Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I heard Florence and The Machine's first single in July and I was floored. I pitched her to a few magazines, a few thought she'd be a good fit and I shot her on my October trip to NYC. The images will be out in February.
It's very rare I stumbled across an artist who generates this kind of excitement for me; her album, Lungs, is fantastic, her voice is radiantly alive, she is totally uninhibited in her performances. I am so grateful to have been able to shoot her.
Posted by Chloe Aftel at 2:59 PM
Friday, January 8, 2010
I was reading a lovely blog the other day and it had this old promo for the Land Camera, made by the Eames Studio in the 1970s. It is a lovely 10 minute film that gets into how the SX-70 works from cogs to emulsion. It presents the camera as a device for all races and ages, but moreover, even as a mass consumer product, they view it as something more than just a way to take instant photos.
Posted by Chloe Aftel at 9:05 AM
Thursday, January 7, 2010
A friend sent me a link to Vivian Maier's work, which is incredible. Apparently the man who created the website for her work bought her negatives at an auction, having no idea what the images were nor of Ms. Maier's work. She was a nanny or something of the sort who shot thousands of rolls throughout her daily life and in doing so, created a huge body of exciting, unusual work, that memorializes a period of time long since gone with her own incredible eye.
It's bewildering to think she was never published, that she never showed her work publicly, but at least now her time has come.
Posted by Chloe Aftel at 1:02 PM
Friday, January 1, 2010
My significant other, who loves technolongy and video games, found a photographer on one of his daily blogs and sent it to me.
I have no idea who Chen Zhun is, as I couldn't find a website for his work, but the recent work he did for FHM China is awesome. I love how playful and oddly sexy and totally bizarre the images are. It goes beyond fanboy fantasy and actually blends titillation, violence and action into single frames that tell a story, however unexpected.
Wish I could see more.
Posted by Chloe Aftel at 5:25 PM