• 3.27.20

    THE SOUNDS OF SOCIAL DISTANCING: JASON SCHMIDT X COTTAGE 8 FILMS

    Jason Schmidt and his wife Cory Jacobs, of Cottage 8 Films, have used their sons daily euphonium practice to add a rhythm to their days. Listen along and see if you recognize these renditions of famous jingles and tunes.

    Jason Schmidt and his wife Cory Jacobs, of Cottage 8 Films, have used their sons daily euphonium practice to add a rhythm to their days. Listen along and see if you recognize these renditions of famous jingles and tunes.

  • 3.26.20

    SCREEN SHOOT | PORTRAITS FROM AFAR BY WOLFGANG ZAC

    Wolfgang Zac creates new portrait series from afar during social distancing due to the current Covid-19 crisis.

    “We’re still free to do what we’ve always done, we just have to forge new ways.”

    --Wolfgang Zac

    At the heart of this project is creating with the resources you do have. Wolfgang tapped some of his favorite models and shot them remotely, using FaceTime and Skype. Styling was done remotely and lighting rigs were created using what was on hand. The images speak for themselves and touch on the duality of isolation and togetherness.

    Consistently unconventional, Wolfgang continues to challenge himself creatively. Never surrender, Wolfie.

  • 3.24.20

    "Far Away, So Close" By Joe Pugliese

    Joe Pugliese’s latest personal project evolved, like many of them do, out of a need to fill a gap between shoots. Far Away, So Close captures Pugliese’s friends from a safe distance in a series of black and white portraits. It also touches upon the universal changes we are all experiencing in the way we live. For him, it “doesn’t feel good to not take pictures” and focusing on a new project was important to establishing a new rhythm.

    Pugliese also chose his particular focus because he felt much of the work on social media was devoid of humans, featuring empty streets, etc. He wanted to create work that he felt was missing from the larger conversation. By focusing on human connection he aimed to quell his own, and hopefully others, anxiety.

    Those featured in the shoot were attracted to the sheer novelty of the concept and open to getting a bit of fresh air. The organic nature of the final shots result from the fact that Pugliese couldn’t get up close to direct. His current methods of working weren’t always viable for a shoot of this type and it pushed him to adapt. Challenges included shooting with a sport lens, to capture images from a distance, that not only magnifies the subjects but also vibrations.

    After shooting, Pugliese waited about a week before sharing on social media because he didn’t want his work to encourage others to go outside. However, upon sharing he was overwhelmed by the response of those inspired and uplifted by his work. People loved the work for the same reason he needed to shoot it — the undeniable humaneness of the images at a time when much of visual culture was taking people out of imagery.

  • 3.24.20

    Stephen Bliss for Undone | Moneyman Watches

    Stephen Bliss' latest collaboration with Undone on a series of Monopoly themed watches is going to make you want to pass go and collect your cash. After connecting with Stephen via Instagram, the client tasked him with reimagining the classic monopoly character Uncle Pennybags with a gangster twist. Stephen brought his signature style of illustration to the project and even drew a sexy girlfriend, covered in tattoos, for Uncle Pennybags. His work is also on the back of the watch, where he spliced together vintage monopoly scenes, from the past eighty years, to create humorously fresh scenes. 

  • 3.19.20

    ROMAIN LAURENT FOR LENOVO

    For his latest collaboration with Lenovo Romain Laurent captures stills and cinemagraphs with a fantastical edge. Romain lends his expertise at making the impossible look possible. The goal of this, and previous, collaborations is to create visual effects in camera as opposed to layering them on afterwards. For example, the bubble in that shot was actually a real bubble created by a giant bubble machine. 

  • 3.19.20

    ARTISTS IN THE BRONX: JASON SCHMIDT FOR NEW YORK MAG

    Jason Schmidt captures the studios of thirteen artist and makers in the Bronx. They all all have found space and community in a former paper-clip factory in Port Morris.

  • 3.19.20

    HOW THEY CREATE: DAVE HOMER X DOORDASH

    Recently, we caught up with Dave Homer about his last project for Door Dash. It was a big one, literally. The final mural was twelve stories high on Sunset Boulevard to be exact. Dave hails from Australia and starts every morning at the beach, surfing. Check out the video below with some BTS footage of his life. Once he's back home he begins to sketch for whatever project he's working on. Below you'll see the journey of Dave's work: from creative brief, to a spark of an idea, a few concepts and then finally a larger than life mural.

  • 3.8.20

    LAKWENA PARTNERS WITH ALICE + OLIVIA IN ANTICIPATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

    What’s better than an empowering message? One you can wear. Fashion brand Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet recently partnered with London-based artist Lakwena on a capsule collection for International Women’s Day.
     
    An avid art enthusiast, Bendet was drawn to the underlying message of ambition and empowerment in Lakwena’s work. The limited edition apparel capsule collection features Lakwena’s signature empowering statements, previously featured in large-scale murals, such as: “RAISE YOUR HOPES” and “LIFT YOU HIGHER”. The phrase are meant to combat the pessimism of the current sociopolitical climate.  
     
    Lakwena draws on her background in graphic design and her own personal experience to create vividly colorful designs. Bendet describes her work as “visual symbols of strength and optimism!” 
     
    Proceeds from the collection will benefit  Lifeway Netowrk’s mission to stop sex trafficking.
     
  • 3.4.20

    WEDNESDAY'S GIRL: A NEW PROJECT BY LIZ VON HOENE

    Recently, we caught up with photographer Liz Von Hoene and creative director Jillian Frey to talk about their latest collaboration, Wednesday’s Girl - a concept driven accessory story. The duo artfully depicts "a coquettish woman sitting at her petite secretary desk daydreaming of spontaneous adventures in the city. Her flair for the dramatic influences her discriminating choices in over-the-top accessories that appear in the most surprising ways”. Both the still imagery and motion content pop with color and playful finishes throughout for a decidedly quirky and whimsical aesthetic. Every creative element that went into each scenario "plays into her varying personas and emotions" and was methodically calculated in order to create cleverly chic and effortless content. 
     
    During our chat it became clear that there was also a second story to tell about the genesis of Wednesday’s Girl. A few years back Liz and Jillian worked together on a project for La Marca Prosecco's first ever brand campaign. They were tasked with transforming social occasions into scenario driven moments that demonstrated sensational ways to "make everyday sparkle" (scroll down to see images from this collaboration). Liz and Jillian felt this was some of their strongest most inspired work. Also, as Liz so eloquently put, “once you find a great tribe of creative people you want to work with them again and again”.
     
    A few years, many projects and a newborn baby later Liz and Jillian were both hungry for inspiration. They decided to lend their collective creative synergies to a new personal project, Wednesday’s Girl. It proves that “the joy of storytelling” can still be captured without the large budgets of commercial work. Shot entirely in studio, the magic of this project comes from re-inventing a simple scene while blurring the line between reality and fantasy. Although the backdrop remained consistent, strategic changes of fashion, accessories and props for each shot created a sense of excitement. This partnership underscores the importance of investing in personal projects and creating art for the sake of art. 
     
    Since wrapping on Wednesday’s girl Liz and Jillian have started work on a few other projects as well. We are excited to see what they come up with next. 
     
     
     
     

    Photographer/Director, Liz Von Hoene

    Creative Director, Jillian Frey

    Director of Photography, Nate Dorn

    Asst to Director of Photography, Nick Tabidze

    Wardrobe Stylist, Rebecca Weinberg

    Makeup Artist, Piper Von Hoene

    Hair Artist, Katie Ballard

    Prop & Set Designer, Katie Benson @ The Spin Style Agency

    Talent, Chloe @ MP Management Atlanta

    Producer, Claudia Bost

    Video Editor, Josh Sundby

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • 3.3.20

    PAOLA + MURRAY PHOTOGRAPH PUGLIA FOR TRAVEL + LEISURE

    Husband and wife duo Paola + Murray take us on a virtual vacation to Puglia Italy. They captured this top vacation destination for the March issue of Travel + Leisure. From hotels, to ancient architecture and local fare they show us the region has to offer.

  • 2.24.20

    AND HERE WE ARE: STORIES FROM THE SIXTH EXTINCTION, BIL ZELMAN'S NEW BOOK

    Bil Zelman’s latest book, And Here We Are - Stories From the Sixth Extinction focuses on the fragile relationship between nature and mankind. The series explores the negative impact of invasive species and the accelerated rate extinction today. By shooting at night the subject, ranging from insects to forests, are isolated from ‘mood lighting’ such as sunsets often present in nature photography. Zelman surrounds his subjects by darkness in order to underscore many organisms inability to adapt to the changing environment. 

    “Equally striking as it is meaningful, this powerful work is a critical reminder that the alarms are not ringing loudly enough for many of us to hear”

    — Alexandra Cousteau, National Geographic  Explorer 

  • 2.19.20

    PLEASED TO REPRESENT MARY FIX

    Fresh, modern and energetic; photographer and director, Mary Fix, seamlessly crosses over the worlds of fashion, beauty and portraiture. 

    Always in search of unique faces, Mary strives to challenge the idea and redefine what is ‘beautiful’. She often experiments with color and organic shapes in order to create fresh compositions. Regardless of the focus, her goal is always to empower her subjects and produce work that feels natural and effortless. Mary’s passion translates into an undeniable energy both on set and in her work. Comfortable creating imagery both in-studio and on location, she is based in New York City and also shoots regularly in Los Angeles. 

    Previous Commissions: 

    Editorial: Office, Vogue, Allure, L'Officiel, The Cut and Elle 

    Commercial Commissions: Blume, Thinx, Noom, Matrix and Colgate
  • 2.18.20

    POLYESTER STUDIO FOR TIFF: THE STORY OF TAIKA WAITITI

    Polyester Studio teams up with director Taika Waititi to create a short animation bringing to life ancedotes from his childhood in New Zealand. The animation is threee parts and combines animated illustrations and typography. 

  • 1.30.20

    PLEASED TO REPRESENT EVAAN

    Evaan Kheraj is a New York & Vancouver based photographer whose love for documenting spans decades and genres. With a background in new media, he has built a career on bringing fresh concepts and a sense of the real-world into all of his work. Whether it’s editorial, commercial, or fine art, Evaan’s adaptability, sincerity, and work ethic makes him the supreme collaborator. He’s an artist who’s always rallied against what’s common, developing a cohesive aesthetic that reflects just that. When not developing his craft and working on various projects, he’s documenting the lives of his wife and 3 children at home.

    Previous Commissions: Elle US, Teen Vogue, Kenneth Cole, Adidas, Warner Brothers Music, Bubly and more.

  • 1.30.20

    NEW WORK BY TARA DONNE: EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING

    Tara Donne's latest commissions remind us that entertaining is always in season and, furthermore, she can effortlessly conjure a visual feast . A seasoned pro behind the lens, Tara's competitions lend an editorial sensibility to commercial work. Each image goes beyond just featuring project and showcases a lifestyle or delights through unexpected motion. 

  • 1.24.20

    INSA X BOSE COLLINS FOR LA MER: YEAR OF THE RAT

    INSA and Bose Collins' latest commission work for La Mer supports the age old assertions that three creative minds are better than one. Mural Artist INSA partnered with U.K design duo Bose Collins, composed of Nin Bose and Nathan Collins, to create a CGI animation for La Mer. The result is equal parts fantastical, retro, and literally moving. Although the finished product may fool you, there were numerous technical hurdles to overcome for this project. Such as replicating the older animation style of the Victorian Zoetrope, using highly technical modern CGI programs. Bose Collins took much care, through shading, colorizing and texturizing, to ensure their version of Zoetrope felt authentic and also decidedly modern. The golden rat also went through many nuanced revisions until it struck the perfect balance between realistic and cute, without being too cartoonish. The multi-artist collaboration not only resulted in an exceptional animation, but was creatively refreshing for the artists. In the words of Nathan Collins: “it’s exactly what we do everyday, but we did it seamlessly with someone we’ve never worked with before”. 

  • 12.17.19

    ROSARIO DAWSON BY SHEPARD FAIREY FOR GREAT BOWERY

    Actress & Activist Rosario Dawson stopped by Great Bowery to get a closer look at her Shepard Fairey-created water tower portrait, and we filmed the auspicious occasion. The mural was created in part to spotlight the charity LES Girls Club, of which Rosario is on the board, and to promote an overall theme of “Power and Equality.” During a 90 minute conversation, the star spoke of her desire to once more collaborate with Fairey on topics like climate control and sustainability – a shared passion. A zine was also created to celebrate the theme of “Power and Equality.” Please emaillsp@greatbowery.com to receive a copy in the mail and make sure to watch the film with Rosario here (created by @chopemdownfilms).

  • 12.16.19

    PROJECT RUNWAY SEASON 18 BY JOE PUGLIESE

    B&A artist Joe Pugliese shot the promotional material for the new season of Project Runway. Including the faces of host Karlie Kloss and mentor Christian Siriano, among others, the promos pop with bright, bold colors and the words "Make it Fashion" sprawled across each image. Project Runway airs Thursday evenings on Bravo.

  • 12.11.19

    PLEASED TO REPRESENT LUCAS BENARROCH AKA MRKA

    Lucas Benarroch moved to New York in the early 2000s and began creating under the name MRKA. Versatile in both style and medium, Lucas is known for providing solutions to visual problems. His creative strengths include graphic design, illustration, motion, installation design, and, most recently, experiential creative direction.

    Lucas' work has been exhibited globally in galleries such as Wallplay and The Cooper Union. He has collaborated commercially with the likes of Harvard, HBO, NASA and WU-TANG. 

    MORE ABOUT UTILITY WRITERS

    "Utility Writers [is] a study of the symbols written by construction workers on the asphalt and sidewalks of the New York City streets between 2016 and 2018... Their sudden appearance on the streets. The endless possible interpretations of these symbols, and ultimately the individuals involved, who [write them]."

    MRKA REMINDS YOU TO...

    Do And Read. A  clever take on the vintage Duane Reade Pharmacy logotype, the project serves as a commentary on the big business of pharmaceuticals and their massive advertising budgets. In addition to promoting two fundamental activities in life, doing and reading. 

     

     

  • 12.10.19

    JASON SCHMIDT SHOOTS THE HOME'S OF DANIEL ARSHAM & URS FISCHER FOR ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST

    Jason Schmidt's two latest collaboration with Architectural Digest focused on the home's of visual artists, Urs Fischer and Daniel Arsham respectively. Both shoots feature bold colors, lush greenery and artistic finishes. His photography often includes a "wink", in the form of whimsical still life or a humorous lifestyle moment, that sticks with you. Whether he's on an editorial shoot or working on a commercial project, Schmidt excels at capturing both a physical space and the story it embodies.

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