Celebrity photographer Cass Bird may be the coolest female to ever take a photo — and that has less to do with the photograph’s subject and more to do with the casual, cool aesthetic she manages to capture within every frame.
Want to see Elizabeth Moss dressed in couture while soaking in a bathtub? How about Jessica Chastain dressed vintage-sweet behind the scenes in a Universal Studios lot while a tour tram is passing? Class Bird can make it happen, and she does regularly.
With high fashion photographers clogging up every page of the trendiest magazines, it’s more than refreshing to check out the photos of this young spirited talent. From Jay-Z to Lily Allen, her subjects may be ultra chic, but they’re not as stylish as the woman behind the lens and the images she produces… just take a look.
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The women in Julie Buck’s photo series Girls on Film might look like superstars, but they’re not. Affectionately nicknamed “China girls” by the film industry (although we prefer the less politically incorrect nickname “Kodak girls”), these were women who posed on color-timing control strips. Although they appeared in hundreds of films, the women were never meant to be seen by anyone other than the projectionist, appearing for a frame or two as part of the film’s countdown leaders. From the 1920s to the early ’90s, color-timing was a process films underwent to maintain consistent color balance. The practice stopped once digitalization came on the scene, and the anonymous women, who ranged from studio workers to models, became a relic of film history.
Buck, with help from archivist Karin Segal, spent a year and a half restoring all the lost color strip images, finally giving the women their time in the spotlight. Who are the women on the color strips? Did any of them have aspirations to be movie stars? Buck’s series doesn’t answer those questions, but it opens the door to an interesting part of cinema history most had no idea existed.
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Typographer and letter artist Annica Lydenberg is no stranger to slapping slogans on things. Her latest project, I’m a Piece of Garbage, is a cynical look at the things we drag to the street corner. With help from photographer Gui Machado, the series takes discarded items found on the street and then adds self-deprecating phrases to them. The series is a lot about the contrast between dueling opposites, from new vs. old to dirty vs. clean. With tongue firmly in cheek, Lydenberg‘s series speaks to our need to upgrade our lives, allowing yesterday’s treasures to become today’s garbage. “[The series] truly brought me back to my childhood roots when my folks would peruse the streets for discarded items or furniture for our apartment,” she says. “In our household, what might have been considered a relatively OK item was admired greatly had it come from the street. I never quite outgrew this habit, now turning trash to treasure through sign painting and photography.”
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If you learn anything from Kacper Kowalski‘s work, it should be that it’s all about perspective. This aerial photographer creates some of the most remarkable images I’ve ever seen—and they’re all things I’ve seen before. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a scroll through his innovative imagery to get an idea of what I mean.
Kowalski can make an ocean look like a Japanese oil painting, and he can make a forest look like a pile of sticks. Using his lens to reinterpret immense physical spaces, these photographs do well in capturing nature’s beauty as it exists. With no need for enhancements or special effects, Kowalski’s photography is as real as it gets, while still managing to look totally and utterly surreal. I’m no fan of heights, but these pictures make me want to see more of the world from above. Now that’s what I call stunning.
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Mickael Jou‘s self-portraits aren’t your typical selfies—in fact, they’re far from it. Using his gift of dance, Jou creates frames that appear almost ethereal in their aesthetic. The mundane activities of this world are turned into magical moments in what feels like another place and time in this collection of 365 individual images.
The paradox of Jou’s photography is his ability to create such distinct and energized movement within the still borders of a captured frame. While these images can be interpreted and understood in a plethora of ways, it’s hard to look at any single photograph and not feel some sort of emotion erupting from its subject. The simplicity of the settings combines nicely with the eccentricity of Jou to re-inject the joys of life into life itself.
Jou’s photography is an impressive feat through the athletics alone, but the multiple layers of meaning make them that much more extraordinary.
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These stunning aerial images aren’t of miniatures—they’re of are actual landscapes. Olivio Barbieri is a master of the tilt-shift photography technique, a style of photo-taking that makes even the most lush of landscapes look as though they are miniature models. Barbieri’s portfolio is extensive, and it covers a wide range of cities and famous landmarks that manage to take on an entirely new perspective within the frame.
Interested in looking at the world in a new way and removing the “bustle” from city life, the photography of Olivio Barbieri truly is more than just a collection of images that can trick the mind. They give off the impression of a simpler form of life even in the busiest of places, allowing viewers to focus in on site-specific designs that would make their architects proud. Take a scroll through some of these photos and be prepared to spend a good amount of time staring at each one. It’s not every day that someone can make you see familiar sights in an entirely unfamiliar way.
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Steve McCurry‘s photographs are world famous—you’ve likely seen a few of them in your lifetime, even if you didn’t realize McCurry was the photographer. His ability to compose an image is well-learned and often stunning in its execution. While this type of photographic genius can’t be learned overnight, this new video by the Cooperative of Photography does well at dissecting McCurry’s work and providing some useful tips for aspiring photographers.
From the rule of thirds to the use of diagonal lines, there are lessons in this video that are bound to make any photograph more striking. It may take some practice to actually put all of the information to use, but being able to visually deconstruct McCurry’s beloved photography is a great way to remember what it is you’re learning.
Even if you’re not a photographer, this video is worth watching for the curated images alone. Check. It. Out.
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