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October 19th, 2012
October 4th, 2012
“Gisele Bündchen, New York,” 2007. © Mario Testino.
From the exhibition “In Your Face” by Mario Testino at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
It’s hard to believe that the influential fashion and celebrity photographer Mario Testino has never had an exhibition in the United States—until now. Two concurrent exhibits open on Sunday, October 21, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The larger of the two, “Mario Testino: In Your Face,” features 122 black-and-white and color images chosen by Testino, from the many commercial and editorial assignments he’s shot during his 30-year career. These stylishly provocative and supremely elegant photos bring a freshness to his subjects, who are often well-known singers, actors, models and athletes. The 223-page book Mario Testino: In Your Face accompanies the exhibit and includes all 122 photos from the show as well as text by Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, among others.
The second exhibition is “Mario Testino: British Royal Portraits.” On view in this smaller show are the portraits Testino has made of various members of the British Royal family throughout the years, and includes the first showing in the U.S. of the engagement portrait for Prince William and Kate Middleton.
For further information, please visit www.mariotestino.com and www.mfa.org.
September 13th, 2012
On March 30, 2012, President Obama enters the South Portico of the White House after arriving on Marine One. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.
In January 2009, photojournalist Pete Souza became the chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama as well as the director of the White House photography office. Souza, who was also the official White House photographer for President Reagan, began photographing Obama during his first year as a senator and in 2008 published The Rise of Barack Obama. He considers it his primary duty as the official White House photographer to “visually document” Obama’s presidency for the historical record. To that end, he photographs the president in a variety of situations including at meetings, on Air Force One, interacting with his staff and spending time with his family. Tonight the Leica Gallery in New York City will host “The Obama White House,” an exhibition featuring select images of President Obama by Souza. More behind-the-scenes photos from the White House can be seen at www.flickr.com/whitehouse.
August 30th, 2012
“Ali Training, 1978.” © Harry Benson
For over 50 years, photographer Harry Benson has captured history in the making. His photojournalism and editorial work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including Vanity Fair, where he is currently under contract; LIFE, where he worked from 1970 to 2000; and Newsweek. He’s photographed every U.S. president from Dwight D. Eisenhower to Barack H. Obama, the Berlin Wall going up and coming down, The Beatles’ first trip to America, and many illustrious subjects such as Muhammad Ali, John and Robert Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Staley-Wise Gallery in New York City is celebrating Benson’s distinguished career with the exhibition “Harry Benson: Work,” which opens today and runs through October 27, 2012.
August 16th, 2012
© Mikki Ansin. Above: Susan Sarandon between takes. Beautiful, fun loving, politically wonderful, talented, great to work with and irreverent.
For close to 40 years, Mikki Ansin has worked as a still photographer on movie sets. While fulfilling the job requirements for Hollywood studios and independent productions alike, she became fascinated with documenting behind-the-scenes activity, most notably in the production of Merchant Ivory films. “The pay may have been less, but they let me do what I wanted,” Ansin says. “I took pictures of the stars with their feet up and their hair down, of the cast and crew at play — from the softball field to the set. I’ve always been captivated by how things happen.”
Ansin is one of 20 distinguished ASMP members whose work is featured in the newly redesigned Best of ASMP 2012 issue of the ASMP Bulletin, which is hot off the press. Click here for extended interviews with Ansin and the other Best of ASMP photographers.
-courtesy of Jill Waterman, Editor of ASMP Bulletin.
© Victoria Will.
This portrait of actress and director Miranda July taken at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival by editorial, fashion and commercial photographer Victoria Will, is part of series that won the “Celebrities” category of the 2011 PDN The Scene Photo contest. Today is the deadline for the 2012 contest: http://www.pdnthescene.com/?POTD .