JASON SCHMIDT FOR INSTYLE | THEY ♥️ NEW YORK
Jason Schmidt’s latest cover story for Instyle magazine's September issue pays homage to New York City, while also serving as a quintessential example of art reflecting the times in which we live. Back in April, he and Lizzy Oppenheimer, Deputy Photo Director at Instyle, began searching for a building to photograph in reference to Ormond Gigli’s famous picture, “Girls in the Windows.” Schmidt was the ideal collaborator, not only because he’s adept at shooting fashion portraits and large groups, but also because he was able to lend his experience, as a documentarian of artists.
They selected The Candy Factory, a building converted into a haven for artists and owned by Ann Balentine. The combination of the unique space and concept provided a vital opportunity to visually capture the enduring sense of community during quarantine. Further, it allowed all involved to abide by the rules of social distancing. Schmidt’s work depicts the Candy Factory as much more than just a building, but instead, a colorful collective full of vibrant ideas and creative individuals.
SERGE SEIDLITZ FOR BRAHMA BEER | KNOW YOUR CAN
In the last few months, drinking responsibly has taken on a whole new meaning. Serge Seidlitz partnered with Brahma’s beer to create eighteen original stickers, included in every six pack. These colorful character stickers provide a clever solution to knowing which can is yours and ensure your beer is popping with personality.
NEW WORK BY THE SELBY
The Selby’s latest spots for both Michaels and Kellogs speak to his innate skill for storytelling. The collaboration with Michaels especially, focused on makers, spoke to Selby’s passion for exploring people and the spaces they inhabit. Selby focused on what the talent does and loves in order to forage an inmate connection which translated into an easy naturalness in the final cut.
For his work with Kellogs, Selby was also tasked with telling a story, but with the added challenge of shooting remotely. Shot over Zoom, Selby and team were able to streamline the process through careful pre-production planning. Such as, finding DPs with great spaces and families that were willing to be talent. This maintained a sense of normalcy even while shooting in circumstances of the new normal.
FOUND STUDIO X VIZIO
Found Studio collaborated with VIZIO’s creative agency PARTNER to create ‘The Wonder of OLED,’ a film to accompany the launch of their first OLED TV. They created numerous abstract screen visuals to help showcase the extraordinary detail, clarity, vivid color and contrast on the new TV. The home the TV is featured in as is beautiful as the TV itself. With an ultra-modern ‘gallery-esque’ feel it balances artistry and craftsmanship.
Pleased to Represent Hairstylist, William Scott Blair
William’s style is nothing short of unique. Drawn to hair for it’s social implications in culture, He gains his inspiration from a fascination with how hairstyles have evolved based on region and political climate; thus navigating the medium of hair through an almost encyclopedic knowledge of looks decades past and present. First and foremost however, he is focused on making whoever sits in his chair feel like their most authentic selves.
Since moving to New York City in 2010, he has worked on over ten runway seasons assisting visionary stylists, Jimmy Paul, Guido Palau, Laurent Phillipon, and Anthony Turner on shows such as Alexander Mcqueen, Celine, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, Opening Ceremony, and Marc Jacobs. He has also styled Brooke Shields, Kimbra, Melanie Martinez and Neeko Case.
Commercial & Editorial Collaborators: Adidas, Blanc, the Coveteur, Editorialist, Hunger, Ladygunn, Schon, & Vogue Mexico
INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR EMERGING TALENT
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PARALYMPIC ATHLETES | PATRIK GIARDINO FOR CITI
Like the rest of the world, we're patiently waiting for the now 2021 Olympic Games and to see the full campaign that Patrik Giardino shot last year for Citi: stills and motion of forty-four Paralympians in Dubai & Los Angeles. The recently released spot above promotes Citi’s ongoing partnership with The National Disability Institute. It provides the first glimpse at some of the exciting action imagery captured, showcasing an impressive range and power, skill and fearless determination.
Inspired by each athlete, Giardino aimed to shift perceptions of those with disabilities by utilizing a documentarian style of shooting. He rose to meet challenges, such as limited time with talent, scorching temperatures and the difficult task of creating cohesive imagery across multiple shoot locations, lighting conditions and for various platforms. Giardino’s tireless energy behind the camera was matched by each athlete’s deep passion for their individual sport.
TRAVEL TO PUGLIA WITH PAOLA + MURRAY
At a time when international travel isn’t an option, we’re leaning on husband and wife duo Paola + Murray to take us on virtual vacation. Their latest work for Travel & Leisure magazine captures the vibrant shades and cultural richness of the Puglia. Skilled at shooting a variety of subjects, their work allows us to truly eat with our eyes. Showcasing not only mouthwatering cuisine, but also regional vistas, colorful characters, and architecture that blends rich history with modernity.
VAULT49 | AWARD WINNERS
VAULT49 brings home two awards. A SILVER DBA from the Design Effectiveness Awards for the design of the limited edition Baileys Strawberries & Cream Limited Edition. Another, from the Design Week awards for the design of Smirnoff’s Spicy Tamarind flavor.
Capturing Simple Pleasures with Liz Von Hoene
Liz Von Hoene's whimsical outlook on life is often captured in her images. So when Refinery29 asked her to photograph her new normal, the challenge was to find silver-lining moments during a time when there’s so much uncertainty in the world. Von Hoene documented simple luxuries: coffee in bed on Saturday mornings, outdoor movie nights, family yoga in the living room, and lazy afternoons outside (in which she discovered that four-leaf clovers really do exist). It’s not about being the perfect mom, the perfect partner, or having the perfect routine: it’s about experiencing little bursts of joy amid the chaos, seeing the magic within the mundane.
With three recent campaigns under her belt, Liz Von Hoene is ready to provide safe and creative solutions for your next project.
PLEASED TO REPRESENT YETY AKINOLA
A woman of many talents, Yety Akinola is a stylist, fashion editor, and costume designer. Originally from London with West African roots, she began her career in menswear at MR PORTER before adding womenswear to her repertoire at Cosmopolitan magazine. Soon moving onto editorialized advertising, commercials and fashion campaigns; while assisting Allure Creative Director, Paul Cavaco.
Yety isn’t afraid to experiment with patterns and incorporate unexpected clashes of colors, textures and shapes. Inspired by her heritage, abstract art and love of art films; she always aims to craft a compelling narrative with her work. Curating unique and dynamic stories through both her print and motion collaborations. She currently splits her time between New York, Los Angeles and London.
Prior Collaborators: Adidas, American Eagle, Harper's Bazaar, Ikea, Macy's, NBC, Netflix, Nike, Vogue
THE PERFECT PEACH | PAOLA + MURRAY FOR MARTHA STEWART LIVING
Paola + Murray shot the cover for Martha Stewart Living featuring great peach forward recipes for summer. Read the full story here.
KAI & SUNNY'S COVER ART WINS AWARD IN APPLIED ARTS MAGAZINE'S DESIGN ANNUAL
Kai and Sunny win an award in the Applied Arts Magazine Desing Annual. They won for the cover of The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer. Art direction by Gigi Lau.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT | MCBESS
Mcbess is a French illustrator currently living in London. His illustrations often center on a surrealist world full of musical and food references. He is inspired by old cartoons, contemporary shapes, symbols and type. He is the third member of Doods in Berlin and a musician in a band, The Dead Pirates. Prior collaborators include: Guinness, Nike, Jack Daniel, Converse, Mercedes-Benz, and Ray Ban.
MAGNUS MÅRDING FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Photographer Magnus Mårding captures architect Andreas Martin-Löf's own apartment, in a restored 1936 building, for The Wall Street Journal.
COOKING AT HOME WITH TARA DONNE
Tara Donne's latest work for Bacardi, The New York Times, and Food & Wine makes us want to eat with our eyes. Donne's an ace at shooting from home, solo (food styling herself in a pinch) or with a lean crew. Both her editorial and commercial commissions pop with color while still feeling unique to the specific project.
PLEASED TO REPRESENT KINGSLEY NEBECHI
We are pleased to Represent Kingsley Nebechi a Nigerian graphic designer, illustrator and artist based in London. He’s crazy for comics, fanatic about film and inspired by African art. An alum of @ilovedust he is no stranger to collaborating with brands such as Nike, IBM and Red Bull, among others. He’s also cultivated a large portfolio of personal work and collaborated with fellow artists such as Lauryn Hill, Akala and Stormzy.
VAULT49 SMIRNOFF COLLABORATION WINS BEST PACKAGING AT THE 2020 DESIGN WEEK AWARDS
We're pleased to share that Vault49's collaboration with Smirnoff won in the Best Packaging - 2D Grapghics category.
"A well-rounded entry that showed real understanding of the audience. A sophisticated
production that brought the Day of the Dead imagery to a whole other level.”
MARY FIX (VIRTUALLY) FOR VICTORIA BECKHAM BEAUTY
Quarantining has not stopped the world completely. For the launch of Victoria Beckham Beauty's new product, "Golden", photographer and director, Mary Fix, shot the campaign safely from her home studio via FaceTime. Working with three models across the globe, Mary created beautiful imagery with the same fresh and dynamic energy she would in person.
JOHN LEGEND BY JOE PUGLIESE FOR BRITISH GQ
Joe Pugliese shot John Legend for British GQ. By manipulating the lighting, he accentuated the hues of the clothes and crafted boldly colorful portraits. Legend was so pleased with the images that they were used for the press around his upcoming album, Bigger Love.