Yu Xiao

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket 'As Chinese contemporary art enters its fourth decade, a new generation of artists is inventing a more intimate form of modernity by turning to their inner self, such as young photographer Yu Xiao. Yu Xiao graduated from China Central Academy of Fine Arts - Beijing in 2009. In 'Never Grow Up', she has created portraits of herself as a child amidst architectural landscapes, yet with a private remnant of her happy childhood. The language she uses is personal thus universal, making her message 'why is our past always prettier' recognizable and deeply felt. Her deliberate subjective personal angle to address general, but fundamental and universal themes such as globalization, environment and notions of identity has not gone unnoticed; Yu Xiao received in 2008 the Grand Prize College/University of PIEA (Photo Imaging Education Association) and in 2009 the First Prize of China Academy Awards.' (via Flatland Gallery) Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Ruud van Empel

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Dutch visual artist Ruud van Empel (1958) hardly needs any introduction. He is a true creator of new atmospheres. His famous images of a hallucinatory world in which often children take a pose, are beyond the creation of computerized photographs. Being one of the first protagonists of photo-art, Ruud van Empel combines the use of the medium of photography with computer technology in an almost unprecedented way. By referring to immemorial notions of virtue and innocence, his works are interesting from both an art-historical and cultural-historical angle. At the same time his incredible skills with contemporary techniques challenge an on-going dialogue with our present society. Ruud van Empel opens hitherto unknown possibilities and new directions in art. (via Flatland Gallery) Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Lydia Venieri

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Lydia Venieri (born 1964) is an acclaimed Greek artist,[1][2] and a descendant of the Greek branch of the House of Venier.[3] Her works have been admired and appreciated by critics. Venieri was born in Athens, Greece. She studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She has lived in Paris and is currently living in New York. Her web site dates from 1995, and showed some of the first Internet-based art. Venieri is well known for her evocative sculpture installations which bridge mythology with current events, and for her ability to combine humor with self-reflection on human conditions in our times, through her characters that are taken from mythology, history, fairy tales and daily life. In her stories dreams reinforce reality and reality reinforce dreams. The provocative visualizations of the universe of Venieri's work offer a Potnian statement about the world in flux in which we live. She has had many exhibitions around the world. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Hurricanes by Clifford Ross

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Clifford Ross <-- Born in New York City, Ross earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Art History from Yale University in 1974, with a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1973. Following an early career in painting and sculpture, Ross began his photographic work in 1995. A major milestone in his work is the Hurricane Series, begun in 1998. The black and white images in the series depict large-scale ocean waves shot by Ross from the water while tethered to an assistant on land. Ross has lectured in many university settings, including Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and New York University. Since 2004, he has been a visiting artist in residence at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is also a member of the Yale School of Art Dean’s Advisory Board, which includes artists Chuck Close, Richard Serra, Byron Kim, and Sheila Hicks. Ross has authored books on Abstract Expressionism and Edward Gorey, and is a contributing editor to BOMB and Blind Spot magazines. Photobucket Photobucket

Jessica Tremp

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket You should check out the work of Jessica Tremp, a photographic artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Nothing but goodness here. Make sure you go through all of her work.. soo inspiring. Photobucket Photobucket

Popping Bubbles by Richard Heeks

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Check out these breathtaking pictures of soap bubble sequence by Richard Heeks, UK-based photographer. Photobucket Photobucket

Maximilian Suillerot

Photobucket Photobucket Wonderful self portrait series by Maximilian Suillerot , a Toronto based multimedia artist who specializes in sculpture and photography. Photobucket

BY-PASS_NY by Chris Eayres

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Chris Eayres' BY-PASS_NY is 'a series of ten long exposure photographs capturing the neon and fluorescent heart beat of night time Manhattan. Taken from the top deck perspective of a New York tour bus as it crosses the metropolis. This tourists diving bell provides the mechanism to take the pulse of a city. These images were captured while passing over the metropolises cross sections where it’s tarmac veins and arteries meet.' Photobucket Photobucket

Giles Revell

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket A photographic series of raw fish ingredients sourced at Billingsgate Market, resting in a palette of blood and moisture as they were prepared for the table. Editorial/art by Giles Revell for Port Magazine. Photobucket Photobucket

The Transparent City by Michael Wolf

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Chicago, like many urban centers throughout the world, has recently undergone a surge in new construction, grafting a new layer of architectural experimentation onto those of past eras. In early 2007, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, in collaboration with the U.S. Equities Realty artist-in-residence program, invited Michael Wolf to photograph the Chicago cityscape. Bringing his unique perspective on changing urban environments to a city renowned for its architectural legacy, Wolf chose to photograph the central downtown area, focusing specifically on issues of voyeurism and the contemporary urban landscape in flux. Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket