Art and fashion photographer.
Art and fashion photographer.
Johan Johansson Anderssons of solastseason from Sweden which seems to have the best of everything from graphic, new age fashion and furniture.
If you are a Polaroid photographer, Linnaean scientist, Oulipo mathematician, Perec reader, and/or nutty collector, you will love our month-long showcase with a ridiculously long name – Species of Polaroids And Other Pieces. Held in conjunction with the Month Of Photography, this Polaroid exhibition (featuring all of the above,
i.e. Polaroids, cameras, scientific names in Latin, lists, categories of species etc.) happens from 6th July till 31st July 2007.
Different species of Polaroids (notorious for creating instant milky memories) have evolved through the years. BooksActually has fashioned a Polaroid exhibition with a Linnaean 2 taxonomic twist: where, classification and hierarchies within the genus of the Polaroid family (in varieties of film formats and camera models) are showcased. Photo-essays created by selected photographers – expanding on their own thesis of a chosen subject – will be photographed using the cult Polaroid medium.
BooksActually / 125A Telok Ayer Street. Singapore 068594 / t: 6 221 1170
The Substation / 45 Armenian Street. Singapore 179936 / t: 6 337 7535
6 July (Friday) – 31 July 2007 (Tuesday)
Picture credits to Vortex of Clubsnap, http://forums.clubsnap.org/showthread.php?t=293748
At the age of twenty-four, Weegee got his big break working for Acme Newspictures. Acme was the source for stock photos for their own paper and other papers around the country. Weegee started off working in the darkroom, developing other photographers’ work for the paper. Occasionally, when all the other Acme photographers were busy or sleeping, he would get to go out at night and take pictures of emergencies. After a few years of working for Acme, Weegee started to get called to do assignments and cover stories. This was what he always wanted; the only problem was that he worked for Acme, and thus, he never got credit for the photos he turned in. In 1935 he got tired of doing other peoples’ work and left Acme to go out and try to free-lance his own work. The girls around Acme gave him the name Weegee after the Ouija board. They said he always seemed to know where to be when a story broke.
Weegee worked on his own as a freelance photographer for the next ten years. He started to work out of Manhattan Police Headquarters; he would arrive around midnight and check the Teletype machine to see if any stories had broke. After a few years he decided he didn’t want to wait for the news to come over the Teletype. He bought himself a 1938 Chevy Coupe and a press card, and he was allowed to have a police radio in the car (the only press photographer ever allowed to have a police radio in their car). Weegee’s car was his home away from home, his office on the road. In the trunk he kept everything he would need including a portable dark-room, extra cameras, flash bulbs, extra loaded holders, a typewriter, cigars, salami and a change of clothes.
Weegee died of a brain tumor on December 26, 1968. Today Weegee is credited with ushering in the age of tabloid culture, while at the same time being revered for elevating the sordid side of human life to that of high art.
Currently based in New york and Tokyo.
From the bus stop, style dos and don’ts. AMANDA KWAN examines how bloggers are affecting the fashion discourse.
Thursday, 5 July, 2007, 17:41 EDT, US
The Internet’s fashion police are dishing out their version of local fashion do’s and don’ts in their street-fashion blogs. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Pikepine.com)
Amateur fashion editors speak out.
Around the world, camera-toting commentators are looking for someone with a zeal for fashion; a certain dresser with a little je ne sais quoi.
These eagle-eyed scouts aren’t magazine editors or paparazzi. They’re just ordinary — but increasingly influential — folks with Blogger accounts. And they’re watching you.
The Web-savvy amateur fashion editors look for inspiration beyond that provided by mainstream fashion magazines. The photos on their sites aim to capture everyday style representative of a time, city, neighborhood or even block where the subject was photographed. While street fashion isn’t a new concept — fashion magazines like Nylon have covered it for years — interest has risen with the popularity and accessibility of blogs.
“I had always been into Japanese street fashion magazines … so it was inspiring to see that someone had taken that format and translated it into a blog,” said fashion blogger Matthew L. Gates, a 24-year-old literature major at the City College of San Francisco and fashion boutique sales clerk.
Along with three friends, Gates photographs smart dressers in San Francisco, dishing out local fashion do’s for his Street Fancy blog (http://streetfancy.blogspot.com). Street Fancy started in August 2006 and gets more than 11,000 visits a month, many from local art students looking for inspiration.
For Seattle resident Jasmine Park, a love for fashion and some city patriotism provided the inspiration for Pike/Pine (http://www.pikepine.com) Like Gates, the program manager at Microsoft doesn’t come from a fashion background; she was an English major in college.
“People don’t expect Seattle to be fashionable,” Park said. “I want people who look at my blog to say, ‘Oh, Seattle is a pretty progressive city.'”
WHAT THEY LOOK FOR
Given the subjectivity of style, it’s not surprising that these fashion bloggers often stumble to describe the aesthetic each one strives to document.
“There has to be some twist in the outfit … This can be an accessory, or an interesting cut or color,” explained Mary Sherpe, a 24-year-old art history student at Berlin’s Humboldt University who’s been running the blog StilinBerlin since March 2006. (Stil is German for “style.”)
“Typically it’s a complete look, someone who obviously looks like they put thought into how they are presenting themselves — or someone who looks like they could care less, but still looks fabulous,” Gates said.
Park favors a mix of cheap-chic and luxe items. “I really admire an outfit that doesn’t cost a lot but still requires a good eye to assemble,” she said.
While these blogs reside on the Web, their reach has outgrown the computer screen. Park, 27, recently judged a style contest sponsored by Seattle Metropolitan magazine; while Gates’ and Sherpe’s photographs were included in recent photography exhibits in their respective cities. Another blogger — Scott Schuman — has parlayed his site The Sartorialist (thesartorialist.blogspot.com) into regular gigs for GQ magazine and style.com, the online arm of Vogue and W magazines.
INFLUENCING THE MAINSTREAM?
Kate Betts, editor in chief of Time magazine’s quarterly Style & Design publication thinks street fashion blogs are positive influences on design that are here to stay.
“Street fashion has always been important, and this is another medium that’s absorbing it,” said Betts, who chose the Sartorialist blog as one of the magazine’s top 100 design influencers this year. She adds that beyond fashion blogs, social networking sites such as MySpace.com and ShareYourLook.com are also expanding the influence of street fashion. On ShareYourLook.com, members are encouraged to post photos of their outfits and rate each other’s looks.
“(The fashion industry) can get so insular,” Betts explained. “They’re only interested in how it looks on a magazine page, not how it looks on the people. But the most important thing is the people: how they’re wearing it and who they’re wearing.”
Margaret Voelker-Ferrier, a University of Cincinnati professor of fashion design, says there’s strong interest in these blogs among art and design students and young designers, but calls the phenomenon “the latest flash in the pan.”
Voelker-Ferrier thinks their influence is slim on mainstream fashion editorial. “People think fashion is from the street, but it’s not,” she said. “It’s from the designers who are using the streets for inspiration. So at the end, it’s still coming from the designers.”
Whether the bloggers are making a difference in showrooms or editorial meetings, Park thinks the blogs are inspiring creativity in people’s everyday clothing choices.
“People have been able to find a lot of content online to inspire them,” Park said. “Before blogs, people like me only had fashion magazines to turn to.”
asap contributor Amanda Kwan works on the AP’s national editing desk.
and probably alot more links from my bookmark,
The next best thing since Lori Earley.