82 portraits

David Hockney’s exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London ’82 portraits and 1 still life’ brings out another side of the artist. Having dedicated the last few years to landscapes of his birthplace Yorkshire, he now turns his attention back to California, creating portraits of various friends who visited his studio. With just …

Hipsters Naked

Ryan McGinley has a new show ‘Yearbook’ features 500 nude portraits on vinyl, plastered on every available bit of wall space at Team Gallery in the Lower East Side. As is typical with his work the nudes featured are strangely un- titillating. Their bodies are presented in all their beautiful imperfection mainly against colorful backgrounds. …

Just add John

I’m sure many of have looked at some of the classic photographs of the last 100 years and thought if only these fabulous pictures could feature iconic actor John Malkovich how much better they would be. Well it looks like photographer Sandro Miller was reading our minds because he’s actually recreated some of the world’s …

The Magic of Musardo

Following in the footsteps of KyleThompson and the Benetels, 19-year-old Giulio Musardo is the latest photographer to breathe new life into the self-portrait with his surreal, fantastical digitally manipulated images that are going down well on flickr. He describes each picture as ‘representing a parallel world where time stands still’. Personally, I think of them …

Small Trades

What we do for a living occupies the largest part of our lives. Only sleep comes close. Some are lucky enough to do something of monumental consequence in their work but most of us just play a small part in keeping the world ticking over. Such is the lot of the men and women who …

Go Figure

Traditional life drawing and figurative oil painting has long been considered a fusty 19th century art forms. In his pictures Manchester based artist Mark Demsteader proves otherwise. There is something graceful, intimate and sensual about his images of contemplative female beauty that prove you don’t have to be abstract or conceptual to be contemporary. They …

The Face of the Age

For nearly twenty years Mark Story has been travelling the world taking pictures of centenarians. In that time he’s amassed over 15,000 portraits. Rather than take pictures of his subjects in their environment Story has chosen to shoot just the face on a deep black background and lights to emphasize the subjects wrinkles, which when …

Fleur du Mal

Sayaka Murayama is a London based Japanese photographer with a thoroughly distinct look and feel. She definitely utilizes her heritage to create startlingly avant-garde images. The work sort of reminds me a little of her countryman Araki and fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, while at the same time feeling utterly unique. Flowers and nature seem to …

‘Say Cheese, Mr. Fox’

It seems Tim Flach isn’t alone in taking distinctive animal portraits. Morten Koldby has had as similar idea and has done a series of shots depicting the almost human expressions of our animal cousins. It’s almost as if these animals were children going to have their photos taken by the school photographer.