Jim Fiscus photographs key art for the Lifetime show “Kim of Queens”

The reality series follows onetime Miss Georgia pageant winner Kim Gravel, “one of the country’s most successful and outspoken pageant coaches on a mission to find diamonds in the rough and transform them into confident young women. Kim, along with her mother Jo and sister Allisyn, help polish local girls into future leaders, preparing them to take the crown and rule the world.” (Learn more about the show at lifetime.com.)

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Kim Gravel photographed by Jim Fiscus for Lifetime.

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Art Streiber photographs “Birdman” star Michael Keaton for the cover of Entertainment Weekly

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Michael Keaton. Photo by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly, October 17, 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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Nigel Cox’s latest ad in Bergdorf Goodman’s “Only One” campaign showcases prestigious Parisian trunk maker Goyard

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Bergdorf Goodman.

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Doug Menuez featured in “The Masters Series of Photographers” at Leica Camera in Germany

Photographer Claire Yaffa, who has worked for The New York Times and the Associated Press, among many others, has produced a body of portraits she calls “The Masters Series of Photographers” that is now on view at Leica Camera in Wetzlar, Germany. Among the photographers she chose for the project is Doug Menuez, who is in stellar company—the series also features Gordon Parks, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lisette Model, and Cornell Capa.

Below, Yaffa’s portrait of Doug. See more images from the series here.

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Doug Menuez as photographed by Claire Yaffa, from her “Master of Photography” series.

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Craig Cutler shoots print campaign, directs commercials for Synchrony Financial

Ogilvy & Mather recently commissioned Craig Cutler for a national media and branding campaign for Synchrony Financial, a premier consumer financial services company.

Craig—who is represented by Chelsea Pictures for directing projects—both shot the print ads and directed commercials for the “Engage With Us” campaign, which is appearing in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and trade publications; on network and cable TV news and sports programming; in airports; and as digital ads across multiple properties, according to the official press release.

The campaign launched late last month and is still being rolled out. Below, a look at some of the print ads and one of the commercials, as well as a few behind-the-scenes shots…

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Photo by Craig Cutler for Synchrony Financial.

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Photo by Craig Cutler for Synchrony Financial.

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Photo by Craig Cutler for Synchrony Financial.

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Photo by Craig Cutler for Synchrony Financial.

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Photo courtesy Craig Cutler Studio.

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Photo courtesy Craig Cutler Studio.

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Photo courtesy Craig Cutler Studio.

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Sotheby’s commissions Nigel Cox to photograph a rare pink diamond

The venerable auction house describes the jewel as a “superb and highly important” 8.41-carat fancy, vivid purple-pink diamond. “This diamond is rare for its size, beautiful hue, and exemplary rich saturation of colour,” notes Sotheby’s. The jewel went on to fetch $17.7 million at auction earlier this month.

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Photo by Nigel Cox for Sotheby’s.

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Nadav Kander photographs premier perfumer Roja Dove for GQ

Dove, whom Nadav photographed for the October issue, held the title of Professor of Perfume during his 20 years at Guerlain and was the first perfumer to be asked to open a shop at Harrods, notes the magazine. Read more in “How to Smell Like a God” at gq.com.

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Roja Dove. Photo by Nadav Kander for GQ, October 2014 issue.

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Photo by Nadav Kander for GQ.

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Credits

photo director: Krista Prestek
set designer: Mathew Dogood
groomer: Tyler Johnson

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Jason Hindley shoots “The Bank of Here” campaign for Synovus

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Synovus.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Synovus.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Synovus.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Synovus.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Synovus.

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Photo by Jason Hindley for Synovus.

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Credits

agency: Fitzgerald + Co
group creative director: Wes Whitener, Mitch Bennett
art producer: Callie Householder
stylist: Courtney Watkins

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Jason shot the campaign in and around Atlanta. Below, a glimpse behind the scenes. See more at Jason’s blog.

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Jason on location.

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Jason and prop stylist Courtney Watkins.

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Jason (right) with Dan the digitech, checking out the bargains at a big-box store.

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Art Streiber on photographing Key & Peele for the cover of Entertainment Weekly’s Comedy Issue

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, a.k.a. Key & Peele, photographed by Art Streiber for Entertainment Weekly, October 3, 2014, issue.

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Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele.  Genius and geniuser.

This shoot for Entertainment Weekly was my second opportunity to work with these guys, and I cannot emphasize enough how smart they are and how in control of their comedy they are, both conceptually and physically.

We executed 10 different concepts with Key & Peele, and they were absolutely on board from start to finish, never looking at their watches, never second guessing the ideas, but instead, improving on them and working them to their funniest.

The concepts for the shoot that came from Michele Romero at Entertainment Weekly genius.  Michele really did her homework and knew that Keegan and Jordan were up to the task of executing sophisticated and elegant ideas, most of which weren’t published in the magazine.

An equal of amount of kudos must go out to my postproduction supervisor/retoucher, Angie Hayes, who brilliantly added a mini-Chaplin, Xerxes jewelry, and a blowhole to Mr. Key, and gave Mr. Peele a black eye, a monocle, and a halo—and made it look easy.

The success of this shoot is absolutely the result of very seasoned, intelligent, and talented professionals all rising to the occasion, and for that I am very grateful.” —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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Photo by Art Streiber.

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

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Steven Lippman shoots fashion feature for the new issue of Malibu magazine

Scroll down to see a behind-the-scenes video of Steven’s “Parallax” shoot, which was published in the October/November issue.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Malibu magazine, October/November 2014 issue.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Malibu magazine.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Malibu magazine.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Malibu magazine.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Malibu magazine.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Malibu magazine.

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Photo by Steven Lippman for Malibu magazine.

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Credits

executive producer: Jason Rouse
production manager: Michelle Marcus
model:
Rachel Roberts
stylist:
Hayley Atkin
hair: Clarissa Rubenstein
makeup: Kindra Mann

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