The “Little Odessa” community in Brighton Beach, New York City is as much a state of mind as a location on a map. It is stuck between two worlds. It is a place of ceaseless nostalgic fantasy of countries left behind – a place where immigrants attempt to preserve what they once had in order to transition more smoothly into a life in America. It was in Brighton Beach during the 70s that Soviet immigrants forged a common bond through language and pop culture, thereby guarding an identity that prevents them from adapting to a new world. These cultural similarities echo in everything that the locals do and say – from what they eat and wear, to how they socialize and worship.
Uliana Bazar is a Ukrainian photographer based in Washington, D.C. She recently graduated from the Corcoran College of Art and Design with a Masters in New Media Photojournalism. While in school Uliana completed a 6-month internship with the National Geographic Book Division and now works with them regularly as a freelance photo editor. Her work has been published and exhibited numerous times including shows at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and has been recognized by FotoDC and the Magenta Foundation.
Award-winning commercial photographer Lee Howell is based in Edinburgh UK, specialising in creative advertising and contemporary editorial portraiture, Lee is a equally at home working out on location as he is in the studio, photographing people and still life alike.
His work is distinctive and unique in style producing strong, vivid imagery, no stranger to success his talent has already won him numerous industry awards over the past few years in the categories of advertising, fashion and portraiture.
Earlier this year Lee received acclaim for winning the Gold award and certificate of merit in the National British Institute of Professional Photography (BIPP) Towergate Fine Art Awards, with his composite image ‘Twins of Red Riding’..
Adam Pretty began his career as a news photographer at The Sydney Morning Herald in 1997 and his desire to specialise in sport photography saw him move to Getty Images in 1998. Since joining the Getty Images team, Adam has been based in Los Angeles, Sydney, Beijing and Tokyo, where he continues to work today. Adam has photographed five Olympic Games, and covered assignments around the globe for high profile magazines including Sports Illustrated, Life Magazine, Time Magazine, Harpers Bazaar and Marie Claire.
Adam’s pre-eminence in the field of Sport Action Photography has been recognised widely in the Photographic world. Throughout his career Adam has been fortunate enough to win a number of major international awards.
In 2007, in the quest for a new challenge, Adam made the decision to shift from Sports Photography, to Advertising. He has always tried to push himself out of his comfort zone by seeking new challenges and experiences in Photography. Adam particularly enjoys challenging peoples perceptions with fresh ideas.
Julia Gunther was born in Berlin, Germany, and studied Film & Video at the University of the Arts in London, UK. After 7 years of working on feature films, commercials and music videos in Berlin, London, Amsterdam and Cape Town, she decided to shift gears and concentrate solely on photography.
Julia loves to observe and document, travel and explore, and likes to let the pictures speak for themselves. She is currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Steven Klein is an American photographer based in New York. After studying painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, he moved into the field of photography. Klein shot high-profile advertising campaigns for various clients including Calvin Klein, D&G, Alexander McQueen and Nike and is a regular contributor to magazines including American and Paris Vogue, i-D, Numéro, W and Arena. His work has featured in numerous exhibitions, most recently at the Gagosian Gallery, California and the Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery in Florence. Klein is well known for his W Magazine editorials with Madonna, Tom Ford, Brad Pitt and numerous others. He often works with lighting director David Devlin. Klein is represented by Todd Shemarya Artists for photography and Station Film for commercials. He shot the promotional pictures -including the album cover- of Britney Spears’ third studio album, Britney.
In 2003, Klein collaborated with Madonna, creating an exhibition installation named X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS. It included photography from the photoshoot in W Magazine and seven video segments. The installation ran from March 28 to May 3, 2003 in New York gallery, Deitch Projects, it then travelled the world in an edited form.
Victoria Ling is a photographer who works across the advertising and publishing industries. Incorporating illustration, sculpture and portraiture, her work can be found in a diverse range of magazines and advertising campaigns. Victoria is represented by Siobhan Squire.
Cornelie Tollens is a photographer. Cornelie Tollens has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the RuArts Gallery. Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including ‘L’amour est classique II’ sold at AAG: Arts & Antiques Group ‘A Collection of Choice’ in 2010.
Cornelie Tollens’ body of work is entirely engaged with the body – erotic, subversive, in thrall to thanatos, insatiable, the opulent performance of femininity enacted within the theatre of flesh. These are images of women, occasionally men and sometimes children that teeter on the edge of …What? If I write perversion then I am reducing Tollen’s work to an entirely phallocentric (or worse, reactionary) interpretation. This is work that is wholly female – lustful, encircling- the sexual woman capable of satisfying herself. Work that gazes upon the female experience with a tender, unflinching lens. Elaborating a meta-language – words caught in flesh – all meaning is distilled to the meat of being. These sumptious images portray women ravenous with desire – desire for love and pleasure, a dark romance that is costumed in silks, feathers and lace. Small girls, barely pubescent sit scandalously primped and preened for the camera, their faces distorted by make-up that is lurid on their young skin. How better to castigate society for its objectification of women than by taunting it with its hypocrisies?
Tollens’ mines a symbolic syntax that is wholly grounded in phallocentric culture and seemingly valourises images that reduce female models to sexual function, but the work is intended as a subversion of teleology, and with this aim, Tollens’ renegotiates a strategic essentialism, affirming the body as a site of truth and/or experience, not merely anatomical fact. Using mythic and popular signifiers Tollens’ subverts the erotic language of the body. She presents woman in the process of becoming, and therefore taking possession of her anatomy and sexuality and with that her eroticised image.
In our strange age of rampant media female objectification, sited within an over-sexed culture where the male gaze slobbers over images of scantily clad girls and where young women choose to pose for such pictures in an attempt at ‘empowerment’, Cornelie Tollens’ unsettling photo’s portray all that horrifies the dominant culture. One can only wonder what’s so scary about a woman who can satisfy herself and anyone else she chooses, and do so beautifully, her pale hand tucked into the pink folds of her panties?
With work such as The Garden of Lust and Hunger – we are confronted by a post-lapsarian Eve, draped in silks and a cascade of hyper-real blooms, that barely conceal her naked body, her direct stare issuing a challenge, while her black nipples intimate giving suck to death not life. This work reflects the inherent symbols of Eros and Thanatos that co-exist in much of this collection. Tollens presents us with an Eve wholly sympathetic to and informed by her predecessors in the panoply of female symbols and archetypes such as Lillith – the ‘first’ woman who demanded equal status and knowledge with Adam, Baubo – a female demon said by the ancient Greeks to be a personification of female genitalia, and of course, Kali. Thus cast out this Eve becomes a dark goddess who must destroy before she can create ensuring the eternal return, a symbol of fertility and regeneration.
Chad Pitman has developed a reputation for being one of the most striking and innovative photographers working today. After immersing himself in color theory and photographic arts studies in Boston, Chad moved to NYC, to learn his craft becoming a driving force behind today’s top editorial and commercial photography.
Expanding on his vision, Chad has ventured into film, shooting reels for the likes of Vogue, Alexander McQueen, Levi’s, Hervé Léger and BCBG.
Chad has been published by Numéro, V, Harpers Bazaar, Muse and has shot advertsing campaigns for Levi’s, BCBG, Replay Jeans, MaxMara, Ippolitta and Porsche.
Enri Canaj was born in Tirana, Albania, in 1980. He spent his early childhood there and moved with his family to Greece in 1991, immediately after the opening of the borders. He is based in Athens and covers stories in Greece and the Balkans.
He studied photography at the Leica Academy in Athens. In 2007 he took part in a British Council project on migration, attending a year-long workshop with Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos.
Since 2008, he has been a freelance photographer for major publications such as Time Magazine Lightbox,Newsweek, Le monde Diplomatique (German edition),TO VIMA, TA NEA, Tachydromos and VIMAGAZINO. A sample of his work has been exhibited at the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece in Athens and Salonica, at the Bilgi Santral in Istanbul, the European Parliament in Brussels and the Athens Photo Festival. He has been working in the Balkans, mainly Kosovo and Albania, as well as Greece, focusing on migration and the recent crisis. His work is recently published on Burn Magazine, Foto8 Magazine London. Winner of the juried JGS Content, 1st Quarter 2013.
Director Josh Soskin grew up in a small surf town in Central California. He began his directing career in the documentary world where he produced and directed hundreds of short docs for Current TV including a half hour special, “Modern Day Pirates” that won him national attention. In 2007 he left Current to travel around the world and begin his freelance directing career, starting with a series of short docs for Current TV in Spain, France and Dubai.
Josh moved from Barcelona back to LA in 2008 and has since directed three short films, Love Stinks (2009), Moving Takahashi (2011) and Milk Run (2013). Takahashi has been broadcast on Virgin Air, Indieflix and was recently picked up for broadcast in Europe. It was selected for several festivals worldwide, won “Short of the Week’s” Best Production 2012 award and was also named Vimeo’s Best 12 of 2012. His first major music video, “Amalgam,” a short film/musical hybrid won Best Music Video at the 2011 OC Music Awards.
Swedish born Andreas Sjodin is one of the most influential Swedish photographers today. His elegant images of fashion, beauty and portraits always has a strong visual style, sophistication, energy and wit. Andreas Sjodin has lately created campaigns for H&M, Saks, Barney’s, J.Lindberg, L’Oreal, YSL, Boucheron, Georg Jensen, J Crew, Balmain, BCBG and Adidas.
His editorial work can be seen regularly in Vogue (French, Japanese, Chinese and Korean), W, Elle, NewYork Magazine, 10 Magazine, Cover magazine, 10+Men and ManAboutTown.
Since 2011, with both a documentary and artistic approaches, Sophie Gamand has been dedicating her photography to exploring the complex dynamics in the relationship between pets and their owners, in a major body of work entitled “The Engineered Companion”. Her work so far includes vet clinics, rescue groups, grooming, and the world of Doggie moms who play dress up with their dogs.