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Sunday, December 6, 2009

"Killers Kill, Dead Men Die" Vanity Fair - 2007

It is truly fascinating how I find things on the web, not not really find, more like fall into.

That is one thing I liked about libraries, you know those big places with lots of books in lots of rows. At the University of Washington, main and aeronautical libraries, I would roam the stacks looking for something. Never knew what it was, but I knew it was there somewhere. What caught my eye? The amount of dust on the book? A folio with odd color end papers? A crackled spine with water spots? What is this behind the books on this shelf?

That was how I found the original German WWII documents describing the Horten flying wing aircraft.

The Web is more like an antique mall, you look here and there, follow down a path to another alcove or another room or even a new floor and rummage in every box.

The thing different about the web is there are many many more searchers out there!

So, how did I come upon "Killers Kill, Dead Men Die" a photo shoot by Annie Leibovitz in  Vanity Fair - 2007? By way of a blog on aircraft from Russia and clicking on a comments link that looked interesting. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder 
The fascinating thing about this is the recreation of Film Noir, where all the characters are stars. The 2007 Hollywood Portfolio Killers Kill, Dead Men Die

Here is a slide show of the photo shoot. Can you name all the stars?
The Big Shoot - The story behind the pictures. The Big Shoot

Here is a video of the photos with a narrative. Killers Kill - video 

And a behind the scenes video, making of ...

Behind the scenes photo portfolio
Sit back dim the light and enjoy the dark ambiance of Film Noir.