We’ve got one last treat to take you into the New Year, and we guarantee this new Vintage Edition will get you suited, booted, and party-ready for those NYE celebrations. Untitled (Boots & Champagne) is utterly replete with revelry and rife with resplendence.
Created in 1933 by Dutch photographer Willem van de Poll (1895-1970), Untitled (Boots & Champagne) features the gleefully-posed gams of model Eva Waldschmidt perched on a confetti covered table. The shot exhibits van de Poll’s sheer mastery of atmosphere. Empty bottles of bubbly lay entangled in streamers atop a table cloth lightly rumpled beneath pointed toes. The dark suede of the boots is striking and the only element in sharp focus. Distinct reflections in the glass shine bright as though the lights have come up at the end of the celebration, but this gal parties on.
Untitled (Boots & Champagne) encapsulates an experience through focused composition, a signature aesthetic van de Poll honed over decades of experience. Born in Amsterdam in 1895, he moved to Vienna in 1919 to train. Shortly thereafter he began his career as an independent, itinerant press photographer throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Indonesia. He enjoyed great success as a photojournalist for various magazines and news agencies, did fashion reporting for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and also dabbled in commercial photography, with his photos being using in ads for prestigious brands like KLM and Unilever. His career expanded to a multitude of industries and influential circles, and during WWII, he became the house photographer for the Dutch Royal Family.
Van de Poll was a champion of the New Photography movement, which prioritized graphic design-infused image composition over subject. Characterized by close-cropping, strategic blurring, and unusual angles, van de Poll’s interpretation of this photographic style is splendidly cinematic. He invites you to step into the scene and catch that post-party second wind—we could all use the boost amirite? Cheers to 2022!
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