EFFORTLESS BEAUTY: ALBERT NORMANDIN

Every so often it is a pleasure to share work that I find inspiring such as  Albert Normantin’s elegant photographs of Myanmar. He’s returned 7 times to this hidden country and made a series of images well worth checking out here: http://www.myanmarphotographs.com/

This work exhibits such effortless grace and clarity of vision that you almost don’t notice the rigor with which he shoots. In fact, at first it appears as seriously good travel photography as it pulls you in. As you go through the different portfolios you see winner after winner and the classical composition, perfect lighting combined with subjects that are completely at ease and it all adds up to something much deeper: a master photographer at the top of his game. Albert conveys a profound empathy and respect for his subjects while drawing on traditions of photojournalism and documentary work to capture moments in time. All of this is wrapped up in gorgeous light and color. Lovely to look at. Also his work is a reminder of the importance of learning the basic, classic traditions. Even if we are out to break all those traditions it’s great to know them before we try to break them. Sometimes simple is best. Thanks for the inspiration Albert.

Sunday
19
December 2010

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DAVID BLAINE: THE MAN IS INCREDIBLE

TRAVEL CHANNEL TO AIR  BLAINE’S “BEST YET” ON SUNDAY, DEC. 12th AT 9:00 p.m.

Please check out David’s new special and watch for re-runs, it’s well worth it. Click producer Shelly Ross’s blog link to read more. David Blaine: “A Beautiful Struggle,” an Amazing 1-Hour Special «  shelley ross daily Xpress I’ve seen his work in person and although I spent years as a cynical journalist, I truly cannot believe the amazing things he does. There is no way to describe it other than seeing it and the show does a great job of getting the reality across. Besides the magic, there is his performance art– no other word for the combination of science, daredevil risk-taking and beauty.

Here’s David at the grave of his hero and childhood inspiration, Houdini, deep in Queens, which we shot for the Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts show:

Magician David Blaine at Houdini's grave. ©2010 Doug Menuez


Sunday
12
December 2010

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BIG FUN, GOOD CAUSE

Charlize Theron auctions Doug Menuez photo to benefit her Africa Outreach Project « Stockland Martel

Charlize Theron + Jane Goodall in the Congo for Iconoclasts ©2010 Doug Menuez

Charlize chose this image for her auction last night for her South African AIDS foundation Africa Outreach Project. If you are interested in owning a signed version of this image we have 2 more 20×24 pigment prints left. Please email Molly in our studio: molly@menuez.com

Tuesday
07
December 2010

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