Douglas Friedman’s work with Kraft on their “Get Me Zesty” salad dressing campaign has recently been turning a lot of heads and for good reason. We first wrote about the playfully suggestive television and print campaign back in April, but it was an ad in People magazine that’s stirred up the most reactions. The ad pictures hunky actor Anderson Davis (aka @TheZestyGuy on Twitter) lying on a picnic blanket, and who would otherwise be naked save for a strategically placed corner.
Every year PDN recognizes the best in photography and this time Stephen Wilkes comes out as one of the big winners, picking up an award in three categories: Advertising, Personal, and Photojournalism. A team of judges representing publications like The Huffington Post, The New York Times and Fast Company went through thousands of entries to select the brightest for the 2013 Photo Annual.
Meet the art world’s first couple Massimiliano Gioni and Cecilia Alemani. The transplanted Italians were photographed by Douglas Friedman as the cover stars and subjects of the featured story in the Summer 2013 issue of Cultured Magazine that explores their careers, their relationship, and what they’ve got in the works. One look at their resume confirms that these two are the art world’s brightest luminaries; Gioni is associate director and director of exhibitions at the New Museum while Alemani is curator and director of the public art program at Manhattan’s High Line. Most recently, Alemani reprised her role as curator of Frieze Projects for the biennial art fair by the same name. This month, Gioni made his debut as the youngest director in the 118-year history of the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s premier contemporary art fairs. Gioni opened the doors to his exhibit on the 1st of June and the reviews have started pouring in from publications like Gallerist NY, Forbes, Design Boom and more. It’s no surprise that Gioni’s is one of the most sought after curators and together with his wife Alemani, they are sitting nicely on top of the world.
Kareem Black photographs the heavyweights of the electronic music world for Hakkasan that can be seen in the current issue of GQ magazine. The article reports on the opening of Hakkasan at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and its commitment to bringing the hottest musical talent to the venue.
Sam Robinson recently shot a re-branding campaign for New Look fashion shops. The UK-based global retailer launched an updated logo and brand personality to coincide with the release of their summer season; Sam Robinson was brought in to photograph the entire thing. His images can be seen in a slew of magazines, in all New Look stores and on their website. New Look was so pleased with the way the campaign turned out that Sam’s been signed to shoot the autumn and winter collections.
Matthew Hranek is a storyteller and recently he had the chance to share a few of his adventures. For Kindling Quarterly Matthew talks about duck hunting and cooking with his daughter Clara. The magazine about contemporary fatherhood first approached Matthew to write an article after coming across his personal blog, The William Brown Project. Kindling gave Matthew total editorial freedom and he chose an experience close to his heart. All words, photographs and recipes are by Matthew and depict a father and daughter bonding over the simple joys of cooking and food.
Tom Corbett turns up the temperature in the latest issue of Siempre Mujer magazine. Tom worked with the beauty, fashion and lifestyle magazine for the Hispanic market on a colorful five-page fashion story aptly called “Body Heat” featuring unique swimsuits. Stylist Stacey Jones selected pieces that pop with bold colors and Tom’s images quite literally exude body heat that drip with polished sensuality.
Joe Pugliese’s portrait of controversial celebrity boxer and actor Mike Tyson graces the cover of the latest issue of ESPN magazine, which hit newsstands today. Tyson invites Joe and ESPN writer Robert Huber into his Las Vegas home to give us an intimate look into how the former social pariah has changed.
Nels Israelson photographs the leading promo posters for “Now You See Me”, a new film about four highly talented illusionists who also happen to specialize in bank heists. The film boasts an all-star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and David Franco.
Kareem Black works with Hornitos Tequila to create a series of GIFs showing people living it up during a night out on the town. This fun night filled with spontaneous happenings of course could only be possible if Hornitos is involved. The idea of doing GIFs came from The Barbarian Group agency and was created as mini repeating ads of moments throughout the night. Each GIF is different and quirky in its own right, with Mexican wrestlers and people in bear suits making cameos. Our own Emma Pritchard styled this party night shoot.
Alan Cresto meets network television in Fashion Star, NBC’s design-oriented reality competition series. Sponsored by Macy’s, Saks and Express, the show celebrates a successful second season and boasts celebrity judges Nicole Ritchie, Jessica Simpson and John Varvatos.
At the end of each challenge, buyers at Macy’s, Saks and Express had the chance to purchase and sell the winning design online. Alan photographed the winning pieces selected by Macy’s, which were then posted for sale on the department store’s website. The Fashion Star designed pieces were a hit with Macy’s consumers and quickly sold out. We think it might have to do with the fantastic photography.
Erwin Olaf photographs Dutch songstress Anouk for the April 2013 anniversary issue of Vogue Netherlands. This issue marks a year since the first issue of Vogue Netherlands hit newsstands and what better way to celebrate than have Erwin shoot one of the country’s biggest stars?
“Most photographers maintain a crappy old blog where they post some “personal” pictures and talk about their creative slump. And then there’s Emily Nathan, who travels around the world to exotic locales, often with a team of producers, make-up artists, and models. She has a lot of talented friends who do the same. So why not make a really cool blog that makes you wish you were her, and use it as a subtle marketing piece of your enormous talent, which will continue to make you wish you were her?” That’s a quote from photography resource site Photo Shelter, who included Emily’s online magazine Tiny Atlas in a recent article titled “16 Things Hipsters Did To Improve The Internet.”
Raymond Hom makes another appearance in Martha Stewart Living, this time in a recipes piece called “Spring Forward”. The story centers on how to create four easy and balanced dishes and includes Raymond’s enticing photographs of wild salmon, oats, watercress, and apricots. For breakfast, lunch, supper and dessert, Raymond Hom’s got you covered.