Josef Heinrich Darchinger started working as a freelance photojournalist in 1952. Darchinger’s photographs began to regularly appear in reputable German print media starting in the mid-1960s. In his years as a photographer for Der Spiegel and Die Zeit, Darchinger had a formative influence on the magazines’ national news coverage of Bonn. He also presented his work at exhibitions and in collections of photographic portraits—for instance of Helmut Schmidt, Willy Brandt, Richard von Weizsäcker, or Heinrich Böll. Darchinger received numerous awards, among which was the prestigious Erich Salomon Award from the German Photographic Association.
Martin Brading was born in England and currently resides in Woodstock, NY. His many exhibitions include “Surrealism and Fashion” (V&A Museum, 1987), “PQ:100” (Woodstock, 2010), and SEPIA International exhibitions (2002, 2006, 2009). His works have been included in the following publications, The Art of Yoga, Categories of Indian Thought, and his current project, Hanuman: No Ordinary Monkey.
Thomas Alleman was born and raised in Detroit, where his father was a traveling salesman and his mother was a ceramic artist. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in English Literature.
During a fifteen-year newspaper career, Tom was a frequent winner of distinctions from the National Press Photographer’s Association, as well as being named California Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1995 and Los Angeles Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1996.
As a magazine freelancer, Tom’s pictures have been published regularly in Time, People, Business Week, Barron’s, Smithsonian and National Geographic Traveler, and have also appeared in US News & World Report, Brandweek, Sunset, Harper’s and Travel Holiday. Tom has shot covers for Chief Executive, People, Priority, Acoustic Guitar, Private Clubs,Time for Kids, Diverse and Library Journal.
In the late1990s, Tom exhibited “Social Studies”, a series of street photographs, widely in Southern California. He’s currently finishing “Sunshine & Noir”, a book-length collection of black-and-white urban landscapes made in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. “Sunshine & Noir” had it’s solo debut at the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas in April 2006. Subsequent solo exhibitions include: the Robin Rice Gallery in New York in November 2008, the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR in October 2009, the Xianshwan Photo Festival in Inner Mongolia, China, in 2010 , California State at Chico, in 2011, and the Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles, February 2013. Fifty-three of Tom’s photographs of gay San Francisco, shot between 1985 and 1988, debuted at the Jewett Gallery in San Francisco in December 2012, under the title, “Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaws”.
Roland A. Nagy was born and grew up in Hungary and in 2012 he moved to Manila, Philippines. His fascination with the life of the Filipinos gave him the intense drive to start his own photo documentary projects.
On Nov. 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Typhoon Haiyan) hit the Philippines recorded as the most powerful tropical cyclone and deadliest typhoon. It had winds in excess of 185km/h which caused major damage and loss of life mainly due to storm surge. It left a path of destruction and fatalities through most of the provinces in Visayas.
According to the National Risk Reduction and Management Council, to date there are 6,201 dead, 28,626 injured and 1,785 missing across the 9 Regions in the Philippines. With 11 million people affected by the damage and 4 million people displaced, the estimated cost of damages totaled almost P37 trillion to infrastructure and agriculture.
Self-taught photographer Jason Lee Parry first picked up a camera at age fifteen. Caught in a whirlwind of travels and endless moves as a child, he needed an artistic outlet to express himself – and to unload the extreme visual stimulus that accompanies living in over fifteen states. Jason is known for his mastery of storytelling and his ability to capture raw, natural beauty. Mostly shooting film on location with all natural light, he approaches each shoot like he was making a movie, pushing the model into character. His images evoke undiluted sexiness mixed with a feeling of youthful freedom.
Reflected in a puddle of melted snow, people and dogs walk past umbrellas suspended from trees at Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Feb. 25. The art installation, called the “Rainblossom Project”, was put up by an anonymous group to be a celebration of the rain the city receives. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via Associated Press)
Creative manipulations by Amandine Van Ray, talented photographer and digital artist based in Tallinn, Estonia. Below her digital manipulations, she links out to all of the original photos so viewers can see the various elements that combine to form the final compositions.
Black and White Street Photography by Thomas Leuthard
Thomas Leuthard is a passionate photographer based in the heart Switzerland who travels to the big cities of this world to witness and document on the street. He works with a discrete Micro Four Third camera to capture the interesting essence of the ordinary life happening in public. To him the camera is a black box capturing the moment his eye is seeing. There are more important questions in photography than asking about what gear you are using. If you have any kind of question, please contact him on Thomas.Leuthard (at) gmail.com
Sometimes he teaches workshops (when the setup is right), he organises photo walks and he is always interested to meet other photographers sharing the same passion. For him, street photography is not only about catching the soul of strangers, it’s also about experiencing life in places around the world and to make new friends. One of his main goals is to bring together passionate photographers from all over the world, no matter of race, culture, color or any other attribute. When it comes to street photography, we are all equal.
Gerwyn Davies is an emerging photographic artist, advertiser and costume maker from Brisbane, Australia. Gerwin completed his Bachelor of Photography with First Class Honours in both Creative Advertising and Photographic Art Practice at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Gerwyn has exhibited widely throughout Australia as well as North and South America.
Fashion Photography by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
For over two decades, the meticulous and audacious imagery created by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin has challenged and inspired the field of fashion photography. Working together since 1986, the Dutch partnership rose to fame in the early 1990s. Experimenting with the latest digital imaging technologies, their early work captured the imagination of art critics, who were mesmerized by the sophisticated interplay of elegance and horror in their images. As their notoriety burgeoned in the art world, the fashion community became equally captivated by early editorial work for British style magazine The Face, which added high-octane glamour to their dark and unsettling aesthetic. Collaborating with Belgian designer Véronique Leroy, they formulated a vocabulary of attenuated predatory figures in hyperreal environments, flying in the face of the prevailing ‘grunge’ movement and signaling the end of that genre of fashion photography. Exerting considerable influence in fashion and in art, van Lamsweerde and Matadin are exceptional in balancing successful careers in both.
The pair met whilst studying at the Art Academy in Amsterdam and following careers in and around fashion, began working formally together as artists in the early 1990s. Their provocative breakthrough 1993 series “Thank You Thighmaster” and “Final Fantasy” challenged preconceptions about the female form through inovative use of computer manipulations, whilst “The Forest (1995)” seamlessly conflated the features of men and women’s bodies to pose questions about gender and beauty. Starting to translate these challenging techniques into fashion imagery in 1994, van Lamsweerde and Matadin attracted enormous attention for their sensational editorial for The Face and they instantly began photographing for the most prestigious and progressive magazines.
They are regular contributors to Vogue Paris, Purple Magazine, W Magazine and V Magazine among many others and have created iconic advertising campaigns for leading fashion and fragrance brands including: Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Gucci, Chloë, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Chanel, Robeto Cavalli and Viktor & Rolf Parfum. In collaboration with the choreographer Stephen Galloway, van Lamsweerde and Matadin have devised a unique and highly recognizable language of poses that imbues their work with individuality and produces vivacious, playful portraiture. Enjoying working with young and more established models equally, the pair have longstanding, collaborative relationships with the faces of our age, including Kate Moss, Shalom Harlow, Christy Turlington, Chloë Sevigny, Lou Doillon and Sophia Loren. van Lamsweerde and Matadin are highly sought after as society photographers and have created definitive, iconic protraits of many of the key figures of film and celebrity, from Bill Murray, Clint Eastwood, Daniel Day Lewis and Yves Saint Laurent to Madonna, Natalie Portman, Shirley MacLaine and Julianne Moore.