July 28, 2010
Galerie Paris-Beijing is glad to present the world-acclaimed Dutch photographer, Erwin Olaf, with a large selection of his work, including the photography series “Rain”, “Hope”, “Grief”, “Hotel” and “Laboral Escena, Spain”, as well as an artistic video project from July 31, 2010 to September 24, 2010.
Erwin Olaf serves a conceptual photography exploring issues of gender, sensuality, loneliness, and aging in his successive series. Recalling David Lynch atmospheres, these lonely characters – especially women – have only themselves to face. His work has been published and exhibited worldwide. In 2006, he was awarded Photographer of the Year at the International Color Awards and in 2008, he received a Lucie Award for his life’s work.
July 25, 2010
Armed with summer’s best and freshest offerings, Real Simple offers delicious and effortless 3-ingredient recipes in their August issue. Christopher Baker continues his collaboration with the magazine, shooting the cover, feature story, and a new section called “Secretly Simple.” The feature story “3 Ingredient Summer Recipes” opens with elegantly plated raw ingredients. Prop stylist Jeffrey Miller set the plates on backgrounds of varying shades of white, off-white, and blue-grey, making a clean grid.
Each plate’s contents gives the reader a clue as to what’s in store on the following pages where the finished dishes are revealed. Comments Baker on the raw ingredient grid concept, “It gives the reader something to think about – it’s a little bit of a puzzle for them, to figure out what’s what. Visually, I thought it’d be more striking than continually shooting close-ups.”
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July 21, 2010
Vintage TV, a new television channel that covers material between 1940-1980, will premiere on September 1st in the United Kingdom. The station is aimed at viewers aged 50 and up, offering an alternative to mainstream offerings that cater mainly to youths. Shows such as Old Grey Whistle Test, Rock and Roll Years, and the South Bank Show are slated to return. Classic films such as My Fair Lady, The Commitments, and Singing in the Rain will also be shown. Viewers can also see 500 new music videos for songs recorded before the video age.
John McFaul drew on nostalgia to create a brand identity for Vintage TV. As the Brand Director and Creative Consultant for Vintage TV, he’s created assets for print, web, and more that are fun and eye-catching. Recognizable icons such as Campbell’s soup cans, Pacman, and cassette discs pull together to form playful typography that spells out Vintage TV.
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July 19, 2010
For the past few months Kareem Black has been documenting his nightlife escapades with a special section on his website entitled /LIFE. Whereas his commercial work is what he shoots during the day, /LIFE is Kareem Black uncut and unbridled in the evening – dirty Chinatown toilets, flowing Champagne in dingy dive bars, and girls riding inflatable fish balloons.
When New York Magazine approached Black to photograph a story on the hotel nightlife scene in New York, the extension of his /LIFE project in a new environment was only natural. Jackie Ladner of New York Magazine explains, “I could see from the free style of Kareem’s ‘Life’ section on his site that he had a positive spirit and a strength. Though this shoot was a slight challenge (July 4th weekend and the hottest day), his way with people made him perfect for an assignment that required him to step into a room, capture people unguarded having a great time as if they all knew each other, and with an amazing eye for details, found moments that were so familiar yet still alluring.”
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July 15, 2010
AMC’s newest original drama series Rubicon premieres with a special 2-hour episode on Sunday, August 1st at 8:00pm. James Badge Dale stars in the conspiracy thriller as Will Travers, an analyst at a New York City-based Federal intelligence agency where there is more than meets the eye. Matthew Welchphotographed the print and out of home advertising campaign, currently seen all over New York City and the rest of the nation.
The poster’s graphic treatment reflects the mysterious nature of the series, where nothing is ever black or white. The main character must navigate between the realms of what he perceives as real and where the actual truth lies. Comments Welch, “I like to do as little post work as necessary to execute an idea, even if that idea lives in an unreal world.” In order to reflect the dual nature of the show, Welch shot on a split set that was half black and half white with specific lighting to separate the two worlds. Travers remains firmly planted between the two realms as he must navigate the murky realms of the agency. As the tag line of the show says, “Not every conspiracy is a theory.”
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July 13, 2010
Apple opened its newest location in Shanghai on Saturday, July 10th. Inspired by the glass cube of the Fifth Avenue store in New York, Apple uses some of the largest pieces of glass in the world to construct its first cylindrical store.The surrounding plaza echoes the shape of the store. The glass cylinder represents a pebble dropped into a pond, and the concentric circles stand for ripples of water and the energy that radiates throughout China.
A spiral staircase in the cylinder winds its way down to the retail shop below the surface. Roy Zipsteincaptures the signature clean lines of the Apple store in his photos, continuing his collaboration with Apple. He was present at the opening to document the interior and exterior of the store, as well as the natural pandemonium that accompanies the anticipation of every new Apple store.
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July 12, 2010
Kyra Sedgwick graces the cover of the current issue of Hamptons magazine, shot by Stephan Würth. The shoot took place on location at the historic Baker House 1650 and the Baker Carriage House on the East End where Würth and the team tried many variations of space and wardrobe. Würth was attracted to one look in particular, “I feel Kyra has a very classic Hollywood look, which I wanted to explore with the red dress shot.” Würth’s inspiration from his elegant muse proved fruitful, as the image of Sedgwick standing lithe and poised in an elegant, draped gown was chosen as the cover of the publication.
July 6, 2010
Gary Baseman, Jeremyville (pictured), and Thunderdog Studios were among the 100 artists chosen to participate in The Vader Project. Artists were given a 1:1 scale replica of the Darth Vader Helmet used in George Lucas’ Star Wars films to re-imagine and customize. The villainous Darth Vader’s helmet is instantly recognizable in pop culture; in the hands of artists the helmet takes on a new life.
The project premiered in 2007, starting in Los Angeles and then making its way through Europe and Japan before ending at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The helmets are now on display at Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until they are auctioned on July 10, 2010.
July 5, 2010
For those of you who were in Toronto June 10-20th, we hope you had a chance to experience the magical world of FriendsWithYou’s “Wish Come True Festival”. Commissioned by the Luminato Festival of the Arts, FriendsWithYou spread their message of “Magic, Luck, and Friendship” throughout the city. Queens Park in downtown Toronto was converted into Rainbow City, a colorful alternative dimension of gigantic totems, magical mushrooms, oversize bounce houses, and inflatable characters that came to life. Appearing in Rainbow City and around Toronto was the Rainbow King, Wish Come True Festival’s very own ambassador. Rainbow King was present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Rainbow City, opened the Canadian Stock Exchange, walked the red carpet at the Prima Donna opening night, and more. A walking piece of art, the Rainbow King thoroughly enchanted all the people of Toronto to join in the magic that was stationed in many parts of the city. The Wish Come True Festival was a complete transformation of the city into a beautiful place where dreams and magic became reality!
July 2, 2010
Hotel.com’s Augmented Reality website “Virtual Vacay” allows viewers to take a virtual tour across ten cities in America without ever having to leave home. Lead by Smart, the star character of the TV spots, users hold up the AR marker to their webcam to start the unique experience. The AR marker can be printed out on a normal printer, or accessed on a mobile phone.
Zerofractal worked with Young & Rubicam and Tool of North America. While Tool handled art direction and the website layout, Zerofractal developed the Flash website, animated Smart, created 3D assets, and integrated the Augmented Reality capability. The Zerofractal team spent hours of research creating the look and feel of the clay character Smart, modeling the landmarks of each city, working with AR, and developing using Papervision – the 3D engine of choice for Flash.
July 2, 2010
Writer Nick Fraser finds himself pleasantly surprised by the unmeasured beauty and elegance of Vietnam and Cambodia for the July 2010 issue of Condé Nast Traveller UK. Family history and urgings from restaurateur Brian McNally bring him to the two southeast Asian countries as he explores Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phnom Penh, and more. Michael Turek follows in his footsteps, spending a week in unexplored territory scaling rooftops and trudging ankle-deep in fields to illustrate Fraser’s journey.