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Icons of Tomorrow: Contemporary Fashion Photography

Susie Smoking 1998/2011, © Nick Knight

Exhibition on view through June 2, 2012.

Christophe Guye Galerie
Dufourstrassse 31
8008 Zurich, Switzerland
+41 44 252 01 11

Photographers such as Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, and Terry Richardson all straddle the fence between commercialism and fine art. The practice of fashion photography is highlighted with international stars at the Christophe Guye Galerie, where a group of artists known as the Icons of Tomorrow, embraces their subject matter using compelling conceptual ideas and provocative, colorful approaches.

The allure behind this type of photography is investigated by these nine renowned photographers that have shaped the genre, to see where it falls between art and commerce.

Featured artists: Miles Aldridge, Kate Bellm, Guy Bourdin, Ina Jang, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, Walter Pfeiffer, Terry Richardson, and Albert Watson.

Nick Knight appeared in Aperture issue 197.

Photo News – Photo competition winners and photo events – What’s on in London, Weekend Round Up

© Michael Grecco, Martin Scorsese

The winners in two photo competitions the 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris and the new Masters of Photography Masterclass have been announced. While on Tuesday Toby Smith  – reportage photographer and director of Roof Unit, a collective of photographers based in East London – will be giving a talk at The Frontline Club, In the Picture: China’s New Energy Pioneers from 7pm.

Smith will be presenting his photography and discussing China’s environmental record in an event moderated by Jim Footner of Greenpeace. Covering 11 provinces, over two months, he visited “coal mines, wind farms and hydro-electric plants while capturing the landscapes and people implementing the Communist Party’s latest Five Year Plan”. See the Frontline website to book tickets. £10 for the early birds, £12.50 after

Celebrity photographer and director Michael Grecco picked up two gold awards in the 2011 Prix de la Photographie Paris photo competition Portraiture and Personality categories for his portraits Martin Scorsese on Rooftop and Steve Martin as well as two bronze awards. Now in its fifth year, “Px3 strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and to introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris”. Winning photographs from this competition are also published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book. Emerging and professional photographers submit their work for juried consideration in various categories. The 2012 competition will open on 1 January 2012.

© Michael Grecco, Steve Martin

Macallan single malt announced the winner of the first Masters of Photography Masterclass, in partnership with legendary Scottish photographer Albert Watson. First place went to Luke Bhothipiti from the USA for his image Waiting for the Eclipse. Luke wins a trip to Scotland, courtesy of Visit Scotland. The second, third and fourth prizes are Nikon camera equipment and an annual subscription to Digital Camera Magazine.

Members of the public uploaded photographs celebrating the theme of ‘great journeys’ either from travels or a special moment showing a passage of time. The competition not only attracted over 7,000 entries but 94,000 votes were cast by the public to select the top 20 images. These were then judged by Watson, winner of the prestigious Royal Photographic Society’s 2010 Centenary Medal, who is well known across the globe for his fashion, celebrity and art photography having shot over 200 covers for both Vogue and Rolling Stone Magazine.

© Luke Bhotopiti, Winner. A photograph of my friends standing around a fire for warmth waiting for the lunar eclipse on 12/21/2010. We all made the trip into the country for the best possible view of an event that only comes around every 460 years. This would also be the last photograph of everyone together before they would embark on their own personal journeys.

See over for the winner of second, third and fourth places in XXXX…

© Muhammad Fadl, The Raging Bull, 2nd place. Pacu Jawi, which means The Bull’s Race, is a traditional festival of West Sumatra, Indonesia. It is a celebration of the farmer for the previous harvesting season.

© John Jackson, 3rd place. ‘A motion shot of a 1948 GMCIt just shows the loneliness of being out on the open road alone in some vintage Iron, and that’s what makes it special to me.

© Rob Dallas, Dark night so cold and lonely, .4th place Not being afraid of cold weather, I stepped outside on this dark, so cold and lonely night. I found the bleakness of a winter's night and captured the real beauty of the contrast and color …leaving just the distant sign orange … warm and inviting … like a fire or hearth …winter is not just cold, it is also a place to find warmth.

Other entries can be previewed here:

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The Annenberg Space for Photography: Beauty CULTure

Yesterday, I had the great pleasure of attending a press preview of the new Annenberg Space for Photography’s exhibition, Beauty CULTure. It’s an expansive show with hundreds of images and on first impression, all about beauty we’ve seen reflected in fashion magazines over the years, but fortunately the exhibition goes deeper and explores the ideas of beauty and aging, gender, and race. It features works from iconic photographers such as Albert Watson, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts, Man Ray, Jean-Paul Goude, Guy Bordin, Horst, Melvin Sololsky, Matthew Rolston, Lauren Greenfield, Susan Anderdon Tyen, Patricia Lay Dorsey, and many more.

The Annenberg describes the exhibition as “a seminal examination of photography’s role in capturing and defining notions of modern female beauty and how these images profoundly influence our lives in both celebratory and disturbing ways. Through different lenses focused on the body beautiful, the exhibition examines both traditional and unconventional definitions of beauty, challenging stereotypes of gender, race and age. It explores the links between beauty and violence, glamour and sexuality and the cost (in its multiple meanings) of beauty.

The highlight was a 30 minute documentary presentation created for the exhibition and directed by Lauren Greenfield, who manages to reflect on the good, bad, and ugly business of beauty. Beauty CULTure opens to the public in Los Angeles on May 21, 2011 and runs through November 27, 2011.

Farewell: MOPLA 2011

Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) completed April 30th with our final Pro’jekt LA series and an exhibition of student work from SNAPSHOP! photography workshops for at-risk youth.

A whirlwind of photography exhibitions, projections, and lectures took hold of Los Angeles in April and we can’t wait to do it all again next year. Our third year has been a success as we’ve expanded MOPLA programming even more to stimulate the photography community in Los Angeles and provide a comprehensive listing of events/exhibitions throughout the month.

This year we hosted our first annual benefit for SNAPSHOP!, presented lectures by master photographers Albert Watson, Richard Misrach and Melvin Sokolsy, co-curated the Smashbox + MOPLA group show, put on the PDN 30 exhibition with Clark|Oshin Gallery, and coordinated our Fresh Look portfolio reviews. And that’s only a sampling out of approximately 50 official MOPLA events in April.

Thank you to all that participated this past month. family law lawyer . Together we’ve cultivated a rich community of photography in Los Angeles. See you all next year!

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