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For Fortune Cookie/Photographer: Le Pinch Martin Tremblay

For Fortune Cookie/Photographer: Le Pinch Martin Tremblay | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

For Fortune Cookie, photographer Martin Tremblay, also known as Pinch, turns the fashion world upside down, literally. As part of a shoot commissioned by London-based Schön! Magazine, he captures models floating, their heads planted on an overturned floor. Though the planet is jarringly inverted, normal life continues unchanged while fantastical female muses clad in Dolce & Gabbana, Marie Saint Pierre, and Givenchy adapt to a reverse gravitational pull. Here, the world of fashion and the mundanities of the everyday exist both in harmony and in conflict, moving in opposite directions and yet unified under a single, vibrant aesthetic.

Fortune Cookie was researched over the course of two years and created with more than one hundred and sixty hours of meticulous retouching in collaboration with Visual Box. Styling was done by Pascal & Jérémie. In this magical realm, the imaginative mind runs free, suspending rational thought if only for a moment. 

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To see Fortune Cookie  : Click on "Fashion" button, then "Editorial" and "Fortune Cookie"

 

Gear: Canon 5D MARK II

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Claudia Fano's curator insight, February 5, 3:24 PM

This is a creative way of showing conflict and unity in the world of fashion.

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Courage in the face of brutality | Photournalist: Ulises Rodriguez

Courage in the face of brutality | Photournalist: Ulises Rodriguez | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

The clock on the wall marked four in the morning. It was a cold and wet Saturday in July, but I was sitting in the warm offices of El Salvador’s Red Cross. Suddenly, the relative calm and silence in the emergency unit was interrupted when the phone rang. The loud noise made me jump. The phone operator said: “What is your name? If you don’t identify yourself, we can’t help you.”

 

I went to the operator and asked him what was happening. He said that there had been a report of a woman who had been beaten, raped several times and then left for dead in a ditch. He said that they would take her to hospital because of the severity of her injuries and I asked to go along.

 

When I got to where she had been found, I saw a woman dressed in a baby blue dress that was dirty all over, with a face disfigured by the blows she had received. She was disoriented and her gaze seemed lost in a void. She kept on repeating that her name was Claudia (...) - Ulises Rodriguez

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Bibi Aisha | Photographer: Jodi Bieber

Bibi Aisha | Photographer: Jodi Bieber | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
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Bibi Aisha (Pashto: بی بی عایشه‎; Bibi is a term of respect meaning "Lady"; born Aisha Mohammadzai, legal name Aesha Mohammadzai) is an Afghan woman whose mutilated face appeared on the cover of Time magazine in summer 2010. Her story first appeared in the Daily Beast in December 2009, which prompted doctors to write in offering to help her. The Grossman Burn Foundation in California pledged to perform reconstructive surgery on her and began organizing for her visa in the early spring of 2010. Diane Sawyer of ABC News also covered her ordeal in March 2010.

 

In a practice known as baad, Aisha's father promised her to a Taliban fighter when she was 12 years old as compensation for a killing that a member of her family had committed. She was married at 14 and subjected to constant abuse. At 18, she fled the abuse but was caught by police, jailed, and returned to her family. Her father returned her to her in-laws. To take revenge on her escape, her father-in-law, husband, and three other family members took Aisha into the mountains, cut off her nose and her ears, and left her to die. Bibi was later rescued by aid workers and the U.S. military. Some sources disputed the role of any members of the Taliban in her mutilation at the time it happened.

Aisha was featured on an August 2010 cover of Time magazine and in a corresponding article, "Afghan Women and the Return of the Taliban."

The cover image generated enormous controversy.

 

 The image and the accompanying cover title, "What Happens if We Leave Afghanistan," fueled debate about the merits of the Afghan War.

The photo was taken by the South African photographer Jodi Bieber and was awarded the World Press Photo Award for 2010. The image of Aisha is sometimes compared to the 'Afghan Girl' photograph of Sharbat Gula taken by Steve McCurry.

Shortly after Time's cover ran, Aisha was flown to the United States to receive free reconstructive surgery.

 

In May 2012 CNN.com ran an article about Aisha's activity. Since coming to the United States in August 2010, surgeons concluded she is mentally incompetent to handle the patient responsibilities in the surgical recovery regimen. Her psychologist, Shiphra Bakhchi, diagnosed her with borderline personality disorder, which may have been innately pre-existing throughout her life. She was taken in by the Women for Afghan Women shelter in Queens, New York and has subsequently moved to a family situation in Maryland.

 

The May 2012 CNN article by Jessica Ravitz explored the challenges faced by Aisha during her integration into a globalized world. "[S]he's been passed around by well-meaning strangers, showcased like a star and shielded like a fragile child," Ravitz reports. Its focus on Aisha as an autonomous person, rather than a poster child, serves as a portrait of the difficulties faced by trauma survivors and those that assist them.

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The Nu Project: Women of North America I | Photographer: Matt Blum

The Nu Project: Women of North America I | Photographer: Matt Blum | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Matt Blum started “The Nu Project” with the idea that women of all shapes and sizes deserve to be photographed beautifully as fine art nudes. His subjects were volunteers through word-of-mouth or Craigslist–they came with their stories, their successes and failures, their scars, their survival of abusive relationships, their tales of triumph over body image–and he photographed them. These days the collection continues to grow; over 150 women (some with their partners) have participated, most in their own homes.

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"Thank you for being here. The Nu Project is a series of honest nudes of women from all over the world. The project began in 2005 and has stayed true to the original vision: no professional models, minimal makeup and no glamour. The focus of the project has been and continues to be the subjects and their personalities, spaces, insecurities and quirks.

 

To date, over 150 women across North and South America have participated in the project.  Without their courage, confidence and trust, none of this would have been possible. We are so thankful for their willingness to open their homes to us.

 

If you’d like to get involved as a contributor to our fine art book, you can find the information to the right.  If you’d like to sign up for a shoot, please visit the participation page for more information."- Matt Blum

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Steve McCurry goes to Brazil for Pirelli | Photographer: Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry goes to Brazil for Pirelli | Photographer: Steve McCurry | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Having had a steady stream of fashion photographers shoot its calendar for the past decade or so, Pirelli has switched things up for next year’s edition by tapping Steve McCurry. A Robert Capa Gold Medal winner, the American photojournalist is best known for his 1985 National Geographic cover “Afghan Girl.” 

That credential was enough to win over Liya Kebede, one of the 11 models who posed for McCurry. Kebede said, “That made it really interesting because who doesn’t know the photograph of that Afghan girl?” 

The fact that she, Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima and the other eight models featured in the 2013 “Cal,” as it is called, are each involved with a humanitarian project or nongovernmental organization made for a winning combination. 

The whole arrangement was not a stretch for McCurry, a Philadelphia-born, Pennsylvania State University graduate, who said, “Much of what I have done in my career is portraiture, and I have done various things in fashion, including a few shows in Milan...”

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Caroline Brasch Nielsen & Madison Headrick | Fashion photographer: Greg Kadel For Numéro #134

Caroline Brasch Nielsen & Madison Headrick | Fashion photographer: Greg Kadel For Numéro #134 | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Greg Kadel is an American fashion photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. Greg Kadel’s images have appeared in publications including American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, Vogue UK, L'Uomo Vogue, French Vogue, Vogue Germany, Vogue China, Numéro, Numéro Homme, Visionaire, i-D, The Face, Another Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, W Jewelry, British GQ, 10 Magazine, Allure, Inside View, V, Melody. His advertising clients include Aveda, Express, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, H&M, Max Mara, Loewe, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Biotherm, Diane von Fürstenberg, Elie Tahari, Hermès, Lancôme, L'Oréal, Max Mara, Shiseido, Victoria's Secret, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

 

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Portrait | Fine art photographer: Oleg Oprisco

Portrait | Fine art photographer: Oleg Oprisco | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Oleg Oprisco is a brilliantly talented photographer from Lviv, Ukraine, who creates stunning surreal images of elegant women in fairy-tale or dream-like settings. There’s one significant difference, however, that sets him apart from other artists who create similar work – Oprisco shoots using old-school film photography.

 

The fact that he shoots with film means that everything you see in these photos had to be created that way – it couldn’t be done digitally. “I’ve found it ideal to do everything myself. I come up with a concept, create the clothing, choose the location and direct the hair and makeup,” Oprisco explained in an interview with Bored Panda. “Before shooting, I plan the overall color scheme. According to the chosen palette, I select clothes, props, location, etc, making sure that all of it plays within a single color range.” He uses Kiev 6C and Kiev 88 cameras with medium-format film and a variety of lenses.

 

It’s clear that Oprisco is deeply passionate about his work. “Each of my photos is a scene from real life. That is the perfect source of inspiration for me as there is so much beauty to it.” Oprisco offered some inspiring advice for aspiring young photographers mixed in with some tough love as well. “Drop your job and shoot … if you feel that’s what you want,” he said. “Freedom, happiness, money… all will come after you let go and just shoot.”

 

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:52 PM

Oleg Oprisco es un fotógrafo brillante talento de Lviv, Ucrania, que crea impresionantes imágenes surrealistas de las mujeres elegantes de cuento de hadas o ajustes de ensueño. Hay una diferencia significativa, sin embargo, que lo diferencia de otros artistas que crean un trabajo similar - Oprisco dispara usando la vieja escuela de fotografía de la película. 

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Opening a blind eye to femicide | Photojournalist: Jorge Dan Lopez

Opening a blind eye to femicide | Photojournalist: Jorge Dan Lopez | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Violence and death are always present and tangible in Guatemala. The population seems to accept it as normal, even more so when women are the victims. In many cases, society simply ignores it, sits in silence or turns a blind eye.

 

Many men treat women as if they have no rights, thinking it unusual that someone should be punished or fined for beating, raping or killing them.

In Guatemala, violence against women generally starts behind the walls of their own homes. The aggressors in most cases are the men closest to them: fathers, brothers, cousins and partners.

 

There are now laws to protect women but there is little education, information or willingness to report crimes. The male perpetrators themselves often don’t seem to understand why they are being arrested. Prosecutors told me that they often hear from men accused of such crimes: “Why am I being arrested? I only hit my wife.” - Jorge Dan Lopez 



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"I was born in Guerrero State, in southern Mexico, a depressed region with large indigenous population. I began to take photos when I moved to Mexico City in the year 2000. After several courses in the capital I traveled to Italy in 2002 to live and photograph for diverse media until 2006. That year, one of great political and social change in Mexico, I returned to work for a financial newspaper and began with Reuters in 2008. I've been in Guatemala for Reuters since June of 2011." - Jorge Dan Lopez

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Karelia, Russia | Photographer: Steve McCurry

Karelia, Russia | Photographer: Steve McCurry | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"Karelia, the land of the Karelian peoples, is an area in Northern Europe of historical significance for Finland, Russia, and Sweden. 
It is currently divided between the Russian Republic of Karelia, the Russian Leningrad Oblast, and Finland."  - Steve McCurry


Steve McCurry, photojournalist, displays his recent work in essay form as well as offering a gallery of well-known work.

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Somaliland | Photojournalist: Marco Gualazzini

Somaliland | Photojournalist: Marco Gualazzini | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Somaliland. The State that never was celebrates its twentieth anniversary. The Ethiopian border is marked with a cord. A dirt track in the midst of the Horn of Africa, chock-full of children, plastic and clapped-out minibuses. So does it exist or not, this state of Somaliland? It exists, because it has a president, a parliament, controlled territory… and even universities, state hospitals and an army. It doesn’t exist because no-one, or practically no-one, recognises it. A ghost country. Which, in 2011 celebrates its twentieth anniversary, but has no voice with which to tell it to the world.


Officially, Hargeisa – the capital – is still in Somalia. It resembles a primitive version of Sardinia: land inhabited by shepherds, sea by pirates. We are asking for a ransom to compensate the fishermen for the damage caused to the local economy by global traffic – says Hassan Ahmed Abdì, one of the Somali pirate captains, interviewed in his prison cell – the minute I get out of here, I shall return to fight this battle». Pirate, like other impoverished fishermen. Religion: Islam. Law: Shari’a. Currency: kilos of local shillings, a wad of flimsy notes to make up a dollar.


A country that wakes up early in the morning, bargains for camels at the market and then, at lunch-time, retreats indoors to chew khat, twigs with mildly amphetamine leaves. In the long run, its impact on the nation’s nervous system is corrosive. The women’s eyes tell myriad tales, while smiles are very few and far between. Years passed under the niqab. As far as the cord and that border, where the girls, crammed into the minibuses that shuttle to and fro, tear it from their faces, as though the day of liberation had come.

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Behind the scenes of the Pirelli 2013 Calendar | Photographer: Steve Mccurry

IT'S the world's most famous calendar - coveted, exclusive and not for sale. But the 2013 edition has one glaring difference.

There's zero nudity.

Normally the Pirelli Calendar features models in various stages of undress, but the chosen photographer elected to shoot the 2013 has elected to keep the clothes on.

Steve McCurry is well-known as a documentary photojournalist - famed for a 1984 National Geographic cover of a young Afghan woman - and for the Pirelli Calendar commission, he took the models to the streets of Brazil.

 

The calendar features models Karlie Kloss, Summer Rayne, Isabeli Fontana, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Liya Kibede, Kyleigh Kuhn and a heavily pregnant Adriana Lima.

This year’s models were chosen specifically for their extensive charity work and it was thought that nudity might "dilute the message", casting director Jennifer Starr explains.

Victoria's Secret stunner Lima, 31, is the first model to pose pregnant for the famous calendar in its nearly 50 years existence.

 

 



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Real Beauty | Photographer : Jodi Bieber

Real Beauty | Photographer : Jodi Bieber | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

My new body of work entitled Real Beauty has been inspired by a number of events, the primary being my own life. My forties have brought a feeling of more comfort within my own skin than when I was younger even though my body shape has shifted
dramatically. This project is an extention of a Dove billboard advertising campaign in London showing ordinary women in their underwear advocating and speaking up for Real Beauty.

 

Advertising campaigns don’t usually draw my attention, but this one did. A model sitting next to me on the way from London to Paris emphasised the extent to which Photoshop is used to enhance beauty. She was not in the least bit concerned about the rings under her eyes as these imperfections would easily be erased after her photoshoot. A BBC radio documentary spoke about an increase in the cases of black anorexic women in South Africa, as the full figured body which was once more favourable is no longer as desirable as Western body shapes.


The common ground for my work is both myself and the women I photograph wanted to make a stand for Real Beauty.

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