AGONISTICA http://agonistica.com Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:56 +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 Bullfighter’s Comebackhttp://agonistica.com/bullfighters-comeback/ http://agonistica.com/bullfighters-comeback/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:56 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=10000 World Press Photo 2013, Observed Portraits, 2nd prize stories, Daniel Ochoa de Olza. Juan Jose Padilla, a 38-year-old Spanish matador who is also known by his professional name of ‘the Cyclone of Jerez’, lost sight in one eye and has partial facial paralysis after a terrifying goring. Five months after his injury, he returned to the bullring.

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Paths by Ruben Brulathttp://agonistica.com/paths-by-ruben-brulat/ http://agonistica.com/paths-by-ruben-brulat/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:37:05 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=17281 “Strangers that would be encountered along the way and willing to give themselves away to nature, resulting in a peregrination from more than a year, from Europe to Asia by land only, through Iraq, Iran, onto Afghanistan, Tibet until Indonesia, Japan and Mongolia.  Ruben Brulat searched for more far away lands, the unknown, in Paths, performing sometimes in welcoming sand, sometimes in the harsh snow, the just encountered fellows would let themselves go, opening their senses. Embracing everything that surrounds them. Ephemera intensity before saying, often, goodbye to each other forever. Placing the bodies of people there in part with these accidental and dramatic landscapes, like the trees, the rocks or the black sands of Gunung Bromo. A narrative constructed only by the randomness of the encounter, places and body, meeting with utopia and hope in these only suspended moments. Bodies of people that became friends, performing, not without difficulties, leaving wounds, marks, and souvenirs from a time before heading towards different paths, after sharing one for a while.”

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Massimo Vitali Photographer & Artisthttp://agonistica.com/massimo-vitali-photographer-artist/ http://agonistica.com/massimo-vitali-photographer-artist/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:18:31 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=1534 Massimo Vitali is one of my favourite photographers, and it’s incredible to know that his career as artist start from a stolen camera in Milan. Here an interesting interview.  

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Searching for Sugar Man: Documentary Partially Shot on iPhone Wins Oscarhttp://agonistica.com/searching-for-sugar-man-documentary-partially-shot-on-iphone-wins-oscar/ http://agonistica.com/searching-for-sugar-man-documentary-partially-shot-on-iphone-wins-oscar/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:55:52 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=10886 “Searching for Sugar Man” won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature tonight at the 85th annual Academy Awards, making it the first time a film that was partially shot with an iPhone has won the prestigious award. Director Malik Bendjelloul said that he had run out of money while making the movie and had to film his remaining shots with his iPhone and the 8mm Vintage Camera App. The iPhone and app’s performance were so impressive to Bendjelloul that he re-shot footage playing on his laptop screen with the app. This isn’t the first time directors have used iPhones to shoot films, but it’s an important milestone that shows that footage shot with phones and apps are good enough to be recognized at the highest level and not distract from the overall quality of the film. (Via) > Download the App: 8mm Vintage Camera – Nexvio Inc. Interview with Director Malik Bendjelloul

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Jewelry by Peter Lippmanhttp://agonistica.com/jewelry-by-peter-lippman/ http://agonistica.com/jewelry-by-peter-lippman/#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:28:50 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=17915 Peter Lippmann is a still life photographer, born in New York, but has been living and working in Paris for 30 years. well known in the advertising world, he is represented in France, Italy and the US. He speciales in still life photography, but he has always been very fond of landscape and portraits. He collaborated with the most famous brands, such as: Cartier, Audemars Piquet, Furterer, SFR,SNCF, Louboutin……) and is regularly published in magazines such as Vogue, the New York Times, Marie Claire(FR), and Le Figaro. He also signed the photographs of the book ‘ Les Vertus des Plantes’ by les Editions du Chene. This fabuluos series of medicinal plants have been exposed at: the Barry Singer Gallery in Petaluma in California.

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Boris Ovini So Sexyhttp://agonistica.com/boris-ovini-so-sexy/ http://agonistica.com/boris-ovini-so-sexy/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 22:18:38 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=6789 Photographer Boris Ovini was born in a small town in east of France in the early 80’s. He was first introduced to photography when he was 16, taking pictures of student’s demonstrations in Paris. He moved to Paris two years later, and earn a degree in photography from the Lycee d’art Auguste Renoir. After completing schooling, Boris started to work in the fashion industry. He currently works as a fashion photographer for various magazine such as Citizen K, Plastique magazine, Exhibition, Poster and Vanity Fair. His commercial clients include Givenchy, Mini cars, & Emmanuelle Khanh.

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Desert Air by George Steinmetzhttp://agonistica.com/desert-air-by-george-steinmetz/ http://agonistica.com/desert-air-by-george-steinmetz/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 22:05:31 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=4574 Best known f­or his exploration photography, George Steinmetz sets out to di­scover the­ ­few remaining secrets in our world today: remote deserts, obscure cultures, the mysteries of science and technology. A regular contributor to National Geographic and GEO Magazines, he has explored subjects ranging from the remotest str­etches of Arabia’s Empty Quarter to the­ unknown tree people of Irian Jaya. For the past fifteen years George has been working on a somewhat obsessive project to photograph all of the world’s hyper arid regions. The idea came to him when he started flying his motorized paraglider over the Sahara in the late 90s, and has taken him to 27 countries plus Antarctica. What he found on this oddyssey was a collection of co-evolved landscapes, like a disparate family, with each desert having unique variations on the common dry-land features of sand dunes, salt lakes, and wind erosion. He also discovered the highly developed strategies that allow man, vegetation, and wildlife to endure on the outer limits of survival. This portfolio is a small selection of this work that is appearing in George’s latest book, Desert Air.

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Google Declares war on the passwordhttp://agonistica.com/google-pilot-project/ http://agonistica.com/google-pilot-project/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 22:01:09 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=7745 Google is running a pilot project to see if these USB-based Yubico log-on devices might help it solve the password problem. Want an easier way to log into your Gmail account? How about a quick tap on your computer with the ring on your finger? This may be closer than you think. Google’s security team outlines this sort of ring-finger authentication in a new research paper, set to be published late this month in the engineering journal IEEE Security & Privacy Magazine. In it, Google Vice President of Security Eric Grosse and Engineer Mayank Upadhyay outline all sorts of ways they think people could wind up logging into websites in the future — and it’s about time. 2012 may have been the year that the password broke. It seemed like everyone on the internet received spam e-mail or desperate pleas for cash — the so-called “Mugged in London” scam — from the e-mail accounts of people who had been hacked. And Wired’s own Mat Honan showed everyone just how damaging a hack can be. The guys who hacked Honan last August deleted his Gmail account. They took over his Twitter handle and posted racist messages. And they remote-wiped his iPhone, […]

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Photo of the Day: The Fragrance of A Flowerhttp://agonistica.com/photo-of-the-day-the-fragrance-of-a-flower/ http://agonistica.com/photo-of-the-day-the-fragrance-of-a-flower/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:54:31 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=6610 The photographer Michele Sutton says about this incredible shoot: “No photoshop (I don’t even own one)….in fact, no editing at all. This is simply a squirrel reacting to a flower which I placed on our deck. After sniffing it, he ate the entire flower. However, just before that happened I snapped this pic.”

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Courts by Ward Robertshttp://agonistica.com/courts-by-ward-roberts/ http://agonistica.com/courts-by-ward-roberts/#comments Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:49:37 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=1669 The culmination of a four-year project documenting sporting courts and fields across the globe, Courts, the debut book by Australian photographer Ward Roberts, is filled with colour-drenched images that operate as both playful documentary studies and intriguing formal propositions. Tracing similar thematic ground to Paris-based photographer Giasco Bertoli, whose book Tennis Courts(Nieves, 2009) described abandoned courts amid European woodlands and suburbia, Roberts instead hones his focus to the dense urban landscape. Whether set against a backdrop of Hong Kong’s pastel high-rises and smog-filtered light, London’s manicured garden beds and quaint architectural details, or the concrete and brick palette of Melbourne and New York, Roberts’ photographs prove striking for their linear properties and architectural contexts. At the core of the work, however, Roberts frames the court as a kind of “neutral zone” – a site of “shared experience and understanding” that harbours the potential to transcend cultural and socio-economic circumstance. BIO Ward Roberts was born in Australia before spending much of his childhood living in Hong Kong. He relocated to Melbourne in 1994, where he graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts in photography (2008). He has since garnered national and international recognition as an emerging artist. He won the Xto […]

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App Of The Week: Camera+ On Salehttp://agonistica.com/app-of-the-week-camera/ http://agonistica.com/app-of-the-week-camera/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:46:19 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=6850 Camera+ 0,99$ ON SALE! BUY NOW BEFORE THE PRICE GOES UP! Camera+ is amazing on the iPhone 5. We put those extra pixels to work, and everything happens at lightning speed. See what we did there? Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or someone who’s barely touched a camera, Camera+ will make you love taking photos. Everybody has a creative side… Camera+ will help bring that creativity out in you, all with a fun, innovative, and beautiful design. ★ EXCLUSIVE Touch Exposure & Focus for the ultimate control… Set exposure separately from focus for the ultimate control of your shots… simply touch with a 2nd finger while focusing to adjust exposure until your shot is perfect. ★ EXCLUSIVE Photo Flashlight to brighten up your photos… Use the iPhone 4 LED flash as a continuous fill light to improve photo quality, especially for portrait and macro shots. ★ No more blurry shots… Use the stabilizer to steady your camera and get the sharpest pics you can. ★ Put an end to crooked pics… Use the grid to line up your shots and eliminate unsightly angled photos. ★ Highest quality zoom… Camera+ has a 6× digital zoom that simply blows away the competition […]

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Society for Community Organization: Cubicle Dwellershttp://agonistica.com/society-for-community-organization-cubicle-dwellers/ http://agonistica.com/society-for-community-organization-cubicle-dwellers/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:24:55 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=10557 Hong Kong ranked as the most livable city by The Economist. Over 100,000 people live in cubicle apartments in Hong Kong. Divided up from already small apartments, these rooms are only about 40 square feet. From resting to cooking, all activities take place in these tiny spaces. While our city seems prosperous, many people still live in unacceptable conditions. Please scan the QR code and send your petition to the government. Find out more at soco.org.hk and make a change. Advertising Agency: Publicis Hong Kong Executive Creative Director: Mark Birman Creative Directors: Kwong Chi Kit, Terry Cheng Art Directors: Kwong Chi Kit, Dave Ho Copywriters: Terry Cheng, Kerwin Choy Photographer: Benny Lam Retoucher: Henry Chan

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Large Format Film for Corporate Brochurehttp://agonistica.com/large-format-film-for-corporate-brochure/ http://agonistica.com/large-format-film-for-corporate-brochure/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:11:52 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=2965 The Photographer Milton Morris describe his last work: “I teamed up with Luquire George Andrews, an ad agency in Charlotte, NC, to create four images for a corporate brochure for Lincoln Harris, a commercial real estate company with properties in 26 states. LGA wanted to feature b/w photographs of executives in Lincoln Harris’ properties. We started by scouting locations in Charlotte to determine which would work best. We also had to decide what time of day to schedule each location. Next, we reviewed models from several agencies. They would portray our executives in each set up. Finally, we had to schedule our shoot days around the availability of the locations and models. (via)   The first shot was on a balcony with the city’s skyline as the background. We were mostly in the shade of the building, but I knew the sun would move up and around the building before we completed the shot. So my assistants set up a Matthews 12×12 overhead frame with an artificial silk to soften the direct sun. We placed two large Chimera banks with Profoto heads to camera left and one medium bank over the camera for fill. The image was shot with a […]

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David Bellemere: Fashion & Eroticismhttp://agonistica.com/david-bellemere-fashion-eroticism/ http://agonistica.com/david-bellemere-fashion-eroticism/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:10:13 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=5079 David Bellemere discovered his love for photography in school. His great interest led him to study at an Art School in Paris where he saw photography more in its conceptual form. He then decided to spend 2 years in Thailand and returned with a clear idea of what he wanted to develop in his work: natural light, architecture, mixing feminine sensuality and fashion in order to produce these ‘eroticized’ yet gracious images. When he returned to France, David started getting commissioned by various international and French magazines… Today he still works for Italian Marie Claire, French Playboy, Flaunt and Vogue UK whilst developing his personal work and working on advertising campaigns such as Hermès. Now is resident photographer @ Treats Magazine.

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Skindeep by Julien Palasthttp://agonistica.com/skindeep-by-julien-palast/ http://agonistica.com/skindeep-by-julien-palast/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 21:00:06 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=13847 Julien Palast is a french photographer and Skindeep is ‘a study on the body-object, ephemeral sculptures of the human form. Instant bas reliefs reminiscent of classic imagery.’

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The Silence of Dogs in Cars by Martin Usbornehttp://agonistica.com/the-silence-of-dogs-in-cars-by-martin-usborne/ http://agonistica.com/the-silence-of-dogs-in-cars-by-martin-usborne/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 20:33:49 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=14431 Martin Usborne says about his beautiful project: “I was once left in a car at a young age. I don’t know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside a supermarket, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don’t matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. The fear I felt was strong: in a child’s mind it is possible to be alone forever. Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals – in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I saw a TV documentary that included footage of a dog being put in a plastic bag and being kicked. What appalled me most was that the dog could not speak back. I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard. When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. In a sense, I was attempting to go back inside my car, to re-experience what I couldn’t bear as a child. What […]

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Alain Delorme’s Totemshttp://agonistica.com/alain-delormes-totems/ http://agonistica.com/alain-delormes-totems/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 20:20:13 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=5640 French photographer Alain Delorme‘s series Totems features the acrobatic stacking feats of Shanghai’s bikers. Delorme explains that the “cardboard and chairs seem to be the new totems of a society in transformation, both the world’s factory and new Eldorado of the market economy.” The series of photographs are not presented in a documentary style. Instead, Delorme plays with color editing to create an “augmented reality” that “puts light on the paradoxes of the most dynamic city in China.” Are the images showing reality? We asked the photographer. The “totems” are augmented and stacked using photoshop. From Alain Delorme, “Somehow yes. They show the reality of the migrants and their small jobs, the reality as well of the expansion of Shanghai, with all these skyscrapers rising up. It is some kind of augmented reality though: you do see these workers carrying their impressive loads throughout the city. I just exaggerated the piles to draw the attention to them, while still trying to remain believable. There are also some incoherent details left on purpose, to encourage questioning on what is true or not. For instance, one of the workers drives with flowers in front of his eyes. How could he do that in real life?” (via)

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9/11 Street Crossings Live For Todayhttp://agonistica.com/911-street-crossings-live-for-today/ http://agonistica.com/911-street-crossings-live-for-today/#comments Thu, 11 Jun 2015 20:05:50 +0000 http://agonistica.com/?p=149 Miami Ad School has marked the 12th anniversary of the 2001 September 11 bombings with a series of patriotic American flag crosswalks in New York City symbolizing unity and remembrance. Placed in Soho, the financial district, and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the crosswalks have the American flag painted with spray chalk, connected with the words, “Live For Today 9/11″. “We want to honor the memories of those lost on that tragic day,” said a spokesman for the group, “But we also want to remind people that living in fear of what might happen is no way to live. Live for today.” (via)

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