One of the World’s Finest Artists: Terry Richardson

If you believe everything you read about fashion photographer Terry Richardson, he was destined to become an artist of some kind because of the list of celebrity friends and romances his parents had in the 1960s and 70s. His father, Bob Richardson was a fashion photographer for Vogue and art school contemporary of Andy Warhol, who gave Terry his first experiences of the art world and models, which led to his career choice as a photographer. His mother was a dancer at the Copa in New York, before becoming the wife and stylist of Bob Richardson. Norma Kessler as his other was known, would later change her name to Annie Lomax and leaving Bob Richardson and marrying English musician and the first artist signed to The Beatles Apple records, Jackie Lomax.

Terry Richardson was born in New York in 1965, his father was, by then, a contract photographer for American Vogue. The Richardson’s soon moved to Paris for the more liberal artistic choices Bob could make in the French capital, after separating, both Bob and Norma returned to the US. Bob made his home in New York, with Norma and Terry embarking on a short residency in Woodstock with Richardson’s stepfather Jackie Lomax, a musician backed by The Beatles who never found the international fame many thought he deserved. In the 1970s Richardson and his mother made their way to Los Angeles, where he is reported to have been given his first camera in 1982.

The first career choice of Richardson was to become a musician, his inspiration being the punk scene that had sprung up in the late 1970s. A failed punk music career would eventually lead Richardson back to the camera and a photography career after moving back to New York in 1992. His photographs of young people in New York would be published in Vibe Magazine in 1994 and lead Richardson to a career as a fashion photographer for magazines and designer advertising campaigns. The career of Terry Richardson echoes that of his father in its early years, with the publication of his first spread in Vibe prompting a move to Europe, in this case London and work for the stylish and often controversial magazines published there, including The Face and I-D.

Richardson’s artistic style is often said to be influenced by his punk music sensibilities, which includes the use of simple point and shoot cameras, and Polaroid’s. Over the course of his career through to the second decade of the 21st century, Richardson has developed a series of stylistic qualities that include a highly stylized sexual approach to his subjects. The success he has enjoyed led Richardson to marketing campaigns for Diesel and Tom Ford.

The career of Richardson has been documented in a series of books and gallery shows, alongside a change of direction to take on the role of director for a number of music videos and documentaries. Amongst the most famous video work of Terry Richardson is the Miley Cyrus video for Wrecking Ball and Do What You Want by long term collaborator Lady Gaga.

“Origins of Flesh” Exhibition to Combine Art and Science in Unique Ways

In Bordeaux there is a woman sitting in a museum. To see her picture you would swear it was a photograph of an actual human being dressed up to look prehistoric. But you would soon find yourself in awe when you realized that what you were looking at was actually the work of French makeup artist turned paleontology expert Elisabeth Daynes. Known originally for her life-like theatrical masks and makeup at the Theatre du Nord in Lille, Daynes is now making waves and turning heads by creating remarkably life-like and anthropologically correct models of what our prehistoric ancestors used to look like.

The combination of forensics, paleontology, and art is made possible by cranial scans of remains that have been found throughout the world. Daynes used scans mainly from the Pataud shelter site to create her models, but even though they are regionally based they still offer today’s humans a glimpse into our evolutionary past, which Jason Halpern is especially excited to check out.

“Origins of Flesh – our ancestors as you have never seen them before” is the exhibit’s full title and features two life-sized and beautifully crafted models of a man and a woman whose remains were found in the same region in 1888. Behind them on the walls are the photographs and scans of the actual remains on which each sculpture is based.

It is clear that this marriage of science and art will offer humans a rare glimpse into the past, and is earning Daynes the recognition and admiration for her work she so well deserves.

Will The Prynt Case Bring Back The Polaroid?

At one time, the Polaroid instant photo camera was “all that” in the world of consumer electronics. A Polaroid collection was a status symbol back in the 1970’s. Today, modern advancements in technology make the Polaroid seem like a totally archaic and forgotten concept.

Then, along came the Prynt Case.

Prynt is a small hardware startup based out of France and it just might be resurrecting the age-old Polaroid for the modern world. Basically, the Prynt Case is a small, portable printer that can generate copies of any digital photos you take. No, a printer is not a novel, new invention. The concept of an on-the-go portable printer for your smartphone camera most certainly is.

The obvious question that is going to be on everyone’s mind is whether or not any actual demand exists for the Prynt Case. People like Lee G. Lovett who take photos can upload them onto social media immediately. Do they really have to care all that much about whether or not a hardcopy printout can be generated immediately after taking a picture? Can they not just wait until they get home to use their own normal printer?

Then again, as long as something is new and cool, people may be interested in buying it. This is the hallmark of a lot of tech consumer buying patterns. So, do not be surprised that some are going to be interested in this instant camera just for its sheer novelty value.

Local Community Pimps Out Snail Shells To Stop Them Being Stepped On

Unfortunately, snails really blend in with the ground. They are difficult to see, and for the person that’s not paying attention, it can be pretty easy to accidentally crush one of the poor guys. That’s why some people are taking matters into their own hands, and are painting the snails different colors.

Some of the artwork is pretty incredible, and Jared Haftel was floored by the quality of some of the artwork. I’ve posted my favorite picture above. Love the design, and the attention to detail. Some people have said that they find their snail months later, with the artwork still totally intact.

Seems like a great idea to me. Check out the rest of them here.

Photography Rene Burri Passed Away at 81

Famous photographer Rene Burri passed away yesterday, after a long battle with illness, he was 81.

Famous for a variety of his work, two stand out as Rene Burri’s most notable contributions to the photography community. Including portraits of Che Guevara, and Pablo Picasso.

Widely regarded as one of the world’s best postwar photographer, Rene Burri’s loss will be felt throughout the art community. I have a friend, Alexei Beltyukov that has several of Rene’s more famous images matted on his wall.