“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.” ― Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus has been a huge influence of my work and during my workshop I’ll be talking further about this idea and much more about my methods and processes in my 3 years of shooting. If you’d like to learn more make sure to register today HERE!
AAASK - ARTISTS ANY ARTISTS SHOULD KNOW
Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was a famous American photographer of German origin.
Erwin Blumenfeld, a sought-after fashion photographer in the 1940s and ’50s, working for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and also for artistic nude photography, who immigrated to New York by way of Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris, with a detour in several French internment camps. Blumenfeld was a polymath. He could paint, write and draw; and, in the spirit of his age, he excelled at collage, later photomontage, cutting and pasting as a way to make sense of the world.
When the Second World War broke out, he was interned in French camps as an alien, but was eventually allowed to leave for New York in 1941. He became a US citizen in 1946. His more personal work is in black and white; his commercial work in fashion, much for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, is mostly in color. In both media he was a great innovator. In black and white he did all his work personally in the dark room. In color he drew on his extensive background in classical and modern painting. He married Lena Citroen in Holland in 1921 and had three children there: Lisette, Henry Alexander and Frank Yorick. He died in Rome on July 4th, 1969.
Given how much of contemporary art now relies on appropriation, and how much photography is manipulated to falsify reality, it’s interesting to look back at Blumenfeld’s early attempts at editorializing. The Dada philosophy said that anyone can make art. His early films and experiments are also very influential thanks to showstudio posting some of his work below.
View some of Erwin’s films here @ SHOWSTUDIO
One of my favorite photographers David Bellemere. Check his work out here…a great agency website. His work is INSPIRATION.
New Work from shoot w/ Stephanie.
Last week, a preview of Hedi Slimane’s contribution to the latest V magazine surfaced starring supermodel Natalia Vodianova in all couture. Thanks to the shoot’s stylist, Nicola Formichetti, the complete series is now available in addition to some outtakes which appear to be far less about clothing and more about skin.
Make sure to check out the great interview of Mariano Vivanco on models.com here!
Mariano Vivanco is a fashion photographer whose rich cultural heritage informs his unique aesthetic. Originally from Lima, Peru, he now divides his time between London and New York, regularly shooting for internationally renowned magazines such as, Dazed & Confused, Vogue Nippon, Vogue Homme Nippon, Numero, Another Magazine, Man About Town, Allure, Details, GQ Italy, L’Uomo Vogue, 10 and 10 Man. Vivanco has also published four books for the Dolce & Gabbana label: Calcio (2003), which was the first book of its kind to capture the emergence of the soccer superstar, Milan (2004), Nationale (2006) and Milan Family (due for release). In 2006, he was also asked to shoot the French rugby team for the Dieux Du Stade Calendar for 2007.
Vivanco has worked with the likes of Eva Mendes, Dita von Teese, Cillian Murphy, Rupert Friend, Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova and Sir Paul Smith. (all info from Mariano’s website.)
Greg Kadel is everywhere these days. These are some of my favorite shots of his work recently.
Paolo Roversi delivers yet another hauntingly beautiful layout to W October with “Dream Sequence”. The moody series stars Monika Jagaciak, Darya Kurovska, Dorothea Barth Jorgensen and Regina Feoktistova in ethereal designs by Chanel, Valentino amd Givenchy Haute Couture. Styled by Alex White…another great spread from one of the greats.
I just completed a 3 day weekend of shoots. This is from my most recent shoot w/ Elena from Elite. She’s one of my favorites and can sing like no other. Styling by Mary Alice, and Hair/Makeup by Sarah Salt.
New York photographer, Billy Kidd, has been shooting professionally for over three years, and has a portfolio that ranges from conceptional to fashion photography. Kidd cites his sources of inspiration as music, paintings from the Renaissance period, and pure intuition. His work can be found in Plaza Sweden, Soma magazine and other publications.
Lillian Bassman - any aspiring photographer should study her work. truly amazing.