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Jennifer Daniel

19 Jul

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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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Tom Hussey – Timeless Reflections

23 Jun

Commercial advertising photographer Tom Hussey photographed an award winning campaign for Novartis’ Exelon Patch, a prescription medicine for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s dementia. The highly conceptual photographs depicted an older person looking at the reflection of their younger self in a mirror.








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Joao Canziani – Nike Soccer

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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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Misadventures de Matt Sartain

7 Apr

Esta foto es parte de la serie “Misadventures”. The Shipwreck es definitivamente mi favorita.

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Portafolio completo y aquí una entrevista y feature que apareción en la DPI Magazine.

Para los que se interesan más por la técnica, acá se puede ver el proceso de Sartain para lograr esta foto:


 

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