Emanuela Franchini was born in Genoa, Italy and moved to London in 1999. She began to experiment with the art of self portraiture focusing on everyday life and the interaction with mundane objects in 2005. In July 2007 her passion began to pay dividends and her image entitled Cheap 70’s Porn ”, a self portrait, was used by the New York band The Strokes for the homepage of their website. In a tide of interest that ensued, she delighted in the 2008 Sony World Photography Awards selecting her image “Low Tide” across their website to advertise the photographic award. She is currently working on her ongoing self portrait project “The domestic life of electrical appliances and other stories” and also continuing the collaboration with Cristina Cocullo on a new project.
Matthias Heiderich is a superb photographer from Berlin, Germany. His mostly architectural dream-like photos have a unique, but calming palette that induces a placid smile on my face. You can see more of his work here.
"Nowadays almost every photographer use graphics software to complete the picture, like many painters used ‘original version’ in the past. Some artists use pure imagination to paint their artworks, others may prefer to create art by using a real life model as reference for the anatomy. What if these abstract models were real people?" - Flora Borsi (previously blogged)
Kyle Thompson was born in Chicago on January 11th, 1992. He began taking photographs at the age of nineteen after finding interest in nearby abandoned houses. His work is mostly composed of surreal and bizarre self portraits, often taking place in empty forests and abandoned homes. He has no formal education in photography.
David Schwen is a creative based in Minneapolis, with a focus on Illustration, Design and Art Direction. For more than ten years, Schwen has been a Minneapolis-based designer and illustrator, but he has been creating art his whole life. As a native Midwesterner, he brings a fervent vision and an unstoppable work ethic to everything he does.
" In my work I portray what larger women represent to me. I focus on their fullness and femininity, as a form of protest against discrimination set by media and by today’s society. What larger women embody to me is simply a different form of beauty. I believe we own ‘freedom of taste’ and one shouldn't be reluctant of expressing his inclination towards it. Limiting this freedom is living in a dictatorship of esthetics. I believe there are several ways to what is perceived as beauty, it is not measurable and has not got a standard size. I photograph my models nude and serene, to create a comfortable, proud and constructive representation of themselves in front of the viewer." - Yossi Loloi
Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
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