Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Pete Souza: President Obama Sitting for Smithsonian's 3D Portrait

This intimidating photo isn't a publicity shot for the latest Star Wars movie (although it could be with a little bit of Photoshop); it's President Barack Obama sitting for a special portrait session for the Smithsonian's 3D model, as photographed by White House photographer Pete Souza.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chuck Close: The 2014 Hollywood Portfolio

For its 2014 Hollywood Issue, Vanity Fair called on the services of two legendary photographers to capture the actors, directors and producers of note. Annie Leibovitz lent her services for the magazine's cover, but for the individual portraits, Conde Naste went with a different master of the lens. This is Chuck Close's 2014 Hollywood Portfolio.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Nick Stern: Photographing Banksy

Street artist Banksy has gained immense popularity for his graffiti art work which combines humor and political commentary. His stencils blend in perfectly with their surroundings, sometimes incorporating their surrounding environment. Banky's interesting subjects has inspired many artists to recreate his works in real life, with Nick Stern photographing Banky's recreations almost perfectly in his series, "You Are Not Banksy".

Friday, June 7, 2013

Natan Dvir: Coming Soon, A Huge Fashion Ad Near You

Fashion and commercial photography has exploded over the last few decades, saturating the urban landscape with giant, colorful, dynamic and static ads. Nowhere is this scene played out more than in New York City. Here, buildings and billboards are covered with huge ads with sexy models and exotic products. Most New Yorkers have become desensitized to this phenomenon, but to outsiders, the blaring product placements are hard to miss. Natan Dvir documents this craze for huge fashion ads in his project, "Coming Soon".

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Fabienne Cherisma: A Picture of a Dead Haitian Girl Surrounded by Photographers

On January 19, 2010, 15-year old Fabienne Cherisma died from a stray bullet while scavenging for supplies in the earthquake-ravaged city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Barely a week after the devastating 2010 Haitian Earthquake which killed more than 300,000 people, the death of one girl sparked more controversy about the disaster than before. It was because of the above photograph, showing a  group of journalists flocking together to take a picture of the dead Haitian girl.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Frank Herfort: Modern Russian Architecture

Images of the old Soviet Union usually show bleak and grey buildings and streets. Since the fall of the old empire however, a burst of creative and affluent Russians have transformed the Russian urban landscape into colorful skyscrapers and towering housing projects. In his book "Imperial Pomp: Post Soviet Highrise"Frank Herfort's feature this new wave of Modern Russian Architecture.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Jeff Bridges: Celebrity Photographer

The previous post showed what Hollywood celebrities look like when it's just some random guy taking pictures of actors; there's still an element of an outsider looking in. But what happens when a distinguished actor takes a camera on a movie set and offers a unique point of view to the world of film making? No imagination is required here as these are the behind-the-scenes photographs of one celebrity photographer, the "Dude" himself: Jeff Bridges.