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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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Q&A with photographer Frank Hallam Day

Q&A with photographer Frank Hallam Day | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Alongside exhibiting, self-taught photographer Day also teaches photography in several educational institutions in the US. He majoured in social science at the University of Chicago, and went to complete a masters in sociology at UC Santa Barbara. Formally a State Department employee, Day travelled extensively, being stationed in Africa for much of the time, during which he continued to work as an artist, predominantly painting. He has found success with series including Ship Hulls and RV Night, and continues to work on personal projects internationally.

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The Polaroids of Balthus

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'Balthus – The Last Studies' is an undisclosed corpus of nearly two thousand photographs produced during the last ten years of the painter’s life. They are the preliminary studies for his last three major paintings. His hands incapacitated by old age, Balthus resorted to the camera as a sort of prosthesis, at once eye, hand and pencil, thus reassuming the mysterious ritual of sketching, for him the one and only way to approach and define the mental image from which the painting’s composition would proceed. As a substitute for drawing, these never before seen photographs fully participate in the slow, painstaking practice which had been Balthus’s for nearly a century. As such, they give a major insight into the painter’s endless quest of beauty.

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These Psychedelic Paintings Were Made Entirely From Code

These Psychedelic Paintings Were Made Entirely From Code | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

If you’ve ever jammed your finger into a LCD screen just for the guilty pleasure of seeing the bloom of color that results, you’ll have some point of comparison for the strange beauty of Adam Ferriss’ most recent artworks. Each of them looks a little bit like a display under some sort of duress — a techno-psychedelic mix of splattered pixels and and jarring, broken bands of color. Some are dense with activity; others fade gently like a strange virtual sunset. The one thing they share? They’re all made entirely with code.

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27 Stunning Works Of Art You Won't Believe Aren't Photographs

27 Stunning Works Of Art You Won't Believe Aren't Photographs | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

These incredible works of art will have you questioning your eyes. 

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Mirrored Photographs Combined with Watercolor by Fabienne Rivory

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French artist Fabienne Rivory creates these unusually beautiful images by working with mirrored photographs and watercolor paints. Rivory has been making artwork that blends paint and photography since 2007, a process she likens to the exploration of memory versus reality. Her most recent series titled Miroir is well worth a look, and prints are available here.

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Elaborate Light Painting Photography

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Can’t afford those expensive studio lights for you photography set-up? Why not use flashlights? That’s what a group of photographers did to create some stunning images for the new social media site HeartStories. Production designer Rachael Currie came up with the idea to solely use flashlights to paint the scene, and with a long exposure and a couple of people running around waving flashlights, it was a success.

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Becky Poisson's curator insight, April 9, 2013 11:20 AM

Pretty darn clever!

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'Sign Painters' Documentary Explores The Dying Art Of Signage Design (VIDEO)

'Sign Painters' Documentary Explores The Dying Art Of Signage Design (VIDEO) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In 2010, filmmakers Faythe Levine and Sam Macon began documenting the creative minds and steady hands that pioneered the sign painting craft. The doc comes at as important a time as ever, since the underappreciated artistic field and classic American pastime faces an uncertain future due to cheaper and more efficient alternatives to the handmade technique.

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Photographer Mixes Watercolor Elements Into Her Images to Stunning Effect

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What’s the best thing about a 365 project? Some would say it’s that you develop the habit of shooting every single day. Others that you develop your skill because you’re shooting more than you probably ever have. But for photographer Aliza Razell, the best thing about a 365 project is the ability to experiment.

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Stunning Photographs Inspired by Edward Hopper Paintings

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Although Richard Tuschman enjoys going to the theater, he is slightly more attracted to the sets and lighting than to the drama unfolding on stage.

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Soviet-era erotic alphabet book from 1931 [Советская эротическая азбука 1931 года]

Soviet-era erotic alphabet book from 1931 [Советская эротическая азбука 1931 года] | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Reproduced here are a bunch of scans from a fascinating erotic alphabet book printed in the Soviet Union circa 1931, made to combat adult illiteracy. By the sculptor and future People’s Artist of the USSR Sergei Merkurov [Сергей Меркуров], no less.

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Arturo Vega Painter and Graphic Designer Dies In New York

Arturo Vega Painter and Graphic Designer Dies In New York | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Arturo Vega, painter and graphic designer best known for his logo for the Punk band The Ramones, has died at the age of 65. Vega also designed some of their early album covers, as well as the now iconic logo for the bands T-shirts at their concerts. The design was inspired by the US Presidential seal which caught his eye, after a trip to Washington DC. Vega was never paid royalties for the design, which he sold to Sire records, a subsidiary of Warner Bros music. The T shirts sold in the millions and Vega never benefited from the intellectual property, an ongoing thorn in his side till the end.

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Hand-painted typography on vintage saws - useful for extracting extra budget from clients.
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Renaissance Portraits Re-Imagined As Realistic Photographs by Mark Abouzeid

Renaissance Portraits Re-Imagined As Realistic Photographs by Mark Abouzeid | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Award-winning photographer Mark Abouzeid has re-imagined paintings from the Renaissance era photo-realistically, giving us a new perspective from which to view art from the past. 
Turning the flat dimensions of the old paintings into fascinating images with life-like features and details, Abouzeid has “defined a new direction for photography using the past to redefine the present and inspire the future”.

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