Melanie Acevedo shoots fashion feature for Darling magazine

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Darling.

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Darling.

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Darling.

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Darling.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Darling.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Darling.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Darling.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for Darling.

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Art Streiber photographs “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg posing as Knight Rider, a Banksy mural, and more for the new issue of Complex

For Complex’s October cover story, the magazine enlisted actor/comedian Andy Samberg and photographer Art Streiber to put a comical spin on dressing up for Halloween.

“This was my first shoot for Complex,” notes Art, “and what I loved about collaborating with photo editor Gina Battle and creative director Brent Rollins was their ‘no idea too outrageous’ approach to concepting.”

The mission, explains Art, was to photograph Samberg in “uniquely outrageous, iconic, pop-culture Halloween costumes,” including Knight Rider, Calvin peeing, and a Banksy mural.

“Set designer Walter Barnett and wardrobe stylist Sharon Williams absolutely killed it, fine-tuning and rendering Samberg perfectly for each of the five elaborate setups that we undertook,” says Art.

Samberg’s most difficult challenge of the day, says the photographer, was being rigged to hang from the rafters dressed as a pineapple piñada “while a gaggle of little kids swung sticks at his legs.” And just so we’re all clear, “yes,” Art confirms, “that is a ‘stunt butt’ in the Calvin costume.”

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Sandy Sambgerg as Knight Rider. Photo by Art Streiber for Complex, October 2014 issue.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Complex.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Complex.

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Samberg as Mike Myers as Wayne Campbell of “Wayne’s World.” Photo by Art Streiber for Complex.

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As Calvin (left) and a famous Banksy street mural. Photos by Art Streiber for Complex.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Complex.

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New work: Steven Lippman for James Perse

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for James Perse.

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Jim Fiscus creates portrait series in his hometown of Athens, Georgia

Jim Fiscus is a pro at photographing characters who have sprung from other people’s imagination. He’s shot key art for series like Downton Abbey, Dexter, The Borgias, Shameless, Episodes, and Penny Dreadful, masterfully photographing the actors in costume and often on set to capture the story, emotion, and tone of each show.

But for his latest personal project, shot on location in his hometown of Athens, Georgia, Jim supplied the characters himself. For “Athens,” Jim first searched for evocative locations, studied the quality of light and the stories he could tell there, and then did a mix of street casting and enlisting friends to find people who he thought would suit the locations.

Some of the portraits, like “Kimberly” and “Gwinny,” are classic black & white character studies, but others have Southern Gothic streaks—something of an outsider quality, or maybe it’s that it feels like the rest of us are not part of this club.

Below, eight portraits from Jim’s “Athens.”

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Eddie. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

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Gwinny. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

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Wilfong. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

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Kimberly. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

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Twins. Photo by Jim Fiscus.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus.

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Coming soon: SMart Book 2015, our limited-edition photo annual featuring work by our entire roster

Maureen Martel was in Germany on press last week, overseeing the printing of our new SMart Book. The limited-edition photo annual will feature work by our entire roster, as well as production stills to give you a sense of what it’s like to be on set with these talented photographers.

As in years past, the book was designed by NYC-based firm Design MW and was printed by GZD, where Maureen worked with master printer Peter Weidle to make sure the final book—set for distribution to select clients in January—is perfect. We can’t reveal more details just yet, but here are a handful of snapshots from the printing process last week.

To view SMart Book 2014 online, go here.

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Maureen Martel with Peter Weidle of GZD and Ferdinand Pfitzer, CEO of the press where GZD prints.

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Peter checking color on a spread by Guzman.

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Reviewing color on a spread by Jason Hindley.

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A stack of proofs, topped by a spread by Michael Wirth.

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Art Streiber photographs the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” for the cover of People magazine

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The cast of “The Big Bang Theory” (from left): Melissa Rauch, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, and Mayim Bialik. Photo by Art Streiber for People.

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Photos by Art Streiber.

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Photos by Art Streiber.

Photo by Art Streiber.

 

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Doug Menuez captures the performers of two colorful Las Vegas shows on stage and behind the scenes

Doug Menuez recently went out to Las Vegas to photograph the performers starring in Absinthe at Caesars Palace and Rose. Rabbit. Lie at the Cosmopolitan. He shot portraits, behind the scenes, and during the shows themselves. Below, seven of our favorite photos from his shoots, which he has collected into a portfolio called “Performance.” See more at menuez.com/projects.

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Matthias Clamer shoots key art for the new season of fantasy-football-inspired series “The League” showing the cast riding, what else, a unicorn

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Photo by Matthias Clamer for FXX.

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In honor of Derek Jeter, a selection of portraits of the beloved Yankees shortstop by Walter Iooss

Unless rain intervenes, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is due to play his last home game tonight, having announced in February that he’s retiring at the end of this season. Legendary sports photographer Walter Iooss has shot Jeter numerous times over the years, from classic portraits to casual moments and even for an ad campaign for Avon. In honor of Jeter and his spectacular 20-season career, here are some of our favorite photos of him by Walter—including one shot just last week…

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Photo by Walter Iooss.

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Jeter (far right) with Alex Rodriguez (center). Photo by Walter Iooss.

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Photo by Walter Iooss.

Jeter with Mariano Rivera. Photo by Walter Iooss.

Photo by Walter Iooss.

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Jeter (far left) and teammates. Photo by Walter Iooss.

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Photo by Walter Iooss.

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Photo by Walter Iooss.

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Photo by Walter Iooss, shot September 2014.

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Nadav Kander photographs English composer Jonny Greenwood, of the band Radiohead, for The New Yorker

In addition to playing guitar in the highly regarded band Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood is an accomplished composer, with credits including the score to the Paul Thomas Anderson film There Will Be Blood. For a New Yorker piece showcasing Greenwood’s coming to Manhattan to play a live performance of the score for a screening of that movie, Nadav Kander photographed him…with a projection.
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Jonny Greenwood. Photo by Nadav Kander for The New Yorker, September 22, 2014, issue.

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