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"To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life." ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Stunning Photos of New Zealand's Largest ( and certainly Scariest) Gang ~ by Photography Jono Rotman

Jono Rotman is a Wellington born photographer now living in NYC, who gained valuable experience photographing New Zealand's prisons and psychiatric wards, before he approached New Zealand's largest gang.

The Mighty Mongrel Mob has been around since the 60"s and today they're the largest gang in the country, with around 30 chapters across both islands. They are known to have a very brutal initiation processes and have all the trappings of an outlaw biker gang ( patches and all) but are a real deal street gang

 One may ask themselves how he convinced 200 hardened gang members to sit for large format photography session - Jono explains:

"Initially I called the gang liaison officer at the NZ police and got a list of numbers of people who communicate between the gangs and the police. When I started it was to cover the gamut of NZ's gangs, but ultimately I focused on the Mongrel Mob."

 

Shano Rogue, 2010. C-Type Photograph, 1.9M x 1.5M ` by Jono Rotman

Bung-Eye Notorious, 2008. C-Type Photograph, 1.9M x 1.5Mby Jono Rotman

“These men have committed to a creed and fought battles, sometimes to the death” ~ Jono Rotman


Greco Notorious South Island, 2008. C-Type Photograph, 1.9M x 1.5Mby Jono Rotman

"As an artist, I'm most interested in distillations of the human condition and, to me, gangs represent a set of human drives taken to an extreme. They have a certain purity. This is what I set out to explore, and it still stands true. But as the relationship evolved, the focus of the work became more complicated. It's humbling to meet people who've had an utterly different upbringing to my own, and to be welcomed. It's also an insight into the forces that have made New Zealand. These guys have played a very important role." ~ Jono Rotman

Denimz Rogue, 2008. C-Type Photograph, 1.9M x 1.5Mby Jono Rotman


Toots King Country (full body), 2009. C-Type Photograph, 1.5M x 1.2Mby Jono Rotman

Breeze Notorious, 2008. C-Type Photograph, 1.9M x 1.5Mby Jono Rotman
 Zap Notorious, 2008. C-Type Photograph, 1.9M x 1.5Mby Jono Rotman


Installation views at Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland. Photos: Tobias Kraus



This film captures perfectly life in a New Zealand gang. Well worth checking out.... And yes that is Jango Fett!


Doc on New Zealand Gangs


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens ~ Behind the Scenes Photos by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

Annie Leibovitz traveled to London’s famed Pinewood Studios to photograph some never-before-seen characters and confirmed a rumour or two in the process. There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the closely guarded Star Wars set, but a few of those well-kept secrets are finally out, thanks to these exclusive photographs from the June issue of Vanity Fair. [via Vanity Fair]



“I mean, walking onto the Millennium Falcon set? To be on it, it’s insane. There were people who literally cried when they walked onto that set. It’s a strange thing, the effect it has.”  ~ Director J.J Abrams


Watch: The Star Wars Cast on Set for Vanity Fair’s Cover Shoot



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Stunning Underwater Polaroid Nudes by Ian & Erick Regnard

Ian and Erick Regnard are two Australian brothers who have created a stunning series of underwater nudes. What makes the images even more remarkable is that they shot the series on large format 4x5 Polaroid film.  In 2010  one of their underwater Polaroid nudes won them International Photographer of the year in the "Special Category".  I think it was well deserved.  I especially love the images of the dancing stingrays with nude model - Simply stunning! Limited edition prints are available here.

© Ian Erick Regnard

© Ian Erick Regnard

© Ian Erick Regnard

© Ian Erick Regnard

© Ian Erick Regnard

© Ian Erick Regnard ~ The award winning image.


© Ian Erick Regnard

© Ian Erick Regnard

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Preeminent Photojournalist and War Photographer, James Nachtwey's Powerful Lifetime Achievement Award Speech.

" I'm only one among many journalists who've committed themselves to covering conflicts and revealing social injustices, that have been hidden or ignored, but that are crying out to be corrected." 
~ James Nachtwey


Here is an overview of some of Nachtwey's work:
Please see my posts on my favourite photojournalist by clicking on links here
and here

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Nerd Alert! Rare Behind the Scenes Star Wars Polaroids

On-Set: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is an ongoing exhibit at the British Film Institute Southbank running through January 4, 2015 that features assorted ephemera from the making of the first Star Wars film, including a number of candid Polaroid photos taken on-set. The shots, owned by crew member Ann Skinner, feature a number of characters cut from the original film as well as lead actors shot in unexpected situations. ( via BFI)

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Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker, on location in Tunisia. 1977. 

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Parked in a rough neighbourhood.
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Laze Loneozner as Fixer ~ looking for space babes about that tall.


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Koo Stark as Camie
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Darth Vader never breaks character... unlike Grand Moff Tarkin

Darth Vader (David Prowse) sans helmet, and Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin
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The Princess hangs out at the trash compactor.


Ann Skinner’s continuity script for Star Wars (1977)
Ann Skinner’s continuity script for Star Wars (1977)

Friday, January 2, 2015

Behind the Scenes ~ Mario Testino for Special Edition VOGUE China

SHU QI BY MARIO TESTINO


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