Spotlight: Giacomo Fortunato Follows His Interests to Success
Brooklyn-based photographer Giacomo Fortunato received his first camera from his father in high school - a 35mm Konica. The high school specialized in the arts, and Fortunato spent much of his time playing jazz and printing photos in the school's darkroom. Photography, he says, spoke to him in a way trigonometry never could. He ended up earning his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, and today he approaches photography as something to be incorporated into daily life, operating under a simple guideline: Follow what interests you and trust that the rest will come naturally. "Most of my photos are spontaneous and happen organically," he says.
Spotlight: A Romp Inside The Puzzling World of Skittles
Before you can taste the rainbow, you have to solve the rainbow: That, more or less, is the premise behind a spec commercial for Skittles created by Brooklyn-based director, editor, and special-effects artist Eren Gulfidan. The ad, which features Lloyd Kaufman - founder of Troma, the independent film production company responsible for cult-favorite horror films including "The Toxic Avenger" and "Class of Nuke 'Em High" - turns a Rubik's Cube competition into surreal candy encounter. "I've always loved Skittles commercials for their bizarre humor," says Gulfidan, a past winner of the International Motion Art Awards.
The Q&A: Joe Whang
Q: Originally from South Korea what are some of your favorite things about living and working in the New York area? A: I lived in Seoul, South Korea till 2010. In the summer of that year, I came to New York to study art. New York has much to see. I like wandering around the city, especially West Village and Upper East Side, watching people and the cityscape. I like those two neighborhoods because there are many elderlies, which is the main subject of my work. To me, elderlies in New York ...
Mexican Horsemen by Anja Bruehling
The sport is a living history, notes Anja Bruehling: "During the Charreada -- contemporary Mexican rodeo -- contending teams show off ranching skills," she says. "Horses are agile, well-tempered and execute the commands of their charros, who wear traditional riding suite and wide-brimmed sombreros as part of the cultural iconography like bronco riding and roping." Bruehling, a documentary photographer based in Chicago, has worked in more than 70 countries, documenting diverse cultures. Her images of Mexican horsemen earned her a spot among the winners of the Latin American Fotografia 5 competition. We feature the series today.
Illustrator Profile - Monika Aichele: "Keep your mind free and inspired"
Monika Aichele is a Munich, Germany-based illustrator and designer. She has lived and worked in New York, Barcelona, and Berlin, and currently spends time in Mainz teaching illustration at the University of Applied Sciences. Aichele works in a variety of styles, including ink and acrylic as well as screen printing. An illustrator for publications in Europe and the United States, she recently completed work on an illustrated book, Paradise of False Birds. Another outstanding recent project was a series of giant inflatable monkeys, created for Stefan Sagmeister.
The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say
"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.