‘TOKYO': PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES RYANG

James Ryang Tokyo

It’s hard to collapse a city like Tokyo into a series of 50 photos. Nonetheless, James Ryang‘s collection gives us a snapshot of one of the world’s most interesting cities. These kind of projects are cool in that they capture how sprawling urban centers can be both impersonal and deeply personal, depending on the angle you’re looking at it from. On one hand, it’s a huge city with millions of folks; on the other, it’s just people and places to experience. Having done work for publications as varied as Vice, The New York Times, Nylon and Pitchfork, Ryang’s portfolio is as dope as it is diverse. For the full collection, check here.

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ALEX PRAGER’S ‘WEEK-END’

Alex Prager Week-End

After making noise in the world of photography with 2007’s Polyester and 2008’s The Big Valley, Los Angeles-based photographer Alex Prager recently dropped her third collection, with Week-End. As with the first two collections, Week-End is a visually stunning set of saturated portraits, featuring women decked out in vintage fashion. The images are almost surreal, capturing color and texture, almost as if she was painting rather than taking photos. Dope to say the least. Through March 6th, L.A.’s M+B Gallery will be showing Week-End in its entirety.

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A LETTER FROM MICHAEL

Max-

I’m attaching a zipped folder of some of the work I’ve done in bathrooms.

A friend of mine got a hold of a business card for your blog (with some green attached) and I noticed the quote “Imagination is more important than knowledge” on the back and though you might like some of these photos.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks Michael
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THE LATEST FROM BOOGIE

Boogie

Boogie is quickly emerging as one of the most important figures in photography right now. Fresh off the release of last year’s graphic and powerful Belgrade Belongs to Me, the Serbian-born artist has been back at work, documenting the strange and beautiful realities of urban life in New York. This collection of shots is one that’s greater than the sum of its parts, with each picture giving a glimpse of the culture and the feel of the city. Given his work ethic over the last few years, we can probably expect more from him soon. We’ll keep you posted.

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‘MOONMILK’ BY RYAN MCGINLEY

The best photography can be almost like painting. The subjects, the setting, the lighting and the color can be chosen carefully by the artist to create a beautiful image. New York photographer Ryan McGinley could accurately be called a master in that capacity. Moonmilk is a collection of nudes, taken in caves across the country. As cool as naked spelunking already sounds, the results of Ryan’s project might be even cooler. This January marks the opening of Crooked Aisles, McGinley’s first solo exhibition in Greece. Expect to see him here again, but for now, peep Moonmilk in its entirety here.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S INTERNATIONAL PHOTO CONTEST 2009

No publication holds the global photography game down like National Geographic. For decades, the magazine has been responsible for literally millions of stunning photos, documenting the planet’s most captivating scenes. Every year, Nat Geo holds an international photo competition, allowing photographers around the world to submit their best work. Here are some of the winners and honorable mentions in the categories of people, places and nature for ’09.

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“SMILE-ISMS” BY YUE MINJUN

Currently showing at the Arario Gallery in New York is the work of Chinese contemporary artist Yue Minjun. Titled, ‘Smile-isms’ the collection of sculptures and paintings depict Minjun’s signature portraiture. Using muted colors to depict the emotions of his faces, Minjun manages to create compelling work that is deliberate in nature, but made with a whimsical air. A special opportunity for folks in the New York area. ‘Smile-isms’ will be showing at the Arario until January 16th.

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GANG LIFE BY BOOGIE

Born and raised in Serbia, but currently residing in New York, the famed street photographer known as Boogie has risen to prominence through his ability to capture images of realities that are rarely presented in mainstream media. For his first book released in 2006, entitled, “It’s All Good.” Boogie spent a total of three years photographing the inhabitants of Bushwick and Queensbridge, New York. Photographing junkies shooting up, gang members and dog fights to name a few, Boogie’s collection of photos is a unique portrayal of urban life in America. Possibly the most compelling element of Boogies work is its unapologetic essence. In a way, Boogie’s merely a reporter. Covering aspects of our culture we wouldn’t be exposed to otherwise. It’s a tough job. But someone’s gotta do it. Thanks Boogie.

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THE TWO LEVEL SEAT BY VERNER PANTON

Many of us are just beginning to get situated in our own spots. Just beginning to really settle in, and make a spot of our own. Danny and I got a trap spot in Culver. Matt’s out in the Walnut trappin. Ben & Scott are in SF trappin. It’s good. However, with our new found freedom comes some choices and decisions that we have the luxury to make. Like choosing furniture. In my humble, furniture speaks volumes. Personally, style takes a close second to comfort, but when you can achieve both you’re winning. Here’s some out of the box furniture to get our minds going about the possibilities. Remember, we can twerk it however we want. The seats presented above were created by Verner Panton. One of Denmark’s most influential interior designers of the 20th century. His pieces are functional but fun, allowing us to re-imagine how we choose to settle in our home. The best is yet to come.

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