All posts filed under: Portraits

Dean West, photography grounded in reality

A wide range of environments and character types are explored in the works of New York City-based Dean West. The Australian-born (1983) artist who studied at the Queensland College of Art, is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality. Extraordinary in their tonal range, digital clarity, and artistic vision, Dean West’s meticulously choreographed scenes, character studies, and atmospheric landscapes powerfully yet synthetically link needs to desires and documentation to invention. Passionately dedicated to the vast possibilities of digital photography as both a medium and a cultural epoch, Dean West’s narratives draw inspiration from the total diversity offered by the visual arts. While the tableau photography of Stan Douglas and Jeff Wall inform Dean West’s understanding of photography as a form of contemporary communication, the paintings of David Hockney and Edward Hopper provide evident aesthetic direction. The fictional world of cinema and the functional language of advertising have also clearly left their mark and taught lessons of their own. International brands have embraced Dean …

Nicole Van Dyke, an american in Paris

The Nicole Van Dyke collection is equal parts cool and caring : creating fabulous fashion from existing fabrics & leathers, and from handwovens exclusively designed and woven for the collection. The limited edition accessories & clothing are crafted entirely in France by skillful artisans : helping to pretty the planet, not pollute it. Nicole Van Dyke collects vintage fabrics during her travels around the world, and vintage leathers in Paris. A creative collaboration with a talented textile designer and weaver (who happens to be her mum), features wools and mohairs for Fall, cottons and linens for Spring. Nicole Van Dyke’s adventure, started in New York and continued in Paris, mixes treasure hunting for great materials with a passion for great design. An eclectic upbringing between the urban streets of Berlin, where her mom grew up, and the gorgeous landscapes of Michigan and the American Midwest, where her dad is from, combined for an indelible mark on her aesthetic. Chic, modern & urban mixed with relaxed, unpretentious & comfortable – a Nicole Van Dyke design can go anywhere, …

Ryan McGinley, Bearer of Light

Ryan McGinley is an american photographer living in New York who depicts the pleasure-seeking ways of the contemporary youth culture. Although the photos have a background of violence and drugs, they have a lightness, a freedom and a velocity in the movements of the subjects. Since his childhood he was interested in the marginal elements of society and used to hang out with musicians, artists and skateboarders. In 1995 he joined the Parsons School of Design in New York to study graphic design. The fine art community took notice of his work when he printed a book entitled “The Kids Are Alright” in 1999. His large-format color photographs soon graced the walls of the Whitney Museum of American Art where he was the youngest person to be given a solo exhibition. Then he started doing ad projects and assignments for Vice magazine, New York Times, US Olympic Sports Team and Levi’s. In 2007 he received the title of the “Young Photographer of the Year” at the International Center of Photography Infinity Awards. Sea inside heart, Ryan …

Cade Martin in Wonderland

Both poet and messenger, Cade Martin is endowed with a visionary look on human beings which prettify the world and make it more colorful, joyful and hopeful. Like an impressionist who manipulates color palette to perfection, Cade Martin manages to make protagonists come to life through a perfect image, a studied direction, a graceful movement and a light bringing a fantasy and a magical dimension to the subject. Recognizable anywhere, Cade Martin’s label often mixes fairy tales and famous paintings, to create a stunning set of images that are as whimsical, dreamy and odd as romantic and enchanting. All his talent resides in this thin discrepancy between reality and fiction, fantasy and beauty. Not far away from Rodney Smith or Tim Walker’s photography pieces of work, Cade Martin has created his own style which achieves to capture the soul. Also drowing inspiration from cinema, Cade Martin uses its camera as a film camera to create sequences like freeze-frames and to tell a tale. Impossible not to refer to the great literature classics as Lewis Caroll’s « Alice in Wonderland », and the Grimm’s, Perrault’s and …

The splendour and misery of Havana by Michael Eastman

In his collection “Havana”, photographer Michael Eastman dives into the past splendor of Cuba’s capital that seem to be almost forgotten by the world. Endowed with a poetic look, Michael Eastman explores the crumbling interiors and exteriors of Havana with a touch of melancholy, adding vivid colors to create a magical and dream-like atmosphere. These colored photographs capture contemporary cuban spirit through suggestions of every day life. Decrepit buildings hide refined interiors still beautifully furnished. It gives the impression of being in the american drama movie “The Lost City” directed by Andy Garcia in 2005 with Inès Sastre and Bill Murray. This haunting homage to Havana provides an overview on the faded glory of the city. Through Michael Eastman’s explorations of architectural cuban form, this mysterious narrative about time and place is an admirable tribute to Havana. More about Michael Eastman : http://www.eastmanimages.com

La mesure de Pavel Lounguine au service de la démesure russe

Au croisement des cultures françaises et russes, Pavel Lounguine demeure l’un des cinéastes les plus complets de notre époque. A la fois scénariste et réalisateur, Pavel Lounguine s’est tissé une filmographie tout en contrastes faite de thèmes puissants, d’humanisme doté d’un réalisme touchant. Union étroite entre la vie quotidienne et les disparités sociales qui font écho à la société russe actuelle, touches de burlesque débridées proches de son contemporain slave Emir Kusturica, célébration du folklore russe, spiritualité époustouflante : les films de Pavel Lounguine possèdent un style unique empreint d’insatisfaction et d’absolu, d’espérance et de désespérance, de lumière et de noirceur. Cette opposition des genres, cette variation des rythmes, donnent à Pavel Lounguine une identité russe propre. Son premier long métrage, Taxi Blues, est applaudi par la critique et remporte le prix de mise en scène au Festival de Cannes. Pavel lounguine y décrypte la société russe à l’heure de la Perestroïka initiée par Mikhaïl Gorbatchev, à travers l’amitié entremêlée de haine qui unit un chauffeur de taxi à un saxophoniste. Avec Luna Park, Pavel Lounguine relate le parcours initiatique d’un skinhead nationaliste …

Ulyana Sergeenko, the Tsar’s Bride

Halfway between East and West, Yuliana Sergeenko symbolizes this russian generation proud to highlight their roots, the richness of their History, and this specific and subtle duet between the attachment to the slavonic values and an aspiration to the european codes. At the same time designer, photographer, blogger, and ocasionally model, Yuliana Sergeenko doll-like unique beauty just taken from a nineteen century russian novel endowed with a hollywood post-war touch of glamour is a perfect blend between a Tolstoï and a Mankiewicz heroin. After finishing her studies of Philology in Saint Petersburg, she started working as a photographer for several fashion magazines. Married to russian insurance billionaire Danil Khachaturov, mother of two children, she recently started her own fashion brand full with her spirit and love for fine fabrics and russian craftmanship. Move away from the perception of Russian women as eager consumers craving for luxury brands, she proves that tastes, aspirations and motivations have changed for moscow elite who wishes to put Russia on the fashion forefront. Yuliana Sergeenko puts forward russian women appeals for a classic, feminine and coquettish cups, shapes and patterns, …