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Selected news about graphic design, photography, film studies and media & interaction design for CV students at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland)
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Photographer Brian Finke traces the “birth of booze” with his series for National Geographic

Photographer Brian Finke traces the “birth of booze” with his series for National Geographic | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The brief was to unravel the origins of alcohol and led to the photographer travelling for four months around Peru, Germany, the Republic of Georgia, China and the USA. In the mag, the story explores the idea of how alcohol has been a “prime move of human culture” which has fuelled “the development of arts, language and religion” since its beginnings 9,000 years ago.

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From admirer to employee: The New York Times Magazine designer Ben Grandgenett 

From admirer to employee: The New York Times Magazine designer Ben Grandgenett  | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Ben Grandgenett grew up in Wahoo, Nebraska, a small rural town in the Midwest. Over 1,000 miles New York, Wahoo never received The New York Times Magazine, the publication Ben now works at as a designer.

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David LaChapelle takes on Trump's wall with flamboyant Diesel campaign, Make Love Not Walls

David LaChapelle takes on Trump's wall with flamboyant Diesel campaign, Make Love Not Walls | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

David LaChapelle has directed and photographed the Diesel SS17 campaign, Make Love Not Walls, taking aim at Trump's proposed wall between the US and Mexico and the societal divides it represents. David famously worked with Diesel on its iconic 1995 campaign showing two sailors kissing, which at the time was one of the first big-budget ad campaigns to depict a gay couple in this way.

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Thank you M. President! 

Thank you M. President!  | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, The Eye of Photography proposes to rediscover this magnificent series of portraits shot in 1980 by Lisa Jack featuring President Barack Obama, still a young student at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

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Michael Cimino obituary

Michael Cimino obituary | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

American director and screenwriter who had a huge hit with his 1978 film The Deer Hunter, but a disastrous flop with Heaven’s Gate two years later.

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Aperture magazine #223 Vision & Justice 

Aperture magazine #223 Vision & Justice  | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Aperture magazine #223, “Vision & Justice” addresses the role of photography in the African American experience, guest edited by Sarah Lewis, distinguished author and art historian.

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Yale University Releases 170,000 Incredible Photos Of The Great Depression

Yale University Releases 170,000 Incredible Photos Of The Great Depression | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In a database called Photogrammar, Yale has just released 170,000 searchable photos of the Great Depression. Previously stored away in the government archives, these are the unseen images taken by great photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and Arthur Rothstein, all of whom were assigned by the Farm Security Administration to document the effects of the declining economy on the population.

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Meryl Meisler : Purgatory & Paradise, Sassy '70s Suburbia & The City

Meryl Meisler : Purgatory & Paradise, Sassy '70s Suburbia & The City | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Meryl Meisler's Purgatory & Paradise: SASSY '70s Suburbia & The City juxtaposes intimate images of home life on Long Island alongside NYC street and night life – the likes of which have never been seen. Quirky, nostalgic and a bit naughty, it’s a genuine cultural capsule of a decade that captivates today’s generation. The photos and stories illustrate Meryl’s coming of age: The South Bronx, suburbia, The Mystery Club, dance lessons, Girl Scouts, the Rockettes, the circus, school, mitzvahs, proms, weddings, gay Fire Island, the Hamptons, feminists, happy hookers, CBGB, Punks, Disco, After Hours and Go-Go Bars, Jewish and LGBT Pride, street life, home theatrics, holidays, friendship, family and love. She had to photograph it all to make sense of it, hold onto the time, release and now finally share it. The ’70s were sassy, but also sweet, and so was Meryl.

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Death of Mary Ellen Mark (1940 - 2015)

Death of Mary Ellen Mark (1940 - 2015) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

On May 25th 2015, the american photographer Mary Ellen Mark passed away at the age of 75. She was all about the work. I had discussed the possibility of doing a workshop for our 9th festival last year with Mary Ellen. She wanted to teach for us but was unable to make it work in her busy schedule for 2014.

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Alec Soth: Songbook

Alec Soth: Songbook | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Alec Soth presents a vision of contemporary American community life tinged with melancholy and wry humor, reveling in the space between sincerity and satire.

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Photos that changed the world #9 Law of the Gun

Photos that changed the world #9 Law of the Gun | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

George Silk’s gangland slaying shot marked the beginnings of photography’s relationship with TV.

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Lewis Baltz, Famed Photographer of Post-War Sprawl, Dies at 69

Lewis Baltz, Famed Photographer of Post-War Sprawl, Dies at 69 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Lewis Baltz, a photographer famed for his stark images of the built environment, died on November 22 at age 69, after what's been reported as an extended illness. Baltz was a leader in the "New Topographics" movement, a turning point in 1970s landscape photography.

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DAVID MAISEL/BLACK MAPS: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime

DAVID MAISEL/BLACK MAPS: American Landscape and the Apocalyptic Sublime | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Composed of large-scale photographs, this exhibition leads the viewer on a hallucinatory journey through David Maisel's landscapes, who is represented by Ivorypress. The show, curated by Lisa Tamiris, features four chapters of Maisel's larger ongoing series titled Black Maps and will be open to the public until 20 December 2014.

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Vivian Maier Estate Brings Lawsuit Over Sales of Her Work 

Vivian Maier Estate Brings Lawsuit Over Sales of Her Work  | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Battles have broken out over the rights to the estate of Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier; a court case has been filed in Chicago.

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The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result

The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Illustrator and founder of Tan & Loose Press Clay Hickson and illustrator Liana Jegers have launched a monthly publication The Smudge. The Smudge with its 60s bubbled typeface masthead looks back to a generation of underground newspapers and is produced in reaction to the US presidential election results.

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Tucker Viemeister proposes Nazi-style logo for Donald Trump

Tucker Viemeister proposes Nazi-style logo for Donald Trump | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Tucker Viemeister has designed a logo for Donald Trump based on Nazi insignia to reflect the billionaire’s “racist hate mongering.

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JOHN CHIARA’S CAPTIVATING VISTAS

JOHN CHIARA’S CAPTIVATING VISTAS | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
John Chiara is devoted to the contact print, for this is is the only way he can evoke the expression he is after. Having realised early on that too much information was lost in the darkroom enlargement process when using standard size negatives, he set about developing his own equipment and processes. The resulting large format box cameras he has created enable him to produce the images he wants, if even the unwieldiness of the equipment means it needs hauling round on a flatbed trailer. Chiara’s working method consists of physically entering the camera, instinctively manoeuvring the photographic paper, and using his hands to burn and dodge the image to his liking.
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Milton Glaser: we talk drawing, ethics, Shakespeare and Trump with the graphic design legend

Milton Glaser: we talk drawing, ethics, Shakespeare and Trump with the graphic design legend | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Milton Glaser is ready to talk ethics. It’s not the first time, either. Ours is one of a few recent interviews with the graphic designer and creator of the _I ❤ NY_ logo, in which he addresses some of the moral demands of his trade – questions of whether graphic design ought to compromise its integrity for the sake of meeting a client’s demands. On the subject of advertisers and the designers who work for them, Glaser is clear. “Your obligation is to the client, and not necessarily the public. In some cases, you’re encouraging people to buy things that they don’t need, or encouraging them to move in a direction that does not serve them. Frequently in advertising – and PR and journalism as well - we have to persuade people to do things that we don’t really believe in and that they don’t really believe in. Should you participate in something that encourages people to do something that is not good for them? I consider that a core question for journalists and practitioners of graphic art, but it’s too frequently overlooked because it is too painful to answer."

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Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête

Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Mickalene Thomas, known for her large-scale, multi-textured, and rhinestone-encrusted paintings of domestic interiors and portraits, has also identified the photographic image as a defining touchstone for her practice. Thomas first began to photograph herself and her mother as a student at Yale—a pivotal experience for her as an artist. While working across multiple series, much of her photographic work functions as a personal act of deconstruction and reappropriation—both of images she has created herself and images she has singled out as influence. With each series, she grapples with and asserts new definitions of beauty and inspiration. 

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Death of Harold Feinstein (1931 - 2015)

Death of Harold Feinstein  (1931 - 2015) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Harold Feinstein, master photographer and renowned teacher, died in his home on Saturday, June 20, 2015. His wife Judith Thompson was at his side. Feinstein was born in Coney Island Hospital in 1931 of Jewish immigrant parents. He began photographing in 1946 at the age of 15 by borrowing a Rolleiflex from a neighbor and heading straight to Coney Island. Certain of his calling as an artist, he dropped out of school at the age of 16 and became the youngest member of New York’s historic Photo League in 1949.

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Taos, New Mexico: the lost album of Dennis Hopper

Taos, New Mexico: the lost album of Dennis Hopper | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Drugstore Camera feels like a stumbled-upon treasure, a disposable camera you forgot about and only just remembered to develop. Yet in this case the photographer is Dennis Hopper and the photographs are never before published. Shot in Taos, New Mexico, where Hopper was based following the production of Easy Rider in the late 60s, the series was taken with disposable cameras and developed in drugstore photo labs.

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Tom Bianchi : Fire Island Pines Polaroids 1975-1983

Tom Bianchi : Fire Island Pines Polaroids 1975-1983 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Bianchi’s Polaroid images document the people, parties, and shared moments that defined Fire Island summers during those years, providing an intimate look at the Pines, a small close-knit gay beach community fifty-seven miles from New York City. The beautiful austere barrier island became a haven for the emerging gay community.

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How Tomi Ungerer became an outcast in America

How Tomi Ungerer became an outcast in America | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In the second part of this exclusive essay Tomi recalls the moment his love affair with New York soured.

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grandparents get their game on in the golden years series by dean bradshaw

grandparents get their game on in the golden years series by dean bradshaw | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

in his two part series 'the golden years', LA-based photographer dean bradshaw has captured hilarious scenes of elderly men and women in the midst of super sport.

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travis purrington proposes radical redesign of US dollars

travis purrington proposes radical redesign of US dollars | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

travis purrington has proposed an updated monetary system for the unites states, where the country's technological and environmental feats are emphasized.

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