Nadav Kander photographs director Tim Burton for W magazine

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This portrait of Tim Burton accompanies a feature on the director’s new film, “Big Eyes,” starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Photo by Nadav Kander.

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An unpublished portrait of Burton by Nadav Kander.

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Jeff Lipsky photographs pro golfer Geoff Ogilvy for Golf Digest

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Australian pro golfer Geoff Ogilvy. Photo by Jeff Lipsky for Golf Digest, December 2014 issue.

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Photo by Jeff Lipsky.

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Football player J.J. Watt is in a Texas state of mind for Art Streiber’s ESPN The Magazine cover shoot

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J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans. Photo by Art Streiber for ESPN The Magazine, November 24, 2014, issue.

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Photo by Art Streiber.

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Photo by Art Streiber.

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Photo by Art Streiber.

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Photo by Art Streiber.

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Photo by Art Streiber.

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Melanie Acevedo photographs whimsically designed Palm Beach home for House Beautiful

The home, designed by Mimi McMakin and Ashley Sharpe of Kemble Interiors, is featured in the December/January issue.

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for House Beautiful.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for House Beautiful.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for House Beautiful.

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Ashley Sharpe (at left) and Mimi McMakin of Kemble Interiors. Photos by Melanie Acevedo for House Beautiful.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo for House Beautiful.

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Nino Muñoz photographs actress Gillian Jacobs for the cover of Flare

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Gillian Jacobs. Photo by Nino Muñoz for Flare.

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Photo by Nino Muñoz for Flare.

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Photo by Nino Muñoz for Flare.

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Photos by Nino Muñoz for Flare.

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Photo by Nino Muñoz for Flare.

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GEO magazine sends Tobias Hutzler on expedition with the Royal Ontario Museum in search of the origins of life

One of Tobias Hutzler’s latest assignments put not only his photographic vision to the test but also his physical endurance. For a feature on scientists’ mission to uncover fossils believed to reveal vital details about the origins of life, GEO magazine commissioned Tobias to accompany a team from the Royal Ontario Museum as they ventured to a remote part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

“The team made revolutionary discoveries,” says Tobias, who describes his experience below…

“We were climbing mountains in unexplored valleys high up in the middle of the mountains. I did specific mountain training for this expedition, climbing steep mountains in temperatures below 0, training in the summer heat of Manhattan in full mountain gear.

The safest area for the camp was right in the path of an avalanche, in the middle of a burnt forest, with branches sharp as knifes, surrounded by a mother grizzly bear and her cubs, an angry moose, and a large dark something with orange eyes that sat in the trees above our tents at night. During the freezing nights, I could hear a bear breathing and stamping a few feet from my head.

Besides the weather being freezing cold, there were only a few hours without heavy rain and snow. Shooting digitally in these conditions is very challenging, and there was no access to power.

I focused on the magic of the scientists’ discoveries and the fascinating experience of being in the untouched wilderness. Nobody had been there before. I absolutely wanted to get an overview shot of the camp at night, even though this meant we had to climb a steep rock in pouring rain at night. When we arrived on the shaky rock, right on the edge of the glacier valley, with 400-foot drop right at our boots, I had one minute to photograph in the right light. But I got the shot, and it was worth it. This view showed so clearly what we all felt on this expedition; it put it all into perspective and showed how small we humans are in relation to the stillness and grandiosity of nature. To me, it shows the relation of man to nature.

It was fascinating to work with the team, all passionate, driven people, and to see their incredibly hard work. During our expedition, they discovered several unknown creatures, and fossils saw daylight for the first time in over 500 million years. There is magic to this, and it’s about much more than science. It is about life itself.”

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler for GEO.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler for GEO.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler for GEO.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler for GEO.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler for GEO.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler for GEO.

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Art Streiber on photographing “Entertainer of the Year” Jimmy Fallon for Entertainment Weekly

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Jimmy Fallon. Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

 

Entertainment Weekly’s 2014 “Best and Worst” issue is hosted by none other than Jimmy Fallon, whom the magazine names “Entertainer of the Year.” The magazine asked Art Streiber, who most recently shot Fallon and his daughter, Winnie, for a People cover story, to photograph the new king of late night for the cover and accompanying feature. Below, Art sheds light on how the shoot came together…

“Jimmy Fallon brings just as much fun to a photo shoot as he does to the Tonight Show.  He is warm, witty, self-deprecating, and incredibly easy to work with.

At our cover shoot for Entertainment Weekly at Drive In Studios the week before Thanksgiving, he arrived wearing a hoodie with the words “Winnie’s Dad” on the back. Winnie is his 1 1/2-year-old daughter with whom I had the privilege of working last year for People.

EW photo editor Michele Romero and I had spent a few days going back and forth, coming up with new ways to make the celebratory-balloon theme fresh and “Fallon-worthy.” Michele also came up with the brilliant idea of filling a grocery bag full of trophies, which ended up running on the table of contents page.

After he changed into his Burberry tuxedo with the help or our wardrobe stylist, Brian Coats, we set Jimmy free on set to wrangle 150 helium balloons. Our set designer, Shawn Patrick Anderson, had arrived hours earlier to pre-inflate the silver mylar balloons that would serve as our backdrop. (We only had one or two casualties that ended up on the ceiling.)

The highlight of the shoot came as Jimmy was leaving. He left a voicemail for my older daughter, who’s in college, telling her to get out of bed and go to class, in the voice of the character “Sara with no ‘h,’” even though classes are “Ew!”

And the balloon-shaped typography on the opener? That’s the genius of EW’s design director, Tim Leong.”

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly.

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Credits

Tim Leong / design director
Lisa Berman / photography director
Michele Romero / photo editor

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Doug Menuez’s wonderful photos of children for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Doug Menuez was recently commissioned to shoot an image library for the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, which works to improve the future of economically disadvantaged children. Below, some of our favorite images from his shoot…

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Photo by Doug Menuez.

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Liz Von Hoene’s latest DSW ad campaigns

Liz Von Hoene recently photographed two campaigns for DSW here in New York City. Below, some of our favorite images from the shoots.

To see one Liz’s previous DSW print campaigns, go here; and to watch a spot she directed for the fashion footwear retailer, go here.

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Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

 

Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

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Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

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Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

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Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

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Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

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Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

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Photo by Liz Von Hoene for DSW.

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“The Creative Vision of the Tenacious Jeff Lipsky”

“I’m trying to take the most beautiful photo I can, not just for the client but for myself. I like to make women look beautiful and men look cool. I like to portray people in the best way. I like seeing people feel good. That makes me feel good,” Jeff Lipsky tells editor Sierra Davis in a feature she wrote on him for the Palisadian Post.

In the story, Jeff talks about how he established himself as a celebrity and advertising photographer, the balancing act of being a father and being on the road so much, and his enduring love of 35mm film. Click on the image below to read more.

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