William Klein’s Fashion Models at a Picnic (1958)

When Aaron Schuman asked Klein if he dreamed  in black and white, Klein shot back, “In black and white, of course.” But his photograph Tatiana + Marie Rose + Camels, Morocco, he had it both ways.  Featured Image:  William Klein. Tatiana + Marie Rose + Camels, Morocco,...
Tony Ray-Jones’ Picnic at Glyndebourne (1967)

Tony Ray-Jones’ Picnic at Glyndebourne (1967)

Tony Ray-Jones’ attitude towards life was to expose its “gentle madness” and “to walk, like Alice, through 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...
Jeff Wall’s Vampires’ Picnic (1991)

Jeff Wall’s Vampires’ Picnic (1991)

At first glance, it’s a group posing for a photograph, but scrutiny reveals a group of vampires actively pursuing what they do best. It’s then you realize that Jeff Wall’s photograph Vampires’ Picnic (1991) is political satire, an allusion to Karl Marx’s belief that...
George Rothrock’s  may Day Picnic at Fort McDowell (1877c)

George Rothrock’s may Day Picnic at Fort McDowell (1877c)

It was probably 90 degrees on May 1 when soldiers and their families posed for George Rothrock in the desert outside of Fort McDowell, Arizona. Featured Image:  George Rothrock. May Day Picnic at Fort McDowell, Arizona, May 1, 1877c. See Jeremy Rowe. “George...
George Platt Lynes’ Picnic at Tintagel (1954)

George Platt Lynes’ Picnic at Tintagel (1954)

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 Tristan fell...
Giles Price’s “Parade Ground in Katmandu” (2015)

Giles Price’s “Parade Ground in Katmandu” (2015)

In the aftermath of a 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Nepal, Katmandu residents 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....
4-CV Roadside Picnic (1954)

4-CV Roadside Picnic (1954)

Have a motorcar, have a picnic. Featured Image: Roger-Viollet Agency. Couple Seated before a 4CV. Camargue (France) ( 1954) (File 340.2); http://www.roger-viollet.fr/agence.aspx
Winston Churchill Picnics on the Rhine (1945)

Winston Churchill Picnics on the Rhine (1945)

Winston Churchill, England’s Prime Minister, picnicked in Holland on the Rhine River West bank 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...