Video: Watch Nino Muñoz photograph Gisele for Brazilian fashion brand Colcci

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Annabel Mehran photographs “True Detective” star Michelle Monaghan for Porter magazine

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Michelle Monaghan. Photo by Annabel Mehran for Porter.

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Photo by Annabel Mehran for Porter.

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Photo by Annabel Mehran for Porter.

Michael Muller photographs “Penny Dreadful” star Josh Hartnett for Playboy

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Josh Hartnett. Photo by Michael Muller for Playboy.

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Photo by Michael Muller for Playboy.

Photo by Michael Muller for Playboy.

Photo by Michael Muller for Playboy.

 

Photographer Matthew Rolston documents California’s beloved Pageant of the Masters for The Wall Street Journal

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As an 8-year-old, photographer and director-to-be Matthew Rolston was taken by his family to see the Pageant of the Masters, a somewhat offbeat and much-cherished theatrical event in Laguna Beach, California, in which set designers, makeup artists, and amateur actors give their all to faithfully re-create famous paintings in the flesh. The tableaux vivants—or “living pictures,” as they are referred to by the pageant—with their vivid makeup and costumes, elaborate sets, and suspension of disbelief, made a powerful impression on Rolston.

“It had a tremendous effect on me,” he says of the event, which has been held in Laguna Beach since the Great Depression. “The lighting, the costumes, the magic of it. It was a formative childhood experience. I’ve gone back over the years many times. In fact, I’m a little bit obsessed with the pageant.”

 

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Performance of Winslow Homer’s “The Country School” at the Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, California, June 25, 2015. Photo by Matthew Rolston.

 

Enter Christina Binkley, fashion and culture columnist for The Wall Street Journal, who last year covered Rolston’s fine-art project “Vanitas: The Palermo Portraits.” She and Rolston have stayed in touch since that article, and recently he mentioned the pageant to her. She was immediately intrigued and decided to write about this year’s pageant, which is being performed nightly through August 31 at the 2,600-seat Irvine Bowl amphitheater. (Details here.)

Binkley asked Rolston if he’d like to photograph the pageant for her story. Naturally, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to go behind the scenes of an event that has held his fascination for so many years. “To be able to go backstage, where they do the makeup and build the sets and sew the costumes—I was like a kid in a candy store,” Rolston says. “Pure joy.”

 

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Pageant poser Katie White being made up for her role of schoolmarm in Winslow Homer’s “The Country School,” backstage at the Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, California, June 25, 2015. Photograph by Matthew Rolston.

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Pageant posers Elizabeth Keyser (left) and Michelle Blunk waiting to go on stage for their performance of Winslow Homer’s “The Country School” at the Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, California, June 25, 2015. Photo by Matthew Rolston.

 

Rolston also collaborated with Binkley on a short documentary video about the making of the Pageant of the Masters, featuring Diane Challis Davy, the pageant’s director; Dan Duling, the scriptwriter; Allyson Doherty, the makeup director; and Richard Hill, the pageant’s technical director.

“The video is probably my favorite part of the project,” says Rolston. “It underscores the fact that the pageant is an artisanal operation and a labor of love for those who create it. Everything is made by hand and made on-site, and many of these gifted people have been working on the pageant for years.”

 

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The Pageant of the Masters is a summertime tradition for Southern Californians and, together with the concurrent Festival of Arts, draws an estimated 250,000 visitors to Laguna Beach each season. This year, Matthew Rolston was once again one of the admiring visitors, just as he was when he was 8 years old and attending for the very first time.

“Journalistic photography isn’t really my thing,” Rolston notes. “But with this project, I was able to relive a formative experience. It felt great.”

Read “Paintings Come to Life,” by Christina Binkley, at wsj.com.

Melanie Acevedo photographs the lovely Alabama home of interior designer Andrew Brown for Veranda magazine

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Andrew Brown in his Alabama home. Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda, August 2015 issue.

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda.

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Photos by Melanie Acevedo for Veranda.

Go behind the scenes of Jeff Lipsky’s shoot with field-hockey ace Paige Selenski for ESPN The Magazine’s 2015 Body Issue

For its 2015 Body Issue, ESPN The Magazine asked Jeff Lipsky to photograph 2012 Olympian Paige Selenski, who’s a member of the USA Field Hockey National Team. Below, two of the portraits featured by ESPN, plus a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot.

 

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Paige Selenski. Photo by Jeff Lipsky for ESPN The Magazine’s 2015 Body Issue.

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The latest Serpentine Pavilion, photographed by John Offenbach, looks like a life-size, brightly colored magic cocoon

The Serpentine Galleries are currently celebrating the 15th anniversary of their pavilion commission, whereby some of the world’s greatest architects design and build a temporary structure for the Serpentine’s lawn in London’s Kensington Gardens. Zahad Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Jean Nouvel, and Frank Gehry are among the greats who have designed a Serpentine Pavilion, and the installation is one of the top-10 most-visited architectural and design destinations in the world, according to the Serpentine Galleries.

This year’s pavilion is a particularly fanciful cocoon-like creation designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano, who were inspired variously by London’s Underground, the need to connect to nature and the landscape, and “change, surprise, color, and materials.” (Read more about the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion here.)

John Offenbach, who has photographed many of the previous pavilions, captured the swirly hues and winding intrigue of Selgas-Cano’s design in the images below…

 

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Photo by John Offenbach.

 

Nino Muñoz’s latest shoot with Joe Manganiello is pure magic

Haute Living magazine asked Nino Muñoz to photograph Magic Mike XXL star Joe Manganiello for the cover of its July/August issue—the latest gorgeous shoot that Nino has done with the genetically blessed actor, who also posed shirtless for him for People magazine and in 2010 for Italian Vanity Fair.

 

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Joe Manganiello. Photo by Nino Muñoz for Haute Living, July/August 2015 issue.

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Nadav Kander photographs two of the ballet world’s finest for The Observer

“Two of the greatest dancers of their generation, Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson have between them 80 years of ballet experience,” notes The Observer, which commissioned Nadav Kander to photograph them in action for a recent issue. See more here: “Never Stop Dancing—In Pictures.”

 

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Edward Watson and Wendy Whalen. Photo by Nadav Kander for The Observer.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for The Observer.

 

credits

editor: Ruaridh Nicolez
picture editor: Kit Burnet
Head of Ballet Press, the Royal Ballet: Ashley Woodfield

 

Gritty, colorful Nike campaign—shot by Martin Sigal for BBDO Argentina—celebrates female athleticism

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Photo by Martin Sigal for Nike.

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Photo by Martin Sigal for Nike.

 

credits

agency: BBDO Argentina
art director: Gustavo Chiocconi
account director: Denise Orman
graphic production: Lucila Dragan Gigena
digital artist: Martin Sichetti
production: Brite Productions

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