Frenchman Christophe Jacrot (Born 1960, Paris) is a photographic flâneur in the finest Baudelairean sense. He continuously plunges into New York, Paris, London, or Hong Kong to photograph and bring to light the hidden, fleeting moments of the everyday in their full poetic density and romantic charisma – which he only does in rain or snow. The more stormy and terrible the weather, the more exciting and atmospheric the moment. To discover the beauty of metropolitan life in bad weather, the viewer must first take a plunge into the rain. The pictures will immediately exude a heartbreaking aura, without falling into gloom or sadness. Quite the opposite! Each metropolis shines in its own unique, rainy mood. There is a noticeable difference when the sky cries over Hong Kong versus London, or when it snows in Paris as compared to New York. The rainwater pours down bus windows, creating the ideal surface sheen for light, colors, and reflections of the street. An elegant woman’s shoe of a passerby, the sole of which glistens red above wet asphalt – Baudelaire devoted entire love poems to such fleeting moments; Jacrot presents them with perfect pictures. It is precisely these unseen moments in which life reveals all its uniqueness and beauty. The bad weather becomes the ideal bearer of longing and love. Jacrot’s subjects could be from film noir, yet they are intentionally brought to us in color.
Today, nearly 215 million children work in the world, many of them full time. These children do not attend school and have no time to play. Many do not receive proper care and feeding. They are denied the opportunity to be children. More than half of these children are exposed to the worst forms of child labor such as work in hazardous environments, slavery, and other forms of forced labor, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution and involuntary participation in armed conflict .
Like the technology of photography itself, the practice of wedding photography has evolved and grown since the invention of the photographic art form in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. In fact, an early photograph, recorded some 14 years after the fact, may be a recreation for the camera of the 1840 wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. However, in the early days of photography, most couples of more humble means did not hire a photographer to record the actual wedding itself. Until the later half of the 19th century, most people didn’t pose for formal wedding photos during the wedding. Rather, they might pose for a formal photo in their best clothes before or after a wedding. In the late 1860s, more couples started posing in their wedding clothes or sometimes hired a photographer to come to the wedding venue.
Andreas H. Bitesnich was born in Vienna in1964 and he is an Austrian photographer and musician. He has specialized in nude and portrait photography and we can admire his works in international magazines.
Originally working as a retailer, Bitesnich found his passion for photography when his friend, an assistant photographer, showed him his portfolio of black-and-white photographs. Having no education in photography, he started to teach himself all the relevant photography techniques. In 1989, he finally decided to quit his job as a retailer and started working as a professional photographer. Today, he is one of the world’s most renowned nude photographers.
Anja Rubik, one of the best world top model, has 30th birthday today. She is like chameleon! Happy Birthday Anja!
Anja Rubik was born in Rzeszów, Poland on June 12, 1985. Growing up, Anja lived in Greece, Canada, and South Africa and began modeling full- time after graduating from a British high school in Paris. Rubik can be seen in numerous editorials for Vogue, Numero, Harper’s Bazaar, etc. More information and photographs of Anja can be found on her website: AnjaRubik.com
Anja is also Editor in Chief of 25 Magazine.