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Bryan Formhals, Genesee Ave.

Bryan Formhals, Genesee Ave.

Bryan Formhals

Genesee Ave.,
West Hollywood, California, 2007
From the Genesee Ave. series
Website – BryanFormhalsPhotography.com

Bryan Formhals is a New York based photographer and the publisher of LPV Magazine. After suffering writer's block while living in Los Angeles in 2005, he took up photography and has been obsessed ever since. Loosely following the tradition of street photography he explores the urban environment and the way humans shape and interact with it. His Genesee Ave. project is a series of photographs taken from 2006 to just shortly after the 2008 election when he decided to leave Los Angeles after four and half years. He is a founding member of the strange.rs collective.

Herb Ritts Retrospective: Naomi Campbell Remembers the Iconic Photographer

The long and legendary supermodel era of the ’90s can be summed up in one gorgeous and distinct photograph: Herb Ritts’ now-iconic shot of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz and Stephanie Seymour huddled together in the nude.

But the 1989 sitting almost didn’t happen.

As Campbell recalls, Turlington was on a Calvin Klein contract and reportedly wasn’t allowed to participate. “We said, ‘How can you not be in this picture?’” Campbell says. “And she jumped in, and that was it!”

That black-and-white image is just one of nearly 80 photographs on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles as part of a new exhibition and book on the photographer. Herb Ritts: L.A. Style, on view through Aug. 12, focuses on the portraits and nudes from Ritts, who documented models, musicians, actresses and other celebrities for magazines such as Interview, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair throughout his career.

“He always had a vision about how he wanted every picture,” Campbell says. “He liked strength in his pictures, and he got you to do things that you never thought you could do. He was very encouraging and would talk to you about a picture first, and slowly get you there to where he wanted. And you’d be amazed that you even could do that. It was always a pleasure working with him. He was a complete gentleman, and I loved every picture he took of me.”

Herb Ritts—© Herb Ritts Foundation

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style is on view through Aug. 12 at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Campbell first met Ritts in the late ’80s when she was introduced by fellow model Tatitz. She would often stay with him when she visited Los Angeles, and the two later traveled together to South Africa, where Ritts captured the first photograph of the supermodel with former South African president Nelson Mandela. “He was just a really special human being, and someone that I know is dearly missed in fashion—you never see that kind of picture anymore,” Campbell says.

And while many people revere the image of the five supermodels as one of the most famous sittings in fashion photography, Campbell says they had no idea it would become so iconic. “It was just nice for us to be together,” she says. “We rarely get to do pictures together—even to this day—so it was like a catch-up time for us. We got there in the morning, had lunch and then he told us what we were going to do. It was easy—it was always easy with Herb.”

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style is on view through Aug. 12 at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the book by Paul Martineau is available here.

They say it’s your birthday….

Well, it’s my birthday too and I am being a complete lazy bones on my birthday…partly because I am flying to NYC today, and partly because my plate has been full of lots of things…so to make it easy on myself, I thought I’d share some of my work over the next couple of days….so, get a cup of coffee…play this wonderful Henry Mancini song, and enjoy my series, Hollywood at Home.

Hollywood at Home: Growing up a stone’s throw from Hollywood and Vine, I have always been intrigued by the real and the manufactured Hollywood. The staged Hollywood at Home photographs from the 40’s and 50’s of celebrities at play or at home with their families are particular favorites of mine.

In a reality-tv society where celebrity and stardom is now possible without talent or reason, the idea that anyone can become a star has indeed, become a reality. My series, Hollywood at Home, looks at the idea of elevating family and friends into a false stardom, through lighting and position, where they, perhaps, are just on the verge of being discovered, happy to participate in the artificial gloriification of who they really are.

Oscars 2012: Great Performances

Each January, Los Angeles is effervescent with anticipation, as the world’s biggest stars gather to participate in a flurry of parties, dinners and events in the walk-up to the Golden Globes, marking the beginning of the awards season. This year was no exception.

TIME’s annual Oscars portfolio showcases each year’s best performers through a portfolio of striking portraits. Tears, giggles, pranks and emotions ran high, and loads of laughter pealed through the studio during this year’s shoot, which resulted in a series of images and short films photographed and directed by Sebastian Kim. It was our most ambitious Oscars shoot yet. We had just three days to photograph and film 12 world-class actors during their busiest time of the year.

George Clooney arrived early on set, but it didn’t take long for the actor to settle in and begin joking around and planning pranks with Michael Fassbender, who had recently been photographed by Kim for the February issue of Interview magazine. This previous experience of working together made for a great rapport between them. And it wasn’t the only happy reunion on set: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer happily embraced upon seeing each other on our set, giving us a glimpse of the fun these two had while working together on The Help. Later, Adepero Oduye was brought to tears when introduced by Joel Stein, who was on hand to interview the actors, to Davis, one of her greatest heroes. “It was so unbelievably Hollywood and yet really real,” Stein says.

Kim says that the project was the most star-studded he’s photographed so far. “I was quite excited photographing Meryl Streep,” he says, noting that his girlfriend is a big fan of the actress’s, “so naturally I was quite nervous when I met her. Being nervous on set is not a good thing as it impedes your concentration, but I just kept thinking, ‘My gosh…I better a get a good shot of her and make my girlfriend happy!’”

But Kim needn’t have been nervous. Streep was running a bit late, having arrived from a previous shoot with MGM studios, where she was taking part in a project to photograph the greatest living actors of our time. She was immediately forgiven—and how could she not be? Streep is kind and gracious, possesses a rare elegance and professionalism that made the photo shoot feel like anything but work. In fact, this set the tone for all of our actors’portraits, which also included sittings with Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams, Rooney Mara, Jean Dujardin, as well as the adorable Uggie, the dog in The Artist.

It’s a rare pleasure to watch actors of this caliber play for the camera. Instead of characters, they play themselves, with a focus and passion that can only come from years of experience on set.

The performers’interviews with Joel Stein can be viewed here.

Sam Falls at M+B

Untitled (West Hollywood, CA. Green), 2011. © Sam Falls

Time and Material

Exhibition on view:
November 4–December 22, 2011

612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 550-0050

Time and Material is a new multi-media exhibition at the M+B gallery in Los Angeles. Curated by Sam Falls and Matt Moravec, the show examines the inevitable movement of time toward the eventual demise of both the artist and their material works or objects. The exhibition features a group of young artists including Sam Falls, Jacob Kassay, N. Dash, Kyle Thurman, and Joe Zorrilla. Sam Falls, whose sole exhibition recently closed at New York City’s West Street Gallery, is featured in the current Aperture issue 205.


Estela Izuel

There’s a show right now of work by Estela Izuel at Centro Cultural Rojas. The photos are from her series Cine Teatro, showing large format theatre interiors, mostly in small towns around Argentina. If you’re in Buenos Aires, do go check out this show in person as the prints are really gorgeous.

Teatro Texier, © Estela Izuel from the series Cine Teatro

Salón de la Biblioteca Rivadavia © Estela Izuel from the series Cine Teatro

Teatro Centenario © Estela Izuel from the series Cine Teatro

Izuel’s approach is formal but not overly rigid and nicely evokes these small town movie palaces. I think of Manuel Puig or Evita, growing up in small towns on the pampas, infatuated with a distant Hollywood.

Go check out Izuel’s website. There’s a lot of work to see. I especially like this portrait from her pinhole series:

Cristian Bonaudi © Estela Izuel