SPORT///RYAN McGINLEY CELEBRATES THE 2010 OLYMPICS IN FILM AND PHOTOS

February 10, 2010  |  art, Film, News, Photography  |  Comments Off

Photographer/director RYAN McGINLEY has produced the most beautiful tribute to this year's winter OLYMPICS yet with his new short film "The Lightness of Being an Olympian," and photo essay, "The Highlifers" commissioned by the NY TIMES.

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ROCK OF AGES///TERRY x KERRY

February 10, 2010  |  News, Photography, WTF???  |  Comments Off

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TERRY RICHARDSON just shot KERRY KING of SLAYER. A better match, we could not envision...

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THE STATE OF HAITI IN PHOTOS

February 4, 2010  |  Haiti, News, Photography  |  Comments Off

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Nearly a month after HAITI fell prey to the most devestating earthquake in the tiny island nation's history, the country remains a ruin and its people struggle to survive. CNN has assembled an amazing photo essay on the state of life (and death) in Port-au-Prince that can be viewed HERE.

*Click HERE to donate to the RED CROSS Haitian relief effort.

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OHIO///FIRST LOOK///CHERYL DUNN’S “SPIT AND PEANUT SHELLS: AMERICAN PICTURES” AT COUNTRY CLUB GALLERY

March 20, 2009  |  art, Midwest, News, Photography  |  Comments Off

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Art-starved Midwesterners don't get many chances to indulge their optic nerves but Supertouch buddy CHERYL DUNN's compellingly-titled new show of photographs "Spit & Peanut Shells: American Pictures" at Cincinnati, Ohio's COUNTRY CLUB GALLERY is just such an extravagance. Known for her unflinching eye and affinity for street-level imagery ranging from portraits of her downtown artist friends to visual slices of everyday Americana in all its innate weirdness, Cheryl's body of work offers a fascinating glimpse of urban life. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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WORDS & PICTURES///SNEEK PEEK: KEHINDE WILEY’S FORTHCOMING “BLACK LIGHT” PHOTO BOOK

February 9, 2009  |  art, News, Photography, Reviews  |  Comments Off

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Renowned for his old master style oil paintings of modern black males in renaissance poses, NYC based artist KEHINDE WILEY makes his first foray into photography just as memorable with a new series of stills replicating his instantly recognizable fine art aesthetic. Created for "Black Light," a forthcoming book by Brooklyn-based publishers POWERHOUSE set to debut in May, the series consists of 17 images of subjects Wiley recruited during a day of scouting at Brooklyn's Fulton Street Mall. Back at Wiley's studio, they were allowed to choose poses from reference images in art history books to be photographed in, and their clothing from racks containing fresh new gear from the likes of Nike, Nom de Guerre, and aNYthing. Central to the theme of the book's title, Wiley made his manipulation of light upon his subjects the central aesthetic concern of the shoot, a process author Krista A. Thompson explains in her introduction: Read More

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PARIS///PHOTO FINISH///JEAN-YVES LEMOIGNE’S PIXELATED LOVE GIRLS

January 21, 2009  |  art, Art & Commerce, News, Paris, Photo Finish, Photography  |  Comments Off

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French photographer JEAN-YVES LEMOIGNE's snaps of pixelated girls of leisure for the current issue of premium French gamer & toy collector magazine AMUSEMENT are truly a thing of beauty in their Lego-esque cubism. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NEWS///OLYMPICS 2008///TARYN SIMON PHOTOGRAPHS THE MEN’S US OLYMPIC BASKETBALL TEAM…

August 7, 2008  |  art, Basketball, News, Olympics, Photography  |  Comments Off

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Team USA (l to r): Coach Krzyzewski; Dwight Howard; Chris Bosh; Tayshaun Prince; Carlos Boozer; LeBron James; Carmelo Anthony; Kobe Bryant; Michael Redd; Jason Kidd; Dwyane Wade; Deron Williams and Chris Paul

Ramping up to tomorrow's epic opening of the OLYMPIC GAMES in Beijing, and the impending roundball battle we’ve all been waiting for, we're happy to report that in a very unexpected move, one of our favorite young photographers, TARYN SIMON has been commissioned to shoot an official portrait of the US men's basketball team for the occasion. Chosen by NIKE to capture an artistic view of the 12-man team made up of Kobe Bryant, Tayshaun Prince; Dwight Howard; Chris Bosh; Carlos Boozer; LeBron James; Carmelo Anthony; Michael Redd; Jason Kidd; Dwyane Wade; Deron Williams and Chris Paul led by coach Mike Krzyzewski, the stark photo represents the artist's first foray into sports photography. A 33-year-old Guggenheim Fellow who has exhibited her photography in an array of prestigious international galleries and museums, including Gagosian Gallery and the Whitney Museum, Simon is renowned for her obsession with revealing hidden and inaccessible American stories in her work, most notably the highly acclaimed portrait series “The Innocents,” that documented cases of wrongful conviction in the United States and her recent body of work, "An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar." See more of Simon’s photography after the jump. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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BOOKSMART///INSIDE PETER BESTE’S “TRUE NORWEIGAN BLACK METAL”…

July 17, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Books, Cool Shit, Death Trip, Feature, News, NYC, Photography, WTF???  |  Comments Off

pbeste41.jpg For those scratching their heads at the sight of the following images, in the last two decades a bizarre and violent musical subculture called Black Metal has emerged in Norway. It has its roots in a heady blend of splatter movies, heavy metal music, Satanism, Pagan mythology and adolescent angst. In the early-mid 1990’s, members of this extremist underground committed murder, burned down medieval wooden churches, and desecrated graveyards...

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NEXT BIG THING: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF AMY STEIN…

April 23, 2008  |  art, Next Big Thing, NYC, Photography  |  Comments Off

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We've been following the work of NYC-based photographer AMY STEIN for a while now, and we at Supertouch just can't get enough of her sublime samplings of American life. With an impeccable eye for composition, color, and that ever-elusive "perfect moment," Stein's visual narratives are profound in their spartan beauty and emotional tension. Presented here are excerpts from her three series: "Domesticated," "Halloween in Harlem," and "Women & Guns." HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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FEATURE///AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMEL SHABAZZ…

October 11, 2007  |  art, Feature, NYC, Origins of Style, Photography  |  Comments Off

jamel047.jpg Urban photographer JAMEL SHABAZZ has been capturing some of New York's most powerful street images for over 30 years now, so it's a fitting tribute that on the eve of the release of his new career-spanning coffee table book, "Seconds of My Life," POWERHOUSE BOOKS has staged a retrospective art show at their Brooklyn-based gallery, the POWERHOUSE ARENA. Having worked as a NYC corrections officer for twenty years, the 47-year-old artist remains remarkably unjaded and has always sought to capture the life in his subjects from criminals and rappers, to politicians and children, with an uncanny eye for the humanity in all. On exhibit alongside Shabazz's tour-de-force is "Black in White America," an overview of the artist whose work inspired Shabazz to pick up a camera in the first place, celebrated photojournalist LEONARD FREED. Speaking with Shabazz before the show's opening was PowerHouse publisher SARA ROSEN who conducted the following interview:

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