Skater/Photographer

Arto Saari is the second creative dude featured in Leica’s Let Us Roam series

The Oldest Living Things In the World

The book about Rachel Sussman’s project to “photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older” is out April 22nd.

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Klaus Pichler

Printables

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Ryan McGinley: Naked and Famous by Alice Gregory

In the beginning, Ryan McGinley was an outsider. He used his band of beautiful friends to create photographs—rarely not naked but never quite sexy—that he now calls “evidence of fun.” But in the past decade, McGinley’s vision has evolved and expanded into a tidal wave of influence, affecting the look of art, advertising, music videos, film, even Instagram—and making him arguably the most important photographer in America. So why are so many of us just learning his name?

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Whitney Hubbs

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George Hoyningen-Huene

Last Week…

We talked with Charlie Rubin about his photography

We pored over Geoff McFetridge’s drawings

We stopped by Nate Lowman’s Rave the Painforest opening

Nas, Q-Tip, and The Roots came together for some good music

and

Emilie Payet was our Muse

25 Grams: Todd Jordan

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Todd Jordan is a New York-based photographer

He can be followed on instagram at @todd_jordan

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Mitch Epstein

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Jed Devine

Underbellies

Aircraft photographs by Jeffrey Milstein

Picture Planes: An Interview with Charlie Rubin

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When you look at Charlie Rubin’s new book, Strange Paradise, you realize that the title is really perfect. While the images are striking and lush, full of interesting and beautiful visual flora and fauna, they have a sense of weirdness and unease. It’s the kind of imagery that requires time and pondering to notice all the nuances and cleverness going on behind the scenes. Charlie creates photographs and then takes them back to his studio, altering them in sometimes conspicuous, sometime subtle ways, giving the images an exciting and confounding physicality and confusing our assumptions about what a photograph is. The launching of Strange Paradise, which is out now on Conveyor Editions, will be celebrated tomorrow (4/10) at Printed Matter (complete with a custom window display by Charlie), and everyone should come.
 
Christian: Do you see yourself as a pure photographer in the classic sense, or something else? Your work, while very rooted in photography as a base, has obvious elements and layers of sculpture and painting.
 
Charlie Rubin: I guess I always start with a classic photograph and then build off of it if it feels right, so it’s a mixture of pure and something else. Recently though, I’ve been leaning toward the something else. Even though my work uses painting, collage and sculpture, I still see the final image as a photograph. I also include straight, unaltered, photographs in series and have side documentary or portrait projects. The medium is transforming fast, and it’s made me transform as an artist- a reaction to the utilitarian nature of it and how anyone can take a beautiful photograph these days. It happened naturally for me; I got bored with a lot of my own imagery because I didn’t find anything unique about it anymore, so I needed to find out how to bring meaning back in to my images.

My little sister showed me this app on her phone the other day where you can add light leaks and dust particles to your iPhone photos and I’m like, “Whoa, someone is turning in their grave.” My work is a reaction to these things, to the yearning for physicality, for something real and non-screen.
  
Tell me about how you came upon your process of moving the digital back into a physical realm. Did you have an “A Ha!” moment when you discovered a way to make something new with your photographs?
 
Like I said, it was a response to the feeling that my pictures were losing meaning. I could take the most awesome picture of a sunset with five rainbows and plants and beautiful people in front of it, but it just didn’t matter because I could open up my laptop and find five images just like it. I had to work with the medium and figure out how to convey my frustration and conceptualize this change in the visual cultural landscape surrounding me. It’s also a fantasy or escape from the monotony of imagery I was seeing and making.
 
At first I experimented with ink on my photos, influenced by graffiti and other mark-making techniques, and highlighting what I found important in the photo. I made a breakthrough some years later when I used inkjet ink on an inkjet print and everything came together.

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David Benjamin Sherry

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Ron Galella

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Pieter Hugo

Last Week…

We saw Pizza in the Wild

Japan at rush hour made us feel claustrophobic

We talked with Jason Nocito about his new book

We looked at pictures of palm trees

and

Daniela Lopez Osorio was our Muse

Weekend Watching: Chasing Ice (2012)

Directed by Jeff Orlowski

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.

25 Grams: Brian M. Cassidy

25 Grams is a feature that culls pictures from some of our favorite instagram feeds.

Brian M. Cassidy is a New York-based filmmaker and photographer

He can be followed on instagram at @brian_m_cassidy

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Bruce Gilden

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Mike Brodie

Captive Landscapes

A series by Daniel Kukla involving the interior environments for animals at 12 different zoos across the U.S and Europe.

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