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Christto & Andrew

 photo unnamed_zpsgqpgvlnz.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpszgeb7ece.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsu7yjbcpi.jpg As jigsaw puzzles piece together to a form a visual image, the sedimentation of symbols within Christto & Andrew’s photographs reveal the affects of history, politics, the economy and popular culture into the construction of contemporary society specifically found in the Gulf region. Using Qatar as an example, exaggerated colours, staged compositions and uncanny humour hightlight this constant development, and the malleable state of transformations into which its multitude of lifestyles are nurtured and interact. In the same way, scavenged objects are transformed into cement moulds and regular people into models through photography to subvert and further notions of value, commodification and occupation. As a result, each object and character within their photographs become symbolic refelections of these stratifications found in Qatari society.Christto and Andrew’s images, therefore, do not to critcise but rather hightlight two parallel dialogues-a local one and an expatriate one, which equally weave together this complex network of cultures and subcultures evident in most Gulf and MENA contexts.  photo unnamed-3_zps2skjdce0.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsfwsjnsko.jpg

JUCO

 photo unnamed-4_zpsrorfc2ao.jpg  photo unnamed_zpscqrodd8n.jpg  photo unnamed-2_zpsaj77pdc3.jpg JUCO represents the collaborative work of Julia Galdo and Cody Cloud. They first met at The San Francisco Art Institute in 2002 where Cody received his MFA in photography and Julia her BFA. Their first projects together were actually class assignments. Team JUCO is based in Los Angeles, CA.  photo unnamed-5_zpsgtztn6wb.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpsd1yfwruh.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zps51s4lsru.jpg

Diana Kingsley

 photo unnamed-3_zpsb4v5uhxj.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpskycmurda.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsr9ygswsa.jpg " I set up photographic still lifes or closely cropped nature shots that are carefully arranged, but somehow fraught—both over-specific and elusive. I’m drawn to situations where control is confounded by dysfunction and studied elegance is poised precariously on the verge of the absurd. The well-placed non sequitur, self-consciousness, and slyly humorous formal affectations are ongoing preoccupations. My subject matter could be almost anything—a cat staring at bowls of milk, a badly placed brooch on a sweater, a cheese morsel fallen on a couch. I tend to use whatever’s close at hand, so autobiographical allusions inevitably sneak in. I’m not interested in forcing any particular narrative; I’m more interested in a sensibility that runs through the work: low-level despair, boredom, resignation, thwarted desire, overwrought sensuality, utter futility. I tend to push that with the titles. I’m going for the rigor of minimalist design, the angst of an existential one-act, and the humor of a Chaplinesque slip on a banana peel. Think Charlie Brown meets Robert Mapplethorpe." - Diana Kingsley  photo unnamed-2_zpsjx1uu38d.jpg  photo unnamed_zpsaxwuwk5u.jpg

Erik Almås

 photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.00 PM_zps2pd0mvn5.png  photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.46 PM_zpsaei84he9.png  photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.50 PM_zpsppf4c2k8.png 'Traveling to 10 countries on 5 continents, Erik Almås was recently commissioned by Young & Rubicam for a brand new campaign from Crystal Cruises. From New Zealand, Argentina, Rome, and beyond, Erik logged over 200 days of travel in 2015 and the result was this truely extraordinary campaign. Click here to see more work from Erik and be sure to check out his blog to hear more about his travels and what went in to making these amazing images!'  photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.41 PM_zpsodou0pow.png  photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.36 PM_zpsj703f0ad.png

Joseph McGlennon

 photo unnamed-4_zps82pixqb9.jpg  photo unnamed-10_zpsjgyvkclq.jpg  photo unnamed-11_zpswkauciic.jpg 'Joseph McGlennon’s photographic works are majestic recreations of animals in their natural habitats – the first kangaroos to be seen by European eyes, parrots perching on a branch surrounded by exotic blooms, the extinct Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) fresh from killing its prey. McGlennon’s lens brings his subjects out of the realm of exotic specimen or historical curiosity and pushes them, living and breathing, into today. McGlennon takes hundreds of different photographs and spends weeks layering and arranging them to arrive at the final image. The landscape is as important as the animal itself – there are no blurred backgrounds or subdued foregrounds in McGlennon’s montages. The inclusion of every detail creates a hyper-real effect that pulls the viewer into contact with the flora and fauna that the planet stands to lose. McGlennon came to photography following a successful career in advertising. He won the 2015 William and Winifried Bowness Photography Prize for Florilegium #1, his picture of two parrots perched on tropical foliage, inspired by Joseph Banks’ botanical drawings.' (via Michael Reid)  photo unnamed-9_zpsihczm9w4.jpg  photo unnamed-8_zps5xpyopjl.jpg

Tim Tadder

 photo unnamed-10_zpspprms6t8.jpg  photo unnamed-13_zpsdplzwh4d.jpg  photo unnamed-12_zps86hchlec.jpg Tim Tadder is an internationally acclaimed photographic artist. In 2015 Epson, the world leader in photographic printing technology recognized Tadder as one of the top influential photographers, producing a TV commercial and worldwide ad campaign featuring Tadder and his work. Most recognized for his highly inventive conceptual advertising photography Tadder has been ranked in the top 200 photographers worldwide by the prestigious Luezer Archive Magazine 8 years running. In 2012 Tadder created a viral collection of images that was ranked by Time magazine as one of the top internet sensations of that year. The collection made news worldwide and became the top trending feature on Reddit for two days. Tadder’s work hangs on the walls of world leaders in politics, business, art and sport, having been commissioned to make personal portraits for notables like President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, and Manny Pacquiao. In 2010 he was commissioned by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to make a collection portraits then used in an art installation at the home of Bono. Other subjects of note include the NFL’s best, Tom Brady, rap icon Ice Cube, the world’s best swimmer Michael Phelps, and countless other influencers.  photo unnamed-11_zpsqgzkcarx.jpg  photo unnamed-8_zpsxa4t0rtd.jpg

Robert Bach

 photo unnamed-2_zps2mbgb5xb.jpg  photo unnamed_zpszdmera02.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zpsyfafjzsx.jpg " I'm currently working on animal photography, and I hope to get a book published in the near future. This particular project focuses on cats and dogs, but I'd love to expand to pandas, cheetahs and owls. Why animals? Other than the fact that I grew up with them, and have a profound fascination with what goes on in their minds, I believe that capturing a faithful, telling portrait of them is surprisingly easy. I don't think that animals understand what a camera is, so when they look into a lens, they are not conscious of their appearance. As a result, they don't adjust their expression, posture or body language, they just are what they are. With this formula, we are left with all the elements of a posed portrait, without the fundamental posed nature. " - Robert Bach  photo unnamed-4_zpsdjy5jsdb.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpsejarys49.jpg

Mária Švarbová

 photo unnamed_zpsejxkrh6l.jpg  photo unnamed-1_zpsxfs022uu.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsbt5om7cb.jpg Mária Švarbová was born in 1988 in Slovakia. She finished her university studies of conservation - restoration and archeology. She has dedicated to photography since 2010. Earlier works of young and talented author, publishing under name Maria Svarbova are resembling a dream like reality with elements of surrealism and Art Nouveau. Her latest photographs focus on delivering a message and triggering feelings with focus on minimalism and purity. She is a very distinctive photographer, who can present a vast porfolio of high quality. Maria has also won various prestigious awards and participated in valuable collaborations such as signing off contract with american Vogue. Her photos were also used as covers for multiple bestselling books of world-class authors. One of her works was selected to be a cover photo of prestigious photography magazine DODHO.  photo unnamed-2_zpsuipbzgzc.jpg  photo unnamed-3_zps5o0mexsk.jpg

Alessandra Ruyten

 photo tumblr_nzuuhgs9841uhyffwo1_1280_zpsyciaqdmk.jpg  photo tumblr_o20q45qIxB1uhyffwo1_1280_zpszjomdckw.jpg  photo tumblr_o06376yM3X1uhyffwo1_1280_zpszlmqeg6s.jpg I’m loving these beautiful black and white polaroids by Alessandra Ruyten, a talented Antwerp-based Belgian fine art photographer. Click here for the link.  photo tumblr_o2n3nesMUa1uhyffwo1_1280_zpsiz0xhf4m.jpg  photo tumblr_nyuiabF3mY1uhyffwo1_r1_1280_zpsjrdyutdy.jpg

Elene Usdin

 photo HOTEL_DE_NICE_SELFPORTRAIT_WITH_CORN_zpsdosahoyg.jpg  photo HOTEL_DE_NICE_SELFPORTRAIT_WITH_MONSIEUR_zpsqfuqedxd.jpg  photo HOTEL_DE_NICE_SELFPORTRAIT_SLEEPING_zpslk7qe4tc.jpg Elene Usdin is a photographer and illustrator French born in 1971. She studied at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris in 1996. She is an illustrator for the press and publishing (she, Télérama, Editions du Seuil, Actes Sud). Since 2004, she created posters for the Opéra national du Rhin.  photo HOTEL_BAUDIN_SELFPORTRAIT_ORANGE_MOOD_zpsh1wfbrsi.jpg  photo HOTEL_DE_NICE_SELFPORTRAIT_WITH_BAGGAGE_zps8xo4new2.jpg