From the archives: Amber Heard by Matthew Rolston

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Amber Heard. Photo by Matthew Rolston.

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Michael Muller’s latest movie poster: the mighty “Hercules,” starring Dwayne Johnson

Michael Muller, who shot the key art for the smash hit Captain America: The Winter Soldier, photographed key art the upcoming blockbuster movie Hercules, starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Brett Ratner
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Photo by Michael Muller.

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Melanie Acevedo photographs actress Olivia Munn for spring fashion story

Melanie Acevedo shot Olivia Munn, star of the HBO original series Newsroom, for a floral-themed spring fashion feature in the May issue of Redbook. Here’s a look…

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Redbook, May 2014 issue.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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Photo by Melanie Acevedo.

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See Melanie’s 2013 fashion series on springtime color here.

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Lauren Greenfield to lecture April 17 at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland

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Lauren Greenfield.

On Thursday, April 17, at the Portland offices of award-winning ad agency Wieden+Kennedy, Photolucida is presenting “Lauren Greenfield—From Gordon Gekko to The Queen of Versailles: A Journey in Pictures, Film, and Culture.” The lecture is sponsored by Canon Explorers of Light.

Lauren, who is working on a major museum exhibition and retrospective book titled Wealth: The Influence of Affluence (the book will be published next year), will be showing and discussing her photographs and clips of her films.

The lecture—scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Weiden+Kennedy Atrium, 224 NW 13th Ave.—is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, email info@photolucida.org.

For an overview of Lauren’s photography, visit stocklandmartel.com/greenfield. For her films, go to chelsea.com/director/lauren-greenfield.

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Teeny, tiny insects and animals loom large in a new Panasonic campaign photographed by Jan Steinhilber

Size matters—a lot—in the new print and online campaign for the Panasonic HC-V520 camcorder photographed by Jan Steinhilber. The ads promote the camcorder’s incredible zoom function, so the images show very tiny insects and animals in juxtaposition with much larger items.

“The idea is that the zoom makes the smallest things big,” explains Jan, adding, “It was quite a challenge to shoot those small animals with enough depth of field and to make them match the bigger objects.”

Here’s a look…

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Photo by Jan Steinhilber for Panasonic.

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Photo by Jan Steinhilber for Panasonic.

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Photo by Jan Steinhilber for Panasonic.

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Credits

agency: Jung von Matt Alster, Hamburg, Germany
art director: Paul Carrera
art buyer: Manja Tai von Mutzenbecher

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Tobias Hutzler photographs eerie scenes of chemically polluted Charleston, West Virginia, for The New Yorker

In the new issue of The New Yorker, Evan Osnos writes of the horrible chemical spill that devastated Charleston, West Virginia, this past January and of the political corruption that makes the state and its residents vulnerable to these sorts of industrial accidents.

As Osnos notes, the January spill was “West Virginia’s fifth major industrial accident in eight years.” The magazine sent Tobias Hutzler to Charleston to create a photograph that captures the ominous mood of the piece.

“I photographed some eerie scenes…,” he says.

Below, the image that the magazine published, plus three of Tobias’ favorite outtakes…

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Charleston, West Virginia. Photo by Tobias Hutzler for The New Yorker, April 7, 2014, issue.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

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Photo by Tobias Hutzler.

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Jeff Lipsky photographs Sullivan Stapleton, star of the movie “300: Rise of an Empire,” for Men’s Health

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Sullivan Stapleton. Photo by Jeff Lipsky for Men’s Health, April 2014 issue.

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Photo by Jeff Lipsky.

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Photo by Jeff Lipsky.

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Jane Choi does “male makeup” story for GQ

The gap between how much time men versus women need to get ready in the morning is about to get a little smaller. The April issue of GQ reports that big brands like Tom Ford and Clinique are targeting males with beauty products traditionally associated with the ladies—concealers, bronzers, and eye gels, for example. Stockland Martel makeup and hair stylist Jane Choi did the makeup for the story, titled “Will Male Makeup Ever Catch On?” Here’s a look…

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Makeup by Jane Choi for GQ. Photo by Grant Cornett.

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Makeup by Jane Choi for GQ. Photo by Grant Cornett.

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Annabel Mehran on shooting for the Google Nexus 5 ad campaign

Google recently rolled out a Flipboard campaign for its new smartphone, the Nexus 5, that focuses on the experience of using the camera and carries the tagline “Capture the moments that matter.” Annabel Mehran was one of a handful of photographers commissioned to create one of those authentic-feeling moments.

Below, she talks about the generous creative latitude she was given and how her nears and dears figured into her process. She also shares some of her favorite outtakes…

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Photo by Annabel Mehran for the Google Nexus 5.

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It all came together in a few days: I was hired Friday, got the Nexus 5 Saturday morning, learned how to use it, shot through the weekend, and mailed it back to Google on Monday.

It was really fun to do a whole shoot on a phone because people have such a different relationship to the camera in a phone than any other kind of camera. It’s so much more casual and personal. Also, this shoot was so DIY that I could shoot all over the place and no one questioned me. I could just go guerrilla style and run wild.

I wanted to cover a wide range to give the client lots of options, so I brainstormed about what I love to capture on my phone, the moments that I treasure—a birthday, a wild night out, my best friend wedding-dress shopping, taking my goddaughter to the farmers market, the great leaf war in the fall of 2013, my last visit with my girlfriend before she meets her daughter… So I texted my friends, and we busted it out.

The shot the client chose is of my goddaughter, Dune. We had such a blast! We started the morning at the farmers market in Brooklyn, and I had her pick out what she wanted for dinner. When she grabbed the lettuce head and it was so huge compared to her, I was like, “Show me what ya got!” And she smiled with all the teeth in her mouth and we got the shot. And then we got more options—she’s so cute that it’s hard to stop—like going to a candy store to get a giant lollipop (I taught her the classic lollipop song that afternoon, and we haven’t stopped singing it since), then the carousel under the Brooklyn Bridge.  

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Annabel’s goddaughter, Dune, was a willing (and adorable) subject.

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After that, I went over to my friend Brannie’s house to shoot the last moments before we met her beautiful daughter. I wanted to show the extremity of her belly, so I thought it would be funny to shoot from her toes’ perspective. (You know how pregnant women say they can’t see their feet.) So I shot her with just her shades peaking out above the belly.

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Photo by Annabel Mehran.

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Then I met up with my sweet friend Allie for her “birthday.” We went to the most glamorous restaurant I knew so it could be a real celebration—a place I could NEVER bring a camera into!

After that, we hit the town and partied at the Boom Boom Room. It was a great night.  

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Photo by Annabel Mehran.

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Photo by Annabel Mehran.

Photo by Annabel Mehran.

Photo by Annabel Mehran.

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Then I invited some boys into the mix and had my favorite skaters get into a leaf war in Tompkins Square Park. Afterward, they tried to show off some of their newest skate tricks.

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Photo by Annabel Mehran.

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Photo by Annabel Mehran.

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Finally, my bride! A friend of mine owns the beautiful Stone Fox Bride, so we went to their showroom and spent the afternoon really girling out! We tried veils, engagement rings—the whole shebang! Caroline is gonna make some man the dreamiest bride!

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Photo by Annabel Mehran.

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Read more about the Google Nexus 5 Flipboard campaign at the blog of San Francisco–based marketing and design company Avantgarde.

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Steven Lippman shoots image library for Samsung

Steven Lippman recently photographed an image library showcasing Samsung‘s smart TVs. Steven, who shot the images over a two-day period in New York City, created these photos almost entirely in camera, including the flare, which adds depth and interest to the photos.

“My approach is always to capture as much as I possibly can in camera,” he notes, adding that the only effects achieved in post were the images displayed on the TVs.

An experienced commercial director, Steven worked closely with the models to create authentic-feelings vignettes. “I set up scenarios and directed them, communicating to the models as if I were shooting a motion piece,” he explains. “I wanted to get a believable moment out of each scene.”

Here are some of his favorite photos from the project…

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Samsung.

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