AGONISTICA http://agonistica.com Fri, 22 May 2015 15:06:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 http://agonistica.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/agonistica3-549148cd_site_icon-32x32.pngAGONISTICAhttp://agonistica.com 32 32 The People You Meet at McDonald’shttp://agonistica.com/the-people-you-meet-at-mcdonalds/ http://agonistica.com/the-people-you-meet-at-mcdonalds/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 15:06:24 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=16966 Nolan Convay Studied photography and writing at Pratt Institute in New York City. His work has been published in Billboard Magazine, Time Out New York, The Boston Globe, Own Magazine and Bullett Magazine. He is based out of Brooklyn, NY. (via) MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS IN THE U.S.:14,000 NUMBER VISITED BY NOLAN CONWAY: Nearly 150 in 22 States PATRONS PHOTOGRAPHED: about 180

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TNT Campaign by Nadav Kanderhttp://agonistica.com/tnt-campaign-by-nadav-kander/ http://agonistica.com/tnt-campaign-by-nadav-kander/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 14:58:13 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=16351 Photographer: Nadav Kander Advertising Agency: Duval Guillaume Modem, Antwerp, Belgium Account Team: Dimitri Mundorff, Tuyen Pham Xuan Worldwide Creative Director: Erik Vervroegen Executive Creative Directors: Katrien Bottez, Geoffrey Hantson Art Directors: Koenraad lefever, Bastien Grisolet Copywriter: Dries Dewilde Art Buyers: Jean-Luc Chirio, Lauriane Dula Production: Elysian Fields / Gaël Cheval et Dorothée Lemaitre Photoshop artist: Asile

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‘Happy End': Miraculous Airplane Crashes where No Passengers Diedhttp://agonistica.com/happy-end-miracles-in-aviation-history/ http://agonistica.com/happy-end-miracles-in-aviation-history/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 14:53:23 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=15693 “‘Happy End’ is a photo-project about miracles in aviation history – 15 airplanes that had forced landings but ALL on board survived and were rescued from the remote locations. The planes remain abandoned in nowhere since 10-70 years. It’s part of my long term project ‘restwert’ (german for residual value) to document abandoned objects with fascinating backgrounds like cold war relicts, olympic sites, flooded churches, railroad tracks, never finished nuclear reactors, overgrown adventure parks etc.” (Support this project at Indiegogo) — This series – says the photographer Dietmar Eckell -is for me more than wrecks not worth to recover: it’s surreal – beautiful airplanes in vast landscapes with wonderful stories. ‘happy end’ is about heroes – the pilots who turned desasters into miracles, destiny – to survive a crash landing and get found in nowhere, time – crashed in seconds and then untouched for decades, space – even majestic airplanes can look lost in vast nature, ‘the end’ – while most get scrapped in junk yards – these found a place to ‘rest in peace’. It started with my interest in the visual disruption of nostalgic technology in endless landscapes – but soon i got hooked to these planes/stories and spent over two years […]

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Hurricane Sandy, a photo reportage – PART Ihttp://agonistica.com/hurricane-sandy-a-photo-reportage/ http://agonistica.com/hurricane-sandy-a-photo-reportage/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 14:48:09 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=2641 103 pictures to describe what was Sandy. After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage along the East Coast this week. Sandy made landfall in southern New Jersey and brought with it major flooding, travel disruption, structural damage, and power outages. New York City was especially hard hit. The storm system was so large ­– nearly 1,000 miles wide at times — it brought blizzard conditions to West Virginia and 20 foot waves to Lake Michigan. It is projected Sandy will have caused about $30 billion in damages in the United States. To date, the storm claimed more than 100 lives. (via Boston Big Pictures ) PART II PART III 1 / Flooded homes in Tuckerton, N.J., on Oct. 30 after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the southern New Jersey coastline on Oct. 29. (US Coast Guard via AFP/Getty Images) 2 / Cars floating in a flooded subterranean basement following Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 30 in the Financial District of New York City. The storm has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a ‘major disaster’ for large areas of the US East Coast including New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty […]

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Pirelli Calendar by Karl Lagerfeld, 2011http://agonistica.com/pirelli-calendar-by-karl-lagerfeld-2011/ http://agonistica.com/pirelli-calendar-by-karl-lagerfeld-2011/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 14:41:18 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=16175 2011 Pirelli calendar by Karl Lagerfeld, shooted in Paris. Models: Bianca Balti • Freja Beha Erichsen • Isabeli Fontana •Magdalena Frackowiak • Abbey Lee Kershaw •Lakshmi Menon • Julianne Moore • Heidi Mount •Natasha Poly • Anja Rubik • Elisa Sednaoui • Lara Stone • Iris Strubegger • Erin Wasson • Daria Werbowy• Jeneil Williams e Jake Davies • Baptiste Giabiconi • Sébastien Jondeau •Brad Kroenig • Garrett Neff Making Of Pirelli Cal 2011:

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Invisible Portraits of Celebritieshttp://agonistica.com/invisible-portraits-of-celebrities/ http://agonistica.com/invisible-portraits-of-celebrities/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 14:19:48 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=4790 Over the past two decades, Canadian photographer Chris Buck has made his mark by putting famous people in vaguely incongruous situations and snapping at just the right moment. His creative take on portraiture not only exposes an alternative side of his subjects, but it also leads to images that are themselves intriguing even sans celebrity. His new book, “Presence: The Invisible Portrait,” explores this notion. Rather than highlight the good looks of a host of household names, Buck has instead asked them to hide, for a collation of celebrity portraits where no celebrities are actually visible. “I like that the resulting photos are playful and intellectual at the same time,” he tells us. The laundry list of superstars in Buck’s book includes everyone from Kathy Griffin to Jay Leno, as well as some of his “favorites,” Günter Grass, Michael Stipe, Cindy Sherman and Russell Brand. Read on for more from Buck about “Presence,” and pick up a copy of the 112-page hardcover book from Amazon or Kehrer Verlag. Cindy Sherman Chuck Close David Lynch Jack Nicklaus Jay Leno Kathy Griffin Michael Stipe Nas Robert De Niro Russell Brand Snoop Dogg Weird Al Yankovic William Shatner What inspired you to make […]

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The Cal – Pirelli Calendar 2013 by Steve McCurryhttp://agonistica.com/the-cal-pirelli-calendar-2013-by-steve-mccurry/ http://agonistica.com/the-cal-pirelli-calendar-2013-by-steve-mccurry/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 14:17:29 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=4046 Steve McCurry shoot the new Pirelli Calendar in Rio De Janeiro with the models Adriana Lima (first pregnant model in Pirelli Calendar), Isabeli Fontana, Petra Nemcova, Sonia Braga, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Liya Kebede, Summer Rayne Oakes, Kyleigh Kuhn, Marisa Monte, Karlie Kloss, Elisa Sednaoui. The greatest visual magic is not otherworldly, witchy weirdness but rather an illumination of the everyday, when familiar things look marvelous. Streets and city walls and skies, in a startling derangement, begin to take on the irrationality of a dream. Because you recognize certain objects – the dog, the chair, the window – the other elements are more startling: what is that blaze of light, and what is that woman doing in the doorway? Tantalizing and suggestive, bleeding with color, the vision is given force through the visible presence of a power figure – in the case of these photographs, the beautiful woman, who dominates like a tropical priestess. In this epiphany of unexpectedness and delight, such beauty always beckons. It is impossible to see the Steve McCurry photographs of Rio and its people and not wish to be there. The magic of Rio, the city of high contrast, is something palpable, an uplifting luminosity that […]

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Muses: Lana Del Rey by 4 Big Photographershttp://agonistica.com/muses-lana-del-rey-photographed-by-5-big-photographers/ http://agonistica.com/muses-lana-del-rey-photographed-by-5-big-photographers/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 14:14:20 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=12624 Lana Del Rey, the contemporary icon of beauty, photographed by 4 Big Masters of Fashion Photography. 1) Lana Del Rey by Bryan Adams for Zoo magazine. 2) Lana Del Rey by Mario Testino for British Vogue, styled by Lucinda Chambers 3) Lana Del Rey by Mariano Vivanco for British GQ 4) Lana Del Rey by Simon Emmett for S Moda

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How will the new wave of wearable tech transform society?http://agonistica.com/the-effect-of-wearable-cameras/ http://agonistica.com/the-effect-of-wearable-cameras/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 14:01:10 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=13720 The Next Web about wearable cameras: “When lawmakers consider banning something before it’s even hit the market, it’s clear that it has the potential to be truly disruptive. However, a politician in West Virginia looking to ban the use of devices like Google Glass while driving is just the tip of an iceberg. Devices like Glass could well change society immensely over the next next few years. What devices are we talking about? Glass is the obvious flagship here, with its ability to snap and upload pictures and video live from a scene, not to mention its contextual alerts and the apps it can run but there’s theMemoto, too. This wearable camera is due to launch in the next few weeks, it will snap a photograph every thirty seconds throughout the day, candidly capturingwhatever the wearer is doing. While it’s nowhere near as advanced as Glass, it has a similar effect of introducing wearable, Internet-focused cameras into our daily lives, taking photos without the traditional cue of someone holding up and aiming a camera or smartphone to alert others nearby to the fact that an image was being captured. You may or may not object to government and police-controlled CCTV […]

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Sun City Seniors by Lucy Nicholson / Reutershttp://agonistica.com/sun-city-seniors-by-lucy-nicholson-reuters/ http://agonistica.com/sun-city-seniors-by-lucy-nicholson-reuters/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 13:57:50 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=9478 “In the United States in 1960, the average life expectancy (average for all races and sexes) was 69.7 years. In 2010, that number had increased to 78.7 years. How prescient it was for entrepreneur Del Webb, in 1959, to build Sun City, Arizona – the first active retirement community for the over-55? Webb predicted that retirees would flock to a community where they were given more than just a house with a rocking chair in which to sit and wait to die. Today’s residents keep their minds and bodies active by socializing at over 120 clubs with activities such as square dancing, ceramics, roller-skating, computers, cheerleading, racquetball and yoga. There are 38,500 residents in the community with an average age 72.4 years.”  Text by Paula Nelson, Boston Big Pictures. (via)

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Christopher Anderson, a Great Magnum Photographerhttp://agonistica.com/christopher-anderson-a-great-magnum-photographer/ http://agonistica.com/christopher-anderson-a-great-magnum-photographer/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 13:50:19 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=13160 Christopher Anderson was born in Canada in 1970 and grew up in west Texas. He first gained recognition for his pictures in 1999 when he boarded a handmade, wooden boat with Haitian refugees trying to sail to America. The boat, named the Believe In God, sank in the Caribbean. In 2000 the images from that journey would receive the Robert Capa Gold Medal. They would also mark the emergence of an emotionally charged style that he refers to as “experiential documentary” and has come to characterize his work since. Christopher is a member of Magnum Photos and is currently New York Magazine’s first ever photographer-in-residence.He is the author of two monographs: Nonfiction, published in 2003 and CAPITOLIO, published in 2009 by RM and named one of the best photography books of 2009/10 at the Kassel Photo Book Festival in Germany. In May 2012, his third book, Bleu Blanc Rouge will be released and SON is scheduled for release in spring of 2013.

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Bara Prasilova, Air Force and other workshttp://agonistica.com/bara-prasilova-air-force-and-other-works/ http://agonistica.com/bara-prasilova-air-force-and-other-works/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 13:32:14 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=7761 Graduated from The Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University, Bara Prasilova lives and works in Prague, her main focus is fashion, portrait and fine art photography. She won the Photographer of the year 2009 (Czech Grand Design), was one of the finalists of Hasselblad Masters Awards 2009 and became a Quiksilver Woman Ambassador. In Fotografic she presents through her photographs concrete 1970s discovered recently on one European island.

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Nasa Best Astronomy Pictures of the Dayhttp://agonistica.com/nasa-best-astronomy-pictures-of-the-day/ http://agonistica.com/nasa-best-astronomy-pictures-of-the-day/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 13:25:34 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=10669 ‘Astronomy Pictures of the Day‘ is an huge, daily archive of incredible beautiful images direct from Nasa. We selected our favourites. Enjoy the Space! Above: Curiosity Self-Portrait Panorama (Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS – Panorama by Andrew Bodrov) This remarkable self-portrait of NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover includes a sweeping panoramic view of its current location in the Yellowknife Bay region of the Red Planet’s Gale Crater. The rover’s flat, rocky perch, known as “John Klein”, served as the site for Curiosity’s first rock drilling activity. At the foot of the proud looking rover, a shallow drill test hole and a sample collection hole are 1.6 centimeters in diameter. The impressive mosaic was constructed using frames from the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and Mastcam. Used to take in the panoramic landscape frames, the Mastcam is standing high above the rover’s deck. But MAHLI, intended for close-up work, is mounted at the end of the rover’s robotic arm. The MAHLI frames used to create Curiosity’s self-portrait exclude sections that show the arm itself and so MAHLI and the robotic arm are not seen. Check out this spectacular interactive version of Curiosity’s self-portrait panorama. Infrared Orion from WISE (Image Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, UCLA) The Great Nebula in Orion is a intriguing place. Visible to the unaided eye, it appears as a […]

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Paolo Roversi Fashion Photographerhttp://agonistica.com/paolo-roversi-fashion-photographer/ http://agonistica.com/paolo-roversi-fashion-photographer/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 13:14:12 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=7106 Born in Italy in 1947, Paolo Roversi’s interest in photography was kindled as a teenager during a family vacation in Spain in 1964. Back home, he set up a darkroom in a convenient cellar with another keen amateur, the local postman Battista Minguzzi, and began developing and printing his own black & white work. The encounter with a local professional photographer Nevio Natali was very important: in Nevio’s studio Paolo spent many many hours realising an important apprenticeship as well as a strong durable friendship. In 1970 he started collaborating with the Associated Press: on his first assignment, AP sent Paolo to cover Ezra Pound’s funeral in Venice. During the same year Paolo opened, with his friend Giancarlo Gramantieri his first portrait studio, located in Ravenna, via Cavour, 58, photographing local celebrities and their families. In 1971 he met by chance in Ravenna, Peter Knapp, the legendary Art Director of Elle magazine. At Knapp’s invitation, Paolo visited Paris in November 1973 and has never left. In Paris Paolo started working as a reporter for the Huppert Agency but little by little, through his friends, he began to approach fashion photography. The photographers who really interested him then were reporters. At […]

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Eric Chang Photographer & Directorhttp://agonistica.com/eric-chang-photographer-director/ http://agonistica.com/eric-chang-photographer-director/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 12:59:46 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=14715 Eric Chang is a photographer and film director born in East Java, Indonesia. The son of a sculptor and a ceramic designer, he spent his early years in his parent’s workshop writing poetry, sketching with charcoals, and sculpting gypsum. As a young boy, Eric had a passion for music and learned classical piano when he was five years old. He later became a concert pianist when he was only ten and made his first recording at the age of twelve. As a teenager, Eric’s interest shifted back into the visual arts, but this time in fashion design. It was fashion that first led him into photography. He found his stepping-stone to pursue the medium of photography when viewing an exhibition by fellow Indonesian photographer, Indra Leonardi. One photograph in this exhibit titled “Madonna and Child” captured his imagination, and inspired him to use his dad’s old rangefinder camera. Eric held his first solo photographic exhibition four months before he finished high school. Following high school, Eric decided to attend the Art Center College of Design to pursue his passion in photography and imaging. At Art Center he also discovered the art of cinema, while continuing to experiment in photography. While […]

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Profoto Silver & Light, Part IVhttp://agonistica.com/profoto-silver-light-part-iv/ http://agonistica.com/profoto-silver-light-part-iv/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 12:40:29 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=6306 Even though every Profoto product was designed with a purpose, we encourage and support creatives who find new ways of using them. Ian Ruhter is one of those photographers. Ian uses powerful Profoto strobes to rejuvenate the old wet plates technique . He is currently traveling around his home country, photographing the places and the people who live there in this never-before-seen fashion. We will follow him on this journey in a series of articles, written by Ian himself. This is the fourth part, in wich Ian shows how to do wet plates with a Holga camera and Profoto strobes. Lights, toy camera, action! I was granted an opportunity. At the time I didn’t know it would lead to a major development in my photography. I was asked to participate in a show at the Lomography store in Los Angeles. The idea behind the project was to take six photographers and have them create photos with the Lomography cameras. Initially I thought it would be fun to make photos using regular film again. All of the sudden I had an idea. Would it be possible to create wet plate images with this camera? Once I had the camera in my […]

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Iceland aerial landscapes by Andre Ermolaevhttp://agonistica.com/iceland-aerial-landscapes-by-andre-ermolaev/ http://agonistica.com/iceland-aerial-landscapes-by-andre-ermolaev/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 12:38:27 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=1056 Beautiful colors in these aerial landscapes of Iceland from the photographer Andre Ermolaev.

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Herb Ritts, ten years agohttp://agonistica.com/herb-ritts-ten-years-ago/ http://agonistica.com/herb-ritts-ten-years-ago/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 12:32:33 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=2097 Herb Ritts, passed away on December 26th, 2002. Herb Ritts began his photographic career in the late 70’s and gained a reputation as a master of art and commercial photography. In addition to producing portraits and editorial fashion for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Interview and Rolling Stone, Ritts also created successful advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan, Gap, Gianfranco Ferré, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, Levi’s, Pirelli, Polo Ralph Lauren, Valentinoamong others. Since 1988 he directed numerous influential and award winning music videos and commercials. His fine art photography has been the subject of exhibitions worldwide, with works residing in many significant public and private collections. In his life and work, Herb Ritts was drawn to clean lines and strong forms. This graphic simplicity allowed his images to be read and felt instantaneously. They often challenged conventional notions of gender or race. Social history and fantasy were both captured and created by his memorable photographs of noted individuals in film, fashion, music, politics and society. Ritts was committed to HIV/AIDS related causes, and contributed to many charitable organizations, among them amfAR, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Project Angel Food, Focus on AIDS, APLA, Best Buddies and Special Olympics . He was […]

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