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Inspired by the great Andy Warhol, eccentric photographer David LaChapelle has created a surreal and boundless world where women are pictured swinging from crystal chandeliers, squashed by giant hamburgers and half-swallowed by sharks. Renowned for the wild imagination and erotic charge of his images, LaChapelle has become the hottest photographer of the moment, and celebrities are tripping over themselves to be made immortal by him. In New York roads are closed when his gallery opens a new exhibition, and in Italy he is known as ‘the Fellini of photography’. Featuring the artist’s shots of Justin Timberlake, Pamela Anderson and Elton John, this documentary follows LaChapelle while he works, exposing how and why his photographs come together. It tracks the input of his creative entourage as they transform studio surroundings, and delves into LaChapelle’s complex sources of inspiration, as he grapples with the brutally commercialised and profoundly pornographic industry which he both embodies and satirises with one click of his shutter.
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Conrad Ventur discusses the nature of his practice, the motives and foundations behind his seminal work “13 Most Beautiful.” The process required an implicit responsibility to represent those stars of Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests without exploiting them as people.
Philippe Halsman (2 May 1906 – 25 June 1979) was an American portrait photographer. He was born in Riga in the part of the Russian Empire which later became Latvia, and died in New York City. Halsman’s prolific career in America included reportage and covers for every major American magazine. These assignments brought him face-to-face with many of the century’s leading statesmen, scientists, artists and entertainers.
1. Garters (1939) 00:00:00
2. Vivien Leigh (1946) 00:00:09
3. Dali Atomicus (1948) 00:00:16
4. Jean Cocteau with actress Ricki Soma and dancer Leo Coleman (1949) 00:00:24
5. Marlon Brando (1950) 00:00:31
6. Pregnant girl (1950) 00:00:39
7. Voluptas Mors (1951) 00:00:46
8. Salvador Dali (1953) 00:00:54
9. Ava Gardner (1954) 00:01:01
10. Marilyn Monroe (1954) 00:01:09
11. Selman Waksman (1954) 00:01:16
12. Marilyn Monroe (1959) 00:01:24
13. Richard Nixon (1959) 00:01:31
14. Edward Albee (1961) 00:01:39
15. Salvador Dali book signing (1963) 00:01:46
16. Salvador Dalí in bed (1964) 00:01:54
17. Sammy Davis Jr. (1965) 00:02:01
18. Anjelica Huston (1968) 00:02:09
19. Woody Allen (1969) 00:02:16
20. Self Portrait (1950) 00:02:24
21. Alfred Hitchcook (1963) 00:02:31
22. Andy Warhol (1968) 00:02:39
23. Dali and Rhinoceros (1956) 00:02:46
24. Albert Einstein (1947) 00:02:54
25. Self-Portrait (1950) 00:03:01
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Maurice Berger is a writer, cultural historian, and curator whose work focuses on the intersection of race and visual culture. He is research professor and chief curator at the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Race Stories, his monthly column, for the Lens section of the New York Times, explores the relationship of photography to concepts and social issues about race not usually covered in the mainstream media. His writings have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Aperture, Village Voice, Brooklyn Rail, Pen America, Wired, National Geographic, and the Los Angeles Times. His books include White Lies: Race and the Myths of Whiteness (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999), a finalist for Horace Mann Bond Book Award of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, Harvard University, and For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights (Yale, 2010). Berger has received honors and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Association of Art Museum Curators, International Association of Art Critics, as well as an Emmy Award nomination. For his work on Race Stories, he was awarded the 2014 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation ArtsWriters Grant.
Andy Warhol has become such an icon that a photo of his medicine cabinet is expected to fetch at least $6,000 on April 10 at Sotheby’s. The photo — and another showing Warhol’s wig, glasses and Longines watch — was taken by David Gamble, who spent eight days shooting in Warhol’s East 66th Street townhouse in 1987 before it was sold. Gamble was given access to Warhol’s lair by the artist’s executor, Fred Hughes, who hoped Gamble’s photos, featured in the Observer in London, would boost prices at an upcoming auction of Warhol’s estate, which turned out to be a huge success. The Brit, a rock drummer before turning to photography, told me from his home in New Orleans that it was difficult to capture a ghost. He was happily surprised to find no one had emptied the shelves stuffed with cosmetics and medicines. “You can’t get more voyeuristic than a medicine cabinet,” Gamble said. Share this:
This is an iPad oil study using Procreate on the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. It is a study of a famous photograph by Yousef Karsh. This one took me 10.5 hours to get it to this stage.
Karsh (1908-2002) is a Canadian and has made some of the most iconic portraits in photography of all time, including the likes of Sir Winston Churchill, Einstein, Picasso, and Andy Warhol, to name a few.