Kwaku Alston photographs First Lady Michelle Obama for the cover of Essence

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First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo by Kwaku Alston for Essence, August 2014 issue.

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Photo by Kwaku Alston.

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Uwe Duettmann shoots campaign for the Mercedes-Benz C-Class

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Photo by Uwe Duettmann for Mercedes-Benz.

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Photo by Uwe Duettmann for Mercedes-Benz.

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Photo by Uwe Duettmann for Mercedes-Benz.

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Fulvio Bonavia’s colorful accessories story for Italian Vogue

Conde Nast‘s Vogue Gioiello, which is devoted to the design and production of fine jewelry, goldsmithing, and watchmaking, commissioned Fulvio Bonavia to shoot still lifes for a story with recycling as its theme. He worked with fashion editor Georgia Tal.

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Photo by Fulvio Bonavia.

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Photo by Fulvio Bonavia.

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Photo by Fulvio Bonavia.

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Photo by Fulvio Bonavia.

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Craig Cutler, Nadav Kander, and Art Streiber featured in Communication Arts’ new Photography Annual

Congratulations to Craig Cutler, Nadav Kander, and Art Streiber, all of whom are featured in Communication Arts‘ 2014 Photography Annualas was Jim Fiscus, whose portrait of Downton Abbey star Jim Carter was published in the photo annual.

Below, a look at their winning work…

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Photo by Craig Cutler for The New York Times Magazine, as seen in Communication Arts’ 2014 Photography Annual.

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Photo by Craig Cutler for Men’s Fitness, as seen in Communication Arts’ 2014 Photography Annual.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for TNT, as seen in Communication Arts’ 2014 Photography Annual.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for TNT, as seen in Communication Arts’ 2014 Photography Annual.

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Chris Hardwick photographed by Art Streiber for Wired, as seen in Communication Arts’ 2014 Photography Annual.

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Si Robertson of “Duck Dynasty” photographed by Art Streiber for A&E, as seen in Communication Arts’ 2014 Photography Annual.

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Nadav Kander photographs key art for Cinemax medical drama “The Knick,” directed by Steven Soderbergh

Cinemax commissioned Nadav Kander to shoot the key art for its highly anticipated new series The Knick, a medical drama set in downtown New York in 1900. The show stars Clive Owen and is co-executive-produced by award-winning director Steven Soderbergh, who also directed the entire first season.

There’s a lot of buzz around this show—The Knick doesn’t debut till August 8, but Cinemax has already renewed it for a second season, notes The Hollywood Reporter. It’s the first time that either Cinemax or its sister network, HBO, has renewed a series before it aired, reports The Wall Street Journal.

From the official Knick page: The series is “centered on the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. … Academy Award and Emmy nominee Clive Owen stars as Doctor John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon pioneering new methods in the field, despite his secret addiction to cocaine.

“He leads a team of doctors including his protégé Dr. Everett Gallinger; the young Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. and Dr. Algernon Edwards, a promising surgeon who’s been recently thrust upon him. The lively cast of characters at the hospital also includes Cornelia Robertson, the daughter of its benefactor, Captain August Robertson; surly ambulance driver Tom Cleary; Lucy Elkins; a fresh-faced nurse from the country; the crooked hospital administrator Herman Barrow; and Sister Harriet, a nun who isn’t afraid to speak her mind.”

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Clive Owen stars as Doctor John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon pioneering new methods in the field, despite his secret addiction to cocaine. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Dr. Algernon Edwards, a promising surgeon. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Crooked hospital administrator Herman Barrow. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Young Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Surly ambulance driver Tom Cleary. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Cornelia Robertson, the daughter of the hospital’s benefactor. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Dr. Thackeray’s protégé, Dr. Everett Gallinger. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Lucy Elkins; a fresh-faced nurse from the country. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Hospital inspector Jacob Speight. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Sister Harriet, a nun who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Photo by Nadav Kander for Cinemax.

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Melanie Acevedo photographs Rufus Wainwright for Hamptons magazine cover story

Melanie Acevedo shot Rufus Wainwright in Montauk, Long Island, for the July 4 cover of Hamptons magazine. Oscar-nominated actress Naomi Watts did the interview with the award-winning singer-songwriter, which you can read online at hamptons-magazine.com.

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Rufus Wainwright. Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Hamptons magazine, July 4, 2014, issue.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Michael Muller shoots gladiator-themed ad for Samsung

Michael Muller recently shot an ad for the Samsung Curved UHD TV based on the concept of a Roman coliseum—because, well, it’s curved—filled with gladiators. The shoot took place in an old quarry in New Zealand. Here’s a look…

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Photo by Michael Muller for Samsung.

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Michael Muller’s selfie on set.

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Selfie in color.

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Liz Von Hoene shoots chic campaign promoting “Vegas Season”

Liz Von Hoene‘s latest campaign promotes “Vegas Season” in Las Vegas, described as the period from May through September, when you can “recharge in unrestrained style in the world’s most titillating climate.”

Here’s a look…

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The cover of “Vegas Season: The Ultimate Summer Catalog,” photographed by Liz Von Hoene.

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A peek inside the catalog.

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Photo by Liz Von Hoene.

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Liz’s images were also used for posters, like this one, which was displayed at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

 

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David Prince shoots “Prep Stars” story for Garden & Gun

Garden & Gun commissioned David Prince to shoot a story on “chef-worthy essentials”—from knives to cookware—that are “everyday works of art.” Here’s a look at “Prep Stars”…

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Photo by David Prince.

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Photo by David Prince.

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Photo by David Prince.

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Photo by David Prince.

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Art Streiber on photographing nine top chefs and restaurateurs at a “dinner party” for a campaign promoting Las Vegas

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Photo by Art Streiber for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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For a new campaign for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, R&R Partners commissioned Art Streiber to photograph nine top chefs and restaurateurs: Buddy Valastro, Paul Bartolotta, Daniel Boulud, Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Guy Savoy, Giada De Laurentiis, Hubert Keller, and Mario Batali.

The concept was to show them all together at a dinner party, a feat that Art pulled off by photographing each of them separately, over a nine-hour stretch, on a set built at an empty restaurant at the Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

“And while Las Vegas has everything you can and can’t imagine,” Art explains, “we brought our entire crew from Los Angeles. Namely, set designer Nick Tortorici, wardrobe stylist Sharon Williams, producer Brooke Ludi, digital tech Eric Vlasic, production coordinator Rachel Goldman, first assistant and executive producer Elaine Browne, and lighting director Johnny Tergo.

“Our plan was to build and light the set as if we were in a beautifully lit club-style dining room at night, and then we would light each of the chefs individually depending on their placement in the scene,” says Art.

“The entire shoot went off without a hitch, due in large part to the incredible work that my crew—especially Brooke, Nick, Sharon, and Elaine—did in preproduction.”

Among the many highlights of the shoot: “hugging Giada De Laurentiis, being threatened at saber-point by Daniel Boulud, and watching Nick Tortorici execute Boulud’s champagne-bottle-opening technique using that very same saber in one swift motion.

“Not to mention going through two entire coolers of fresh Mediterranean seafood with Paul Bartolotta in order to decide which to skewer on a trident and have him hold during the shoot.”

Adds Art, “I send an industrial-sized shout-out to my retoucher, Angie Hayes, who lovingly and meticulously pieced the whole thing together.”

credits
R&R Partners
Mark Naparstek, creative director
Jessica Hazen, associate creative director
Gina Scalice, art producer

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