We tend to think of portraits as flattering portrayals of people we love, or celebrities, or of people in power. The selfies and self-portraits that people post on Facebook tend to glamorize their lives and to present themselves as attractive, impressive and desirable according to visual characteristics that are valued in our status-conscious, media-saturated societies. With his new book of portraits of less-than-glamorous people, Bruce Gilden puts us uncomfortably close to people whose faces contradict the idealized faces we encounter in magazines, movies and social media websites.

He once described the way he photographs as “flash in one hand and jumping at people”. On YouTube you can see him on the streets of New York, striding purposefully through the crowds and suddenly thrusting his camera into the faces of unsuspecting subjects.  It’s a very old-school New York style of photography: tough, confrontational, literally in-your-face and, after 40 years of doing it, he is a master of sorts. You love his photographs or you hate them. He probably doesn’t give a damn either way.

The Keenest Blade Part 2

2/3 short stories from Japan for this issue of Esquire Big Black Book shot by Christoffer Rudquist S/S2017

Nadia Lee Cohen's "The Pageant"

A first hand insight into her recent work for Hunger Magazine, Issue 12. 

The Keenest Blade

1/3 short stories from Japan for this issue of Esquire Big Black Book shot by Christoffer Rudquist S/S2017 

DMB interview Stylist Nayaab Tania

A GUIDE TO INDULGENCE in her own words - NADIA LEE COHEN

Nadia Lee Cohen gives us another insight to her personal project a Guide To Indulgence sharing her intentions behind the film. 

An Interview with Noose & Monkey

We caught up with Noose & Monkey to discuss everything from industry tips, to inspirations and what it is like to work within industry of tailoring. - Imagery shot by Haris Nukem 

Snow in Kyoto

 Christoffer Rudquist gives us a tranquil gaze of snow falling in Kyoto - Japan. 

Augmentation of Sight Sacralization Exhibition - Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts uses augmented reality within his exhibition to pull the viewer into the landscape and emphasise fleeting moments, where the essence of the individual location can be exposed to the viewer. 

 

 

A Guide to Indulgence - Nadia Lee Cohen

A personal film by Nadia Lee Cohen that creates a satirical world where female inhabitants push their appearances into cartoonish extremes. Nadia uses music and subtle word play to portray extreme representations of femininity.

TOP Tips on sports photography with Finn Taylor

We caught up with photographer Finn Taylor to get some first hand industry top tips on sports photography. 

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