11.30.12

Clarire Martin has captured grueling but enlightening photographs chronicling the life of addiction. It’s not easy to pick through but the imagery cuts deep into the human condition.

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11.09.12

Photographer Isaac Joel Torres has an eye for the drama that is the human persona and it’s captured beautifully in his portfolio.

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09.06.12

Antony Crook understands his camera and it serves as an extension of his inner being. There is a sense of wanderlust and a fascination for celebrity in his work but each image instills a quiet and contemplative mood that definitely inspires one to leave the comfort of your desk and see a bit more of the world.

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08.31.12

Tim Tadder pushes the contrast and levels in his photographs to that bleeding edge where they become almost hyper-real and totally saturated. It’s a look that lends itself well to advertising and it looks like Los Angeles-based Tadder has had plenty of projects streaming in as a result.

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Painter Aaron Nagel updated both his website and his portfolio since I last dropped in a long long time ago. He’s continuing with the same portraiture imagery of women but starting to up the symbolism bit by bit as he goes.

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08.24.12

Every image tells a story in the portfolio of famed photographer Alex Prager and he’s added more images from recent studies and exhibitions.

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07.09.12

Russian illustrator Evgeny Parfenov is turning out some excellent, colorful and classic portraits for publications like Newsweek, Rolling Stone and Interview. His work is a lot of fun and is just the right mix of pop and art to lend itself towards a broad appeal which is no doubt why he is attracting the publications he’s illustrating for.

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07.02.12

Well I was going to try and rewrite all of this but it’s rare an artist has such a well written and interesting biography so here it is in it’s entirety:

“Andrew Dosunmu is currently based between New York, and lagos, Nigeria. Raised and educated in Nigeria, Dosunmu began his career as a design assistant at the fashion house of Yves Saint Laurent. He has subsequently worked as a Creative Director and fashion photographer, whose images have appeared in a variety of international magazines. Besides a flourishing career in photography, Dosunmu is also active in film and television. His award-winning documentary Hot Irons (1999) won best documentary at FESPACO and Reel Award at Toronto. In South Africa, Dosunmu has directed episodes of the widely acclaimed television series “Yizo, Yizo” which dramatizes the policy debates around education in post apartheid South Africa through a frank presentation of the social crises and conflicts at a Johannesburg high school. Dosunmu has also served as creative director for album covers (for such artists as Erykah Badu and Public Enemy), and directed music videos, including his first for Isaac Hayes, and others for Angie Stone, Common, Wyclef Jean, Kelis, Aaron Neville, Maxwell, Tracy Chapman and Talib Kweli. Dosunmu has recently been selected to participate in the photography exhibition “Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary Photography” at the International Center of Photography. In 2007, Dosunmu was honored with the request to speak at the TED Global conference. Dosunmu is currently in production on his documentary “The African Game” which documents the fans and spirit of football in Africa. Photographs from this documentary have already been published in a coffee table book by Powerhouse Publishing. RESTLESS CITY is Dosunmu’s first feature film endeavor; intended for theatrical release, it will premiere in the festival circuit in late 2010. Dosunmu is a grant recipient of the Annenberg Foundation and the Maryland Film Fund.”

You can witness Dosunmu’s stellar talent here.

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06.15.12

Photographer Timothy Saccenti has kept up with his sharp, crisp and surreal style and recently updated with several new projects. His crisp and often nearly glowing imagery is just what the doctor ordered as far as modern contemporary photography goes and it’s likely landed him a flurry of commercial work.

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05.18.12

I know I know, what the hell with that headline man, well it’s not what you think it is but it does stand as a fairly literal description of a rather epic photo shoot by Tadao Cern involving blowing some hard air at his subjects.

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I am really digging the pop/movie inspired digital paint works and portraits of Alice X. Zhang who must be keeping busy since all she has to say for herself in her about section is ‘yada yada’. Fortunately her work says much more.

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05.09.12

Casual cool collides with good looks in the photography portfolio of Alex Aristei. Looking at all of those skinny cool people made me feel a little inadequate and self conscious but Aristei has a knack for making it all look natural.

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03.28.12

Photographer Daniel Castañeda is a master at capturing a lonely, contemplative, slightly eery yet etherial mood. He tends to lean towards black and white for the purpose of emotional affect.

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03.21.12

There is a kind of silently austere obscurity about Noah Kalina’s photographs. His subjects, be them human or otherwise are left to their own devices and presented in a way that the viewer must confront them on their own terms. In short, it’s photography in the raw.

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01.25.12

Photographer Jasper James’s series of ‘City Silhouettes‘ has been out there a while but I stumbled across it again and was re-inspired. It’s a clever and beautiful series of images that are hard to forget once they’ve been seen.

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01.18.12

Photographer Jim Naughten removes exterior subterfuge and places his subjects squarely within frame to meet the viewer face-to-face and in the raw. It’s stark but somehow a new way of looking at said object or person is brought forth for the viewer to consider.

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Tod Seelie is one of those rare photographers who just looks at the world differently. It’s not just about capturing an interesting image. I think it boils down to a unique matter of perspective. He just sees and looks at things differently than the average bear. His portfolio speaks to this rare gift.

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12.07.11

Miami-based artist NFN Kalyan created several sculptural portraits for an ongoing series he entitled ‘Nature of the Beast’. The  portrait boxes are comprised of 20+ laser etched glass panes and are backlit with LED lighting contained within in a walnut base. The frames for each portrait was hand drawn by Kalyan. Way way cool.

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