British company Sonic Editions does for classic portrait photography what Blue Note Records did for jazz in the middle of the 20th century: compile the very best in one place. The new company sells the sort of quality prints of music greats like Sonny Rollins and iconic actors like Steve McQueen that had previously been available exclusively for astronomical prices at art galleries. The images offer discreet glimpses into fascinating lives and are a wonderful way to upgrade a room or even decorate your closet with a bit of inspiration. This is a major step up from dorm room posters.
Each Sonic Edition print, pulled from an archive of exhibition-quality shots, comes individually numbered with a certificate of authenticity and is professionally framed in white or black wood under shatter-resistant Perspex. All mats and mounts are cut to order from acid-free paper. Prices start at $119 for a small print. If you want to get fancy with large giclée (fine art digital) prints, Sonic is more than happy to help.
While Sonic Editions specializes in music photography, it also features nonmusic collections. Among the best offerings: work by photographer Grant Rohloff, known for epic big-wave still shots and surf films like 1963's 'Men Who Ride Mountains,' and galleries showcasing style icons like Sean Connery and Michael Caine through the years. The site may not sell pictures of cuddly cats urging you to "Hang in there," but there is a great shot of Bond girl par excellence, Ursula Andress cuddling a kitten. We'll take it. [From $119; soniceditions.com]