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Milena Galchina

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Aaron Ruell – People

4 Jul

Aaron Ruell is an Americandirector and photographer. Ruell was born Derek Aaron Ruell in Fresno, California and grew up in Clovis, California.

Ruell is an accomplished commercial director and photographer. As a director he is represented by Biscuit Filmworks in Los Angeles. He was recently declared one of the most promising new directors in the world of advertising by Shoot magazine, as well as, “one of the emerging directors to know now” by Creativity. He has directed commercials for clients that range from T-Mobile to Nintendo and Coke to Burger King. He was the only filmmaker to have two films, Everything’s Gone Green and Mary, which he wrote and directed, premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

As a photographer he shot the promotional photography for Napoleon Dynamite, and designed the opening title sequence to the film. His photography has been seen in nearly every major publication and a book of his photography titled, “Some Photos,” published by Nazraeli Press was released in February ’08. He was awarded “Best Advertising” for his work with Citibank and “Best Website” in the 2007 PDN Annual. He was also recently awarded “Best Book” in the 2009 PDN Annual. His work has been shown in galleries in: Paris, Milan, Buenos Aires and in the United States.

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Without text, context, or pretext, Aaron Ruell’s photographs elicit an immediate spark of recognition. For all their apparent banality, these images of ordinary people taken in nondescript settings draw the viewer in, from somewhere, in one image or another, lies a truth for everyone. His photography has won various awards from PDN to the 2010 One Show. His work has been seen in magazines around the world and shown at galleries in the United States, Milan and Buenos Aires.

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Irina Werning – Back to the Future

4 Jul

Irina Werning is an photographer from Argentina who works with the project “Back the Future” where she takes pictures of people in the same position as in an old photo from their where kids. She sais herself about the project; “I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

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PANCHO IN 1983 & 2010, Buenos Aires


MATIAS IN 1977 & 2010, Uruguay


FLOR, MALE, SIL IN 1983 & 2010

IAN IN 1984 & 2010, London
IAN IN 1984 & 2010, London

Nico in 1986 & 2010, Buenos Aires
Nico in 1986 & 2010, Buenos Aires

LUCIA IN 1956 & 2010, Buenos Aires
: LUCIA IN 1956 & 2010, Buenos Aires


La Negra 1980 and 2010, Buenos Aire


Ato 1992 & 2010, Buenos Aires

MECHI IN 1990 & 2010, Buenos Aires
MECHI IN 1990 & 2010, Buenos Aires

TOMMY IN 1977 & 2010, Buenos Aires
TOMMY IN 1977 & 2010, Buenos Aires


Lulu & G in 1980 & 2010, Buenos Air

MY PARENTS IN 1970 & 2010, Buenos A
MY PARENTS IN 1970 & 2010, Buenos A

FIONA IN 1978 & 2010, London
FIONA IN 1978 & 2010, London

CECILE IN 1987 & 2010, France
CECILE IN 1987 & 2010, France


NICO IN 1990 & 2010, France

MARITA & COTY IN 1977 & 2010, Bueno
MARITA & COTY IN 1977 & 2010, Buenos Aires


SUE IN 1977 & 2010 , London

MARINA IN 1988 & 2010, Buenos Aires
MARINA IN 1988 & 2010, Buenos Aires

LALI IN 1978 & 2010, Buenos Aires
LALI IN 1978 & 2010, Buenos Aires

 

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David Oziel – Little Mexico in Beijing

17 Jun
Fogoncito, a Mexican franchise, opened its second branch in Beijing, China, showing the growing taste for different foods. Almost 200 people a day visit Fogoncito to eat “exotic dishes” like tacos and enjoy the music of Mariachi.

Although such musical groups usually consists of at least three violines, two trumpets, one Mexican guitar and one vihuela (high pitched guitar) one guitarron (acoustic bass) and sometimes a harp, Fogoncito provides a small sample of that with three musicians.  Nevertheless, the Mariachi do dress the part in their silver studded charro outfits and wide brimmed hats. And, they can belt out a song.

This trio is learning how to survive-Beijing style.As China economically integrates with the rest of the world, Mexico products are making inlays. Products such as Bimbo bread are lined on the shopping shelves.









Olympus – PEN Story and PEN Giant

14 Jun



This is the Olympus PEN Story in stop motion. We shot 60.000 pictures, developed 9.600 prints and shot over 1.800 pictures again. No post production! Thanks to all the stop motion artists who inspired us. Free download of the music at olympus.eu/​penstory/​

 

 

One year after The PEN Story we present our second stop motion project: 355 pictures have been taken, printed in billboard size and shot again. The video was produced with the Olympus PEN itself. No tricks or computer animation at all.

 

 

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James Mollison – Where Children Sleep

28 May

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Where Children Sleep presents English-born photographer James Mollison’s large-format photographs of children’s bedrooms around the world–from the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, England, Italy, Israel and the West Bank, Kenya, Senegal, Lesotho, Nepal, China and India–alongside portraits of the children themselves. Each pair of photographs is accompanied by an extended caption that tells the story of each child. Photographed over two years with the support of Save the Children (Italy), Where Children Sleep is both a serious photo-essay for an adult audience, and also an educational book that engages children themselves in the lives of other children around the world. Its cover features a child’s mobile printed in glow-in-the-dark ink.

Here are a few examples from the book. (Similar concept: Hungry Planet: What the World Eats)

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Lamine (above), 12, lives in Senegal. He is a pupil at the village Koranic school, where no girls are allowed. He shares a room with several other boys. The beds are basic, some supported by bricks for legs. At six every morning the boys begin work on the school farm, where they learn how to dig, harvest maize and plough the fields using donkeys. In the afternoon they study the Koran. In his free time Lamine likes to play football with his friends.

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Tzvika, nine, lives in an apartment block in Beitar Illit, an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. It is a gated community of 36,000 Haredi (Orthodox) Jews. Televisions and newspapers are banned from the settlement. The average family has nine children, but Tzvika has only one sister and two brothers, with whom he shares his room. He is taken by car to school, a two-minute drive. Sport is banned from the curriculum. Tzvika goes to the library every day and enjoys reading the holy scriptures. He also likes to play religious games on his computer. He wants to become a rabbi, and his favourite food is schnitzel and chips.

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Jamie, 9, lives with his parents and younger twins brother and sister in a penthouse on 5 th Avenue, New York. Jamie goes to a prestigious school and is a good student. In his spare time he takes judo and goes for a swim. He loves to study finance. When he grows up, he wants to become a lawyer like his father.

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Indira, seven, lives with her parents, brother and sister near Kathmandu in Nepal. Her house has only one room, with one bed and one mattress. At bedtime, the children share the mattress on the floor. Indira has worked at the local granite quarry since she was three. The family is very poor so everyone has to work. There are 150 other children working at the quarry. Indira works six hours a day and then helps her mother with household chores. She also attends school, 30 minutes’ walk away. Her favourite food is noodles. She would like to be a dancer when she grows up.

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Kaya, four, lives with her parents in a small apartment in Tokyo, Japan. Her bedroom is lined from floor to ceiling with clothes and dolls. Kaya’s mother makes all her dresses – Kaya has 30 dresses and coats, 30 pairs of shoes and numerous wigs. When she goes to school, she has to wear a school uniform. Her favourite foods are meat, potatoes, strawberries and peaches. She wants to be a cartoonist when she grows up.

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Douha, 10, lives with her parents and 11 siblings in a Palestinian refugee camp in Hebron, in the West Bank. She shares a room with her five sisters. Douha attends a school 10 minutes’ walk away and wants to be a paediatrician. Her brother, Mohammed, killed himself and 23 civilians in a suicide attack against the Israelis in 1996. Afterwards the Israeli military destroyed the family home. Douha has a poster of Mohammed on her wall.

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Jasmine (‘Jazzy’), four, lives in a big house in Kentucky, USA, with her parents and three brothers. Her house is in the countryside, surrounded by farmland. Her bedroom is full of crowns and sashes that she has won in beauty pageants. She has entered more than 100 competitions. Her spare time is taken up with rehearsal. She practises her stage routines every day with a trainer. Jazzy would like to be a rock star when she grows up.

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Home for this boy and his family is a mattress in a field on the outskirts of Rome, Italy. The family came from Romania by bus, after begging for money to pay for their tickets. When they arrived in Rome, they camped on private land, but the police threw them off. They have no identity papers, so cannot obtain legal work. The boy’s parents clean car windscreens at traffic lights. No one from his family has ever been to school.

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Dong, nine, lives in Yunnan province in south-west China with his parents, sister and grandfather. He shares a room with his sister and parents. The family own just enough land to grow their own rice and sugarcane. Dong’s school is 20 minutes’ walk away. He enjoys writing and singing. Most evenings, he spends one hour doing his homework and one hour watching television. When he is older, Dong would like to be a policeman.

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Roathy, eight, lives on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His home sits on a huge rubbish dump. Roathy’s mattress is made from old tyres. Five thousand people live and work here. At six every morning, Roathy and hundreds of other children are given a shower at a local charity centre before they start work, scavenging for cans and plastic bottles, which are sold to a recycling company. Breakfast is often the only meal of the day.

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Thais, 11, lives with her parents and sister on the third floor of a block of flats in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She shares a bedroom with her sister. They live in the Cidade de Deus (‘City of God’) neighbourhood, which used to be notorious for its gang rivalry and drug use. Since the 2002 film City of God, it has undergone major improvements. Thais is a fan of Felipe Dylon, a pop singer, and has posters of him on her wall. She would like to be a model.

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Nantio, 15, is a member of the Rendille tribe in northern Kenya. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her home is a tent-like dome made from cattle hide and plastic, with little room to stand. There is a fire in the middle, around which the family sleep. Nantio’s chores include looking after the goats, chopping firewood and fetching water. She went to the village school for a few years but decided not to continue. Nantio is hoping a moran (warrior) will select her for marriage. She has a boyfriend now, but it is not unusual for a Rendille woman to have several boyfriends before marriage. First, she will have to undergo circumcision, as is the custom.

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Joey, 11, lives in Kentucky, USA, with his parents and older sister. He regularly accompanies his father on hunts. He owns two shotguns and a crossbow and made his first kill – a deer – at the age of seven. He is hoping to use his crossbow during the next hunting season as he has become tired of using a gun. He loves the outdoor life and hopes to continue hunting into adulthood. His family always cook and eat the meat from the animal they have shot. Joey does not agree that an animal should be killed just for sport. When he is not out hunting, Joey attends school and enjoys watching television with his pet bearded dragon lizard, Lily.

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Jonathan Hobin – Mother Goose

24 May

The Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes are a collection of poems, riddles, and stories that originally were used as tools to educate, remind, or even scare children into a pattern of thought or behaviour. Although the origin of many, if not most of the rhymes, is impossible to determine, their content frequently refers to a specific historical event(s) or societal ill that has no obvious relationship to the starry-eyed innocence we often associate with childhood.

Mother Goose

Peter Pumpkin Eater

Jack Horner

Miss Muffet

Yankee Doodle

Jumping Joan

Jack and Jill

Bobby Shaftoe

Hannah Bantry

Jack Sprat

Jeremiah Obadiah

Polly Flinders

Three Men in a Tub

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  • Location: Ontario, Canada
  • jhobin.com
  • Jonathan Hobin an award-winning photographer and art director. Hobin’s work draws on iconic literary, cinematic and historical references and popular culture to explore the darker—or at the very least, the more troubling-aspects of childhood, imagination and storytelling.

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You can download the Charles Perrault’s “Tales of Mother Goose” here.

Anka Zhuravleva – Distorted Gravity

21 May

(…) many photographers are self-described “late bloomers” who turned their hobby into a full-time profession at a much later age. Such was the case for artist Anka Zhuravleva who realized that photography was her truly calling only after jumping around from career to career. She worked as a tattoo artist, a singer in a rock-band, a model and a painter!

Finally in 2006, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia-based Zhuravleva decided to focus all of her efforts on photography. Here, she put her own, unique spin on the art of levitation through her series Distorted Gravity. In it, her young subjects are seen going about their everyday lives…all in a zero gravity environment.

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The World’s Most Expensive Photo

18 May

Do you have a self-portrait that’s worth a fortune? American photographer Cindy Sherman sure does–her simple conceptual self-portrait from 1981!

Many are rolling their eyes and raising their eyebrows at Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled #96” for fetching a whopping price of $3.89 million, overtaking 99 Cent II Diptychon by Andreas Gursky (sold for $3.35 million). Some are even asking, is that a blushing boy or a seductively posed girl? But perhaps the biggest question would be, is it deserving of the recognition as the world’s most expensive photo?

The multi-million dollar print is part of Sherman’s edition of photos from 1981, and features the artist in a seemingly androgynous appearance and a predominant orange color scheme. She is reclining seductively while clutching what appears to be a crumpled newspaper clipping. The photo was sold to Philippe Segalot, a New York dealer.

The photo’s origin is perhaps one of the reasons why “Untitled #96” fetched such a sky-high sum. According to ArtInfo, the sellers acquired the print from the time when Sherman was still establishing a market for her work. Sherman later on became known for her conceptual portraiture, working as her own make-up artist, hair stylist, director, model, and photographer.

Do you think the photo deserves the crazy multi-million price ever raised by a photo?

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So what’s so special about a photo of a girl on a tile floor? And what drives that unimaginable price? David Ross, former director of the Whitney and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, says that mainly, it’s a function of two people wanting the same thing:

“What matters to most of those collectors is winning. When art becomes a competitive sport,” Ross says on the phone, “all it takes to win is the guts and the money to go further than anyone else, and then, voila, you win. And winning feels really good.”

Then what’s so special about Cindy Sherman? Is she dead? No. Has she stopped making art? No. Is this a landmark event — considering the feminist underpinnings of her work, or the fact that she’s a woman? Not really.

“We’re living in a world of funny money,” says Ross. “And money is not really a measure of anything anymore because … it’s thrown around in such unpredictable ways.” Ross, a friend of Sherman’s, remembers when she was selling photos for $500 a pop. He says he’s really happy for her, but that in the world of art auctions, generalizations are dangerous. That record could be broken again next week.

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