Lalla Essaydi, 1956, is a fine art photographer from Morocco. She received an MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Besides photography she uses other media as painting, film and installations. Her art often contains islamic calligraphy in combination with the representation of the female body. She addresses the complex reality of the Arab female identity. She has looked at the western painting tradition, recreating the paintings in an orientalist setting. In Les Femmes du Maroc, all the props used, including the background and the clothes, are covered in caligraphy. The calligraphy is even on the bodies of the females with the use of henna. Essaydi has exhibited extensively, is represented by numerous galleries and her work is in private and public collections. The following images come from the series Les Femmes du Maroc and Harem.
Mitch Dobrowner, 1956, USA, is a landscape photographer with a unique signature. He fell in love with photography at an early age but due to the tasks of running a design studio and raising a family he did not take photographs. Early 2005, inspired by his wife, children and friends, he once again started to make images. His black and white photography concentrates on mountains, water, trees and heavy clouds. His landscapes are threatening yet peaceful and serene. He states that when shooting a quality image, he knows it; “At those moments things are quiet, seem simple again.” Mitch has won numerous awards since 2006, amongst which are the IPA/Lucie Awards which he won first as a non-professional and now twice as a professional. The following images come from the portfolio’s Storms, Land and Urban.