Nigel Cox shoots campaign for luxury jewelry brand Tacori

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Tacori.

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Tacori.

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Tacori.

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Melanie Acevedo photographs Lonny magazine’s cover story on model-turned-entrepreneur Josie Maran

The September issue of Lonny profiles Josie Maran, a former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model who has built a multimillion-dollar skincare products and cosmetics brand. A lifelong nature lover, Maran and her family live part time on a farm in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, which is where Melanie Acevedo photographed her for the story. Here’s a look…

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Josie Maran and her husband and business partner, Ali Alborzi, with their children, Rumi (left) and Indi. Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Have a question about the early days of Silicon Valley? Come see Doug Menuez on September 20 at Photoville in Brooklyn

Doug Menuez will be discussing his groundbreaking photo project, “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985–2000,” at Photoville in Brooklyn. The hourlong event starts at 3 and promises to be thought-provoking.

“I want to share these heroic tales of sacrifice that built the stuff we take for granted that runs our world,” says Doug, “but I also want to challenge the status quo in the tech world with regards to job creation, long-term investment—or the lack thereof—in important hard science like climate change, diversity, and women in tech in particular, and education and the lack of engineers.”

Doug will be in conversation with Stockland Martel creative director Kristina Feliciano. Admission is free. We hope to see you there and, even more important, to take your questions. For further details, visit photoville.org. To register for free tickets, please go here.

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Jeff Lipsky photographs Eva Longoria, Los Angeles magazine’s 2014 Woman of the Year

In its September issue, Los Angeles profiles 10 game changers who make the city a better place. Topping the list: actress, entrepreneur, activist, and philanthropist Eva Longoria, whom Jeff Lipsky photographed for the cover. Read a preview of the magazine’s interview with Longoria here.

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Eva Longoria. Photo by Jeff Lipsky for Los Angeles magazine, September 2014 issue.

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Photo by Jeff Lipsky.

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Art Streiber on shooting the poster for the star-studded movie “This Is Where I Leave You”

One of the most anticipated movies of the fall movie season, which is kicking into high gear, is This Is Where I Leave You. Not only does it have an impressive cast—including Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, and Connie Britton—but it’s based on a bestselling novel about family dysfunction (prepare for hilarity and tears) and adapted by the author himself (Jonathan Tropper).

Art Streiber photographed the key art for the movie, which opens in theaters September 19. Below, he talks about how the shoot came together…

On a beautifully warm summer day last June (2013) in Munsey Park, Long Island, at the end of a leafy cul-de-sac, down a steep, curving driveway, in a wedding-sized tent in the backyard of a traditional two-story house with storm-shuttered windows, we photographed the key art for this fall’s family dramedy This Is Where I Leave You.

We hired an event company to build us the tent, put down a parquet floor, and pipe in some air conditioning. We put up a white seamless backdrop, and then we.… Waited. The actors arrived over the course of the day, in between scenes, whenever they were free.

We had about 15 minutes with each one and went through a battery of coverage in order to give the studio as many options as possible.

The film’s director, Shawn Levy, had stopped by the tent early in the day to make sure that the actors’ performance for the onesheet matched the mood he was capturing for the movie: melancholy, resignation, and overall just being emotionally drained.

I also worked very closely with Christian Davin from Universal, who guided me through all of the potential scenarios for the actors that allowed the studio to build out a variety of different group configurations.

Below, the final movie poster…

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Photo by Art Streiber.

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Surreal and “outrospective”: Nadav Kander photographs “The Art of Fashion” for Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus commissioned Nadav Kander to photograph this year’s highly anticipated “Art of Fashion” campaign, which is making its premiere in the September edition of the luxury retailer’s publication The Book.

“Fashion design is an artistic expression of the designer, but ultimately it’s about the individual who wears the clothes,” Georgia Christensen, executive creative director of Neiman Marcus, tells Vanity Fair in a feature on Nadav’s “Art of Fashion” campaign. “Nadav’s craft,” Neiman Marcus vice president of brand creative Eddie Nunns tells the magazine, “is capturing the spirit of the individual.”

For the 26-page portfolio, which marks the 20th year of “The Art of Fashion,” Nadav photographed 15 models in 31 designer looks. “We created an incredibly simple set that was both surreal and outrospective,” Nadav tells Vanity Fair. “Most of my work inspires a stillness and a contemplation in people, and this campaign is no different.”

The false-perspective set, he explains at the Neiman Marcus blog, is “visually uncomfortable.” Underpinning his concept is “a gentle idea that nobody’s feet ever touch the floor.”

“Nadav beautifully bridges fall fashions’ more serious mood with the spirit of the individual. There’s a quiet motion and a solace that makes the work feel very relevant,” Nunns tells Vanity Fair. And Christensen agreed, telling the magazine that Nadav’s work is “a balance of mystery and beauty that you linger on.”

Below, highlights from Nadav’s “Art of Fashion.” View the complete portfolio here.

To watch Neiman Marcus’ short film on Nadav and the making of this year’s “Art of Fashion,” click here or scroll down to the end.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for Neiman Marcus, “The Art of Fashion.”

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Photo by Nadav Kander for Neiman Marcus, “The Art of Fashion.”

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Nino Muñoz shoots key art for the new CBS series “Scorpion”

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Photo by Nino Muñoz.

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About the show, which premieres September 22:

Inspired by a true story, Scorpion is a high-octane drama about eccentric genius Walter O’Brien and his team of brilliant misfits who represent the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s “Scorpion” team includes Toby Curtis, an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn, a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd, a statistics guru. Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo, who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. However, while this socially awkward group is comfortable with each other’s humor and quirks, life outside their circle confounds them, so they rely on Paige Dineen, who has a young, gifted son, to translate the world for them. At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.

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Nadav Kander photographs Gary Lineker, sportscaster and former soccer star, for British GQ

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Gary Lineker. Photo by Nadav Kander for British GQ, September 2014 issue.

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Read a preview of the interview with Lineker, which appears in the September issue, here.

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John Offenbach and the Belly Flops to swim around Manhattan September 13 in charity event

John Offenbach has gone to great lengths to raise money for charity. Specifically, the length of the English Channel, which he swam in 2009 with his band of friends the Belly Flops to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. That year, they raised 17,000 pounds for the JDRF. In 2012, John and friends set out to swim the Channel once again, and though John was bested by the water, he and his team raised close to 16,000 pounds. And now the Belly Flops are bringing their action to New York City.

On Saturday, September 13, the Belly Flops will swim around the island of Manhattan—just over 28 miles total—setting off from Battery Park and heading up the East River and then back down the Hudson. This time, their cause is the Kuleana street children center in Tanzania, which is part of the Cheka Sana Children’s Trust. The center helps kids who have been beaten, abandoned, or neglected. Their stories—captured in a short 2012 film by Tom Merillon, one of the Belly Flops—are heartbreaking, but the Kuleana center works hard to restore these children’s well-being and give them hope for the future. (Their donated page can be found here.)

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The Belly Flops. John Offenbach is at bottom left.

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“The center is going through a bit of a transition period,” explains Tom. “They are in the process of creating a new center in which to house the children and carry on their great work, so funding is crucial to keep everything running.”

Fifty percent of the donations generated by the Belly Flops’ swim will go the Kuleana center. The other 50% will benefit the event’s organizer, Swim Free, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the level of safety for participants and organizers of events in and around the water.

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To lend your support to the Belly Flops’ Manhattan swim, go here. (Ignore the login section. Also, there’s no need to enter your zip code.) You can see what others have donated, as well as their messages of support, here.

To view John’s progress as he’s been training for the swim, visit his tumblr: anotherswim.tumblr.com. On the day of the swim, you can also track his position using the location app Glympse.

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John Offenbach training in July.

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Melanie Acevedo shoots playful print campaign for Target Weddings

This new campaign for Target Weddings, photographed by Melanie Acevedo, celebrates the fun of being in love with someone who’s also your best friend—and, in one case, the comfort of knowing your furry best friend has your back. It’s also refreshingly modern in that it features a same-sex couple. As the tagline says, “Be yourself, together.”

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Target.

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