3 weeks ago
Rob Kulisek

Shōmei TōmatsuAt first glance, it looks like a skinned cat or dog, perhaps even a suckling pig hanging outside a roadside restaurant. On closer inspection, it could be the corpse of a mutant creature from the depths of David Cronenberg’s imagination. It is, in fact, a beer bottle that has been fused into a misshapen, almost muscular, form by the unimaginably intense heat of a nuclear blast.

Shomei Tomatsu’s most well-known photograph, simply entitled Melted Bottle, Nagasaki, 1961, is also one of his most surreal. It was taken while he was on a magazine assignment to photograph the reconstruction of the devastated city. Tomatsu, then 31, had, like many Japanese people, chosen not to confront the trauma of Nagasaki, but what he found there made him rethink his attitude to his country’s history as well as to photography. He set out to try and record a city that, like the country as a whole, was intent on building its future while wiping out many traces of its past. (via)

1 month ago
It’s finally here. We live in amazing times.

It’s finally here. We live in amazing times.

2 months ago
2 months ago 2 months ago

After playing with a Fuji X100s for a week, I bit the bullet and ordered the upcoming Fuji X-T1 with kit lens instead. The wait begins.

2 months ago

Fuji X-T1 - Amazingly fast AF and EVF in a smaller DSLR body. Now I don’t know if I want a SLR or a rangefinder.

2 months ago
"Summer Still Life", Wolfgang Tillmans

"Summer Still Life", Wolfgang Tillmans

3 months ago 4 months ago

The clients are in a different space today. They don’t want to take risks. They want to see the advertising campaign before it is shot. It’s not like 10 years ago. That’s finished. You have to bring the clients so many references. So everyone’s work is referenced. There is not one picture that is new, let me tell you this. And the clients don’t want a new picture.

When you go into a meeting and people put millions of dollars on the table, they want to know what they’re getting. The lighting, the color of the carpeting. The one who wins is the one who executes those boards to perfection.

Cite Arrow Fabien Baron, one of the most successful art directors, with clients that include Calvin Klein, Dior and Chloé summing up the state of affairs in fashion advertising today. (via)