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Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter was born 1923, is an American photographer and painter whose early work in the 1940s and 1950s was an important contribution to what came to be recognized as The New York School. Saul Leiter started shooting color and black-and-white street photography in New York in the 1940s

After attending the Telshe Yeshiva Rabbinical College in Cleveland, Ohio Leiter moved to New York to pursue painting. His photographic work is included in the collections of the Museum of Moodern Art, the National Gallery of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Leiter’s most recent exhibitions are Saul Leiter, Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, Saul Leiter, Galleria C arla Sozzani, Milan and Saul Leiter, Howard Greenberg Gallery.

Very stunning photos and it’s looks like more street photographer, i just love it!
Find out more about Saul Leiter’s book – “I started out as a fashion photographer. One cannot say that I was successful but there was enough work to keep me busy. I collaborated with Harper’s Bazaar and other magazines. I was constantly aware that those who hired me would have preferred to work with a star such as Avedon. But it didn’t matter. I had work and I made a living. At the same time, I took my own photographs. Strangely enough, I knew exactly what I wanted and what I liked.” Since the 1940s, Saul Leiter, an inveterate walker, has trawled the streets of New York, capturing its colors and spirit. His liking for disarray, solitude and elusiveness make him a unique artist, quite unconcerned about joining the throng.
“I spent a great deal of my life being ignored. I was always very happy that way. Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learned to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently. I simply looked at the world, not really prepared for anything.” This volume contains several previously unpublished color pictures alongside Leiter’s early work in black-and-white. Co-published with Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris.
Read more about Mr.Leiter book and more biography.


Alexa Meade

Alexa Meade is a 24 year-old artist who has innovated a Trompe-L’Oeil painting technique that can perceptually compress three-dimensional space into a two-dimensional plane. Her work is a fusion of installation, painting, performance, photography, and video art.

Rather than painting a representational picture on a flat canvas, Meade paints her representational image directly on top of her three-dimensional subjects. The subject and its representation become one and the same. Essentially, her art imitates life on top of life.

Meade’s approach to portraiture questions our understanding of the body and identity. Meade coats her models with a mask of paint, obscuring the body while intimately exposing it, creating an unflinchingly raw account of the person. The painted second skin perceptually dissolves the body into a 2D caricature. The subjects become art objects as they are transformed into re-interpretations of themselves. In turn, the models’ identities become altered by their new skin, embodying Meade’s dictated definition of their image to the viewer.

Meade’s project plays on the tensions between being and permanence. The physical painting exists only for mere hours and is obliterated when the model sheds its metaphorical skin. What endures is an artifact of the performance, a 2D photograph extracted from the 3D scene. The photographic presentations create a tension between the smoothness of the physical photographs and the tactility of the painted installations captured within them, blurring the lines between what is depicted and depiction itself.

To view her latest work, check Alexa’s Flickr page. And her web-site.

Fashion Brand Lollipops and cupcakes

Fashion Brand Cupcakes.

How cool are these Fashion Cupcakes prop-styled by Lisa Edsalv and shot by Sweden photographer Therese Aldgard. As if there weren’t enough tasty treats on the runway, the duo created 5 delicious cupcakes, inspired by Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Agent Provocateur and Betsey Johnson. Looks yummy !


Fashion Brand Lollipops.

In a simple yet innovative personal touch to various runway shows around the globe, Massimo Gammacurta with the help of various fashion brands created a series of branded lollipops. The instantly recognizable powerhouse brands include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Chanel.


Nick Knight

Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director & founder of SHOWstudio.com the fashion & art internet broadcasting channel.
He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent. On the 24th October 2006 Nick Knight was awarded the prestigious Moet Chandon Fashion Tribute for 2006, which he celebrated by throwing a masked ball at Horace Walpoles Gothic revival treasure, Strawberry Hill.
As a fashion photographer, Nick Knight has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty. His first book of photographs, skinheads, was published in 1982. He has since produced Nicknight, a 12 year retrospective, and Flora, a series of flower pictures. Knight’s work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery and recently The Tate Modern. He has produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London. He lives with his wife and three children in London.

Karen Mirzoyan

Young Armenian photographer and photojournalist Karen Mirzoyan has been nominated for the 2008 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.


About the Photograph – The Yezidis are a minority group in Armenia, part of a population that extends through Turkey, Georgia, Syria and Iraq. Many live a semi-nomadic life, as they have done for thousands of years, tending sheep and spending winter months in their villages, then moving to high mountain pastures in the spring, where today they live in old Soviet military tents. Yezidis practice a secretive and ancient religion, which predates Islam and appears to fuse aspects of Judaic, Zoroastrian and other local beliefs. Some controversy surrounds their identity. During the Soviet era, Yezidis were classified as non-Muslim Kurds. With the rise of national self-consciousness through the region in the 1980s, a revival of Yezidi identity occurred, and in 1989 the Armenian government declared them to be a separate ethnic group. Yet there remain strong divisions on issues of identity among the Yezidi themselves.


Faith & Armenia

Karabakh – Unrecognized football
KMi 06




Lebanon Bed in My Hand



BELARUS by MirzOyan

Jill Greenberg

Jill Greenberg is an American photographer. She is known for her portraits, editorial, advertising, and art work.
Greenberg was born July 1967 in Montreal, Canada, and grew up in a suburb of Detroit. She graduated with honors in 1989 from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Photography and moved to New York City to pursue a career in photography. Greenberg moved to Los Angeles in 2000 where she met her husband Robert.
Since the age of 10. Jill Greenberg has been staging photographs and creating characters using the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture, film and photography. Greenberg’s notable success with gallery and museum shows, book publishing, commercial and editorial photography displays her unique perspective with a clear voice which is apparent through her distinctive lighting and personally – executed post production.
Greenberg has done commercial work for corporations such as Philip Morris, Microsoft, Compaq, Polaroid, Dreamworks, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, MGM, Disney, Fox, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Smirnoff, MTV, Warner Bros., Sony Music, and Atlantic Records. Her photos have appeared on the covers of Time Magazine, TV Guide, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Wired, Entertainment Weekly and numerous other publications.
Her artwork has been featured in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The New Republic and several other publications. Her monkey series has been purchased by art collectors worldwide. She is shown at ClampArt in New York, and Fahey/Klein in Los Angeles and her artwork has been exhibited in Adelaide, Australia as well as in San Francisco, Chicago, and various other cities.

Jill Greenberg first established her artistic reputation as a preeminent celebrity photographer, shooting such Hollywood personalities as David Bowie, Liza Minelli, Drew Barrymore, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, among many others. In 2001, Greenberg turned her lens on celebrities of a different sort, namely monkeys and apes, many of whom have appeared in film and television as well as her The End series featuring teary eyed kids.

Check out a video with Jill by Cool Hunting.

Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel (born 1954) is an American photographer, who obtained popular acclaim with his work in US and Italian Vogue and his photographs of friend Madonna in the latter’s 1992 book Sex designed by Fabien Baron. He is now considered one of the most successful fashion photographers in the industry, shooting regularly for both US and Italian Vogue and lately W. His fascination for beauty and models started at a young age. At that time Meisel would not play with toys, but would instead draw women all the time. He used to turn to magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar as sources of inspiration for his drawings. Meisel dreamt of women from the high society like Gloria Guinness and Babe Paley, who personified to his eyes the ideas of beauty and high society. Other icons were his mother and his sister.
As he became obsessed with models such as Twiggy, Veruschka, and Jean Shrimpton, at 12 years old he asked some girlfriends to call model agencies and, by pretending to be secretaries of Richard Avedon, to get pictures of the models. To meet famous model Twiggy, the 12-year-old Meisel stood outside waiting for her at Melvin Sokolsky’s studio.
He studied at the High School of Art and Design and Parsons The New School for Design where he attended different courses but, as affirmed in an interview with Ingrid Sischy for Vogue France, he finally majored in fashion illustration.
One of Meisel’s first jobs was to work for fashion designer Halston as an illustrator. Meisel never thought he could become a photographer. He admired photographers like Jerry Schatzberg, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Bert Stern. Later on, while working at Women’s Wear Daily as an illustrator, he went to Elite model agency where two girls working there allowed him take pictures of some of their models. He would photograph them in his apartment in Gramercy Park or on the street: on weekdays he would work at Women’s Wear Daily and on weekends with the models. One of them was Phoebe Cates. Some of these models took their pictures to Seventeen magazine to show their model books and the people at Seventeen subsequently called Meisel and asked if he wanted to work with them.
Meisel currently works for many different fashion magazines, including fashion bibles such as US and Italian Vogue, amongst others. For the latter he has been the only photograper for its cover for almost 15 years. His studio is located in New York at 64 Wooster Street but he often rents the studios at Pier59 in New York and Smashbox Studios in Los Angeles. In 1995 he did the photo shot for the cover of the album Daydream by Mariah Carey. His work also can be seen on the cover of her single “Fantasy”. As one of the most powerful photographers in the fashion industry, Meisel is credited with “discovering” or promoting the careers of many supermodels. Through the years he has propelled many models to fame by regularly featuring them in Italian Vogue and various campaigns. Meisel’s influence and training seems to also extend past models.
Meisel has been a protégé of both reigning queens of the fashion press, editors-in-chief Franca Sozzani (Italian Vogue) and Anna Wintour (US Vogue).
He is a regular contributor to Italian Vogue and photographs the cover every issue, something generally unheard of in the ever changing fashion industry.
Using Vogue Italia as a platform, Meisel often creates layouts which are controversial, by juxtaposing fashion and politics and/or social standards. For example, in the September 2006 issue of Vogue Italia, Meisel played with the concept of restricted liberties post-September 11th America. The beautiful and fashionable models were conceived as terrorists and/or highly trained policemen. It caused a stir in the press, as the models were presented in violent compositions where they could be seen as being victimized. It also elicited a negative response from feminists which saw the role of the women as being undermined by their male counterparts.
He also used his power among the fashion elite to bring forth an issue that would show only black models. The Vogue issue, which became a smash hit, was released in July 2008 with the purpose to address the racism seen lately in fashion magazines, runways, and advertising campaigns.

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