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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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Strasbourg : Joseph Heinrich Darchinger Wirtschaftswunder

Strasbourg : Joseph Heinrich Darchinger Wirtschaftswunder | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

La Chambre in Strasbourg, France, is holding an exhibition of the color work of Joseph Heinrich Darchinger, the first since his death in 2013. It was no more than eight years after the surrender of the Nazi government when Dardinger set out on his photographic journey through the West of a divided Germany. The bombs of World War II had reduced the country’s major cities to deserts of rubble. Yet his pictures show scarcely any signs of the downfall of a civilization. Not that the photographer was manipulating the evidence: he simply recorded what he saw.

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The PhotoBookMuseum (Cologne, Germany)

The PhotoBookMuseum (Cologne, Germany) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Behind the PhotoBookMuseum opened last April is Markus Schaden and his team. Schaden has been a bookseller and publisher, a curator, teacher and member of several juries promoting photo books. He thought it was time for an institution devoted to the photobook itself. More photobooks have been published in the last ten years than in the 170 previous years combined. Martin Parr and many others collect them like rare gems, and modern art museums have been adding them to their collections.

The museum intends to remain open, mostly online, but it has already defined itself as a traveling museum. The program at the warehouse in Carlswerk is temporary. In 2015, the contents of the museum will be loaded onto containers and sent down the Rhine towards other destinations, in search of a permanent home.

ECAL Library's insight:

See also Daniel Zakharov coverage : http://www.danielzakharov.de/index.php?/documentation/the-photobook-museum/

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Julia Noni Erotic fashion

Julia Noni Erotic fashion | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

With rich colors, graphic shadows, sharp textures, elegant erotocism, mixing models and still lifes, Julia Noni is a standout in the world of fashion photograph.

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Graphic Design: Erotica, Jay-Z and a surprise hotel identity in Deutsche & Japaner's portfolio

Graphic Design: Erotica, Jay-Z and a surprise hotel identity in Deutsche & Japaner's portfolio | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Manheim-based design consultancy Deutsche & Japaner are incredibly varied in their output. Not in terms of quality of course, but in their approach to projects and the clients with whom they work. Not only have they designed websites for erotic magazineTissue, created merchandise for Jay-Z’s Magna Carter Holy Grail tour and brought together Nike and Liberty in a set of beautiful posters, but also their recent branding for an upmarket hotel in their home town has made beautiful an area of design that is so often tawdry and tedious. Keeping things varied is clearly good for the creative brain if it yields results as good as these!

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100 years of Leica photography

100 years of Leica photography | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In 1914, Oskar Barnack, an employee at the Wetzlar optical factory in Germany, built the first Leica. The Leitz was the first small format camera, using 35mm film to produce a 24x36mm images. 

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Simon Menner Top Secret

Simon Menner Top Secret | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The photographic archives of the East German Secret Police, known as the Stasi, have revealed their secrets to Berlin-based photographic artist Simon Menner who has used these images to explore the notion of surveillance in a new book “Top Secret”.

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Malaise by Christian Schmeer

Malaise is a non-narrative short film and photographic series exploring Beelitz-Heilstätten. Built from 1898 as a sanatorium to care for victims of tuberculosis its intended use soon became distorted, serving as a German military hospital during World War 1 and 2, and Soviet military hospital after World War 2. Prominent historical figures recuperated in the hospital, notably; Adolf Hitler, after being wounded at the Battle of Somme during WW1, as well as Erich Honecker following his dismissal as the head of the East German government. In 1989, the grounds became the scene of 6 murders as necrophilic serial killer Wolfgang Schmidt, also known as "The Beast of Beelitz", terrorised the area. Once considered amongst the most advanced hospitals in Europe, Beelitz-Heilstätten has been abandoned and left to dilapidate due to discrepancies over ownership.

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Hilla Becher, Photographer Who Chronicled Industrial Scenery, Dies at 81

Hilla Becher, Photographer Who Chronicled Industrial Scenery, Dies at 81 | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Ms. Becher and her husband, Bernd, documented coal mines, steel mills and other features of the industrial landscape, straddling the worlds of archival documentation and conceptual art.

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Giant Fantasy Scenes Created by Photographing Kids on the Floor with Everyday Things

Giant Fantasy Scenes Created by Photographing Kids on the Floor with Everyday Things | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

German photographer Jan von Holleben is known for creating imaginative scenes by having kids lie on the ground and carefully arranging everyday objects around them. One of his first viral projects that featured this style was “Dreams of Flying“.

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Here 2014: Graphic designer Mirko Borsche

Here 2014: Graphic designer Mirko Borsche | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Going through renowned graphic designer, Mirko Borsche’s portfolio is like when you decide to clear out your bedroom. Instead of an efficient tidy-up and throw-out, you spend hours pouring over every object, photo, book, handwritten note you own. The sheer volume of work Mirko has produced over the years is incredible, mostly because the standard is so high, I just hope some of his creativity seeps into my eyes while I view his work.

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SVEN LÜTZENKIRCHEN | Werke

SVEN LÜTZENKIRCHEN | Werke | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The German photographer's series reveals a secret side to factory architecture. Each is a dry image of a sprawling industrial site in Germany but, rotated vertically and mirrored, the images start to take on new identities resembling towering robots, exotic totems, nuclear warheads or mechanical insects.

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The Photographer and His Printer, Partners in Art and Love

The Photographer and His Printer, Partners in Art and Love | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Leonard Freed’s photos from Harlem, Brooklyn and the historic 1963 March on Washington lay on a workroom table in the home he shared with his wife, Brigitte. She stood over the images — as she has over his reputation — with a slight smile of pride.

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Which are the top 3 or 5 countries that influences the design trends all over the world?

Which are the top 3 or 5 countries that influences the design trends all over the world? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Answer of James Pan (1 of 5): Switzerland
Originator of the International Typographic Style, which emphasized minimalism, readability, and objectivity. Had a profound influence on modern graphic design (i.e. Microsoft Metro, Apple, etc...). Notable practitioners included Paul Rand (designed the IBM and NeXT logo), Adrian Frutiger (typographer; Univers, Frutiger, Avenir), Jan Tschichold (typographer, Sabon), among others.

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