Ultra Swank - Retro Adventures


Back To The Bricks with Flint Foto Factory
Written by Patricia Greenwood in Inspiration

Back To The Bricks with Flint Foto Factory

Every Mid-August for the past five years, Joe Dennis, creator of Flint Foto Factory, leaves his day job and his Chicago home to enjoy the week long Back To The Bricks Festival in Flint, Michigan, his hometown. Flint is best known as the prototype for the rise and fall of the American auto industry and is often cited as an example of the economic downward...

None of These Cars is Real – Would You Believe They are Models?

It sure looks real doesn’t it? It could very well be photos from a 1950s advertisement trying to promote the latest model of a car or pristine time capsule that were just discovered. But none of what you see is actually real. Michael Paul Smith from New England, USA is a model car enthusiast and photographer and creator of these fun and highly detailed photos...

The Cocktail Nation Podcast

The Cocktail Nation

Libations 101
The Cocktail Nation on November 12th, 2017

Podcast #471: Libations 101

Creating the past for Polaroid wins Competition

Lisa Predko, who we have mentioned before on Ultra Swank, is a talented photographer based in Chicago. Her love for everything vintage inspired her to start shooting retro inspired photographs about a decade ago. Since then she has created a impressive collection of really neat photos that look like they were freshly taken out from a time capsule in perfect condition. Not too long ago,...

1960s Vintage Inspired Photosets
Written by Christopher Alm in Inspiration

1960s Vintage Inspired Photosets

Lisa Predko, a professional photographer from Chicago and lover of all things vintage sends me these lovely 1960s inspired photos that instantly transports you back 50 years or so, to a more fun, colorful and playful time. I love the the attention to detail and color and if you are fascinated by the space age designed television seen above, you should definitively head over to...


This documentary about the life of famed photographer Julius Shulman looks very appealing to me. If you have been reading my earlier architecture posts you will immediately know who I am referring to. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this...

Mark Shaw’s Lost Audrey Hepburn Photos

Here are a few samples of famed photographer Mark Shaw’s photographs of the lovely Audrey Hepburn. The photos were taken circa 1953 in miss Hepburn’s house in Los Angeles and on the back lot of Sabrina. This entire collection have lingered forgotten for more than fifty years in a box at the home of Mark’s first wife and were rediscovered again in 2008. For more...

Fashion Photography by Mark Shaw
Written by Christopher Alm in Inspiration

Fashion Photography by Mark Shaw

Here are a couple of excellent early 1960s fashion and style photos taken by famed photographer Mark Shaw. If you recognize the woman on the boat, it’s no other than Jacqueline Kennedy her self. Mark Shaw is best known for his photographs of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, which he shot originally for LIFE magazine. He also developed a strong friendship with JFK and Jackie...

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