Friday, January 29, 2010

Happy Friday

Matthew Porter

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All images found here.

I have to work a FOCACTA event tonight. BLEH!!!! I am not a social butterfly, but I get to try to pretend to be one tonight. Just hand me a barfbag. Socializing with a bunch of attorneys is NOT MY IDEA OF A GOOD TIME. Sigh. Oh well. At least I am allowed to drink a bit of wine during the event. Sigh. Countdown until the torture ends.

And you? Any fun plans?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Let's Fix That Hair!

Dude. This lady has a nice enough face, but the hair?!?!? YEESH. What was she thinking?!??! She is a motivational speaker (GROAN), and this is a press shot included in an announcement for one of her upcoming seminars. YEE-IKES. Please let me fix that hair. Better yet Tamara, just email me and I'll give you the name of my hair stylist. PLEASE. PLEASE. This is in your best interest!

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Full disclosure: I don't have perfect hair. Every now and then my hair looks great (the day I go to the hair stylist!), but, realistically speaking, some days are good hair days, and some days are NOT good hair days. That being said, if I was getting my picture taken for PUBLICATION AND PROMOTION, you can sure as shit believe that I would be EXTRA CAREFUL with my hair that day, and that I would reserve the right to reject hair styles and photos that were not up to par!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ruven Afanador

Ruven Afanador

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Ruven Afanador, Lakshmi's Turn, Bullring Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2008

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Ruven Afanador, Claudia Benitez Robles, Bullring Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2008

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Ruven Afanador, Crystal Renn, New York City, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Carmen Iniesta and Arantxa Romero Garcia, Outskirts of Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Samantha Santiago Alcon, Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Josefa Rodriguez Aparicio, "Pepa de Molina," Outskirts of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Esperanza Fernandez Vargas, Sevilla, Spain, 2008

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Ruven Afanador, Amalia Smith, New York City, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Amalia Smith, New York City, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Matilde Coral, Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Estudio de Baile Alicia Marquez, Cantera, Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Carmen Iniesta and Samanta Alcon, Cantera, Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Carmen Iniesta and Samanta Alcon, Cantera, Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Concha Vargas Torres, Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Francisca Soto Monje, "La Currita," Outside of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Estudio de Baile Alicia Marquez, Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Maria del Mar Moreno, Outskirts of Jerez de la Frontera, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, Esperanza Fernandez Vargas, Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2007

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Ruven Afanador, The Eternal, Bullring Outside of Sevilla, Spain, 2008

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Ruven Afanador, Lakshmi Katrina Pekarek Basile and Fabiola Perez Rodriguez, Sevilla, 2008

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All images found here.

Friday, January 22, 2010

I Hate Your Outfit!

She always looks like a cheap hooker! I hate how she dresses! HATE IT.

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Image found here.

Ivonne Thein


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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (03), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (13), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (02), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (11), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (01), 2006, C-print

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Ivonne Thein, 32kg (07), 2006, C-print


From Jaunary 22 on, Galerie Voss will show photo works by Ivonne Thein. Her series "Thirty-two kilos" has already drawn a lot of public attention. Her photographs deal with the pathological striving of girls and women. Simultaneously, the artist calls the role of photography into question, on the one hand as a document providing compelling evidence, but on the other as a consciously manipulated image. Besides referring to the phenomenon of the so-called Pro-Ana movement which creates and constitutes extreme body images and ideals of femininity, Ivonne Thein employs the tools, modes of presentation, and superficiality of the fashion world in her visual language and compositional style. Furthermore, she has manipulated her photographs on the computer, turning slender models into anorexic bodies. Faceless and positioned in disconcerting poses, they oscillate in a transitory state between femininity and morbidity. The female figure in the hermetic photographs of Ivonne Thein is constructed, artificial – a doll. The latest series' "Unvollkommen" (Imperfect) and "Proforma" seize today's beauty ideals, as well. Digital post-production and staging allow the artist to overdraw and exaggerate those very ideals, and thus expose their ridiculousness.

The exhibition "incredible me" will run at Galerie Voss until February 27, 2010.

Text and images found here.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Work That Pole, Martha

This is painful to watch.

Lost in Translation?

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Hmm. On my way to Long Beach I saw one of these Bimbo trucks and it made me snicker. Presumably the word "bimbo" doesn't have the same connotations in Espanol as it does in English. Presumably.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Astro Girl by Napoleon Perdis

Perhaps I am just old and out of touch, but I think this ad, this make-up, this hair, and this headband are fucking AWFUL.

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Astro Girl by Napoleon Perdis

As seen in the February 2010 issue of Elle magazine.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Alex Prager


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Alex Prager, Caroline, 2007, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Alexandra, 2007, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Christine, 2007, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Desiree, 2008, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Cathy, 2009, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Cindy, 2008, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Diana, 2007, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Lois, 2009, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Molly, 2009, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Emily, 2007, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Maggie, 2009, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Wendy, 2009, chormogenic print


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Alex Prager, Rita, 2009, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Sarah, 2007, chromogenic print


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Alex Prager, Sophie, 2009, chromogenic print



Artist Biography (as found here):

Alex Prager was born in Los Angeles in 1979. She was raised by her grandmother in a small apartment in the suburb of Los Feliz. Her nomadic upbringing saw her splitting her time between Florida, California, and Switzerland without truly settling down long enough for a formal education. Prager's interest in art began in her adolescence, but it was in her early twenties that she began to focus on photography after being inspired by the work of William Eggleston.

In keeping with her independent spirit, she eschewed art school and began taking photographs on her own, teaching herself equipment and lighting through trial and error. Prager has since contributed to a number of publications including Details, i-D, Elle Japan, Tank, MOJO, and Complex. All the while, continuing to exhibit her work in various galleries worldwide.

After the release of her first book The Book Of Disquiet (2005) Prager was given her first solo show at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, CA entitled Polyester. Her 2008 exhibition "The Big Valley" shown by the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, received critical acclaim.

London Times magazine said, “That she has buckets more vision than credentials matters not, it helps to retain the rawness and individuality of her eye. She is uncertain and dizzy – and very capable.”

"Her photographs reveal a keen eye for the shining and the bizarre, a bit Annie Leibovitz, a bit Diane Arbus."- The Los Angeles Times