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Nadia Lee Cohen, the irreverent classic unreality

Nadia Lee Cohen, the irreverent classic unreality

on Apr 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Nadia Lee Cohen is a young London photographer graduated from London Fashion University. With an excellent eye for pop art, flamboyant and elegant, Cohen’s photographs are based on the American and British pulp aesthetics of the 1950s, 60s and 70s: melodramatic hairstyles, excessive makeup, saturated colors, and stereotypical characters are his hallmark. She is a teacher of the staging and spends a lot of time compiling her own accessories to incorporate them into her works. Nadia is still on her way to the top, in fact she still finances her projects . Despite her young age she is a teacher when it comes to setting up her set, modeling her models and incorporating elements she has collected over time. In her photographs there are abounding bright and gaudy nudes, kitsch and surreal scenes of great visual impact. In part inspired by the Free the Nipple movement, Nadia Lee Cohen’s photographs are heavily laden with scenes that confront the viewer with unreal representations of the female figure employed in fashion and advertising but “empowered,” strong warriors who face a stifling reality.     The artist admits that her aesthetic is influenced by cinema, cinematic photography and her obsession with unconventional characters, showing female bodies to the natural, not as something forbidden to show, unworthy and vulgar, but as a weapon, a weapon to fight against stereotypes and sexism. As she says, “I get bored with an image if it’s just ‘nice’, I always want it to say a little more and push it to be a little darker. Perhaps the way to describe it is a play on the uncanny, the sets and the characters that feature are always familiar as that’s how the audience relates to the content. However, I try and introduce something slightly ‘off’ into what is recognizable in order to change the mood and test the viewer’s sense of certainty. This isn’t always a conscious decision, I’m pretty sure it’s a result of all the morbid shit I’ve crammed into my head”. Her portraits of real women who arouse respect and admiration for their individuality and confidence, funny, dark and sexual photographs  of unreal real women. A unique artist. For more information about Nadia Lee Cohen, you can visit her...

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Lillian Bassman, woman, photographer, artist, revolutionary

Lillian Bassman, woman, photographer, artist, revolutionary

on Jan 19, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Lillian Bassman, born in 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, is an artist difficult to catalog. As her friends recalled, “Lillian has played poker, drunk, smoked and danced lindy hop in Harlem”. She wanted to be a dancer, but an early injury thwarted that dream. A descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants, she incarnated that growing middle class who jumped from Brooklyn to Greenwich Village, bohemians in the big city. She and her sister slept “on mattresses on the floor covered with African fabrics. We were only required two things: to iron our uniforms and to wash our hair on Saturdays, otherwise we were free as birds”. His mother worked at a guest house in Coney Island. On one of those shore excursions, she met her future husband, Paul Himmel, the son of Ukrainian immigrants. She was six years old; he was nine. At 15 she convinced her parents to let them live as a couple. Their marriage would last 73 years. Lillian Bassman began her career as an artistic model, textile designer, and fashion illustrator. With the famous art director Alexey Brodovitch, Bassman became artistic director of Junior Bazaar from 1945 to the closing of the firm in 1948. Later she worked as a photographer for Harper’s Bazaar and began photographing her models mainly in black and white. Most of her work was published in Harper’s Bazaar between 1950 and 1965. In 1951 she opened a photographic studio with her husband Paul Himmel and from 1962 she dedicated herself to advertising photography.   She invented a new kind of image, not only of the woman in fashion, but of the woman of her time. In the 1940s and 1950s, when agencies did not allow their models to show their faces in lingerie ads, Bassman hid their faces with shadows and gestures, producing organic and natural images, as if in brushstrokes. It might be thought that a woman in an eminently masculine world had to face many difficulties in developing her art, but in fact, she used to boast that being a woman had given her some edge as a photographer. “There was a very different sexual energy when the models worked with men. They felt the duty to seduce them, they were posing for...

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Red Light District, the Soul of Amsterdam

Red Light District, the Soul of Amsterdam

on Oct 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

“Men see beauty wherever they can get it. But that’s the allure of the Red Light Princess. Like any good whore, she’s whoever you want her to be.”  James Bodden, The Red Light Princess Red Light District. Perhaps, the most famous neighborhood of the World. A corner of sex, passion and secrets nestled in the heart of Amsterdam and one of the major tourist attractions in the Netherlands. But what were its beginnings? Red Light District. This term is said to have started in the early days of railroading. Layovers for stacking up on wood and water were usually very long and most of the train crews had to spend many of their days on the “line” away from their homes. Crew members placed their red lanterns on a hook beside the door where they were at any particular time (usually at a bar or where one or more prostitutes were located) so they could be found when the train was ready to “roll”; and so, that is the reason why these drinking and sex areas came to be known as “red-light districts”. In the early west, there were three types of prostitutes: Hurdy Gurdy Girls; Crib Girls, and Courtesans. Hurdy Gurdy Girls worked in dance halls for a madam. Crib Girls worked on the “line”, generally a row of shacks called “cribs”, owned or operated by a madam. Courtesans worked strictly on their own in a place that was rated as plush or down to nothing more than a “crude shack”. Many of the girls were transients in the early days, their places of operations were of Spartan simplicity: a bed, chair, stove, dresser, maybe a table, and little else. (From the Virginia City Times Bonanza, 1860’s – 1870’s. Prostitution in the Netherlands dates back to the XIII Century, although it was in the Sixteenth Century (when the authorities began to see prostitution as a necessary evil to avoid problems with sailors who came to the city in search of women on arrival at the prosperous port of Amsterdam) when the district acquired its fame. But it was not until a century later that sex offers in the famous windows began to appear, the windows of the houses of prostitutes. Later, during the Napoleonic Wars,...

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Fuerteventura, the magical island

Fuerteventura, the magical island

on Apr 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

In the Fifteenth Century, Don Pedro Fernandez de Saavedra was named lord of Fuerteventura. Don Pedro, conqueror in love as in war, became famous immediately upon arrival to the island for his adventures with guanches girls. Over the years, one of his sons -Don Luis Fernandez de Herrera- became a handsome gentleman inheriting all the defects of his father but none of his virtues. One day the young man took a fancy to a beautiful maiden to whom he seduced patiently; they ate quietly under the shade of a poplar tree and soon after the young gentleman invited her for a walk. In animated conversation they came to a thick grove when the afternoon turned red. Don Luis, thinking already had come the time to spare his platonic flirtations, he attempted to hug the girl. She tried to defend herself and called for help loudly. Her screams were heard by Don Pedro, who mounted his horse to go to the place from where the screams. Before the Lord of Fuerteventura could reach the couple, an indigenous farmer rushed to the scene and seeing the situation of the maid he tried to defend her from Don Luis, who offended and upset, drew a knife ready to take the life of the native off. After a few minutes of fighting, the farmer could wrest the weapon to Don Luis, at the moment when Don Pedro came watching the scene and rushed with his horse on the peasant, who fell violently to the ground and died instantly. Then appeared from the trees an indigenous old woman, the mother of the peasant. She lifted his head to find the perpetrator of that death and met with Don Pedro, the gentleman who has seduced her in her youth and the father of her just died son. The old woman, blind of anger, let him know that she was Laurinaga and which the corpse was that of his own son. Then, raising his eyes to heaven, invoking the guanches gods, she cursed with shakily and grave voice the land of Fuerteventura, being dominion of that knight Don Pedro Fernandez de Saavedra, the cause of all her misfortunes. They say that from that moment began to blow on those lands the hot winds from Sahara, which...

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Deep Skin Deep

Deep Skin Deep

on Feb 9, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Driven by a constant creative thirst, London photographer Danny Baldwin has just released a collection of photographs entitled “Skin Deep” which has photographed more than 100 naked and tattooed male models. Danny sees the world of fashion photography as another realm where art, design and music are combined to create something innovative, where the only restrictions on your craft are the limits of your imagination, the ultimate in escapism. “Both myself and the models all had stories for each of our tattoos, and sometimes people don’t like talking about them because the meanings are very deep and personal, yet in some way by displaying its significance in  a public place, it acts as a kind of armor which displays the memory without being obvious. It’s a way of exposing your inner-self, your thoughts and memories, your accomplishments and your choice without having to give an explanation”.       The collection of photographs has made entirely in black and white, making a huge force whose purpose was the celebration of individuality and self acceptance. His flashy style and technical ability reveals an emotional presence focused on creating images of great boldness with a surreal touch. The transformation of real life to the final image through the lens of Danny Baldwin is art at its finest. Proof of this is the video compilation of his latest work “Skin Deep”.   The models featured in our selection of images are JONATHON BELLINI at D1 Models,  MATTHEW MORRIS at BMA Models, RICKI HALL at NEVS Model Management, JAKE HOLD at AMCK Models, DIEGO BARRUECO at Established Models. All images by Danny Baldwin. http://www.skindeeplondon.com/ http://www.dannybaldwin.com/ Share this:ShareClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new...

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