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SAUL BASS AT KEMISTRY

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Fresh off the heals of the Oscars, it’s only right to reflect on one of the best – Saul Bass. His creative direction for film titles and posters furthered many hollywood stories with memorable imaging. His work is currently on display at London’s Kemistry Gallery. As they describe, “Born in New York in 1920, Saul Bass moved to Los Angeles where he set up his design studio in the 1950s. From this time until his death in 1996, Bass continued to work with Hollywood’s leading directors, including Preminger, Hitchcock and Scorsese. In 1968 Bass received an Oscar for his own film How Man Creates, which he regarded as his seminal work.” We have a few images from the exhibit posted below. If you find yourself in London be sure to visit. It’s on display until March 17, 2011.

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HUNDREDS OF PHOTOS

Corinne Vionnet

The work of Corinne Vionnet is genius. It reminds us of a sci-fi article we read claiming humans will eventually operate like one unified brain – thinking alike and acting alike. With the invent of the internet we’re definitely moving in that direction. The interwebs reinforce commonalities with just a few key strokes. Proof of this can be seen in Corrine’s work. What looks like a faded image painted on canvas is actually hundreds of photos carefully layered showing how travelers and tourists photographed the same famous landmark with striking similarity in perspective. As Modern Met reports, “After conducting an online keyword search and sitting through photo sharing sites, this Swiss/French artist carefully layers 200 to 300 photos on top of one another until she gets the desired result.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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OIL STORY

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There are plenty of graphs and charts dedicated to educating people about oil. They predict. They forecast. They measure. But few articulate its impact like the photographic work of Edward Burtynsky. The Canadian photographer spent 10 years traveling the world documenting oil’s process from mining fields to cities and suburbs. As Edward states, “These images are meant as metaphors to the dilemma of our modern existence; they search for a dialogue between attraction and repulsion, seduction and fear.” He also addresses the coming “end of oil,” as we confront its rising cost and dwindling availability. Check out his award winning book on the subject and click Read More for a selection of photos.

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HAENYEO DIVERS

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I’m mesmerized by the Haenyeo Divers. I learned about them while reading Culture & Travel and since then have followed them closely. The female diving group – mostly senior in age – dives off the shores of Jeju Island to collect octopus and have been diving there for nearly three centuries. Sadly, rough economic times have shrunk their numbers and they’re only a fraction of what they once were. But, their ageless beauty still remains. View this beautiful sampling of images by photographer Nathan Keirn. And while you’re at it check out his entire flickr collection – it’s packed with tons of travel inspiration.

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SOMEWHERE NOWHERE

CHRIS SISARICH

Get ready to get lost. These photos will instantly transport you to a remote desert location. Somewhere in The Middle of Nowhere is a beautiful collection of images shot in Egypt by photographer Chris Sisarich. While on assignment for a tourism campaign he filled his free time by continuing to shoot the country’s empty and barren landscapes. As he explains, “It was hard to tell whether I was looking at all that’s left after a futile attempt at taming the desert, or witnessing the first tentative steps towards creating somewhere people can live. These are spaces defined by their negative space, blessed with light – which is sliding in from all directions.” Click Read More to view a sampling of the images and for more information.

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PARISIAN WOMEN

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Paris. There are so many ways to admire its beauty. There’s the art, the architecture, the city-scape, the museums and of course their women. But it’s not just the women – it’s their undeniable stye, attitude and taste that drive everything. Need proof? Take a look at Baudouin’s I am a Parisian Lady.

As he describes: “World feminine myth, the Parisian lady is renowned to be an icon of elegance and of savoir vivre. Often dreamt but rarely unveiled; these women are a mystery for all. We all have our own vision of the Parisian lady but everybody got it wrong. Hence, I engaged in a photographic process of ‘Les Parisiennes’ to unveil this myth, or at least to lighten it up or to update it.” Click Read More for a sample of Baudouin’s excellent collection.

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ANDREW'S MELT DOWN

Andrew Schoultz Meltdown

Andrew Schoultz’ Melt Down is the most recent exhibit living at Project Space – the brilliant collaboration between Incase and Arkitip. The large scale show captures the core elements of Schoultz’ work. Color lovers will instantly connect as his expressions move from framed art to murals to various other forms and sculptures. We think they say it best when they write, “For Schoultz, art is an uncontrollable passion and obsession. Over the last decade, he’s compiled a repository of iconic images that he uses to tell stories about everyday life in America. In his murals, paintings, installations and drawings, Schoultz filters political commentary through the forms of graffiti art and underground comics, fused with clipart from the early 1990s and medieval renderings that chart history of man and nature.” Don’t miss this one if you’re in the LA area. It’s on display until January 9, 2011. Click Read More for additional photos by Brandon Shigeta.

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