AGONISTICA http://agonistica.com Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:21:20 +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 Flying Houses by Laurent Cheherehttp://agonistica.com/flying-houses-by-laurent-chehere/ http://agonistica.com/flying-houses-by-laurent-chehere/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:21:20 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=249 The animated feature film Up may have introduced the masses to the image of a house being whisked away into the sky, but France-based photographer Laurent Chehere expands on the visual with a variety of residential structures surreally captured in mid-air. The aptly titled series Flying Houses takes suburban homes and urban apartment buildings out of their defining neighborhood backdrops and places them floating amidst the clouds. The collection of photo manipulations really showcases the visual effectiveness of building design sans a disruptive environment. The levitating edifices each represent a different lifestyle dreamily gliding high above the surface. The series is said to be a metaphor for travel. While some journey into another land in the lap of luxury, others have to deal with the confines of flying coach. Sometimes being in such close quarters with a crying baby and a person with uncontrollable fits of coughing can feel like you’re trapped in a burning building.  (via)

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Katrina Bodrunova / Theory of Colourhttp://agonistica.com/katrina-bodrunova-theory-of-colour/ http://agonistica.com/katrina-bodrunova-theory-of-colour/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:17:26 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=14062 Theory of Colour is the portfolio of  the Moscow based photographer Katrina Bodrunova.

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James Chororos, Everydayhttp://agonistica.com/james-chororos-everyday/ http://agonistica.com/james-chororos-everyday/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:03:39 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=14651 James Chororos is a photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. He’s studied architecture, painting, graphic design, art history, and engineering. He’s designed at nearly every scale, from skyscrapers to websites, yet he was not the least bit surprised when he accidentally discovered that photography- the one area he hadn’t thought of pursuing- was the field he felt most connected with. His personal work is focused on the human relationship with space, landscapes, portraiture, and urban phenomena in and around New York City, and is recognized by it’s strong use of geometric forms and color. He accepts international commissions from clients in the areas of advertising, architectural photography, portraiture, and event photography. He obsesses over contemporary architecture and simple design, loves both the nostalgia of old technology and the innovation of modern technology, and hates when people don’t let him off of the subway before they try to get on.

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Fill of Love: Women and Foodhttp://agonistica.com/fill-of-love-women-and-food/ http://agonistica.com/fill-of-love-women-and-food/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:57:11 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=7343 In 2010 Anna Williams launched The Voracity, a project exploring themes of hunger, consumption and beauty through a wide range of styles and technique. Meant to push her on both creative and technical levels, each series explores a different visual approach and expands Anna’s personal vision. The project is a collaborative effort involving the work of a large network of artists, stylists and designers. Featured in the 2012 Photo District News photo annual, The Voracity continues to evolve and grow into an inspiring force of creative exploration.

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Lavender Chang Art Photography from Chinahttp://agonistica.com/lavender-chang-art-photography-from-china/ http://agonistica.com/lavender-chang-art-photography-from-china/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 09:47:38 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=14348 This series of Lavender Chang is about recording the time the person disconnected from the world. Each photograph represents one night. Does he/she still exists if the camera does not record his/her presence? Light and time alter his/her existence. It is absorbed into the environment. My photographs show the effects of time and movement, uncovering the abstract that is under our reality. They show the passage of time during his/her unconscious state passing. When the environment is constant and his/her body and the light are the only movement in the image, the bed becomes a stage. The person becomes a performer. These images are a performance created overnight as time passes around the sleeping body.

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Sleeping Outside by Laura Shillhttp://agonistica.com/sleeping-outside-by-laura-shill/ http://agonistica.com/sleeping-outside-by-laura-shill/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:16:36 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=39925 Laura Shill is a maximalist artist who makes work that is a collision of collecting, costuming, performance, installation and photography.  Using reclaimed textiles and laborious craftwork, and drawing upon early photographic practices and the hidden mother tintypes of the 19th Century, Shill reimagines the photographer’s studio as a feminine, domestic, bodily space where subjects reveal and conceal themselves for the camera.

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Marc Lagrange, a Fine Art Photographerhttp://agonistica.com/marc-lagrange-a-fine-art-photographer/ http://agonistica.com/marc-lagrange-a-fine-art-photographer/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:33:02 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=12349 Marc Lagrange ended his engineering career in the nineties to devote himself to his real passion : photography. He is now considered one of the most renowned photographers in Europe. Over the years, he has developed his own unique and recognisable style of capturing female beauty : razor sharp as well as cinematic. His photos combine the imagery of directors such as Wong Kar-Wai and the distinguished melancholic style of the elaborated photographs of New York’s Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Marc brings sensual femininity to a higher level, with many of his pictures mirroring a clearly sexual vibe without being explicit. They all breathe an intrinsic peace. Much like the work of his other sources of inspiration : Helmut Newton and – especially – Peter Lindbergh. He chooses models with great personalities that can be reflected in his pictures. Eyes and gestures can speak a clearer language than words, and it’s because of this that he loves to work with dancers, actresses or very experienced models. These choices, together with his lighting techniques, are responsible for the cinematographic look of his work. Marc always gets the best out of his models and is dedicated to exposing the pure beauty that inhabits all […]

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Clarissa Bonethttp://agonistica.com/clarissa-bonet/ http://agonistica.com/clarissa-bonet/#comments Sat, 18 Apr 2015 02:04:44 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=39914 Clarissa Bonet lives and works in Chicago.  Her current work explores aspects of the urban space in both a physical and psychological context.  She received her M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2012, and her B.S. in Photography from the University of Central Florida. Her work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and resides in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography’s MPP collection, The South East Museum of Photography, and The Haggerty Museum. Most recently she received the Chicago Individual Artist Grant and was curated into a group show at Aperture Foundation Gallery. Her work has been featured on CNN Photos, Feature Shoot, Lenscratch and many other notable online publications. (via Marco Wooster)

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UK Music Video Awards 2012 Winnershttp://agonistica.com/uk-music-video-awards-2012-winners/ http://agonistica.com/uk-music-video-awards-2012-winners/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:15:46 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=2981 M.I.A is the big winner at this year’s Music Video Awards, scooping three separate awards for her Bad Girls video. We’ve put together a selection of our favourite music video winners, and a full list of everyone who took home an award this year. M.I.A wins several awards this year, taking home Video of the Year, Best Pop Video and Best Styling for Bad Girls, directed by Romain Gavras and featuring some serious car stunts. Romain Gavras also wins Best Director. (via) Best Pop Video UK, in association with 4Music Best Styling in a Video Video of the Year M.I.A – Bad Girls Director: Romain Gavras, Producer: Khalid Tahhar, Prod co: Iconoclast, Commissioner: Michelle Ann for Interscope, Stylist: Hannah Edwards, Record co: Interscope / XL Recordings The Shoes win Best Dance Video UK and Best Editing, with their short film for Time to Dance, which features a surprise appearance from a murderous Jake Gyllenhaal. Best Dance Video UK, in association with Rudeye Dance Agency Best Editing in a Video, in association with Vanderquest The Shoes – Time to Dance Director: Daniel Wolfe, Producers: Lee Groombridge & Dougal Meese, Prod co: Somesuch & Co, Commissioner: Pierre Le Ny for Green United […]

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Remembering Lars Tunbjörk: Legendary Color Photographer of the Absurdhttp://agonistica.com/remembering-lars-tunbjork-legendary-color-photographer-of-the-absurd/ http://agonistica.com/remembering-lars-tunbjork-legendary-color-photographer-of-the-absurd/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:57:17 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=39899 Lars Tunbjörk with his pictures, whether they are verging on the surreal or the humorous, always captures the Swedish soul. Like many others of his generation, he started out working for the daily press, shooting in black-and-white, with a sharp eye and a playful sense of composition, filled with energy, smiling at the situations he encountered on streets corners and in the countryside. Tunbjörk then, looked to American color photography, which, essentially, changed the stakes of what had previously been limited to the utilitarian style of press photography. His deep understanding of the situation would be his starting point, it is color photography that he would explore as a sometimes venomous tool to capture the world around him. He established himself as one of the most important European color photographers of his time, and was followed, years later, by younger Scandinavian, German and British photographers who were always moved by the same radicality and despondency at the state of society.

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Big Air Package: Christo unveils largest indoor sculpture in the worldhttp://agonistica.com/big-air-package-christo-unveils-largest-indoor-sculpture-in-the-world/ http://agonistica.com/big-air-package-christo-unveils-largest-indoor-sculpture-in-the-world/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:50:03 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=13326 14 years after showing The Wall during the Emscher Park International Building Exhibition, Christo presented a new extraordinary work of art created especially for the Gasometer Oberhausen. The internationally acclaimed artist installed his Big Air Package inside the 117-meter-high industrial building. It is the largest indoor sculpture ever made. Big Air Package, Project for Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany was conceived in 2010 by Christo and will be on view from March 16 to December 30, 2013. The sculpture, which is installed inside the former gas tank, was made from 20,350 square meters of semitransparent polyester fabric and 4,500 meters of rope. The inflated envelope is 90 meters high and 50 meters in diameter. It has a total weight of 5.3 tons and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters. The Big Air Package nearly spans the distance from wall to wall of the Gasomter, leaving only a small passage to walk around the sculpture. Two air fans creating a constant pressure of 27 pascal (0.27 millibar) keep the package upright. Airlocks allow visitors to enter the package. Illuminated through the skylights of the Gasometer and 60 additional projectors, the work of art creates a diffuse light throughout the interior. Inside the sculpture, […]

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Tout doit disparaître by Jean-François Bocléhttp://agonistica.com/tout-doit-disparaitre-by-jean-francois-bocle/ http://agonistica.com/tout-doit-disparaitre-by-jean-francois-bocle/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:51:59 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=39892 Jean-François Boclé, Tout doit disparaître ! (Everything Must Go!), edition 1/3 + 1 AP, 2001-2015, installation, blue plastic bags, (HD polythlene, thickness 18/20 microns, 54 x 30 x 14 cm each), variable number and dimensions (here: Several hundreds thousands of bags during the six months of the exhibition). Jean-François Boclé was born in 1971 in Martinique where he lived his first 15 years. He is based in Paris. After his studies in Modern Literature at the Panthéon Sorbonne University, he was trained between 1992 and 1998 at the ENSBA Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Bourges, and at the ENSBA Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts of Paris.

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Inside Abbey Roadhttp://agonistica.com/inside-abbey-road/ http://agonistica.com/inside-abbey-road/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:37:37 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=39886 Inside Abbey Road makes it possible for anyone around the world to step inside the iconic Abbey Road Studios the spiritual home of British Music and follow in the footsteps of musical legends. Explore the rooms, discover stories, historic images and videos, and play with innovative Abbey Road equipment.

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India Song by Karen Knorrhttp://agonistica.com/india-song-by-karen-knorr/ http://agonistica.com/india-song-by-karen-knorr/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:44:03 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=14182 Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s. She finished her education in Paris and London. Karen has taught, exhibited and lectured internationally, including at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The University of Westminster, Goldsmiths, Harvard and The Art Institute of Chicago. She studied at the University of Westminster in the mid-1970s, exhibiting photography that addressed debates in cultural studies and film theory concerning the ‘politics of representation’ practices which emerged during the late 1970s qnd early 1980s. She is currently Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey. Karen Knorr produced Belgravia (1979-1981) a series of black and white photographs with ironic and humorous texts that highlighted aspirations, lifestyle and the British class system under the neo liberalist Thatcher era in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Her most well known work called Gentlemen (1981-1983) was photographed in Saint James’s clubs in London and investigated the patriarchal conservative values of Britain during the Falklands war. Karen ’s work developed a critical and playful dialogue with documentary photography using different visual and textual strategies to explore her chosen subject matter that ranges from the […]

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Where People Run in Major Citieshttp://agonistica.com/where-people-run-in-major-cities/ http://agonistica.com/where-people-run-in-major-cities/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 12:38:25 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=39877 “There are many exercise apps that allow you to keep track of your running, riding, and other activities. Record speed, time, elevation, and location from your phone, and millions of people do this, me included. However, when we look at activity logs, whether they be our own, from our friends, or from a public timeline, the activities only appear individually. What about all together? Not only is it fun to see, but it can be useful to the data collectors to plan future workouts or even city planners who make sure citizens have proper bike lanes and running paths. Ever since I saw Nikita Barsukov map running traces in a handful of European cities, I wondered what the paths looked like for others. A lot of people make their workouts public on a variety of services, so there’s definitely accessible data. I use RunKeeper for cycling. I sampled from there. The maps above are what I got, mostly for American cities, but there are a few European cities in there too (alphabetical order). If there’s one quick (and expected) takeaway, it’s that people like to run by the water and in parks, probably to get away from cars and the scenery. […]

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Chicago’s Freezing Firehttp://agonistica.com/chicagos-freezing-fire/ http://agonistica.com/chicagos-freezing-fire/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:02:22 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=9159 Last year, a huge vacant warehouse on Chicago’s South Side went up in flames. Fire department officials said it was the biggest blaze the department has had to battle in years and one-third of all Chicago firefighters were on the scene at one point or another trying to put out the flames. Complicating the scene was the weather — temperatures were well below freezing and the spray from the fire hoses encased everything below in ice, including buildings, vehicles, and some firefighting gear. The warehouse was gutted, but the fire was contained. Fire crews remain on the scene as some smaller flare-ups continue to need attention. (Via)

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True story of the Doisneau’s Kisshttp://agonistica.com/true-story-of-the-doisneaus-kiss/ http://agonistica.com/true-story-of-the-doisneaus-kiss/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 07:54:41 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=11900 If I should make a list of my ten favorite photos of all times (and sooner or later I’ll do a post on this) in the first place, with no doubt, I would place the Doisneau’s Kiss, aka “Baiser de l’Hotel de Ville.” The story of this photo is unbelievable: it was taken in 1950 in Paris, for a work commissioned by Life magazine, for the “Rapho” agency, where Robert worked. It was reportage about the lovers of Paris, and when it was published was not even selected as the main photo! It has remained a symbol of love for decades, being considered a shot stolen from city life. During 1993, the couple portrayed in the photo, Francoise Bornet and Jacques Carteaud, sued Doisneau for taking the photo without their permission. Robert was thus forced to admit that the two were not a pair of lovers, but two aspiring actors aged 20 and 23, paid off with the original prints of the photo. Denis Curti, the director of the Italian agency Contrasto, said that Doisneau admitted to him that he had reconstructed the whole scene, including pedestrians and a seated man, like in a movie set. In short, it wasn’t […]

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Gravity-Defying Shots Created Using a Featureless Roomhttp://agonistica.com/gravity-defying-shots-created-using-a-featureless-room/ http://agonistica.com/gravity-defying-shots-created-using-a-featureless-room/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:42:05 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=973 For its 2010 lookbook, Swedish fashion brand Courtrai Apparel created some gravity-defying shots of a guy floating in a featureless room. Rather than use fancy computer trickery, they used the same perspective trick as the Carl Kleiner project we shared a couple days ago. Basically, they built a tiny room using five large wooden boards, stuck random objects (e.g. guitar, shoes, speakers) to one of the walls on the side, and then used that wall as the “ground” in the shot. The photographs were used in diptychs, with the other halves showing a closeup view of the shirts being worn. You can find a couple more photos from this series over on Facebook.

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