Photography

Ali Mahdavi takes Aubade to the next level of glamour.

Ali Mahdavi takes Aubade to the next level of glamour.

This season, Ali Mahdavi gives an extra layer of glamour to Aubade. The sexy lingerie brand renews its famous “lessons in seduction” through the lens of talented photographer and artist Ali Mahdavi. Responsible for shooting a series of “Lessons in Seduction”, Ali Mahdavi writes a new chapter of the Aubade saga Aubade, a great success story of seduction Created in 1875 by Doctor Bernard, a corset specialist, the Aubade brand was founded in 1958, when panties and girdles were essential elements of women’s lingerie collections. No longer bound by the requirement to provide physical support, Aubade writes the first chapters of its story by offering sensual and glamorous products: lingerie becomes a real weapon of seduction. For Aubade, the 90’s is the decade when its cult products are launched: the Bahia, the calendar… The 1990s also represent another keystone for Aubade: the launch of the first Lesson in Seduction. This is a real turning…

How to Create the Perfect Office Space Using Photography

How to Create the Perfect Office Space Using Photography

According to the American Time Use Survey, the average person spends 8.9 hours per day at work. There’s no reason to spend these hours staring at bland walls each day when office artwork has the power to reduce stress, and increase one’s creativity and productivity. Wall art can transform a boring, dull workspace into one that is beautiful and calming. Best of all, this can be done simply and affordably using your own photography to decorate in a way that is unique and high-end. Professional Photography Tips You may already have some great photos, which can be converted to canvas wall hangings. Sometimes a simple photo, such as a family photo, can be edited to appear more artistic. Using editing software, you can add a filter or reduce the photo to black and white. It’s likely you will need to take some new photos to truly create artful office space,…

William Eggleston at Musée de L’Elysée. Color is an art.

William Eggleston at Musée de L’Elysée. Color is an art.

The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne is holding an exhibition about William Eggleston. This American photographer established color in photography as a recognized master art. Once again the Lausanne Museum for photography brings a daring and sharp choice for the pleasure of our minds and eyes.

Divine Moments by Raghu Rai – Vacheron Constantin

Divine Moments by Raghu Rai – Vacheron Constantin

The confidential Swiss Watch Manufacture Vacheron Constantin revealed this month an interesting art partnership with Raghu Rai. His new exhibition is called Divine moments and it is a beautiful enigmatic vision of India daily life. RAGHU RAI, born in 1942, originally trained as a civil engineer, before taking up photography at the age of 23, in 1965. A year later, he joined the New Delhi-based national weekly magazine ‘The Statesman’ as their chief photographer, moving on after 10 years to become the picture editor with the prestigious Kolkata based weekly, ‘Sunday’. In 1977 he returned to New Delhi to become the picture editor, as well as its active photographer, for the leading national weekly, ‘India Today’. Henri Cartier Bresson saw an exhibition of Rai’s in Paris at the Galerie Delpire in 1971, and was sufficiently impressed to nominate him to the world-famous Magnum Photo Agency. In the same year he…

The New Burma by Ed Giles

The New Burma by Ed Giles

Getty photographer Ed Giles decided to highlight and reveal what he called the “New Burma”. It is a serie of amazing photographs that captures the essence of this exotic place… the way it is really today. Ed Giles is an award-winning Australian photojournalist based in Cairo, Egypt. Ed works with photography, video and multimedia production methods to explore in depth, human stories. Ed’s photographic and multimedia work has been widely recognised as aesthetically compelling and groundbreaking in format. In 2011, Ed was awarded a Walkley Award for Online Journalism, Australian’s highest honour in the trade, for work with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Online Investigations Unit. Ed has also received the Australian Council of Deans of Education Award for Emerging Journalists in 2011, and a United Nations Media Peace Prize for Online Reporting in 2010. Ed has worked in Iran, Israel/Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Greenland, Burma, Nepal, the Caribbean Islands…

Ronald Falloon, essence of the sixties…

Ronald Falloon, essence of the sixties…

Ronald Fallon is one of the great names in photography during the 60’s. He introduced the legend of Marianne Faithfull as the symbol of a new youth. He is our photographer of the month. He is the photographer of the month at luxuryactivist.com. The 60’s represented a renew in the fashion photography. After all the classicism of the 50’s, this new decade inspired us with a “boutique spirit”. In deed, the ready-to-wear style was predominant on the 60’s, showing much more the energy and the sexyness of that time. We think about photographers like Richard Avedon or David Bailey but Ronald Fallon is also one of the top hit photographers. He basically captured the essence of the sixties with his camera. This period was also called the “Swinging London”. It was a youth-oriented phenomenon that emphasised the new and modern. It was a period of optimism and hedonism, and a…

Cindy Sherman at the MoMA NY

Cindy Sherman at the MoMA NY

The MoMA in New York will present from February 26th to june 11th 2012 a new exhibition about American photographer Cindy Sherman. It will be a retrospective of 170 photographs from mid 70’s until today. We will be able to see the key series like the “untitled” but also the black and white pictures, her ornate history portraits and milkmaids in the manner of old master paintings. The exhibition will explore dominant themes throughout Sherman’s career, including artifice and fiction; cinema and performance; horror and the grotesque; myth, carnival, and fairy tale; and gender and class identity. Also included are Sherman’s recent photographic murals (2010), which will have their American premiere at MoMA. Here is a video with Ingrid Sischy, the Editor-in-chief of Interview magazine, about Cindy Sherman work: Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in New Jersey USA. She is world known for her very conceptual portraits in which…

Erik Johansson, impossible is nothing

Erik Johansson, impossible is nothing

Erik Johansson is a photographer, born in Sweden, living in Berlin – Germany. His work is based in photo-montage and retouching. For him photography is a way to obtain the translation on an idea. He says that most of the work of photographers ends once you press the button of the camera. For him that’s when his work starts. I discovered him during one TED’s TALK in which he presented his work. Lots of photographers work with photo-montage but the specificity of Erik Johansson is that there is always a perfect idea behind. We could almost describe it as a sort of Daily poetry. There is a strong aesthetics, lots of details and somehow a vision of our daily lives. And this remains his strongest source for inspiration. Erik Johansson works mostly on personal and commissioned projects and has a nice website in which you can discover his work and…

David Bailey, British rocks!

David Bailey, British rocks!

David Bailey is a British photographer, born in 1938 and worked on the past 60 years for fashion magazines and rock stars. He influenced the British photography and he is our photographer of the month. He started his professional career in 1959 as photographic assistant at the John French studio, and in May 1960, he was a photographer for John Cole’s Studio Five before being contracted as a fashion photographer for British Vogue magazine later that year. He also undertook a large amount of freelance work. First Vogue cover by David Bailey – 1960 He was one of the artists leaders of the 1960’s Swinging London movement. According to Wikipedia, Swinging London is a term applied to the fashion and cultural scene that flourished in London, in the 1960s. It was a youth-oriented phenomenon that emphasised the new and modern. It was a period of optimism and hedonism, and a cultural revolution. One catalyst was the recovery of the British economy after post-World…

The new face(s) of Womanity by Thierry Mugler

The new face(s) of Womanity by Thierry Mugler

One year after the launch of Womanity, the latest women fragrance, Thierry Mugler launches a new visual campaign that is supposed to re-vamp the initial concept. According to the fragrance Brand, Womanity is about the invisible link that connects all women together, all ages, all generations. The first visual was in line with a certain idea of mythology as you can see here: On this first visual we can see 4 pictures took from the concept film made by Thierry Mugler himself. One woman wears a haute-couture hat/accessory, another one wears a helmet displaying the flacon metal decoration and the other 2 girls look quite natural. We can understand the link between past and present, old and modern, illustration and reality. It did not look like a normal standard advertising. Like it or not, that was the way Womanity Eau de Parfum started its life on the internet and point…

UNIL Summer 2011 – Hans Steiner Conference

UNIL Summer 2011 – Hans Steiner Conference

Last friday I attended to an interesting presentation about Hans Steiner, the great swiss photographer. It took place in Lausanne at Unil (the university). This presentation was a conclusion on the exhibition hosted by Musée de l’Elysée.

Hans Steiner – Swiss Master of Photo Modernism

Hans Steiner – Swiss Master of Photo Modernism

At the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne – Switzerland, there is a very interesting exhibition about Hans Steiner. He is one of the most important swiss photographers of the golden era of Photo journalism.
Hans Steiner was born in 1907 in Bern, Switzerland. He was one of the most influent photographers in the 30’s and the 40’s.

Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera – Tate

Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera – Tate

At the end of the month, The Tate Modern in London will open an exhibition called Voyeurism, surveillance and Camera. It treats the role of photography in the definition of Private and Public life.

Marina Abramović: The body as medium

Marina Abramović: The body as medium

Marina Abramović is a serbian artist based in new york. She has been very active since she started her career in the 70’s. All her work is based on the relationship between Art and Performance.