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Category: Photography

Tom Blachford (Australia)

Working at the intersection of long exposure photography and exploration of the built environment, Tom Blachford’s fine art photographs seek to transform predictable and known environments into surreal and dreamlike worlds.
Obsessed with capturing the moments of clarity, colour and mystery that exist just beyond the limits of our human perception, Blachford explores the ability for his camera to bridge our worlds to dark worlds beyond our reach.
Captivated by architecture, not only for its sculptural forms, Blachford’s images of homes, towns and suburbs act as the the stage for unwritten narratives that implore the viewer to script their own drama happening behind the walls of each scene.
Using only existing light sources – the full moon (Midnight Modern), the neon lights of Tokyo (Nihon Noir) or the harsh street lights of LA (Noct Angeles), Blachford hunts for the overlooked cinematic moments in the everyday and works to distil them with a sense of mystery, unease and wonder.
Tom’s work has been featured widely in architectural, art and design press around the world and has been exhibited and collected by art lovers across Australia, Europe and the USA.
The monograph of Midnight Modern series was released in 2017 by New York publisher powerHouse and is now onto its second edition of printing.

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Category: Photography

Jason Sims (Australia)

Jason Sims is an Australian artist who works in the realm of perceptual art.
Utilising the properties of light and reflection, he creates simple illusions of space in the form of contemporary sculpture, large-scale installation and public art.
Blurring the lines between reality and illusion, Sims’ captivating work defies notions of physical possibility.

Sims is most interested in producing work that serves as a vehicle to re-imagine the space encountered - to deconstruct perceived physical limitations - and facilitate a kind of meditative response allowing viewers to interpret the illusion of space created as reality.
He particularly enjoys working with illusion for its ability to evoke the sublime and its power to interrogate our understanding of the world around us.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from the University of South Australia in 2006, Sims has exhibited across Australia, and in Hong Kong, the USA and Europe.
His work is held in public and private collections around the world, and he recently completed his second major public artwork in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Stephen Wilkes (USA)

Since opening his studio in New York City in 1983, photographer Stephen Wilkes has built an unprecedented body of work and a reputation as one of America’s most iconic photographers, widely recognized for his fine art, editorial and commercial work.

His photographs are included in the collections of the George Eastman Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Dow Jones Collection, Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Jewish Museum of NY, Library of Congress, Snite Museum of Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Museum of the City of New York, 9/11 Memorial Museum and numerous private collections.
His editorial work has appeared in, and on the covers of, leading publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Fortune, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many others.

Wilkes’ early career interpretations of Mainland China, California’s Highway One, and impressionistic Burned Objects set the tone for a series of career-defining projects that catapulted him to the top of the photographic landscape.
In 1998, a one-day assignment to the south side of Ellis Island led to a 5-year photographic study of the island’s long abandoned medical wards where immigrants were detained before they could enter America.
Through his photographs and video, Wilkes helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island.
A monograph based on the work, Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom, was published in 2006 and was named one of TIME magazine’s 5 Best Photography Books of the Year.
The work was also featured on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning.

In 2000, Epson America commissioned Wilkes to create a millennial portrait of the United States, America In Detail, a 52-day odyssey that was exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Day to Night, Wilkes’ most defining project, began in 2009.
These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens over the course of full day. Blending these images into a single photograph takes months to complete.
Day to Night has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning as well as dozens of other prominent media outlets and, with a grant from the National Geographic Society, was recently extended to include America’s National Parks in celebration of their centennial anniversary and Bird Migration for the 2018 Year of the Bird.
Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes was exhibited at the The National Geographic Museum in February, 2018.

Day to Night was published by TASCHEN as a monograph in 2019.
The book is available as an XXL Edition and an Art Edition, the latter including one of two fine art prints from the Day to Night series.

Wilkes’ work documenting the ravages of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy has brought heightened awareness to the realities of global climate change.
He was commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography to revisit New Orleans in 2013 after documenting Hurricane Katrina for the World Monuments Fund.
His images were exhibited with his photographs on Hurricane Sandy in the 2014 Sink or Swim, Designing for a Sea of Change exhibition.

Wilkes directorial debut, the documentary film, Jay Myself, world premiered to a sold out crowd at DOCNYC November 11, 2018.
The film is an in depth look into the world of photographer Jay Maisel and his move out of his 35,000 sq. foot building at 190 Bowery.

Wilkes was a speaker at the TED2016: Dream Conference on his Day to Night series.
In 2017 Wilkes was commissioned by the US Embassy, Ottawa to create a Day to Night photograph of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Despite his intense dedication to personal projects, Wilkes continues to shoot advertising campaigns for the world’s leading agencies and corporations, including: Netflix, OppenheimerFunds, SAP, IBM, Capital One, The New Yorker, Johnson & Johnson, DHL, American Express, Nike, Sony, Verizon, IBM, AT&T, Rolex, Honda.
Wilkes’ extensive awards and honors include the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography, Photographer of the Year from Adweek Magazine, Fine Art Photographer of the Year 2004 Lucie Award, TIME Magazine Top 10 Photographs of 2012, Sony World Photography Professional Award 2012, Adobe Breakthrough Photography Award 2012 and Prix Pictet Consumption 2014.
His board affiliations include the Advisory Board of the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications; Save Ellis Island Board of Directors, on which he served for 5 years; and the Goldring Arts Journalism Board.

Wilkes was born in 1957 in New York.
He received his BS in photography from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a minor in business management from the Whitman School of Management in 1980.

Wilkes, who lives and maintains his studio in Westport, CT, is represented by Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York, Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, Monroe Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, Holden Luntz Gallery in Palm Beach, ARTITLEDcontemporary in The Netherlands and ProjectB Gallery in Milan.

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Category: Photography

Carlo Borer (Switzerland)

Carlo Borer develops his objects in virtual space using CAD.
By means of complex method approaches in virtual reality and with the aid of high-tech tools such as lasers, but ultimately owing to his precise crafting by hand, his sculptures and installations come about in the real world.

Parallel to this, Carlo Borer also creates his NoReadymades and Spaceships, for which he allows himself to be guided by things he finds, placing these then in a new context.
The objects suggest a purported use, pretending to be utilitarian objects from a technically advanced civilization, but in this way they lead the viewer down the wrong track.
Here, the aesthetics and technical perfection thus become a means of deception.
What looks as if it were a Readymade is in reality built from imagination, constituting a reversal of the original process.

Recently, he has been increasingly devoting himself to an interest in architecture.

Since 1981 Carlo Borer has been working as a visual artist with exhibitions in Europe and the USA.
His works may be found in private collections and in public spaces.

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Category: Photography

Jeffrey Milstein (USA)

Woodstock, NY based photographer, architect and pilot Jeffrey Milstein was born in the Bronx (New York) and has had a love for aircraft since childhood. After graduating in 1968 in Architecture from the University of CA, Berkeley, he practiced as an architect before turning to photography in 2000. Milstein earned his pilot’s license at 17 and his passion for flight led to his well known typology of aircraft photographed from below while landing. He is known for his aerial shots of cities, as well as his photos of aircraft mid-flight. In 2007 the work was presented in a solo show at the Ulrich Museum of Art in 2008 in a year long solo show at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in 2012. In 2016 it was on display at the Brandts Museum in Odense, Denmark. In recent years Milstein has reversed the direction of the camera creating award winning unique aerial images of man-made landscapes that are iconic and emblematic of the modern world. The National History Museum of Los Angeles County opened a permanent installation in 2017 which included a large-scale reproduction of Milstein’s aerial photograph of Beverly Hills. His aerial photograph of Newark Airport is a cover image for the catalog accompanying the traveling FEP exhibition Civilization, The Way We Live Now. Abrams published Milstein’s aircraft work as a monograph in 2007, Monacelli published his extensive body of work from Cuba as a monograph in 2010 and Thames and Hudson published LA NY, a collection of aerial photographs of LA and NY in 2017. His work has been collected by museums including LACMA, the Smithsonian Museum, the George Eastman House, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Akron Art Museum.

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Franco DeFrancesca (Canada)

An attendant of OCAD and University of Guelph, multidisciplinary artist Franco DeFrancesca investigates the links between art and technology, using digital imaging to navigate between photography and painting.
His vibrant coloured minimalist work acknowledges the colour field and geometric work of mid-to-late 20th century.

Franco DeFrancesca explores digital/mixed media as a mode of creating abstraction in the form of an art object.
His artwork investigates the links between art, memory, history and technology, using digital imaging as a means to navigate the territory between photography and painting.
As a result of mixing references to photography and painting, these multi-media artworks represent reflections on contemporary visual culture charmed by minimalism, modernism, technology and futurism.

DeFrancesca’s artwork highlights the visual, temporal, and spatial qualities combined with the physical and tactile.
Applying a keen sense towards craft and a reverence towards materials and processes, the abstract image is integrated with an exposed support of layered plywood, then encapsulated beneath crystalline resin, creating an ‘object of desire’.
With its physical depth and highly polished glean, these works reference minimalist industrial design and refer obliquely to the urbane.

DeFrancesca has exhibited in Canada and the United States and his work can be found in corporate and public collections world-wide, including Cenovus Energy Inc., Repsol, Encana and Enbridge Inc. (Calgary, AB), Rodin Law Firm Litigation Counsel (Calgary, AB), amongst others.

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Maria Svarbova (Slovakia)

Despite studying restoration and archeology, her preferred artistic medium is photography. From 2010 to the present, the immediacy of Maria’s photographic instinct continues to garner international acclaim and is setting new precedents in photographic expression.
The recipient of several prestigious awards (including Hasselblad Masters Award), her solo and group exhibitions have placed her among the vanguard of her contemporaries, attracting features in Vogue, Forbes, CNN, The Guardian, and publications around the world; her work is frequently in the limelight of social media.
Maria’s reputation also earned her a spot on the coveted 30 under 30 Forbes list as well as a commission for a billboard-sized promotion on the massive Taipei 101 tower, in Taiwan.
In 2019, Apple commission her to create an exclusive photography series shot by iPhone.

Maria’s distinctive style departs from traditional portraiture and focuses on experimentation with space, color, and atmosphere. Taking an interest in communist-era architecture and public spaces, Maria transforms each scene with a modern freshness that highlights the depth and range of her creative palette.
The human body throughout her oeuvre is more or less a peripheral afterthought, often portrayed as aloof and demure rather than substantive.
Carefully composed figures create thematic, dream-like scenes with ordinary objects.
Her images hold a silent tension that hints at emergent possibilities under the lilt of clean and smooth surfaces.

There is often a sense of cool detachment and liminality in Maria’s work.
Routine actions such as exercise, doctor appointments, and domestic tasks are reframed with a visual purity that is soothing and symmetrical and at times reverberant with an ethereal stillness.
The overall effect evokes a contemplative silence in an extended moment of promise and
awareness - a quality difficult to achieve in the rapid pace of modern life.
Maria’s postmodern vision boldly articulates a dialog that compels the viewer to respond to the mystery, loneliness, and isolation of the human experience.
Nevertheless, deeply embedded within the aqueous pastels, Maria’s compositions hold to a celebratory elegance that transforms the viewer’s gaze into an enduring reverence for life’s simple beauty.

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Category: Photography

Franck Bohbot (Canada)

Franck Bohbot was born in 1980 near Paris (France) and he lives and works in Brooklyn (New York) and Los Angeles (California).
Franck Bohbot is a french photographer and filmmaker who explores the extraordinary of everyday life.
His dreamlike style, combined with his use of color carefully constructed compositions, elevated ordinary subjects to the level of art, leading the viewer’s eye in the same direction as the subjects are looking.
He focuses his artistic research on public spaces, urban landscapes and environmental portraits.
Rooted in his fascination with cinematographic iconography, his thematics study the relationship between the individual and architecture.
While manipulating color with great precision, he highlights the soft subtleties of this relationship by playing with both fluorescent and melancholic light and chromatics.
Each one of Bohbot’s works features these photographic intentions and, through their enigmatic atmosphere, documentary-style approach and timeless feel, we are transported to a dreamy, velvety, and nearly infinite visual paradise.
His unique style enabled him to work with prestigious magazines, institutions and designers such as the New York Times, The New York Magazine, National Geographic, The Louvre Museum, Sotheby’s, Paul Smith and Christian Dior.

National Geographic described Bohbot as ‘A master of interior and exterior spaces’.
WIRED Magazine wrote on Franck Bohbot’s ‘Chinatown’ series ‘The series draws directly from the visual vocabulary and tonal palette of cinema. Many of the pictures bring to mind the unmistakable look of Blade Runner. The heavy atmosphere in these photos seems loaded with a sense of drama, like a portal into some modern noir film’.
ArchDaily Architecture wrote ‘Bohbot embraces quasiperfect symmetry, creating a surreal quality and invoking a sense of curiosity with each image’.

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Miguel Angel Iglesias Fernandez (Spain)

Miguel Angel Iglesias Fernandez creates idealized urban landscapes, laying paths for the viewer to be immersed in a multicoloured sensory experience in an austere city void of figurative elements. Shadows, light and an exceptional colour palette are the only elements that bring the landscapes alive.
In an increasingly globalised world, Miguel Angel’s cities lack any hint for local identification and they could be seen as a window into an almost perfect urban parallel reality.
An optimist at heart, his sculptural paintings give us a view from above, a view that removes the traps or obstacles that arise from the minutia, from the small problems that create conflict amongst us.
In such way, Miguel Angel steers us in the path of a more hopeful future.
Born in Paris, France, to Spanish immigrants, Miguel Angel moved to Barcelona to study painting. After his studies, he relocated to New York, where the work of abstract expressionism, in particular that of Mondrian and Rothko, had a strong influence on his work.
Miguel Angel returned to Spain where he currently still lives and works.
His trademark cityscapes have been exhibited in Europe, Asia and the USA
He has participated in numerous top international art fairs a.o. in New York, Miami, London, The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Taiwan, Korea, China and New Delhi.
His works are part of important collections in Spain, including Coleccion Testimonis, Fundacion La Caixa, Fundacion Fran Daurer, Fundacion Vila Casas and Fundacion Francisco Godia.

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Dean West (USA)

A wide range of environments and character types are explored in the works of New York City-based Dean West. The Australian-born artist who studied at the Queensland College of Art, is best known for his intricate and highly staged photographs that take everyday occurrences beyond the realm of natural reality. Extraordinary in their tonal range, digital clarity, and artistic vision, West’s meticulously choreographed scenes, character studies, and atmospheric landscapes powerfully yet synthetically link needs to desires and documentation to invention.

Passionately dedicated to the vast possibilities of digital photography as both a medium and a cultural epoch, West’s narratives draw inspiration from the total diversity offered by the visual arts. While the tableau photography of Stan Douglas and Jeff Wall inform West’s understanding of photography as a form of contemporary communication, the paintings of David Hockney and Edward Hopper provide evident aesthetic direction. The fictional world of cinema and the functional language of advertising have also clearly left their mark and taught lessons of their own.

International brands have embraced West’s vision through partnerships and important clients such as Disney, MTV, Bombay Sapphire, and Fox Sports. Recognized as one of Saatchi & Saatchi’s “Top 100 Emerging Photographers” in 2008, West has also been honored with “Advertising Photographer of the Year” at the International Loupe Awards (2008) and the prestigious “Arte Laguna Prize” in Venice, Italy (2009.)

International art curators have taken notice of the accomplished skill West applies to both his digital photography technique and the complex, cerebral narratives offered in his images. His works have been exhibited at important institutions around the world including the Columbus Museum of Art (2012), Faneuli Hall Museum of Boston (2015), the Paris Expo Porte De Versailles (2015), Puls 5 Gallery in Zürich, and the Discovery Times Square Museum in New York City (2014). Hailed as one of the most promising artists of his generation and identified as one of the most accomplished practitioners of digital image making as an art form, West has been honored by acquisitions of his work by some of the most prestigious collections of contemporary art, including that of Sir Elton John.

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Formento+Formento (USA)

BJ Formento was born in Hawaii and grew up in the Philippines.
After attending The Academy of Arts University of California, BJ moved to New York training his eye by working with esteemed photographers such as Richard Avedon, Duane Michals, Mary Ellen Mark and Annie Leibovitz.
London born Richeille Formento graduated with honors from Central St. Martins College of Art before working as an art director and designer.
In 2005, BJ and Richeille met while working together on a job in South Beach, Miami.
They admit to love at first sight and were married in New York City three months later.

Formento+Formento are known for their romantic and inventive photography that blur the lines of fiction and reality, clarity and ambiguity.
Richeille Formento styles and art directs, while BJ Formento lights and photographs.
Their style reveals a fascination with mood and texture where a sense of place figures prominently. From America, Europe, Cuba, Mexico, India to Japan they blend fervent passion for photography and film with a lasting love for one another.

Formento+Formento have come a long way in a short time, but they have shown that they live for the journey and it will continue, leading wherever it takes them.
They are professional travelers, bringing expertise, imagination and an almost alien gift for absorbing and rendering the spirit of a time and place.
Burroughs, who loved to collaborate and who created the cut up method with painter Brion Gysin, said that when two minds work together they create a third mind.
Here we see that two eyes can create a third eye and everyone knows that the third eye can see through time and space showing us things otherwise invisible (by Glenn O’Brien).

They consider Japan as their spirit haven and are always yearning to get back and go deeper in their exploration of the people and the landscape.
The new work moved them out of the city of Tokyo and into the countryside.
They wanted to live under the ever-changing appearance of Mt. Fuji and experience it’s burning energy.
Creating an ambiguous narrative with the women as they played out an imagined life under the strength of the mountain and beyond the edge of the frame.

Their work has been exhibited worldwide and is in permanent collections of The International Center of Photography, The Moscow Museum of Arts, The Currier Museum, The Boca Raton Museum, The Bruce Museum, The Lewben Museum and Musee Des Art Decoratif in Paris.
They have published Circumstance: America Down on Bruised Knees by YK Books (2009) as well a short film entitled The Voyage shown at Cannes Film Festival 2016.

To date, they have produced eight bodies of work, and are currently working on their new series entitled 36.
In winter of 2018 they returned to Japan, focused on channeling the artist Hokusai and asked the question of what Mt. Fuji means to them.
We consider Japan our spirit haven and are always yearning to come back and go deeper in our exploration of the people and the landscape.
This new work moved us out of the city of Tokyo and into the countryside.
Here we wanted to live under the ever changing appearance of Mt. Fuji and experience its burning energy, creating an ambiguous narrative with our women as they played out an imagined life under the strength of the mountain and beyond the edge of the frame.

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