Flipboard features Doug Menuez’s photo project documenting the birth of Silicon Valley

Flipboard‘s photo editors have just published a feature on Doug Menuez‘s “Fearless Genius” photo project. Go here to see more.

And if you’re in New York City this weekend, come see Doug talk about the project on Saturday, September 20, at Photoville in Brooklyn. His presentation, scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m., is free. Details here.

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Click to read the feature on Doug Menuez’s “Fearless Genius” photo project at flipboard.com.

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Lauren Greenfield’s #likeagirl short film for Always notches more than 70 million YouTube views, gets shortlisted for eight Clio awards

Lauren Greenfield truly tapped into the zeitgeist with #likeagirl, the thought-provoking short film she directed for Always and Leo Burnett. Since launching on YouTube on June 26, the spot—which explores the demeaning implications of being told you’re doing something “like a girl”—has been watched more than 70 million times worldwide and more than 47 million in the U.S. alone.

The power of #likeagirl has not been lost on the advertising industry. The commercial has been shortlisted for no fewer than eight Clio awards, advertising’s international arbiter of top-shelf work, in the categories of film/short film, engagement/other, branded entertainment & content, direct/digital/social, content & contact, direct/film, and digital/social media.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Whoopi Goldberg October 1 in New York City.

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Steven Lippman directs pool-party-themed commercial for Griffin Technology

In this new commercial promoting Griffin Technology‘s protective Survivor cases for mobile devices, a young couple at a pool party go to extremes to take the ultimate selfie. The spot, shot in Los Angeles, was directed by Steven Lippman for Griffin, and the production company was Spears and Arrows.

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Some behind-the-scenes moments from Steven’s shoot…

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Steven Lippman on set. Photo by Justin Mehren.

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Steven with executive creative director Clay James. Photo by Justin Mehren.

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DP Pat Notaro. Photo by Justin Mehren.

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Steven directing the talent. Photo by Justin Mehren.

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Photo by Justin Mehren.

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British rock band Bush choose photo by Tobias Hutzler for new single “The Only Way Out”

British rock band Bush, which is fronted by Gavin Rossdale (also known as Gwen Stefani‘s husband), chose a photograph by Tobias Hutzler as the artwork for “The Only Way Out,” the first single from their upcoming album, Man on the Run.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

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“Dust,” Nadav Kander’s new exhibition and monograph, explores the radioactive ruins of secret cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia

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“Priozersk XIV (I Was Told She Once Held an Oar), Kazakhstan,” 2011, by Nadav Kander, from “Dust.” Image courtesy of Flowers Gallery, London and New York.

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Nadav Kander‘s latest fine-art photo project, “Dust,” explores the vestiges of the Cold War through the radioactive ruins of secret cities on the border between Kazakhstan and Russia. An exhibition of the work opened last week at the Flowers Gallery in London, and Hatje Cantz has published a 128-page monograph featuring 50 color images and text by Nadav and British author Will Self, as well as a poem by Ted Hughes.

From the official press release:

Priozersk (formally known as ‘Moscow 10’) and Kurchatov are closed cities, restricted military zones, concealed and not shown on maps until they were ‘discovered’ by Google Earth. Enlisted to the pursuits of science and war, the sites were utilized for the covert testing of atomic and long-distance weapons. Falsely claimed as uninhabited, the cities, along with nearby testing site ‘The Polygon’ set the stage for one of the most cynical experiments ever undertaken. Scientists watched and silently documented the horrifying effects of radiation and pollution on the local population and livestock

Demolished to preserve their military secrets, the areas now consist predominantly of the ruinous architecture and desolate landscapes featured in Kander’s hauntingly beautiful photographs. A result of the Cold War and of the relentless quest for nuclear armaments, the ruins stand as accidental monuments to the melancholic, dark and destructive side of human nature. Fascinated by the area’s past and driven by discovery, Kander’s photographs portray stark fact and bleak setting with a characteristic poeticism. Secrets seem to seep from the silence of the crumbling monuments, bowing under heavy grey skies. Describing what he saw as ‘empty landscapes of invisible dangers’ Kander’s images evoke his sense of awe and fear as he responded to these places and to the weight of their history.

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Selected press:

“Nadav Kander: ‘Dust’ in pictures. Highlights from the London-based photographer’s haunting series of images of the ruins of a Soviet nuclear test site,” The Guardian

“The Human Condition in Soviet Ruins,” Lens blog, The New York Times

“Photographs by Nadav Kander reveal Kazakhstan’s nuclear past,” Financial Times

“Nadav Kander: Radioactive ruins of secret Soviet towns,” BBC

“Nadav Kander’s new show explores the radioactive ruins of two secret cities,” It’s Nice That

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The cover of “Dust,” by Nadav Kander. Published by Hatje Cantz.

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Melanie Acevedo talks to Feature Shoot about the photo project she plans to pursue indefinitely

Melanie Acevedo has been casually photographing her two children, Violet and Rocky, since they were born, but her photos were far from personal snapshots. The images she captured alternately revealed the inner life of her children as well as the marvel of being a parent and watching your child grow. They were universal moments with real impact, despite having been caught on the fly.

Inspired by other people’s response to the photos, Melanie decided four years ago to formally explore the subject of her children, shooting them every week for a year. A commercial photographer for clients like Target, KitchenAid, and Electrolux, Melanie is skilled at creating stylish lifestyle images that feel like slices of real life. But in photographing her kids, she would be responding in the moment—no setups, no prelight days, no comps, no directing the talent. The result was “52 Weeks,” which she has since renamed “Another 52 Weeks” because she is now dedicated to continuing the project indefinitely.

“For me, being so busy producing commercial work for a living, the project was a way to try and start focusing my eye in a different way, and giving myself the structure to work on it on a regular basis, which enabled me to look at the progress that may or may not happen photographically over a period of time,” Melanie tells Feature Shoot in a profile on “Another 52 Weeks” published today. “I am now in my fourth year of this project. And it is my intention to do it for the rest of my life. It is my legacy to my children.”

Read more about “Another 52 Weeks” at Feature Shoot: “Tender Photos Convey the Beauty and Innocence of Childhood.” And view the entire project online at 52weeks.melanieacevedo.com.

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Rocky and Squirrel. Photo by Melanie Acevedo from “Another 52 Weeks.”

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Violet and Squirrel. Photo by Melanie Acevedo from “Another 52 Weeks.”

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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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