Charlotte Honeysuckle Rose Ramsay, 2017
Eliza Little and Bevan Ramsay gave birth to Charlotte Honeysuckle Rose on December 2, 2013. CHRR is Betsy’s and my first grandchild. Her father calls her Chunky Cheese; her mother calls her Charlie; and I call her heaven. Isn’t she edible?
Photo: Bevan Ramsay
In 1978, Björn Borg was king of tennis, Saab introduced the 99 Turbo, and ABBA was a bigger company than Volvo. In 2013, 35 years after I photographed ABBA in Stockholm for Time, Björn Borg is selling underwear, Saab no longer exists, and ABBA has a 400 page, 600 picture, 3 kilo book coming out. Abba—The Official Photo Book is published by Max Ström, one of Europe’s finest illustrated publishers. A DVD, ABBA in Pictures—The Photographers’ Stories, is included in the Deluxe Edition (£119, app. $192).
Norfolk: One Grandfather’s View
From the autumn of 2014 until late summer, 2015, I shot a documentary (a visual valentine, really) about the small town in which I now live. Norfolk: One Grandfather’s View is my second film. My first was made 49 years ago and was received with universal acclaim, although I only showed it to my high school classmates (all of whom were in the film) and my parents.
Norfolk is a tiny town tucked into the Litchfield Hills in northwest Connecticut.
If you wish to buy a copy, send $20 plus $2.50 for domestic postage to PO Box 485, Norfolk, CT 06058, and I will mail you a DVD.
From a piece by Lindsey Pizzica Rotolo in Norfolk Now:
“The Norfolk documentary progresses through the seasons, using conventional cinematography and rarely seen views of town (captured by Littles drone camera). The cinematography is stunning, as are the dialogues with townspeople. Little captures various craftsman and tinkerers in their element, and those scenes are so visceral that they can’t be described as interviews; Jon Riedeman in his studio discussing the struggle in capturing birds in sculpture, John Thew musing about how nice a third arm would be in his weathervane construction, and Vint Lawrence waxing poetic on his gardens and the cycle of life, to name a few.
“The film evokes a range of moods, not unlike life in Norfolk, at times contemplative, often witty and sometimes intensely emotional, although that may not have been Little’s intent. ‘It was supposed to be funny, but many people have told me they got choked up in a few places.’”
Fallingwater published by Rizzoli
Edited by Lynda Waggoner, Photographed by Christopher Little, Essays contributed by David G. De Long, Rick Darke, Neil Levine, Justin Gunther, John Reynolds, and Robert Silman.
“ I must comment specifically on the photography. Christopher Little’s photographs capture this work in views that it would take us many many visits to accumulate and he provides perspectives and details not previously shown, (or at least not shown so beautifully) views that invite us to see more deeply! By carefully selecting the ‘scope’ of each photograph Little has achieved the seemingly impossible; he has suspended the experience of music one chord, or one phrase, at a time. The cumulative achievement is to allow the viewer to take one step at a time and to pause to explore the emotional depth that is Fallingwater. Brilliant! Masterful! We are deeply indebted to Lynda Waggoner and each of her contributors for offering this remarkable achievement.”
— Larry A. Woodin, M. Arch.
Wall Street Journal, Book Review
“It only seems as if you’ve seen a million photographs of Fallingwater, the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, with every image showing the architect’s confection of stone and slab reaching across a waterfall. But on the evidence of ‘Fallingwater’ (Rizzoli, 328 pages, $60), those photos, however eye-catching, barely begin to tell the story. Editor Lynda Waggoner and photographer Christopher Little have produced a remarkable tribute to one of Wright’s signature works on the 75th anniversary of the 1936 groundbreaking . . . ” [more]
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Conceptualized in 1935 as a weekend home for Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann, Fallingwater is arguably one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic creations. This impressive volume celebrates the seventy-fifth anniversary of the seminal structure, including renovations undergone in order to preserve the infamous territory. Waggoner, vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and director of Fallingwater, along with photographer Christopher Little, begin with a tour of the property . . . ” [more]
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is 75 years old this year and its director, Lynda Waggoner, is celebrating with a sumptuous new book of essays and photography addressing the residence, its restoration and its landscape.
During the home’s 50th anniversary, Waggoner worked with photographer Christopher Little on a commemorative volume for Edgar Kaufman Jr., son of the original owner. She brought the artist back for the new project 25 years later . . . ” [more]
The Litchfield County Times by Max Wittstein
“Nostalgia is an easy trap to fall into, and an easy target for attack as well. The past always looks better to people who cannot function in the present . . . ” [more]