New York’s icy temps fail to freeze out fans of Michael Jordan, who waited in line to tour Jordan Brand HQ and see Walter Iooss’ iconic portraits

A wide selection of Walter Iooss’ most famous photographs of NBA superstar Michael Jordan were exhibited last weekend in New York City at Jordan Brand, where hundreds of basketball fans lined up—despite the biting cold—for the chance to tour the headquarters and view the portraits.

The show featured “large reproductions on canvas that decorated a long, wide hallway on both sides,” reports Sports Illustrated, which called the exhibit “remarkable.”

“Iooss wrote little notes about where and when he took some of his most famous shots, including the enduring shot from the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest, the captivating all-white photo used as the cover for Rare Air, and a locker-room celebration photo that shows Jordan holding a cigar and wearing a wide smile.” (Read more here.)

Below, that famous Slam Dunk shot, plus a peek at the exhibition, courtesy of Walter himself.

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Michael Jordan in 1988. Photo by Walter Iooss.

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An installation view of the exhibition of Walter’s photos at Jordan Brand in New York City.

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Stockland Martel photographers donate images to event benefitting Angelenos living in poverty

We’re very proud to announce that nine of our photographers have donated their work to a private benefit supporting LIFT: LA, an organization that helps people living in poverty. “LIFT: ART” will take place from 6 to 9 PM this Thursday at Quixote Studios, 1011 North Fuller Dr., in West Hollywood and will feature images by Kwaku Alston, Jimmy Chin, Walter Iooss, Nadav Kander, Steven Lippman, Jeff Lipsky, Michael Muller, Nino Muñoz, and Art Streiber.

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Jason Hindley’s latest shoot for Volkswagen shows just how cold their air conditioning really feels

Jason also photographed a number of immaculate still lifes for the campaign…

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Volkswagen.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Volkswagen.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Volkswagen.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Volkswagen.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Volkswagen.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Volkswagen.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Volkswagen.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Volkswagen.

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agency: Adam & Eve DDB
creatives: Jon Farley, Alex Lucas
creative producer: Charmaine Balay
prop stylist: Keiko Hindley
prosthetic makeup artist: Bill Turpin
models: Johan Van Vuuren, Toby Cisneros
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UFC champ Ronda Rousey and tennis ace Caroline Wozniacki pose for Walter Iooss in Sports Illustrated’s 2015 Swimsuit Issue

Over the years, Walter Iooss‘ many contributions to Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit Issue have ranged from cover portraits of Christie Brinkley, Kate Upton, Petra Nemcova, and Brooklyn Decker, to “Body Paint” features and portraits of “Swimsuit Issue Legends.”

For this year’s issue, which just hit newsstands, Walter photographed a pair of top athletes: Ronda Rousey, an American mixed martial artist who is the current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion, and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, winner of more than 20 WTA tour titles. Below, a peek at the photos, plus stills from the behind-the-scenes video of the shoots, which took place on Captiva Island.
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Caroline Wozniacki. Photo by Walter Iooss. Click to see more.

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Photo by Walter Iooss. Click to see more.

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Walter hard at work. Click to watch video.

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Ronda Rousey. Photo by Walter Iooss. Click to see more.

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Photo by Walter Iooss. Click to see more.

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Click to watch video.

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“A Year on the Hill: Work by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer” on view through March 8 at the Georgia Museum of Art

The Georgia Museum of Art in Athens is hosting an exhibition of large-scale images created by Jim Fiscus in collaboration with Grammy-nominated graphic artist Chris Bilheimer, who has worked with R.E.M., Green Day, and Nirvana, among others, and recently undertook a redesign for Helm Boots.

All of the pieces “A Year on the Hill: Work by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer” were made between 2009 and 2010 on the Hill, a historic neighborhood in Athens known for its antebellum and early-20th-century homes. “All of the images were shot with a view camera with rare film types and printed large,” says Jim. “Some are over 8 feet.”

Tonight at 5:30, Jim and Dr. Asen Kirin, associate professor of art history and associate director, Lamar Dodd School of Art, will discuss the project at a gallery. Details here. Below, highlights from the exhibition, which is on view through March 8.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.

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Photo by Jim Fiscus and Chris Bilheimer.

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New by Nigel Cox: chic still lifes of men’s accessories and cologne shot on black

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Men’s Fitness, January/February issue.

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Men’s Fitness.

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Men’s Fitness.

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Men’s Fitness.

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Jeff Lipsky photographs “Blue Bloods” star Tom Selleck

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Tom Selleck. Photo by Jeff Lipsky for TV Guide.

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Photo by Jeff Lipsky.

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Photo by Jeff Lipsky.

 

Guzman photograph Manchester United soccer players for Samsung campaign

A while back, R/GA commissioned photo duo Guzman to shoot players from Manchester United for a Samsung Galaxy II campaign pegged to the World Cup. We recently received the final art and couldn’t resist sharing it now, even though that event has come and gone. Below, Guzman’s portraits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wu Lei, Lionel Messi, Ramadel Falcao, Mario Götze, and Victor Moses

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Cristiano Ronaldo. Photo by Guzman for Samsung.

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Wu Lei. Photo by Guzman for Samsung.

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Lionel Messi. Photo by Guzman for Samsung.

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Mario Götze. Photo by Guzman for Samsung.

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Ramadel Falcao. Photo by Guzman for Samsung.

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Victor Moses. Photo by Guzman for Samsung.

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Doug Menuez on photographing Eventbrite’s first-ever ad campaign

Photo by Doug Menuez for Eventbrite.

 

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Eventbrite, a website and app that help people find and attend events and classes that feed their interests, has just released its first-ever ad campaign, which was shot in classic black & white by Doug Menuez. Below, Doug talks about the making of “It Starts With Yes.”

On New Year’s Eve, around 9 PM, I got a call from Tamara Mendelsohn, VP of marketing, and Erik Gomez, communication designer, of Eventbrite, to ask if I’d be willing to shoot their new advertising campaign, the first ever for their company. They sounded brilliant and deeply passionate about this project and their company, but also clearly crazy to be calling about a major production late on New Year’s—my kind of crazy. It all felt just perfect. I loved these guys immediately.
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Photo by Doug Menuez for Eventbrite.

 

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The call was not a total surprise, as a few hours earlier I’d gotten a heads-up call from my dear friend Ivy Ross, who leads Google Glass, to say she had recommended me for the campaign. Given the holiday, I truly did not expect to hear more that day but was very grateful for her faith in me. In quickly researching Eventbrite, I learned it had been founded by Julia and Kevin Hartz, a dynamic young couple who bootstrapped it through the early years. Last year, they did something like $1.5 billion, so they are clearly tracking as a Silicon Valley breakout success story. This is actually a rare thing—the vast majority of tech startups fail. Knowing this, I realized how much was at stake for them.

For the ads, they wanted to capture moments of emotion experienced during events that their audience could relate to as authentic. We both felt my background in documentary photography and photojournalism made this project ideal for me to do. I love to bring my real-world experience into commercial projects and collaborate.

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Photo by Doug Menuez for Eventbrite.

 

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Plus, these guys had the idealism and humanist values I saw in the 1980s during my time shooting Steve Jobs and the great innovators of Silicon Valley (recently published as Fearless Genius). Tamara explained their vision is to use technology to get people off their screens and into the real world. Life is an accumulation of experiences, after all, and Eventbrite’s role is to help make it easy to have them. Very cool.

They further explained that they’d tried using stock for the ads but had decided they just could not find images that conveyed authentic emotion. And they wanted to feature real events that they actually support.

And then they asked if I could start shooting the following week, in San Francisco. That meant I’d have only three or four days to prep. No pressure, right? As someone who spent years winging it for news magazines, I know I can pull of just about anything, anywhere—fly in and make friends, hustle like mad, pull favors, break laws, and get it done. But when you’re working with advertising budgets and with people’s jobs on the line, it’s very different.

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Photo by Doug Menuez for Eventbrite.

 

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I could have done this guerrilla style, but I felt a greater responsibility given this was their first campaign. Failure was not an option. I also felt a desire to build a relationship and think long term to help evolve the campaign with them over years. So when our call ended, I immediately called veteran producer Darcy Diamond, who instantly agreed to jump in blind.

Next, my agent Tamika Harold at Stockland Martel worked with Alexa Plew at Eventbrite on the budget and deadline. By Monday evening we were full speed ahead, with a week to produce five or more ads. Darcy connected with Alexa and the Eventbrite team to get the production going. The coolest part is that Eventbrite invited their employees to volunteer as talent.

Eventbrite has clearly built strong relationships with their customers, because they generously gave us access to actual events. We shot a sushi-making class, hip-hop dancing and yoga classes, a jazz concert, a lecture, and a fantastic rave scene at a local nightclub.

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Photo by Doug Menuez for Eventbrite.

 

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It was very cool to be asked by Tamara and Riley Rant, the lead copywriter, to share my thoughts on the picture edit and copy ideas related to emotions and story. Riley was there with us at all hours of the day and night, making sure that they found the perfect words to match my photos, and she was the genius who came up with the copy “It starts with yes.”

After we wrapped at the club on Saturday at around 1:30 a.m, we processed files all night at the hotel while then retouching all through the flight home Sunday, finally delivering all the files Monday as Tamara, Erik, design director Andrew Sandler, and the team wrestled the layouts to the deadline. Whew.

Eventbrite made our experience shooting experiences for them a total joy and a great way to start 2015.

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Photo by Doug Menuez for Eventbrite.

 

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Walter Iooss photographs pro golfer Rickie Fowler for the cover of Golf Digest

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Rickie Fowler. Photo by Walter Iooss for Golf Digest, January 2015 issue.

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Photo by Walter Iooss.

Photo by Walter Iooss.

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