The snow storm is going to keep you in. Fill up that time with looking at awesome photography. We found the best of the week…
- The title explains it all.
Man Feeds Swans, Becomes Part Of An Image Of Jaw-Dropping, Surreal Beauty
- Living in an iPhone world
The Perfect Definition of This Goddamn Digital Life
- Cut and dice ‘em.
Stunning Geometric Collages from Old Sliced Photographs
- The guy falling in the shower is sad.
How the Heck Did This Photographer Take These Falling Self Portraits?
- Love the pairings. Love the photographs.
The Perfect Pairing: Kyle Dreier
In a hundred years time, John Baldessari may best be known as the conceptual artist who painted “dots over people’s faces”. For now, we have this 6 minute documentary, titled simply “A Brief History of John Baldessari” that swiftly moves beyond the surface and explores Baldessari’s six decade career as a painter, photographer, filmmaker, sculptor, graphic designer and iPhone app creator.
What we love about this film for LACMA’s first annual “Art + Film Gala” (beyond Tom Waits’ narration), was how filmmakers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman funneled the story of the “Godfather of Conceptual Art” and one of the first mashup artists through, well, a mashup of archival video, striking typography, a recent interview with the artist, and, of course, Baldessari’s own “cool, funny, cerebral, sardonic, provocative” work.
In 1971 Baldessari famously announced through a video piece: “I will not make any more boring art.” Watch the video and let us know if he’s kept his promise.
[image courtesy of Michael Sean Edwards]
Outside a local coffee shop in the East Village, Michael Sean Edwards was amused by the dogs waiting with puzzlement as their owners caffeinated. He began to photograph these little moments and the end result is a delightful collection of expressions.
Michael Sean Edwards is a photographer and film editor who lives in NYC.
To see more, check out No Dogs Allowed here >
Silent World is a photography project by Parisian artists Lucie and Simon.
The art duo took photos of some of the most crowded cities in the world, then slowly cut out moving objects (such as people or cars) with a special filter, normally used by NASA for analyzing stars, and long exposures.
The results are eerie, almost post apocalyptic.
Check out more from Lucie and Simon here >
[image via The Poverty Line]
The Poverty Line is a growing body of work devoted to illustrating the crippling effects of poverty all over the world. Artists Stefen Chow and HY Lin have traveled to five continents; their goal is to contextualize poverty within specific countries while exploring socio-economic conditions across the developed and developing worlds. Their photographs depict visually the amount of local items an individual living at the national poverty line could afford in one day.
The Poverty Line partners with Newton Circus, a “sustainable business innovation company” whose mission is to “create products, services and applications that are good for people, planet and profit.”
To learn about this project and more, check out The Poverty Line here >
[image via Hedi Slimane]
Arguably the most influential fashion designer of the 21st century, Hedi Slimane left his position as the artistic director at Dior Homme five years ago to reinvent himself as a photographer.
Slimane’s black and white portraits capture striking, intimate moments of some of the most famous faces in contemporary culture. Jeffrey Deitch, the head of the Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, said of Slimane, “I’ve always, from the beginning, thought that he was one of the most original artistic voices of his generation.”
via New York Times:
His photo work often portrays musicians at the fringes of fame or notoriety: up-and-coming artists whose bona fides lie primarily in the independent music scene. Others, perhaps, achieved widespread renown (or infamy), like Amy Winehouse or Pete Doherty, but seemed somehow to remain at the frayed, tragic edges of rock culture.
Slimane captures what seems like quiet moments. However, these moments create a powerful effect and exude the rock and roll spirit of this generation.
Check out more of Hedi Slimane’s work here >