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Cyril Lagel

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Cyril Lagel, a man, an artist, but above all sensitive and a lover of perfection. He creates a world which is only his, which belongs to him, undivided, that he shares through his work. He does not take a picture of the moment, but of an instant with a story of his own creation and with the flair of Veronese or a Titian. That is where he shows his exceptional sense of color which puts forth a sparkling rainbow of color in our eyes and a torrent of emotion in our hearts. he is a master of the subtleness of form and texture. With him there is a crispness of line and roughness that rushes forward only to be formed into the subtleness and smoothness of voluptous curves. Do not loose sight of this wandering artist whose talents are creating another planet that will never be ours but that he lets us see. Through his drive, his rigor and his virtousity he offers to us the most beautiful thing he has, his soul. ‘

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Dave Hill

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” I am a commercial photographer living in Los Angeles. I was born in 1979 and grew up in San Diego. My love of photography has evolved over the years, and now seems to have branched out to the extreme sides of the spectrum. On one hand, I love doing big, epic digital composites. The possibilities are endless, as are the hours spent on it. It’s an obsession, really. On the other hand, I yearn for being outside, away from the computer, no lighting equipment, getting back to the kind of photography that got me started in the first place – shooting B/W film. Shooting with such limitations is very liberating. Either way, as I move forward, I want to focus more and more on telling stories, not only with photographs, but with films as well. I love what I do! ” – Dave Hill

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Robin Schwartz

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” Photography has given me the opportunity to explore my child, and the worlds I have dreamed to enter. Decisively photographing my daughter, Amelia, sometimes combining my life-long obsession with animals, has dared me to transform my photography, in concept and presentation. I have sought the intimate, fleeting portraits of animals in my previous projects. My goal continues to be to catch a society of interspecies relationships and their activities – my imaginaryworld come to life. The challenge of photographing animals has taught me that the subject does not define the art. Art is distinctive by how the subject is portrayed. An artist photographing her child can invite ridicule, but getting personal with my projects has always been my need, my edge. Motherhood is important, adding a new perspective and dimension to my life and work. Amelia is my priority, my muse, my co-conspirator, my tormentor and my bliss. My inspiration now comes from the realm of painting: Velazquez, Sargent, Botticelli, Vermeer and Bastien-Lepage. Working with Amelia as my partner, I am able to go to any time or place. ” – Robin Schwartz (via M+B)

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Not In Your Face

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‘ In the series “Not In Your Face” the t-shirt is starkly evident but the photographs are not about the t-shirt per se. They are about self-identity and validation. Each one of these people reveal a part of themselves that advertises their hopes, ideals, likes, dislikes, political views, and personal mantras. They wear a kind of badge of honor that says “yes, I belong to this group not the other.” By photographing from the back these pictures try to challenge the time-honored tradition of a portrait being of the face and tests whether body type, dress and demeanor can tell us just as much as a facial expression might. The back view would seemingly make these people anonymous but we can see their humanity emerge. Here the t-shirt wearer knowing the photographer was only taking the shirt, seems to self-consciously relax and they show their trust and vulnerability. ‘ – “Not In Your Face” series by Susan A. Barnett

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No Country For Small Men

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Lovely dioramas called ‘ No Country For Small Men ‘ by Flickr user F/28. Click here to view more.

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Ibán Ramón

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Ibán Ramón has some pretty amazing photographs. Check out his Flickr page and website to see more.

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Michael Casker

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Michael Casker was born in Pittsburgh, attended Brooks Institute of Photography and now lives and works in New York City.

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Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes

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‘ Spanish photographer Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes documents the abandoned ghost towns in Namibia that over time have been taken over by the Namib desert. With a post-apocalyptic feel, the desert appears to be swallowing the houses. ‘

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Hiroshi Watanabe

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Hiroshi Watanabe was born in Sapporo, Japan. He graduated from Department of Photography, College of Art, at Nihon University in 1975. He moved to Los Angeles after graduation and became involved in the production of TV commercials, eventually working as a producer. He later established his own production company and produced numerous commercials. He received an MBA degree from UCLA Business School in 1993. In 1995 his passion for photography rekindled, and since then he has traveled worldwide extensively, photographing what he finds intriguing at that moment and place. In 2000 he closed the production company in order to devote himself entirely to the art and became a full time photographer. His work has been published around the world, and has been exhibited in many galleries across the United States and Japan.

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Luke Copping

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Born in Canada, but now living in Buffalo, NY, Luke Copping is an international photographer and artist. Specializing in beauty, style, and portraiture, his camera work captures everyone from fashion designers to counterculture artists to corporate entities – without looking away. While Luke’s work has been used by CNN.com and a variety of magazines (Auxiliary Magazine, T&M Magazine, Creep Magazine, Artvoice, Artery Magazine, Fashion Served Online, and many more), he has not lost his sense of humor. In high energy shoots, Luke focuses on quirky details and artful simplicity of each subject.

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