Social distancing during COVID19 while CELEBRATING 10 years of photographing designer store front windows in SoHo, New York / May 7, 2020
“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart, and head.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
Author and Harlem historian, Michael Henry Adams lead a tour of Harlem’s historic Strivers’ Row, a set of 160 row houses on West 138th and West 139th streets, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Fredrick Douglas Boulevard. These houses were originally called ”King Model Houses” named after their developer David H. King, Jr. It wasn’t until blacks were able to purchase these homes as the whites were leaving Harlem that Strivers’ Row got its popular name.
Artist + Hat Designer, Heidi Lee wearing her signature @swarovski crystal “Endless Echo Hat” for the crowd at the Fifth Avenue Easter Parade + Bonnet Festival / Midtown, New York / April 1, 2018
Here’s what Heidi had to say about her creation on her website…
“Consisting of eight overlapping faces (referencing Hellenic classical antiquity) the Echo Hat reimagines the myth of Echo and Narcissus as an allegory of the post-internet age; it raises ethical questions about surveillance technologies and the millennial age of the selfie. It is also a visual pun on the “Echo Chamber” effect of the internet: in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission and repetition inside an “enclosed” system, often drowning out different or competing views (globalization of social media)” (source)
Was the first thought that came to mine once we started to shoot. Whitney didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Portuguese which made it difficult to direct her, So I followed and chased her with my camera as she moved around the set posing quickly…
Lisbon, Portugal / Summer 2019
Politicians in East Harlem / 125th Street / New York / Photo: Diane Allford @VogueItalia
video By Diane Allford
12.29.18: “Posing Modernity”, a historic and rare art exhibit studying the role of the black female in modern art history. These historic works of art were produced between 1860 to the present by artist, Manet, Henry Matisse, Charles Henri, Joseph Cordier, and Jean -Baptiste Carpeaux, Photographers, Nardar and Vanderzee, Charles Alston, William H. Johnson, Romare Bearden, Renee Cox, and others…
Here’s A slide show with 25 of my favorite photographs captured at the show.
Performance Art In “Urban Chic Fashion” W/ Catarina Godinho, principle dancer with the COMPANHIA PORTUGUESA DE BAILADO CONTEMPORÂNEO DANCE CO. and model with THE KARACTER AGENCY. Lisbon, Portugal – Summer 2019 / Multi Media: ©2019 DIANE ALLFORD FILMS
Model: Whitney Monteiro-The Karacter Agency / Stylist: Tessiy Morelli / Make – Up: Tamara Semilet / Wardrobe: electric.tiger.lisboa
DAP // Diane Allford Photography
On December 1, 2018, super model, and founder of “The Real Catwalk”, Khrysty Ana and her team of fashionistas took over Times Square, New York with a awe inspiring flash mob fashion show celebrating inclusivity of plus size + diverse models in the modeling industry. It was a day of celebration, self-appreciation, and love for all models and body types as they strutted their stuff down the runway!