Jamie Chung Makes a Statement with Smirnoff
Just over a week ago we were thrilled to wake up and see that Jamie Chung’s latest campaign with Smirnoff had gone viral. Twitter was on fire with tweets of the ads created with 72andSunny, that inspired a snarky, if frank, conversation about what’s happening in the American political discourse. “We've seen some advertising recently that tried to speak to some kind of social or political issues and it doesn't hit the mark or it's not funny enough or it's just off,” Jamie says. “But I think this is really smart. It's a pleasure to have my image tied with something that's relevant.” It can be a major risk for artists and brands to engage in political conversation, regardless of which side they engage with, but a laugh is a laugh. And these ads are giving us plenty of ads.
Jamie was tasked with photographing the bottle of Smirnoff and the accompanying drinks for some beautiful imagery to pair with the sparkling copy. His specialty is still life work, balancing every ray of light and angle of product until it’s exactly right – and that’s not something any photographer can achieve over night. “It's taken a while to learn how to shoot a bottle nicely and with the proper mood,” says Jamie. “It has to do with taste and sensibility and you know I've developed it over a long time. It's not like there's like one trick or something like that.” Every shadow, highlight, colored garnish, and shining glass is created by Jamie and his team. There are no mistakes or happy accidents. This is the work of a craftsman.
Full disclosure: when Jamie first starting working with 72andSunny and Smirnoff on this campaign, they had different copy on the ads. But they decided to roll with current events to engage the public. It was a surprise, but a welcome surprise to Jamie. He knew that it was always going to be something great. “The creative team on this was like really stellar,” says Jamie. “You know I trust they would to do something incredible in the end.”
For more on this story, check out AdWeek’s write up on the campaign.
B&A's Seven American Photography Winners
Each year American Photography releases their compendium of images from the last year that they found to be most arresting. This isn’t an award delivered to a photographer for the work they did that year, instead this is given to particular photographs regardless of who was behind the camera or what else that photographer achieved that year. Each image is chosen for what fits between the edges of the image, without the drag of reputation or expectation.
This year, nine images from seven B&A photographers earned the distinction to be featured in AP32, the thirty second collection of these accolades. Please join us in congratulating Chloe Aftel, Jamie Chung, Tara Donne, Marco Grob, Steven Laxton, Joe Pugliese, and Michael Turek.
Chloe Aftel’s attention grabbing shot was for Billboard Magazine. Shot on location at Ms. Brownstein's home in Portland, the image was paired with a short interview. The Portlandia star and Sleater-Kinney rocker offers a dozen looks at her characters through her creative ventures, but catching Carrie at home is something her fans are always hungry for. Chloe’s portrait shows us the woman behind the characters and music, displaying a quiet readiness that exudes with the creative generosity we’ve come to expect from her.
One of the biggest stories from this past year has been the incredible rise of Donald Trump as a political figure and how he’s galvanized a section of the American electorate. Jamie Chung’s incredible visualization of this stratospheric rise graced the cover of The New York Times Magazine in a unique image that saw Mr. Trump as a balloon. Jamie was particularly careful with how the placement of the balloon in the composition of the image. Balloons rise and fall, but it’s up to you to decide where Trump’s balloon is in its journey.
This fall Tara Donne shared with all of use her recipe for Hazelnut Pumpkin Tart and it caught enough attention that AP had to include her photograph in AP32. Don’t let the sumptuous look of the dessert fool you: this is for all of our friends, including those who are gluten free. Tara’s ‘Wild Apple’ project is an ongoing online magazine that proves a gluten free lifestyle isn’t a taste-free lifestyle, and invites you to find out for yourself. Dig in!
It’s been half a century since the Beach Boys recorded ‘Pet Sounds,’ but the story of the band’s front man, Brian Wilson, will live on in infamy. His complex past is the subject of the upcoming biopic ‘Love & Mercy,” and the subject of a illuminating portrait by Marco Grob for Variety Magazine. Marco’s image finds the musician in a haze, considering the piano keys at his hand, opening a window for us into a private moment before his story becomes ever more public.
Kathoey cabarets are a popular tourist destination for travellers in Thailand. The ‘ladyboys’ that perform are one of the country’s brightest international delights, but under the glitz and glam is a highly choreographed puzzle that keeps the theaters running and holds the hopes and reams of the performers. Steven Laxton got access backstage to the world that supports this movement in a series of images that was featured by The New Yorker.
Joe Pugliese has three different photos featured in AP32 this year.
When he sat with Christopher Walken for a Saturday Night Live anniversary issue of The Hollywood Reporter, he found a man so at the top of his game that Joe was merely an audience for what Christopher had to offer that day. And it was exactly what Joe wanted.
His portrait of Dr Dre came as a part of a Beats cover story for Wired that examined the history of the brand from its inception to its acquisition by Apple and how it operates under its new identity. The unique story allowed Joe to explore color and play with light in new ways.
Leading up to the Oscars, Joe sat down with six A-List actors to discuss the state of Hollywood and where they fit within their craft. Samuel L. Jackson brought with him his signature energy that thundered through the portrait session, delivering the Sam Jackson the public has come to love. But there was one moment of stillness that Joe was able to capture, catching Jackson in a unique instant and catching AP’s accolades.
As athletes feel called deeper towards nature, open water swimming has taken off all over the world. Michael Turek teamed up with a group of mataeur swimmers who take a five day aquatic trek over twenty miles of ocean that separates the British Virgin Islands. One of Michael’s images for this commission by British Airways High Life was tapped for AP32.
Happy Holidays: 2015 in Review
As we come together with loved ones and friends to close the year, we’d like to take this time to reflect on some of our favorite moments from the last year. Included here is a list of some of our favorite stories we’ve had the pleasure to share with our community and friends. This year our artists helped usher in the next generation of Star Wars stars, discovered what bacteria lurk in NYC’s subways, sent hundreds of mean postcards to adoring fans, and put their own stamp on the 2016 Presidential campaign.
Our artists have done amazing things, so let’s take some time to remember some of the best stories from 2015 before turning our focus to the New Year.
We hope you have Wonderful Holidays, and a Happy New Year.
Weeks before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters, Marco Grob photographed the cast of the highly anticipated movie for Time Magazine. Not only did he get to photograph the human stars, he also got to spend time with the famous R2-D2 and meet the newest favorite: BB-8.
Riding the New York City subway can be a precarious situation, not because of the unpredictable riders but because of what lurks on the handrails. Craig Ward wanted to see what exactly he has holding onto every day and the answers were both beautiful and revolting.
Sawdust and Nike Reach New Heights
One project with international powerhouse Nike is celebration enough, but when Sawdust teamed up with the athletic juggernaut for three bespoke typefaces it was an honor. Not only were they creating these solutions for Nike, but they'd be paired with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant, three of the most powerful names in basketball. What they created turly elevated the game.
This year Joey L joined Annie Leibovitz, Erwin Olaf, and David LaChapelle as a photographer for Lavazza's annual calendar. With the theme “From Father to Son,” Joey L examined how the tradition of sustainable farming is passed on from generation to generation, and how food gets to our tables from around the world.
People's Sexiest Man Alive is always a hotly watched and eagerly awaited issue, and frequently their most popular. When Marc Hom got the call to photograph their non-traditional choice this year, David Beckham, it was an honor and a thrill. And on the day of the shoot, Beckham didn't disappoint.
For more than a decade Stephen Wilkes has been pursuing his ongoing personal project of condensing an entire day into a single photograph. This year, Stephen showed off some of his favorite shots at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, a great way to look back on all the work he's done, and look forward to what's still to come.
Over the course of months with locations stretching from The Costume Institute to the Louvre's vault, and even the private archive of Yves Saint Laurent, Platon captured the epic vastness of the Met's latest blockbuster. "China: Through the Looking Glass" examines how China's history has impacted the rest of the world through design influence, and Platon was able to photograph every step along the way.
Mr. Bingo's ongoing series "Hate Mail" pits the artist against those who pay for the pleasure of being berated by him through the post. Enough fans have gotten their kicks this way that he turned them all into a book that catalyzed an enormously successful Kickstarter. Books are available for purchase now!
Living a life in the limelight isn't always easy, so when We Are The Rhoads teamed up with Taylor Swift for their latest Keds campaign, they immediately found common ground. By creating a safe space the mega celebrity was able to focus on the moments with Sarah and Chris, resulting in images that are effortlessly Taylor.
Style is communication and a stylist has the power to shape how their subject communicates to the world. For Uzo Aduba's cover of As If Magazine, Stacey Jones dove into feminine luxury, offering the Emmy Award winning actress the opportunity to step away from the orange jumpsuits that her fans so often see her in.
Paris is a hotbed of fashion and style, making it a dream destination for many and attracting artists from all over the world. Tom Corbett is no different. On his latest assignment for Somerset he really sank his teeth into the city, taking advantage of every block and street corner, capturing the beauty of the city and the ease of its powerful energy.
It's hard to describe Donald Trump's political rise, so sometimes the best option is to not even try. When The New York Times Magazine tasked Stanley Chow and Jamie Chung with an image that spoke to the story they got right to work on something that felt honest but was also a lot of fun.
When Marcus Bleasdale began his work as a photojournalist it was to make a difference, but an artist can never be sure if their hopes are going to come to fruition. Marcus' has. His work with Human Rights Watch has lead to changes in law, and even helped end a war. Their joint gallery show, "Impact," proved it.
Chipotle has seen better days, but before their troubles they made a very solid decision when they asked Harriet Russell, Sarah J. Coleman, Adam Hayes, and Dave Homer to create illustrations for their bags and cups. Each illustrator was paired up with a writer whose pieces were to serve as the inspiration, and the results are as delicious as you can imagine.
Ken Fulk is a master at interior design, and Douglas Friedman is a master at photographing interiors. When the two came together in a show-stopping shoot of Elle Decor, Fulk's vision leapt off the page thanks to Douglas' unique ability to translate space into flawless photographic composition.
Bernie Sanders represents one of the most interesting political stories this season, and like any political character his whole persona is hard to distill into a single image (even a photograph!). Ryan McAmis took his time, and dug deeply into his bag of tricks, creating a portrait for the cover of National Journal that is as honest a representation as we've ever seen.
It's not every day that passion projects turn directly into corporate campaigns, but when UPS saw Brian Doben's "At Work" series they knew they needed it for themselves. Brian extended the project, meeting with read UPS customers that happened to run their own small businesses, to see what it's really like to work with a company that caters to their needs.
Cinemagraphs are becoming more and more popular, but Chloe Aftel was there since day one. In fact, she's sort of become a go-to photographer to create these captive moments that she finds particular expressive because of their ability to inject more emotion and more story.
Sometimes the best way to talk about serious issues is with a good laugh, so when Todd Selby linked up with Evolve on a series of gun safety PSA they imagined what other things kids get into. Whether it's playing with condoms like balloons, or tampons like Wolverine's claws: the kids will get into anything and, most of the time, it can be hilarious.
Few artists are as closely watched as Banksy whose work is discussed and devoured the world over, so when James Joyce got the call to be included in Banksy's latest installation it was a no-brainer. James' contributions ended up including the cover of Dismaland's catalogue, a piece that has now been distributed the world over and marked as a coveted accomplishment for any creative CV.
We cannot pretend we know what the future will hold, but if we had to bet we'd bet on Roof Studios' vision. They were tasked with glimpsing ahead for a spot with Toshiba that envisions how our relationship with technology will continue to deepen and grow, and shows us what that will look like.
Ice Skating GIF by Nomoco.
Being Human with Jamie Chung and Departures Magazine
Still life photography is about precision. Every millimeter must be carefully considered, the temperature of each color must be expertly balanced, and the camera must be placed for the perfect angle. Still life images are meant to communicate information and emotions to human observers without using the cues that a model can offer. Every choice implies a different collection of experiences that have to be controlled down to the finest details. This is a process that Jamie Chung is acutely aware of. He regularly spends hours upon hours on precise compositions to the finest details. But for his latest shoot with Departures Magazine, they opted to complicate the process a little bit. They decided a human element was necessary. “When we were originally doing the sketches we wanted to include some kind of people or human form but we didn’t want so much skin or for it to be recognizable as people, so that’s where the idea came from,” says Jamie. “We put gloves on the models for the rings and the bracelets so all the people would be kind of abstracted. It was an aesthetic choice just to really make the products the focus but also give it a little bit of life.”
The balance between a human element and the spirit of the still life meant that they had to find a way to show off the models in a way that did both. The final images feature human forms that are entirely black, including one image with a bauble of an earring on a woman whose face and hair are almost entirely flat black. This isn’t some camera trick or digital drawing. They made it happen in the studio. “We painted her hair and her whole body,” explains Jamie. “The idea was to have her look like a shadow, and to really have the earring be the main focus. But we needed some kind of human context for it so we just wanted her to be a shadow form.” Every detail is still visible on her face, each contour catches the light in a supremely natural way, but her shape becomes more important than her experience, allowing us to focus on what Jamie wants us to see.
Having the models on set meant that Jamie’s process had to change. With every model comes a whole team to make them look their best, and the new crowd is going to change how the set is going to function, which is something that Jamie is happy to accommodate. “Normally when I do still life it’s usually a smaller team, but when a model is involved, there’s hair, makeup, and a wardrobe stylist,” says Jamie. “It’s a few more people on set so that’s always exciting to kind of work with a bigger team and to have more… There are more ideas back and forth, which is always great. I’m always open to hearing other peoples’ ideas and incorporating it. It’s like more brains.” All those ideas and brains came together to push the expectations of what’s possible in a still life shoot about jewelry, resulting in images that are as equally captivating as they are curious.
Donald Trump's Stratospheric Ambitions by Stan Chow and Jamie Chung for The New York Times Magazine
Donald Trump has captivated the political sphere as we've watched this real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-TV-star turn into something that looks like a politician. His rise has been quick and high but almost two months into this strange story his future seems unknown. The New York Times Magazine needed to encapsulate the entire essence of this remarkable story in a visual metaphor for this week's issue. They came up with a balloon and in a bit of artistic serendipity had illustrator Stan Chow and photographer Jamie Chung collaborate on the final image, but not directly.
The first step was to get Stan's take on Donald Trump. Stan has an unofficial policy that he won't immortalize anyone in portrait unless he likes them, and he doesn't like Donald Trump. But considering the man has become a national phenomenon (and international phenomenon, as Stan is from the UK), it was just a matter of time before Stan had to put pen to paper. Fitting the image on the balloon presented a challenge, but with a bunch of testing, and communication with the magazine’s Deputy Art Director Jason Sfetko, they were able to get a perfect fit. For Stan, this project was liberating and inspiring because his work is usually needed in 2D. “It gave me more ideas of what I can do in the future,” Stan says. “I’ve never thought out of the box like that, and to actually see that done makes me think about more possibilities of how I can actually use my work.”
Once they solved how Stan's illustration was going to fit on the balloon the challenge went to Jaime Chung to capture the final image. The problem with these balloons, as Jamie tells it, was buoyancy. Helium is a finite resource and so providers have to mix it with other gasses that are not as strong. The illustration decal on the balloon affected the helium's ability to hold the balloon aloft with added weight so Jamie had to simulate the floating. It ended up being to their benefit because it offered the control Jamie needed to show off the balloon’s major asset. “It’s kind of really about showcasing the illustration,” Jamie explains. “I’m just trying to give it a little more dimensionality.”
“It’s funny how such subtle things can change the meaning of something,” says Gail Bichler, Design Director of The New York Times Magazine, discussing how they framed the balloon for the cover. “We tried a lot of different positions, whether it would be cropped off the page, or sinking down a little bit, or rising up… All these things have a subtle meaning, so we experimented a lot.” They finally arrived at the image on the cover that Gail says they chose because it’s pretty open to interpretation.
What do you see?
Artificial Intelligence's Trojan Horse by Jamie Chung
Growing up, our toys were our friends. They were eager ears, ready to listen as we worked out the complexities and confusions of interacting with an adult world we didn’t understand. They were our silently supportive companions as we learned to navigate a culture with rules we didn’t and couldn’t understand, not without externalizing our feelings and thoughts with play. Our stuffed animals were captive audiences for those times of searching, crucial times, and they played a crucial role. But that’s all about to change. Hello Barbie was introduced in last week’s New York Times Magazine with a cover portrait of the doll shot by Jamie Chung. This Barbie speaks, listens, and learns about the child who owns it. It is a completely new level of artificial intelligence and poised to change how the next generation interacts with their toys.
To take a photo like the one Jamie took, he had to truly understand the context of this new toy and how it works. “This really has a profile of your child on the cloud that it will dip into to have the next conversation based on whatever that profile has built in the past with your kid,” says Jamie. “It’s like an introduction of an AI and it comes in the form of a Barbie. It’s like a Trojan Horse kind of thing.” Every conversation that the user has with the Barbie is filtered through an algorithm that creates an understanding of each unique child. It truly learns who everyone is. Then, accessing thousands and thousands of words and phrases, meticulously recorded by voice actors, the Barbie is able to maintain a legitimate conversation with the kid who owns it. It is genuine interaction with artificial intelligence.
When it comes to play time, though, kids may not be able to distinguish between artificial and organic intelligence. Jamie and the magazine wanted to highlight the blurred line between artificial and organic for these portraits. “I kind of wanted to make it look like it was lifelike,” explains Jamie. “So I shot it like a beauty portrait that’s very clean, very modern. I thought it should look like a super modern portrait because this is a super modern item, very lifelike, larger than life.” He set up each pose to reflect a very human moment, whether it's as if Barbie is listening intently, or you caught her attention as she walked by. This is a doll who is listening, interacting, caring. The human element is inherent in that behavior so the photographs highlight that.
Once Jamie got all the images that New York Times Magazine needed for the spread, he decided to have a little fun with the doll. “We did a little GIF animation and that ended up on the New York Times homepage, which was really cool,” says Jamie. “This is my first cover for New York Times Magazine so that was really great. They were great collaborators. It was a really impressive experience all around working with them.”
Jamie Chung Featured in Communication Arts
Not long ago Dzana Tsomondo spent a full day in Jamie Chung’s Brooklyn studio for the piece that was just published in Communication Arts about the photographer’s career and process. “Objectification: A Career in Still Life” describes what she found there: an extended meditation on composition, form, and precision.
Before Jamie made it to the Parsons School of Design to learn his craft, he was struggling with how to turn his love for photography into a career. The logistics of such a choice weren’t computing, until he was able to get to New York and visit studios, assist photographers, and make peace with this new way of life. Once fostering that understanding, he found himself gravitating towards still-life work. “There’s something about the kind of photography where you are not going out and finding something that exists, you are just creating it all in front of the camera,” he tells Communication Arts. “It’s kind of like the darkroom – the process really sucks me in, and I can get lost in it.” In this process, outside of the tyranny of the sun, Jamie is able to create the environment he’s photographing, adjusting every element millimeter by millimeter, until it is composed exactly the way his needs require it.
When Howard Bernstein received Jamie’s portfolio for the first time, it left an immediate impression on him. “It was a far more refined and technically capable book than most students’ that I have seen, and I have been doing this a long time,” Howard tells Communication Arts. “There was a series titled Mischief that was stuff like crushed mailboxes, toilet paper thrown over trees, and it put a smile on my face. So I thought, ‘Maybe this would make art directors smile,’ and I told him to come visit me.” Since then, Jamie has been on B&A’s roster, filling his portfolio with covers for Time Magazine and Businessweek, filling the pages of W Magazine, V Magazine, Document, ESPN, and ad campaigns for Finlandia and Chase.
When it comes down to it, there’s little else Jamie would prefer to do. The challenges that still-life photography offers Jamie are singular and reach him at a visceral level. “I can’t think of anything better than being on set - the creative problem solving, the experimentation, the collaborations,” Jamie says. “Everything informs each other, cross-pollinating.”
Check out the full piece in Communication Arts' Illustration Annual 2015 issue on stands now.
Jamie Chung Ignites TIME's Cover
It’s hard to pay attention to the international conversation and not feel anxious, at the very least. Tensions all over the globe are strung as tight as they can be, and in some places those tensions have snapped. International conflicts in the Middle East are raging deep into their second decade, while what looks more and more like a second Cold War rears its head between Russia and the rest of the world, Boko Haram continues its unbelievable bloodshed in Nigeria, and bombings thunder through Yemen. To the West, most of these issues seemed comfortably distant across oceans or thick borders, but on January 7, that distance was closed.
The attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris brought into stark focus cultural differences between the French publishing community and some religious extremists. It drew a stark line between those who believe in free speech at all costs, and others who find particular speech unforgivable acts of war. The question has now been raised over if this attack is a harbinger of the new future of a constant state of conflict, or if it is an isolated event. TIME Magazine posed this question in their January 24 issue with the cover story, “After Paris.” Photographer Jamie Chung was tasked with bringing these incredibly complex and emotional ideas into a single image for the cover, and did so in record time.
Like a tinderbox in the midst of catching, Jamie lined up a series of matches, and captured the ignition from one to the other. Each match throws off its own explosion in the parade of one to the other, without knowing how far it will go. It encapsulates not only the damage that we see in our recent past, but the future we have laid ahead of us if we do not take action. The fire burns, and threatens to go further, unless we find another way.
Like everything in the news world, this project happened quickly, going from assignment to newsstands in less than two days, and not only was it lionized on the cover of TIME, but the magazine animated it for their Instagram account. Check out the cover, and press play to see Jamie's composition in action.
Stephen Wilkes, Jamie Chung, Jason Madara, and Joey L. Featured in PDN Photo Annual
Four Bernstein & Andriulli talents are featured in the 2014 PDN Photo Annual, which showcases the year's best imagery in advertising, magazine and editorial, photojournalism and documentary, corporate design and self-promotion, photo books, personal work, sports, stock, video, student work, and websites.
PDN included both Stephen Wilkes and Jamie Chung in the magazine/editorial category – Wilkes for his picture of the F-35 Lightning II a.k.a. the Joint Strike Fighter situated at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida (which ran in Vanity Fair) and Chung for capturing a series of kaleidoscopic floral compositions that were printed in Document Journal. Jason Madara's 2013-14 campaign for ABC Carpet & Home earned an Advertising mention for blurring the lines between nature and upholstery in a dramatic, yet harmonious environment. Joey L. completed the B&A crew, recognized for his tutorial-rich website.
The winners' work can be viewed in the June issue of Photo District News and online.
B&A Talents Selected for AI-AP's American Photography 30
AI-AP flagged a group of Bernstein & Andriulli talents as American Photography 30 "Selected" winners.
The list includes: Jamie Chung's florals for Document Journal; Joe Pugliese's picture of musician Jack White for The Hollywood Reporter; Stephen Wilkes's haunting image of The Star Jet Roller Coaster, submerged in the Atlantic Ocean after falling from the Seaside Heights pier during Hurricane Sandy; Erwin Olaf's much-talked-about photo of model Ymre Stiekema for Vogue Netherlands; Chloe Aftel's "Agender," a portrait of the movement by the same name for San Francisco Magazine; and Robert Maxwell's black-and-white shot of future NBA star Andrew Wiggins for GQ. Michael Turek completes the B&A collection with a pair of images – a landscape of Verbier Ski Slopes in Switzerland for Condé Nast Traveller and a mountain gorilla chasing a Rwandan guide printed in Porter magazine.
Submissions by "Selected" winners appear online and in the AP30 book, to be released come November.
Jamie Chung Captures Place Settings and Mouthwatering Jewelry for Barneys New York
Jamie Chung photographed place settings flanked by this season's stunning accessories for "Table Mates," Barneys New York's recent online look book. "The concept was to always keep the camera at the same vantage point and include certain elements, like the tableware and a hand," Chung said. "From there, the mood differs thanks to the items, colors, surface, lighting, and gesture of the hand, but the photos still work together as a series." He tested different compositions in his Brooklyn studio, but "what I had in front of me dictated what would happen in front of the lens," he noted.
His challenge – if it can be called that – was selecting the bracelets, bangles, and rings for each frame. "There were many jewelry options and every piece appeared really impressive; however, I didn't want to go overboard and make that the focus ... the pictures had to form a balanced scene," Chung explained. "It was difficult to have an abundance of great stuff and then be conservative, only using what felt right." He added: "The creative director, Chris Martinez, brought such great vision to the project – and Barneys brought incredible products ... with that level of goods on set, my job becomes easy."
Barneys and Jamie Chung Gear Up for Gift-Giving Season
Barneys New York is getting ready for the gift-giving season with Jamie Chung's help. The still-life photographer captured Shinola watches for the Detroit-based brand's Barneys.com look book. Set inside of insect display cases, the Runwell, the Birdy, and the Brakeman are among the retailer's most sought-after accessories.
Chung's images also accompany holiday shopping lists belonging to A Continuous Lean's Michael Williams and Sea of Shoes' Jane Aldridge. "I absolutely love the [picture] they came up with," Aldridge told B&A. "It's sleek and off-kilter, and it made the story spectacular. I was blown away when I saw it!"
Jamie Chung Goes Out on a Limb for W
When W visualized images of Louis Vuitton bags hanging from trees, the editors tapped conceptual still photographer Jamie Chung. He shot an assortment of wildlife-themed purses and footwear in nature for an August issue spread called "Out on a Limb."
Chung and his team traveled to Millbrook, New York. "We waited until dusk and then went into the woods in search of enchanting locations and lush foliage," he said. "It's a challenge to do a studio shoot with still lifes outdoors ... we played around and found something that felt pretty natural, and took control of the elements." Feathered accessories assumed their perches amid the leaves and snakeskin items rested on the moss.
Stylist: Claudia Mata
Prop Stylist: Ariana Salvato
B&A in Communication Arts' Photography Annual
Four B&A talents are featured in Communication Arts' Photography Annual.
Stephen Wilkes is included in this year's edition for his editorial series " 'Flooded, Uprooted, Burned: The tracks of Sandy on the Shore,' a picture story showing the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy." Jamie Chung's "Live Mascots of the Southeastern Conference," which depicts Big Spur of USC, the Arkansas Razorback Tusk, Mike the Tiger of LSU, and the Auburn War Eagle Sir, is also highlighted as an editorial series. Joe Pugliese receives recognition for his portrait of Conan O'Brien in repose that ran with a Hollywood Reporter cover story. Michael Schnabel's unpublished image of the Stuttgart City Library by architect Eun Young Yi rounds out the bunch.
The quartet of projects were selected from more than 5,000 entries.
Jamie Chung & Dan Craig Take Us to the Place Where Cheese Reigns
Photographer Jamie Chung and illustrator Dan Craig come together to create a "place where cheese reigns" for Finlandia cheeses latest ad campaign. Jamie and Dan worked with agency Barton F. Graf 9000 on some intriguing cheese-obsessed characters including: the Cheese Dunce, the Cheese Masochist, the Flavor Caretaker and the Flavor Philosopher. This curious family of fromage lovers can now be seen on a billboard near you.
Client: Finlandia Cheese
Campaign: "Where Cheese Reigns"
Agency: Barton F. Graf 9000
Illustrator: Dan Craig
Photographer: Jamie Chung
Typography/Crest: Jordan Metcalf
Retoucher: Box Graphics
Record/Mix: Heard City
Jamie Chung Brings Document Journal Into Full Bloom
Jamie Chung uses his ability to capture the essence of his subject in a new flower editorial piece for Document Journal. Jamie worked with New York flower design company Lewis Miller to arrange and photograph assorted flowers that almost look surreal.
Announcing AI-AP B&A Winners
American Illustration and American Photography recently announced their selections for 2013 featuring work from the world's top image makers. John Hendrix, Tara McPherson (winning piece pictured first), and Yuko Shimizu were among the B&A illustrators selected for American Illustration 32. Works by photographers Jamie Chung, Nick & Chloe, Michael Turek, and Stephen Wilkes were chosen to appear in American Photography 29.
American Illustration 32 B&A Artists:
Teddy Roosevelt, Disney/Hyperion Books
George Washington, Disney/Hyperion Books
Kingdom Sport, Sports Illustrated
Man on Bike with Tulips
Samurai Hanging in Tree
Woman's Pubic Hair
American Photography 29 B&A Artists:
Oyster, Real Simple Magazine
Tough Mudder, Men's Health
Nick & Chloe
Female Nude with 3D Sculpture
Female Nude with 3D Sculpture
Kid with Clown Hats, Moon
Horse Jumping Triptych, Departures
Aerial Sandy Storm Damage, TIME Magazine
Jamie Chung Covers Bloomberg Pursuits
The formerly biannual publication Bloomberg Pursuits recently got a makeover with the help of photographer Jamie Chung. Pursuits is now published quarterly and has broadened its luxury coverage to include art, food, fashion, travel, philanthropy and more.
To reflect the magazine's change in scope and feel, Jamie Chung shot Pursuits' new cover and corresponding story on high-end accessories titled "Where Luxury Begins (And Ends)". The concept was to show a variety of accessories playing of their materials in a natural state. For example, a gold watch next to gold nuggets or an alligator briefcase in the clutches of an alligator.
Publication: Bloomberg Pursuits
Photographer: Jamie Chung
Photo Director: Brenda Milis
Art Director: Anton Ioukhnovets
Stylist: Ariana Salvato>
Jamie Chung Photographs Live Mascots for ESPN
For ESPN Magazine's special college football preview issue Jamie Chung had the pleasure of photographing eight live animal mascots: four dogs, a hog, a tiger, a rooster, and an eagle. A self described animal lover, Mr. Chung spent about two weeks driving around the American South with a mini studio to shoot these college mascots, mostly owned by private citizens. The LSU tiger proved to be quite a challenge for our Jamie - he had to carefully capture the untamed animal through its enclosure. With the help of ESPN's Senior Photo Editor Jim Surber, Jamie was able to produce a series of poignant, amusing, and magical animal portraits.
See more of Jamie Chung's photography here.
Publication: ESPN Magazine
Issue: August 20th
Story: "Animal Attraction"
Senior Photo Editor: Jim Surber
Photographer: Jamie Chung>
B&A Photographers in the American Photography 28
Erwin Olaf, Elena Dorfman, Nick & Chlo'e, Jamie Chung, and Gillian Laub make the list this year for AI-AP's American Photography 28. The annual competition recognizes the best photographs from the past year. A distinguished jury of editors from The New York Times Magazine, TIME, Newsweek/DailyBeast, and Details selected the best from 2011 that will be published in a book this fall.
Two photographs by Elena Dorfman made the list. The first is her portrait of director David Lynch for Telegraph Magazine. The second is from her new series Empire Falling that features abandoned and active rock quarries in the Midwest. Four images from Erwin Olaf's personal series Keyhole, which explores the theme of shame and invites the viewers to be the voyeur, were selected.
Gillian Laub's personal series Girls At War, featuring teenage female settlers in Israel, and Tel Aviv Beach, a photo essay on the city's popular seaside attraction, were both honored. Additionally her portrait of disgraced pastor Ted Haggard for GQ made the list. A photograph from Nick & Chlo'e's personal series "Exile, Lord of all the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea," on the aesthetic of tyranny in the last days of a dictators' wife was also selected. Finally, Jamie Chung's entry was his photograph of the history of phones for Popular Mechanics.
Learn more about the AI-AP American Photography 28 here.