Inspirational Images: Gina Fratini in Quadriptych

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fratini wedge harpers feb 73

Photographed by James Wedge. Modelled by Lady Annunziata Asquith. Dress by Gina Fratini.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, February 1973

Mild Sauce: For Two Pins

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Red stockings by Christian Dior. Underwear from Miss Selfridge

Red stockings by Christian Dior. Underwear from Miss Selfridge

Another glorious underwear editorial by the always saucy, always perfect Mr James Wedge.

Photographed by James Wedge. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from The Sunday Times Magazine, October 1978

Snow white stockings by Mary Quant. Patent shoes by Sacha. Silk shirt by Betty Jackson for Quorum.

Snow white stockings by Mary Quant. Patent shoes by Sacha. Silk shirt by Betty Jackson for Quorum.

Hand painted stockings by Janet Reger.

Hand painted stockings by Janet Reger.

Silver lurex tights by Mary Quant. Shoes by Charles Jourdan.

Silver lurex tights by Mary Quant. Shoes by Charles Jourdan.

Pale green tights from Selfridges. Shirt dyed to match by Janice Bell. Shoes by The Chelsea Cobbler.

Pale green tights from Selfridges. Shirt dyed to match by Janice Bell. Shoes by The Chelsea Cobbler.

Inspirational Editorials: Pin-up Parade

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Swimsuit by Miss Mouse

Swimsuit with cigarette packet print by Miss Mouse. Hat from a selection at Nostalgia. Black suede stilettos from Biba.

I have waxed lyrical on the wonders of James Wedge many times before. I’ve even waxed lyrical specifically on the subject of his version of pin-up photography and how it is vastly superior to the current swathe of poorly executed pin-up and burlesque photography. So I need not repeat myself too much. Suffice it to say, this man was looking backwards to a mere twenty/thirty years beforehand, at a time when this was still all generally considered to be rather naff and – also – an affront to the cause of feminism. He was creating images like this, in his darkroom. By hand. By trial and error. No going back if you cock it all up. No ‘vintage’ movement to motivate him. I certainly consider him to be more artist than mere fashion photographer.

Photographed (and hand-painted) by James Wedge. Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, May 1974.

Swimsuit by

Swimsuit by Wiki. Swansdown powder-puff from Biba.

Swimsuit by

Swimsuit by Wiki. Red flower from Biba.

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Red and white top with matching shorts by Miss Mouse. Towelling beach tobe from Marks and Spencer.

Inspirational Images: Hope by James Wedge

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Dress from a selection from Essences.

Dress from a selection from Essences.

Photographed by James Wedge, inspired by Hope by George Frederic Watts.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from 19 Magazine, January 1975

Inspirational Images: Ossie Clark, 1971

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Loose black crepe jacket with padded shoulders and tulip appliqué, £44.50; matching Oxford Bags, £11.50; appliqué-ed sleeveless waistcoat, £14.75; emerald satin shirt, £7.50; Ossie Clark exclusive to Boston 151. Shoes, £16; Chelsea Cobbler.

Photographed by James Wedge.

Scanned by Miss Peelpants from Harpers and Queen, December 1971.

Inspirational Images: Tinted Love

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Scanned from The Art of Photographing Women by Tom Grill and Mark Scanlon

You should all know by now that I am enormously fond of the art of hand-tinting in photographs. Of course James Wedge is the Emperor of such artistry, but this example (by Tom Grill, I think. This book is frustratingly vague about credits…) is utterly lovely in every way. Apparently he tinted it using home food-colouring – and it is definitely quite edible!

The Prettiest Watercolours

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Floaty cover-up in silk chiffon, printed with navy/red/cream, tying at waist; by Alice Pollock for Quorum, about £45. Black lycra swimsuit by Eres, £16.50.

Scanned from Harpers and Queen, June 1973. Photographs by James Wedge.

Belted cover-up in fine cotton voile, with paisley print in pale green/blue/yellow/purple, and long medieval sleeves; £37, Liberty. Pale green lycra bikini; £5, Liberty.

Cotton voile abaya by Thea Porter, with print of Chinese horses in green and brown, and two panels of antique patchwork fabrics; £61, Thea Porter

Inspirational Images: Beauty Studies by James Wedge

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Hauntingly beautiful. I can never, ever resist a photoshoot inspired by clowns. (Indeed, Mr Wedge seems to have made them something of a trademark!) That make-up, that neck ruff…

Scanned from Painted Ladies: Art of Hand Colouring in Photography by James Wedge.

Inspirational Illustrations: Painted Pin-ups by James Wedge

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What is this mysterious alchemy that makes James Wedge’s version of the pin-up cliché somehow completely wonderful to my eyes? I think the hand-tinting is a nod to the fictitious nature of the pin-up, completely revelling in its own artifice and utilizing its superficiality to create something fresh – despite its inherently retrospective origins. Also, it doesn’t involve Photoshop. Modern photographers need to take serious note.

Advertisement for Miss Selfridge, photographed and tinted by James Wedge.

19 Magazine, May 1974. Scanned by Miss Peelpants.







Inspirational Images: Molly Parkin by James Wedge

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