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The Photos that Get Sarah Frances Kuhn Going

These five images make her want to give her camera straps a workout.

With just a few basic classes under her belt, Sarah Frances Kuhn calls herself an amateur photographer. We’re going to go ahead and call her humble. The multi-talented designer behind the line of way-cool camera straps, SFK, has an eye for aesthetics that sometimes earns her gigs as music-video director, and that sensibility, combined with a magpie-like attraction to renaissance men and women like herself, gives her high-functioning accessories an added zing. These are the works and the artists she pays tribute to with her creations. —tamar anitai


“I love how this photograph, ‘Dancer I’ by Stan Douglas, manages somehow to capture the impossible—the beauty in movement and dance.”


Freddie Mercury is an inspiration, and this shot by Mick Rock emphasizes his mastery of drama.”


“This shows the photographer, Ruth Gruber, herself—I chose it because she looks so stylish! Her own work was incredible. She was the first journalist to travel to the Soviet
Arctic and Siberian Gulag in 1935.”


Maya Deren is best known as a filmmaker, but she was also a choreographer, dancer, poet, writer, and photographer. Her vision was impeccable and forward-thinking. This is a still from her surrealist film, At Land.”


“This image—‘Danseuse-Cancan, Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1931’ by Ilse Bing—truly captures a moment…the polka-dot dress, the spinning. You can hear the music just looking at it.”

Don’t miss Sarah’s Alumni Sunday edition! This paisley camera strap is bomb.