Steve Richard has been plying his trade in the mysterious photographic arts for well over a quarter of a century. Steve is both a stills photographer and a cinematographer, thus bringing an unerring sense of style and composition to all of his work. Steve’s visuals capture the imagination, challenge preconceptions, and merge a classical ethos with urban grit and 21st Century techno-savvy. He now spends most of his fine art focus on dance and bodies in motion.
Fascinated by the legendary festival of the Burning Man, the Paris-based colorblind photographer Victor Habchy crowfunded his travel to Arizona to bring us back memories captured in time, of this eerie and fascinating gathering. Each year, for a single week, thousands of free-minded people and curious persons from all over the planet build from scratch an entire town in the Black Rock desert, a white land burnt by sun and softened by sand. They create gigantic wood installations, whimsical sculptures, wear costumes and accessories borrowed from circus, childhood and dreams or just express their philosophy with nudity and free love. At the end of the week, their creations are symbolically burned. Victor Habchy joined the hippy-like community this year, sleeping under a tent, without electricity or water and experiencing the harsh weather conditions. But the result of his stay is a breathtaking series of photographs that seem out of this world, and perfectly capture the magic soul of the festival.
New York-based Ukrainian photographer Anita Anti uses elaborate costumes, makeup, and props to capture imaginative portraits inspired by fairytales and fantasy. Beautiful young women are transformed into magical beings and otherworldly characters in these enchanting images, thanks to Anti’s creative eye and attention to detail.
This is for my editor friends, the “impossible to do” videoclip Fear and Delight, a great idea and a great technique in shooting and editing for an incredible result, the behind the scene and interview with the director Naren Wilks follows the clip.
Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son. It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate. During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.
Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored… Danny Cooke
Spanish photographer Rafael Fabrés has been following law enforcement around Rio in preparation for the Rio de Janiero 2016 Olympics, capturing their efforts to clean up the city. The operation takes place in three parts: first the military comes into the favelas and rids them of gun carrying traffickers who operate in the open, then riot police stay in the area for a week while a local police force is established. With one fifth of the population living in slums or favelas, and these favelas often being controlled by gangs and drug traffickers, it seems that the drug trade in Brazil is a problem with no answer.
Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island in 1931. With the street as his backdrop and the public as his muse, Feinstein began shooting photos at just fifteen and has amassed an epochal body of work over the following seven decades that tells the story of this curious part of the world. Feinstein’s photographs, which span six decades, capture the magic of Coney Island. “It is America’s playground for the working class–classic Americana exuding the spirit of generosity and common humanity that is the best of the American spirit,” he said.