In Photos: Wales
November 1, 2010, 10:15 pm
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In Photos: Coney Island
August 3, 2010, 12:07 am
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Summer Girls on
July 30, 2010, 9:52 pm
Filed under: Photography | Tags: , , , has a slideshow of girls at summer concerts in New York who are all pretty much perfect and guaranteed to give hipsters all over Brooklyn some decidedly non-ironic boners.

Olivier Zahm Lives the Life I’d Like to Lead
June 8, 2010, 10:02 pm
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What did you do today, Steve?

Oh, you know, nothing special.  Went to work, met some friends for drinks, fell asleep on my couch while eating a Popsicle.  What about you, Olivier Zahm?

Nothing special, either.  Photographed some topless women in bondage gear, hung out with Chloe Sevigny, had Terry Richardson take my picture, danced with Aurel Schmidt at the Jane, went to the YSL Resort show and high-fived Stefano Pilati and Bjork, convinced some underage LES hipster girl to wear a peace sign t-shirt and take her picture between two tractor trailers on the West Side Highway, flew first class with Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Terrence Koh so we could have lunch on a Parisian rooftop with Alexandra Richards, got drunk at Elaine’s (with Elaine) and then spent the rest of the night in Andre Balazs’ penthouse sexting with Marina Abramovic.  It was kind of dull, actually.

Hmm.  Goodnight.

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Viviane Sassen
May 8, 2010, 11:40 am
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Fashion photography centered on African themes is often so fetishized or romanticized that it becomes less about representing a continent or a people than it is about being exotic for the sake of exoticism.  So much so that the personal touch Viviane Sassen injects into her work goes miles to separate her from others who travel to the continent as visitors.  Sassen, a Dutch fashion photographer who lived in Kenya as a child, has a way of making her portraits feel authentic despite how highly stylized they are.  Even the most obviously posed portraits have an almost candid quality.  And throughout, her love for Africa and affection for the people she shoots come through as vibrantly as the rich colors she favors.  Sassen is also creating an alternative view to what many outsiders think of Africa, in a way that only an insider can.  As she told Karin Nelson of the New York Times, “People in the West have a quite limited idea of what the place is about.  Hunger, war, AIDS … It’s so much more diverse and exciting.”  See more of her work after the jump.

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One Shot: Aran Islands, Ireland — March 2006
April 20, 2010, 11:13 pm
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The photos of mine that I like best always have a sense of juxtaposition, whether it’s an object in the foreground slicing through the background, man-made structures in an otherwise natural environment, or, as in the photo above, something rough and destroyed in a beautiful setting. My friends and I came across this totaled car while on a bike tour of the Aran Islands, off the coast of Galway, Ireland in 2006. Whatever damage that may have occurred in an accident was helped along by stones thrown through the windows and garbage piled up inside.  I like how the bay in the background, the stone walls that have been standing there for decades (if not longer) and the general tranquility of the scene contrast nicely with the demolished car abandoned in front.

March 29, 2010, 9:58 pm
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Graffiti artists have been going mainstream for years, from Cope2 designing Chuck Taylors, to Claw Money’s successful clothing line, BNE given the New York Times profile treatment and Christina Aguilera buying up Banksy prints.  And while most of these artists still hang on to their “Fuck The Man” mentality, there is something to be said for the no-name kids out there today, tagging walls (and people’s front doors) in the original wild style spirit inherited from the greats.  Graffiti certainly has its detractors, but for me it’s something that is so integral to city life — a point supported by simply taking in the spray painted walls and urban structures all over the world.  I’m always drawn to graffiti whenever I travel, and make it a point to document what I see, from the political to the personal.  After the jump and above, I’ve included a sampling from four cities I’ve visited over the past few years, including Dublin, Lisbon, my own New York and San Juan, PR.   Enjoy.

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