"Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary." Mark Twain
FEB. 3, 1863:
SAMUEL CLEMENS USES MARK TWAIN PSEUDONYM
On this day in 1863, writer and humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens used the pen name “Mark Twain” for the first time.
THE ARTIST’S STUDIO
The Artistic Nude by Mark Arbeit
Arbeit chose to bring the female nude back to the atelier when he made ‘The Artist’s Studio’ series. In this he combines the atelier and the female nude and studies both intimately. "This natural light draws the human form so well," he explains. As an assistant to Irving Penn and Helmut Newton in the ’70s, Mark Arbeit learned the most important lesson of his career: “”Light is photography,” he says. “Newton taught me never be afraid to shoot in low light — it could create something unexpected.” From Penn, he learned the art of indirect light. For a photographer obsessed with natural light, the atelier is a sort of holy grail. “The idea is almost 200 years old,” says Arbeit. “It’s a studio designed so a sculptor or painter can work with consistent light.” The sun traveling east to west never changes this indirect light. “Penn gave me the idea to use this space for photography.”