Osborne Macharia Fashion Photography Focuses on the Iconic Rude Boy

All images by Osborne Macharia. Used with Creative Commons permission.

After featuring a handful of work showing daily life around Africa, it’s time for us to go deeper into its pockets of culture that most of us rarely see. Today’s featured project by Nairobi-based Osborne Macharia is an colorful inspiration for both fans and practitioners of fashion photography. If you liked his vibrant portraits of an old school hip hop heads who call themselves Kabangu, this new project by Osborne will definitely catch your eye. Aside from its cheeky title, The Return of the Rude-Boy is a showcase of Nairobi’s ghetto fashion scene and careful balance of bright colors.

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Alexander Berdin-Lazursky Merges Photography and Digital Art in Futuristic Fashion Portraiture

All images by Alexander Berdin-Lazursky. Used with Creative Commons permission.

Creative projects that blur the boundaries between digital art and photography may be pretty common, albeit somewhat controversial these days. But once in a while, we come across bodies of work that are simply surprising and amazing, it doesn’t matter how they were made. Today, we bring you one such collection of images, by New York-based Alexander Berdin-Lazursky.

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Elizaveta Porodina Channels the 1960s “It Girl” with Retro-Inspired Portraits

All images by Elizaveta Porodina. Used with Creative Commons permission.

When it comes to portrait photography, I find myself gravitating towards themes and styles that go beyond straightforward portraiture. Nothing against the usual posed model shots, but portrait projects that tell a story, reinvent a style, or emulate a concept are simply inspirational in my book. One such example that I’ve tucked into my list of favorite portrait works is the retro-inspired “Who’s That Girl?” by Elizaveta Porodina.

A quick look at Munich-based Elizaveta’s portfolio sites reveal a myriad of styles in her portrait works. However, one of the things I noticed was an evident penchant for retro-inspired aesthetics. Her color treatment is a dead giveaway, and the outfits and styling complete the whole nostalgic mood. “Who’s That Girl?” is one of the best examples of this, from the vibrant vintage color scheme to the edgy statement pieces. Even the high-key black and white photos have a bit of Hollywood glamour shot feel to them.

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Parent Company of Vogue Blacklists Terry Richardson Amid Sexual Assault Whirlwind

It looks like Terry Richardson is finally getting into some hot water

Terry Richardson, the photographer at the center of many sexual harassment and assault allegations in the fashion industry, has been blacklisted by Conde Nast International, the parent company of Vogue, GQ, Glamour, and many other leading magazines. This news comes on the coattails of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault and harassment allegations rocking Hollywood over the last month. Continue reading…

Elena Iv-skaya Shows Stunning Retro-Styled Swimmers for “Dreamer Pool”

All images by Elena Iv-skaya. Used with Creative Commons permission.

There are some who say that today’s generation of creatives have this strange nostalgia for an era they never experienced. Instagram, for one, is partly responsible for the retro aesthetic we often see slapped on social media today. However, I totally understand the fascination of stylists, photographers, and designers for vintage elements and retro styling. The fashion editorials and portrait sets such as Elena Iv-skaya’s DREAMER POOL clearly shows why this trend has been catching eyes and turning heads.

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I Find Fashion Photography So Boring; But Not Street Photography

For work I shoot commercial and fashion photography and really, it is so fucking boring. So in my own time I just love to photograph humanity. I want to turn the mundane into something beautiful. I think this helps me cope with life, making the ordinary extraordinary. I have a Leica Q and like to take my camera out when I walk my dog every day. At school I wanted to paint photos realistically but I was crap, so I figured I could just take photos instead. I really enjoyed it and got a rush from the results and I just never stopped.

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Stone Zhu: Fantastic Neon Studio Portraiture

All images by Stone Zhu. Used with permission.

My name is Stone Zhu. Growing up in China, my sense of self as well as my aesthetics were deeply informed by traditional culture, values and art. Culturally we are meditative, introspective, modest, and moody. Strong reds, blacks, and whites fill our artwork, architecture, and sculpture. In traditional painting emptiness is highly regarded and the image is often constrained to the edges of the picture.

In contrast, my experience of Western culture has revealed a frenetic, open, and random quality that is foreign to my sensibilities. The body is regarded with sensuality, idealism, and erotic fantasy. My photographic practice has become a blend of these disparate and distinct cultures. The formal qualities of Chinese art are boldly present while, at the same time, I have felt more able to explore my fascination with the body as an object of beauty and desire.

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Photographers Albert Watson and Mark Seliger Talk About Analog vs Digital

On Wednesday September 6th, Mark Seliger and Albert Watson were part of a short panel discussion talking about photography through their careers and how things have changed. The Panel was put on by Phase One in collaboration with the Aperture Foundation. But in addition to that, they also talked about how they’ve evolved as artists. Albert even told the story about how he captured one of his most famous images of Steve Jobs–which involved him thinking about telling an entire boardroom that they were wrong and he was right. Later on, Tim Cook would call Albert up to ask for that image with immediacy.

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