Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Money Shot: The Half-Bill Face

There's playing with money, and there's really playing with money. You may have spotted a few of these half-money, half face pictures over the last few weeks. All that's needed is half a banknote held up to your face in front of your webcam. The moment you click the shutter, you've just created your money shot.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Karl Blossfeldt: Majestic Plant Portraits

In line with Nick Brandt's majestic animal portraits, it's only fair that this blog should also feature plant portraits of the same quality. As with animals, plants have also been featured on the blog, from Fong Qi Wei's exploded flowers to Carl Werner's amazing foodscapes to Michel Tcherevkoff's flowery shoes and bags. As with Nick Brandt, these previous flowery creations are no match for the simple yet majestic plant portraits created by artist and photographer Karl Blossfeldt.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nick Brandt: Majestic Animal Portraits

This blog is no stranger to photographs featuring animals, from Joel Sartore's intimate look at North America's endangered animals to Yann Arthus-Bertrand's formal portraits of farm animals to Tim Flach's adorable images of dogs. These photographers have rightly earned their place in the field of animal portraits, but in the area of majestic wild animal portraits, only photographer Nick Brandt reigns king.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Marco Grob: Celebrity Photographer of the 21st Century

What will people think of celebrity photographs of the 21st century? Will they think that they were beautiful? Revolutionary? Boring? In the previous post featuring Nadar's portraits of the 1800, one reader commented how the celebrities of the day are now lost in the pages of history. Will today's portraits be forgotten in the world of tomorrow? At the very least, photographer Marco Grob is making sure that his portraits will stand out in the world of today.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Félix Nadar: Celebrity Photographer of the 19th Century

It's not hard to come by good portrait photography these days. From the movie-like photographs of Annie Leibovitz's to the impressive close-ups of Platon to the somber images of Dan Winters, viewers are spoiled for choice when it comes to celebrity photographers. It was a different story some 200 years ago, when pioneering portrait photographer Félix Nadar took it upon himself to change the face of portrait photography with his unorthodox approach to the medium, effectively becoming the most famous celebrity photographer of the 19th century.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Michel Tcherevkoff: Design by Nature

From the simple flower disassemblies of Fong Qi Wei to the more elaborate constructions of Klaus Enrique Gerdes and Carl Warner, the number of permutations one can do with simple ingredients such as flowers, fruits and vegetables is mind-boggling. These creations, however, take the cake. From a simple creation based on a single leaf, photographer Michel Tcherevkoff has truly elevated design inspired by nature in his Shoe Fleur.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fong Qi Wei: Creating Flowers from Flowers

Fruits, vegetables and other flora have been featured on this blog as intricate portrait recreations and impressive mini-landscapes. It was only a matter of time until somebody else took the idea into a different direction. Here, the photographer Photographer Fong Qi Wei creates flowers out flowers, crafting something simple and beautiful out of something that's already simple and beautiful. In his series Exploded Flowers these natural constructions are given a clever and enchanting man-made touch.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nazee Abbassi: Self-Portraits of the East and West

Yes, you're seeing double, but that's because that's what the photographer intended. With the week's theme on self-portraits, it would be a nice touch to end it with a more personal look at the method and process. In this case, photographer Nazee Abbassi shows her take on her own identity as she photographs herself for a self-study, in effect giving viewers a glimpse of her self-portraits of the East and West.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Martin Liebscher: Self-Portraits of Me, Myself and I

Have you ever wanted to duplicate yourself in pictures you've taken of yourself? With the advent of digital photography, it's become relatively easy to Photoshop yourself into the same image as many times as you like with the clone stamp or the simple cut-and-paste tools. The only question is, "How many duplicates is enough in one image?" Artist and photographer Martin Liebscher probably hasn't asked that question as he has perfected the art of duplicating himself in the thousands in his imposing collection of self-portraits entitled “Familien Bilder”.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cindy Sherman: Self-Portraits of Others

Dressing up as someone or something else has been a popular Halloween tradition ever since people found it fun just to do so. There is no apparent reason or rationale behind most people's costumes, which makes sense given it's only done one night every year. One person however has found that dressing up can conjure up different accounts from different people at any time of the year. In these images, photographer and artist Cindy Sherman redefines dressing up by presenting self-portraits of other people through herself.