Short Documentary by Anastasia Taylor-Lind
Anastasia Taylor-Lind takes us on a trip to Siberia where she created a short film about the hopes and big expectations of very young girls who want to become an international supermodel, traveling around the globe and walking for the biggest names in the fashion industry.
For her short film Anastasia accompanied Noah Models, a Russian Model Agency on their casting tour through drab community halls or gyms in different cities of Siberia. With her images she documented the treasure hunt for the so called "Russian Look - oversized Bambi eyes, small rosebud lips and china-doll like high cheekbones."
Modelling agencies across Siberia run schools for girls from the age of five. Here they learn how to walk, pose, diet, and apply make-up. At the castings, identified by numbers pinned to their bikinis and with their vital statistics (name, age, height and measurements) written on prison-style boards, each young woman walks, talks and poses for a panel of scouts who decide about the future of these young girls.
But for each girl who succeeds like Nastya Karzan, from Prokopyevsk, there are hundreds more dreaming of the chance to work abroad and live their own Cinderella story.
We love the foto story of Anastasia, for which she also received the 1st prize in the Feature Picture-Story at the Pictures of the Year International (POYi). If you want to see more visit her portfolio site.
Photographer & Motiongraphic Artist
For our photography channel we are always looking for new talents. Edgar Berg is one of these promising artists, the young guy from Dortmund, Germany is at the same time a gifted photographer who creates excellent street style and portrait images and a motiongraphic artist mixing motion pictures with graphic and augmented reality elements.
We strongly recommend to take a closer look at our image selection below and at his portfolio site EDDYZONE.
Lærke Posselt is a Danish photojournalist student at her final semester at the School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen. During her internship at Politiken, a leading Danish newspaper she made an outstanding portrait of of the 27 year old Iranian born actress Mellica Mehraban.
The portrait was awarded with the first prize in the portrait category at the World Press Photo 2012 in Amsterdam and with the same photo she won the first prize at the Pictures of the Year international Contest.
To see more of Lærke´s recent work just visit her portfolio site by clicking on the award portrait below.
The 60s have never ended
If there is one man who can be designated as the epitome of a celebrity photographer, it´s fur sure David Bailey.
Along with Terence Donovan and Brian Duffy - the so called "Black Trinity", he captured and helped create the "Swinging London" of the 1960s: a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic. He dated the most beautiful woman of the 1960s, Jean Shrimpton, was a close friend of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and famous actors and was married to Catherine Deneuve in the 70s. Michelangelo Antonioni took his celebrity and fashion photographer style as a role model for his famous "Blow Up" movie.
"The pictures I take are simple and direct and about the person I'm photographing and not about me," Bailey modestly sums up. "I don't care about composition or anything like that. I just want the emotion of the person in the picture to come across.... to get something from that person."
We selected some of his b/w photographs in a slide show below and if you wanna get a deeper look at his oeuvre we recommend to watch the Interview he gave British Guardian in 2010.
Mary Katrantzou´s S/S 12 Lookbook
Mary Katrantzou is the new Princess of Prints, her style characterized by a hyperrealist aesthetic and bold graphics has just been honored with the Emerging Talent Award at the British Fashion Awards 2011.
The upcoming Designer explained that her new Spring Summer 2012 collection was inspired by the contradiction between Industrial fabrication and formal beauty in nature.
Erik Madigan Heck, Photographer and Creative Director of the excellent Nomenus Quarterly magazine selected pieces of Katrantzou´s collection and photographed them in a surreal setting. In this way he created an artistic look, a mixture between a Tamara Lempicka Art déco painting and a floral scenery by Gustav Klimt.
To see the complete series we recommend to take a look at Nomenus Quarterly.
The love of looking
Nan Goldin is one of the leading and most controversial US photographers. She got famous with her snapshot aesthetic image series "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" about drug addicts in NY in the 1980s.
Actually the Matthew Marks Gallery in NY presents her new exhibition named Scopophilia, which consists of over 400 photographs from Goldin’s career, together with new photographs of paintings and sculptures from the Louvre´s collection. Scopophilia which means The Love of Looking is an expression of love and desire or as the artist explains, “Desire awoken by images is the project´s true starting point. It is about the idea of taking a picture of a sculpture or a painting in an attempt to bring it to life.”
We selected some of the exhibitions´ images below but strongly recommend to see it live till December 23 in Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street, NYC. And for those who wanna now more about Nan Goldin´s life take a look at a recent documentary named I´ll be your Mirror.
A distinct vision 1970 - 2010
Greg Gorman is one of the most famous Portrait Photographers of our time. Born in Kansas City in 1949, he completed a masters degree in fine arts in 1972.
Since then he became a photographer of Actors and Artists, showing a different and very personal side of these Icons of the 20th century. In the last 40 years his oeuvre was published in photographic magazines and in major commercial publications. In addition Gorman has released several portfolios of his portraits in book form, entitled : Vol. 1, Vol.2, Inside Life, Perspectives, Just Between Us, As I See It, In Their Youth, and Framed.
Our personal favourites are the works studying and celebrating the human body and those from the portfolio "In their Youth" where he took pictures of young talented artists some time ago before they got well known.
For the first time in Europe some 220 images will be displayed within an area of 3,200 m2 in the Waagner Biro Hall in Graz, Austria until December 31st 2011. We selected some of his photographs from different portfolios like Portraits, India or Celebrities which you can see by sliding through the images below.
For those who cannot manage to see the exhibition entitled "A distinct Vision" live in Graz, take a look at Greg Gorman´s personal portfolio site. You´ll love it.
The New York City Journal
Graeme Mitchell was born in Manitoba Canada and grew up in Oregon. After studying literature and philosophy he went to NYC to work as a photographer. Convinced by his close friend Benjamin Diggles he started a photographic blog already in 2006 and in an August night with no sleep he took his first street images.
"I began just walking around with my camera at 4am with a few rolls of film in my pocket, shooting free-form, not thinking about it at all, not even thinking that I’d ever bother developing the film. It was simple therapy for the stressed out and sleep deprived." This was the start of his amazing photographic series in the streets of New York named the NYC Journal.
Since this time he became a well known photographer working for clients and publications like Dazed and Confused, Interview, W, New York Magazine, SOMA or Net-A-Porter. We really like his pictures of NY and some great portraits of upcoming painters, photographers, writers and strongly recommend his portfolio site and his excellent blog giving a lot of inspiration.
Fashion and Artist Portraits
Most of you will know Anton Corbijn´s movie work like "Control" or "The American" or his music videos for U2, Depeche Mode,...
I knew him first for his unique photography and his black & white portraits of musicians like Miles Davis or Nick Cave which I saw in an exhibition in Amsterdam in the 90s and since this time he became one of my favourite photographers.
This year he showed again an exhibiton titled "inwards and onwards" at Amsterdam’s Foam Gallery with portraits from great Fashion Idols like Alexander McQueen, top Painters like Damien Hirst and Lucian Freud and of course his beloved music and movie stars. On the following slides you´ll find a selection of my personal favourites, and if you wanna see more just check out his Website.