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Dan Mountford

04.6.12   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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Some pretty amazing stuff from UK Artist Dan Mountford. Dan is a 21 year-old multidisciplinary freelance designer & graphic design student living/studying in Brighton, England. He works predominantly in photography & graphic design. The double exposure / masking technique is particularly nice.

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Carlos Serrao- Photographer

03.29.12   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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As we’ve gone further down the rabbit hole of photography this year we’ve run across a few photographers that stand out from the rest. Rounding out the top of this list would be Miami Beach native and part-time Angelino Carlos Serrao.
Serrao is probably best known for shooting a who’s who of professional athletes including Kobe Bryant, Le Bron James, Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps, Maria Shripova, La Danian Tomlinson, there’s literally too many to list. After shooting at both the 2004 Olympic Games and 2006 world cup for Nike, Serraro has been busy shooting a few a few non athletes on the side like Josh Brolin and Mark Zuckerberg. We can bet if you’re a photographer looking for some inspiration, these shots are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

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Light painting WiFi with Long-Exposure Photos

12.29.11   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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This project explores the invisible terrain of WiFi networks in urban spaces by light painting signal strength in long-exposure photographs. A four-metre long measuring rod with 80 points of light reveals cross-sections through WiFi networks using a photographic technique called light-painting.

Bill Cunningham New York – Fashion Photo Doc

04.5.11   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Fashion   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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Documentary on Legendary Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham. Playing at the Nuart in West LA, Laemmle’s Town Center in Encino, the Landmark in Los Angeles, and Laemmle’s Playhouse in Pasadena.

–Via the ICON blog

Parisian Street Artist JR takes Ted Prize

10.22.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Rife with social commentary, the work of Parisian street artist JR has captivated many and has earned him the distinction of this years Ted Prize. On top of the cash prize of $100,000 US, he’ll be supported by the Ted community in fulfilling “One Wish to Change the World,” to be announced in the coming months.

Ted described the motivation behind selecting JR, ” [He] exhibits his photographs in the biggest art gallery on the planet. His work is presented freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Action; it talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit.”

Almost blind to the the vulnerabilities of the poor and disadvantaged, JR’s work exposes the very real and personal connection people have within their communities. He has said the people are his curators and the streets his exhibition hall. An exhibit of his most recent work (below) opens tomorrow October 23rd at the Shanghai Art Museum for the biennial and Sunday 24 October 2010 at Magda Danysz Gallery in Shanghai.

We are thrilled to see JR recognized on the worlds stage and anxiously await the anouncement of his TED wish.

Adobe plentopic lenses change the game for photographers

09.29.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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Every once in a while we see something exceptionally cool and this definitely goes in that category. Adobe has developed a new type of camera lens that allows you to focus (or unfocus) various parts of your photograph in post production.
As anyone knows who’s tried to sharpen a blurry photograph in Photoshop, it’s a nearly impossible feat. But this Adobe’s new Plentopic lenses are apparently going to change all of that.
We could try and explain it, but it’s easier to just watch the video. Feel free to skip to the end to see refocusing magic in action.
via Engadget.

Photographer Matthew Welch

08.3.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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While you may not know him by name, the work of photographer Matthew Welch is forever ingrained in our memories. From LeBron James to devastated landscapes, Welch captures raw emotion and sheer intensity in his images. While his advertising work is his most notable, his portraiture simple and timeless, highlights his natural ability. Between his commercial directing endeavors and his in demand advertising career, Matthew Welch always finds time to captivate.

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From The Annals Of Interesting Camera Design: The Pentax Auto 110

06.10.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Nils de Mol van Otterloo
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In 1979 Pentax released the acme of 110 format camera design, the Auto 110 (which would be followed by the Auto 110 Super and the Jungle-themed Auto 110 Safari). 110 film is a super-small format that has for the most part gone the way of the Dodo, but it is still available online. The bigger problem is finding a place to get your 110 photos developed, but that’s another story (supposedly Walmart and various other mail-order film processing companies can take care of this, but I have yet to try them).

The most interesting thing about the Auto 110 is that it is the smallest full SLR camera design ever made. You can still get them quite easily on eBay at a very reasonable cost. Because it is a full SLR there are an array of lens options (regular, wide-angle, fisheye etc.) as well as a number of other options. As you can see it takes very clean, in-focus pictures (which can be a plus or a minus depending on your aesthetic), and it fits in the palm of your hand. If it weren’t for the winding sounds and click that it makes when you shoot it, you could easily get away with using it as a spy camera (and what guy hasn’t at some time in their life fantasized about being a spy?).

Bruno Dayan

06.8.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Fashion   |   By: Nils de Mol van Otterloo
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Bruno Dayan is a French fashion photographer based in Paris. He’s what you might call a “heavy hitter” if such a term could be applied in the world of fashion. His photographs are noted for their sexuality and his intricate use of light to display his subjects.

Bruno has done work for celebrities, beauty photos as well as work for commercial clients. His work seems as though his subjects were living in an alternative reality, one of dreamy sensuality or nightmarish darkness.

Bruno’s sense of composition is second to none, his work is as much the product of a technician as it is that of an artist.

His impeccable photos have captivated brands like Louis Vuitton, Moschino and Yves Saint Laurent. He has a gift of being able to create unique atmospheres that are by turns light as a feather and yet as hard and heavy as a sledge hammer.

Lomography Makes Analogue Photography a Fashion Accessory

05.20.10   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Nils de Mol van Otterloo
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I’m not sure exactly when aesthetics became linked to style which in turn became linked to commerce, but a good example of this is the resurgence of analogue photography. In the late Nineties it was rumored that film would eventually go the way of the Dodo. Probably the one company that is working the hardest to bring analogue back to the mainstream is Lomography. This company, nominally a camera store with locations in nearly every major city (they recently opened in Los Angeles) is keeping their end up for lovers of film everywhere, with a focus on cheap plastic Medium Format Cameras Such as the Diana and Holga, as well as Russian cameras like the venerable Lomo. I would argue that their biggest success has been at selling analogue photography as a lifestyle product.

Lomography has a “code of conduct” which it purveys to its customers:

1. Take your camera everywhere you go
2. Use it any time – day and night
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it
4. Try the shot from the hip
5. Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible
6. Don’t think
7. Be fast
8. You don’t have to know beforehand what you captured on film
9. Afterwards either
10. Don’t worry about any rules

I got involved with Lomography by accident while on a trip to Holland. I had seen an interesting Photo Exhibit at a museum and my curiosity was peaked. Until this point I had never been excited by photography, but I had a week to myself in Amsterdam and I found myself at a store that sold Lomography products (along with spray paint, skate boards and other accoutrements of the street culture). The things that I like most about the analogue camera devolution are the infinite variety of styles of images and the relative ease that even amateur shutter-bugs can start making really stunning pictures. I found that I started to look at light in new ways, and with each picture I took new ideas for how to work became apparent to me.

Analogue photography has a great deal to offer over digital, especially when you consider that instant “vintage quality” of film. There’s a certain “creaminess” that digital pictures can’t capture. Making the switch to analogue will instantly open you to an entirely new world of creation. (Plus, there’s something badass about walking down the street with a vintage top-down view-finder camera like a Seagull).