Some kids grow up in poverty, lacking food and sanitation, while others are born in countries where basic necessities are taken for granted. Photographer James Mollison came up with the project when he thought about his own childhood bedroom and how it reflected who he was. Where Children Sleep – a collection of stories about children from around the world told through portraits of their bedrooms – stemmed from his ideas.
Sometimes humor really is the best way to approach a touchy subject. Photographer Endia Beal chose to use art and humor to open a dialogue among people of different gender, race, and generations about the ways in which we express ourselves, specifically in a corporate environment.
“It almost sounds like the opening line to a joke: A young black woman takes a bunch of middle-aged white women who she doesn’t know in Woodstock, N.Y., to a black salon, gives them a new “black” hairdo, and then takes their portrait.
“I could have been French or Japanese, those are the two cultures that really strive for archiving amazing art.”
Mathieu Bitton, a Grammy-nominated designer, internationally renowned photographer, and documentarian has made a career doing exactly that, working with some of the most recognizable names in music and film. Born in France to Jewish Egyptian parents, Bitton fell in love with Blaxploitation and R&B as a prepubescent Parisian. Obsessed with R&B, soul, and jazz, the teenaged Bitton joined his mother in Los Angeles to try to make a career out of his passion for music. He had his first big break when he designed a logo for label Loose Cannon and soon, Bitton was working with such renowned artists as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. In 2009 he received a Grammy nomination for his design of the Boxed Set Jane’s Addiction, and for the last four years he has traveled with Lenny Kravitz, documenting his work in photographs and film. That work has lead Bitton into an entirely new medium with the release of “Looking Back On Love,” the photographer and designer’s first full-length documentary. Bitton has declared his intention to cement his status as a filmmaker with more feature-length pieces in the near future.
We had the chance to sit down with Bitton to talk about his French Jewish background, his work in the worlds of Blaxploitation, R&B, and soul, and modern-day discrimination. Check it out in our latest Countdown to 2042!
A great video we ran across last night that we wanted to share with you all. Though the video looks to be a humorous poke at “typical Asian” behavior, we can spot behaviors that other ethnicities have as well. Many Millennials are taking part in these same behaviors. Take a look and let us know if any of these scenes remind you of yourself and/or some of your Asian friends in this clip. Brought to you by Jinnyboy TV. Read More
The Versatile Supermodel Stars in a Gender-Bending Animated Short: Daria Werbowy morphs from skater to rocker, businessman to dancer as she shape-shifts through an array of different characters in this stop-motion Read More
Many people around the Los Angeles area know about Andy J. Scott, and many people around Los Angeles as well as outside of it know about the Fairfax area. So what happens when the photographer and the area get together? Well we get a collection of photos featuring many of the personalities Read More
Arab Sportswomen Celebrated in the Renowned Photographer’s New Series: Saudi Arabian basketball players and Qatari swimmers feature in Brigitte Lacombe’s striking portraits of Arab women in sport. Commissioned by the Qatar Museums Authority, Brigitte and her sister,
Here is a very cool photo reel of a members of Dickies‘ Skate team doing what they do around the urban playground of Los Angeles. What’s interesting to us is how Dickies transcends several cultures, especially in Los Angeles. Dickies is as prevalent in Read More