Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The new SPECIAL: Peaked Berets

Ah, the new SPECIAL, and quite special indeed: PEAKED BERETS!
Is there something like a peaked beret? Yes, but they are hard to find. Although many flat caps, newsboy caps, 6 and 8 panel caps are often mistakenly called 'beret', they are not. All these are made of at least two pieces of fabric, sewn together; a beret is made of one piece of knitted material, closed in a circular shape with the thread of the closure still sticking out at the center of the hat. A peaked beret is just that, with a peak added to it!
Peaked berets were made in France during the 1950's and '60's, but production has stopped since, until the release of the beautiful Casquettes by Laulhere - officially from September, 2013, but already available through South Pacific Berets.
Also, South Pacific Berets is proud to offer our own 100% pure wool in a one-size-fit-all, 250mm diameter model and the peaked berets made by Hoodlums, USA in 300mm diameter.
One of the more famous wearers of a peaked beret was the Dutch painter and COBRA co-founder Corneille; featuring on the picture below.
For a limited time only at well reduced prices:

Richard Kalvar's Berets

Richard Kalvar is an American photographer who has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1975. 
Town of Ponza. At the port. 1984.
USA. New York. 1975.
Hand-made paper at the Moulin Richard Le Bas. 
The wood pulp is placed on racks and then dried. 1972.
Paris. 6th arrondissement, Luxembourg Garden.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Guy Le Querrec's Berets

Guy Le Querrec is a French photographer and filmmaker, noted for his documentary images of jazz musicians. He is a member of Magnum Photos.
French jazz musician Henri Texier (contrebasse)
 The tenor sax player Sonny Rollins
 Paris. 13th arrondissement. Boulevard Kellerman. 
Demonstrators going to a meeting at Charlety stadium. May 27th 1968.
Castilla La Mancha, Village of Lillo, cafe. 1 October 1971.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Eve Arnold's Berets

Eve Arnold, OBE, Hon. FRPS was an American photojournalist. She joined Magnum Photos agency in 1951, and became a full member in 1957.
Audrey Hepburn interviewing a Jewish refugee in Paris, from Morocco, who fled from anti-semitism. 1968.
Anthony Quinn on location for 'The Magus'. 1967.
Thatcher, Andalucia, Spain 1966.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stuart Franklin's Berets

Stuart Franklin (1956) is a British photographer, a member of Magnum Photos, and a former President of Magnum Photos (2006–2009).

FRANCE: St Germain de Calberte. Making goats cheese
JAPAN: Tokyo. Diamaru Department Store. 2002.
SPAIN. Fishing villiage. Harbour. 1985.
SPAIN. Galicia. Family meal. 1985.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Saddam's Beret by Thomas Dworzak

Thomas Dworzak IRAQ. Baghdad. 10/2002. Screen shots of Iraqi TV.
The 3 state controlled Iraqi TV channels show non stop repeating music programs , a handfull of singers singing patriotic songs and military parades, endlessly repeating footage of Presidents Saddam HUSSEIN at different occasions. 
Since the 1991 Gulf War Saddam HUSSEIN has hardly ever appeared in public and lives in total isolation in one of his many palaces.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

EWK, Beret-Spy (55)

My brother Emile's birthday, 55 years now, and what way better to honour this historical fact than by publishing some more of his 'spy photographs'. Happy birthday, Bro!
Supermarket, Netherlands
Street scene, New Orleans, USA
Tilburg, Netherlands
Unknown location
Self-portrait EWK (beret Spy)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Berets of Thomas Dworzak

Thomas Dworzak (1972) is a German photographer. Dworzak is a full member of the Magnum Photos agency since 2004.

Libya, Benghazi. March 2011. Local defence units in downtown showing weapons used by pro-Gadaffi forces.
Macedonia. Skopje. July 2001. Ethnic Albanian man in front of his house destroyed by police. The house was built without permitt and police uses prison inmates to do ad-hoc destructions.
USA. New York City. November 11, 2004. Veteran's Day.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Ramón Masats

Ramón Masats (1931) is a Spanish (Catalan) photographer.
 Masats became interested in photography during his military service.
He became a photojournalist in 1953 and started working on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. The following year, he joined the Royal Photographic Society of Catalonia. He met Terré Ricard and Xavier Miserachs .
In 1957, he moved to Madrid and travelled through Spain as a reporter for the magazine Gaceta Ilustrada.
Ramon Masats took this photograph in Valladolid, in 1962.
That same year, he returned to the group AFAL and joined photographers like Gabriel Cuallado, Gerardo Vielva and Paco Gómez and creates the group Palangana .
Between 1958 and 1964, he worked for various magazines and journals such as Gaceta Ilustrada, Mundo Hispanico, Arriba and Ya.
In 1964, he directed his first documentary, Prado Museum Vivo, which earned him a special prize, Tahormina.

Monday, July 22, 2013

On SPECIAL: the Boina Elósegui 150 Años Edición Limitada

I received a few comments from customers asking for a special that was truly 'special', one of the top-end berets I stock at South Pacific Berets. 
Fair enough, and what better beret than the absolute top: the Elósegui 150 Años Edición Limitada
For a limited time only, I list these berets with a good discount. Mind you, it's also the last of the stock and whether I can re-stock again is doubtful - there are only a few left in each size.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Beret in Iceland

Photographer at Jökullsárlon, Iceland. An ever changing glacial lagoon.