Doug Menuez on photographing the hustle and bustle of FedEx’s massive Memphis cargo airport

FedEx recently commissioned Doug Menuez to capture the boundless energy and productivity of its Memphis hub for a corporate image library.

“It’s like a nation state—it takes about 20 minutes just to drive from one end to the other of the 500-acre-plus hub,” he says. “Inside, they have 15 million square feet of facilities where the packages flow in to be sorted to their destinations. Around 3 p.m. and again at 3 a.m., there is an explosion of activity as jets land and take off and packages are sorted and shipped. What might seem effortless to us when we click ‘send’ on a shipping order is revealed as an almost insane, gargantuan task.”

Doug had the opportunity to shoot throughout the facility for several days and even pulled an all-nighter. “And, unbelievably, they gave us a brand-new 767 and pilots to photograph as we pleased. We got to circle around doing ‘touch and go’s’ for hours—amazing fun.”

Read and see more at Doug’s Storehouse.co page: “On Assignment: FedEx.”

 

Photo by Doug Menuez for FedEx.

Photo by Doug Menuez for FedEx.

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Photo by Doug Menuez for FedEx.

Photo by Doug Menuez for FedEx.

Photo by Doug Menuez for FedEx.

Walter Iooss re-creates his iconic 1969 poolside portrait of Joe Namath with NFL star Darrelle Revis

Darrelle Revis recently rejoined the New York Jets, a turn of events that Sports Illustrated explores in a cover story that finds affinities between Revis and Jets legend Joe Namath.

“I see a lot of similarities between Darrelle Revis and Joe Namath,” says senior writer Greg Bishop. “They’re both kind of the stars of the league, they’ve both made great impacts on teams, they’ve both won a Super Bowl ring. I think what Darrelle wants most is to bring a Super Bowl to the Jets, which is something that hasn’t happened since Joe was playing.”

In fact, the magazine asked Walter Iooss to re-create his iconic 1969 shot of Broadway Joe poolside with reporters in Fort Lauderdale for the story.

“Revis made it work,” Walter told the New York Post, which wrote about the photo. “Just imagine Tom Brady or Russell Wilson sitting poolside for that picture today. Not going to happen. Revis did it, though. He was great.”

Below, Walter’s photo of Revis and his famous photo of Namath.

 

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Darrelle Revis in Joe Namath’s famous pose, with Namath himself by his side. Photo by Walter Iooss.

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Joe Namath in 1969. Photo by Walter Iooss.

 

 

Go behind the scenes of Steven Lippman’s key-art shoot for season two of Showtime’s award-winning series “The Affair”

Showtime commissioned Steven Lippman to photograph the key art for season two of its infidelity drama The Affair, which premieres October 4. Scroll down to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot, and click here to revisit the evocative key art that Steven shot for season one of the award-winning series.

 

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Showtime.

 

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Annabel Mehran photographs “True Detective” star Michelle Monaghan for Porter magazine

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Michelle Monaghan. Photo by Annabel Mehran for Porter.

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Photo by Annabel Mehran for Porter.

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Photo by Annabel Mehran for Porter.

Michael Muller photographs “Penny Dreadful” star Josh Hartnett for Playboy

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Josh Hartnett. Photo by Michael Muller for Playboy.

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Photo by Michael Muller for Playboy.

Photo by Michael Muller for Playboy.

Photo by Michael Muller for Playboy.

 

Photographer Matthew Rolston documents California’s beloved Pageant of the Masters for The Wall Street Journal

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As an 8-year-old, photographer and director-to-be Matthew Rolston was taken by his family to see the Pageant of the Masters, a somewhat offbeat and much-cherished theatrical event in Laguna Beach, California, in which set designers, makeup artists, and amateur actors give their all to faithfully re-create famous paintings in the flesh. The tableaux vivants—or “living pictures,” as they are referred to by the pageant—with their vivid makeup and costumes, elaborate sets, and suspension of disbelief, made a powerful impression on Rolston.

“It had a tremendous effect on me,” he says of the event, which has been held in Laguna Beach since the Great Depression. “The lighting, the costumes, the magic of it. It was a formative childhood experience. I’ve gone back over the years many times. In fact, I’m a little bit obsessed with the pageant.”

 

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Performance of Winslow Homer’s “The Country School” at the Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, California, June 25, 2015. Photo by Matthew Rolston.

 

Enter Christina Binkley, fashion and culture columnist for The Wall Street Journal, who last year covered Rolston’s fine-art project “Vanitas: The Palermo Portraits.” She and Rolston have stayed in touch since that article, and recently he mentioned the pageant to her. She was immediately intrigued and decided to write about this year’s pageant, which is being performed nightly through August 31 at the 2,600-seat Irvine Bowl amphitheater. (Details here.)

Binkley asked Rolston if he’d like to photograph the pageant for her story. Naturally, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to go behind the scenes of an event that has held his fascination for so many years. “To be able to go backstage, where they do the makeup and build the sets and sew the costumes—I was like a kid in a candy store,” Rolston says. “Pure joy.”

 

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Pageant poser Katie White being made up for her role of schoolmarm in Winslow Homer’s “The Country School,” backstage at the Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, California, June 25, 2015. Photograph by Matthew Rolston.

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Pageant posers Elizabeth Keyser (left) and Michelle Blunk waiting to go on stage for their performance of Winslow Homer’s “The Country School” at the Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, California, June 25, 2015. Photo by Matthew Rolston.

 

Rolston also collaborated with Binkley on a short documentary video about the making of the Pageant of the Masters, featuring Diane Challis Davy, the pageant’s director; Dan Duling, the scriptwriter; Allyson Doherty, the makeup director; and Richard Hill, the pageant’s technical director.

“The video is probably my favorite part of the project,” says Rolston. “It underscores the fact that the pageant is an artisanal operation and a labor of love for those who create it. Everything is made by hand and made on-site, and many of these gifted people have been working on the pageant for years.”

 

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The Pageant of the Masters is a summertime tradition for Southern Californians and, together with the concurrent Festival of Arts, draws an estimated 250,000 visitors to Laguna Beach each season. This year, Matthew Rolston was once again one of the admiring visitors, just as he was when he was 8 years old and attending for the very first time.

“Journalistic photography isn’t really my thing,” Rolston notes. “But with this project, I was able to relive a formative experience. It felt great.”

Read “Paintings Come to Life,” by Christina Binkley, at wsj.com.

Melanie Acevedo photographs the lovely Alabama home of interior designer Andrew Brown for Veranda magazine

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Andrew Brown in his Alabama home. Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda, August 2015 issue.

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda.

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda.

Go behind the scenes of Jeff Lipsky’s shoot with field-hockey ace Paige Selenski for ESPN The Magazine’s 2015 Body Issue

For its 2015 Body Issue, ESPN The Magazine asked Jeff Lipsky to photograph 2012 Olympian Paige Selenski, who’s a member of the USA Field Hockey National Team. Below, two of the portraits featured by ESPN, plus a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

 

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Paige Selenski. Photo by Jeff Lipsky for ESPN The Magazine’s 2015 Body Issue.

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The latest Serpentine Pavilion, photographed by John Offenbach, looks like a life-size, brightly colored magic cocoon

The Serpentine Galleries are currently celebrating the 15th anniversary of their pavilion commission, whereby some of the world’s greatest architects design and build a temporary structure for the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens. Zahad Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Jean Nouvel, and Frank Gehry are among the greats who have designed a Serpentine Pavilion, and the installation is one of the top-10 most-visited architectural and design destinations in the world, according to the Serpentine Galleries.

This year’s pavilion is a particularly fanciful cocoon-like creation designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano, who were inspired variously by London’s Underground, the need to connect to nature and the landscape, and “change, surprise, color, and materials.” (Read more about the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion here.)

John Offenbach, who has photographed many of the previous pavilions, captured the swirly hues and winding intrigue of Selgas-Cano’s design in the images below…

 

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Photo by John Offenbach.

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Photo by John Offenbach.

 

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