Urban travelers love taking pictures, but ideal angles are not always obvious to visitors – many ultimately either stand in same hard-to-find spot or fail to take an interesting photograph altogether.
That’s where Mimi Chan and Utsavi Jhaveri step in, spray-painting a set of shoe prints around cities. These markings in turn tell people where to place their feet, point and click to capture the ‘perfect’ (if a bit redundant) image of a given monument or sight.
Starting with San Francisco and New York City, the pair found some of the project upsides included: having an excuse to wander cities (especially after dark), getting external sponsorship to cover expenses and ultimately being thanked by tourists who genuinely appreciated being told how and where to take a better picture – all that and increasingly copious press coverage, of course.
Overtly, the #noshittyphotos project is aimed at reducing poor photography via these cookie-cutter stencils, but of course it makes you wonder: does the world really need more photos taking from the same angle of the same thing? What is it about retaking the same shot that attracts people to documenting something over and over again? Does it help us remember or is it simply a way to lay our own small claim to having seen something?
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His world-famous photo manipulations span the globe but this time with a twist: a single seemingly-unremarkable structure bent, broken, shattered, turned, twisted and reformed in dozens of ways.
Victor Enrich starts with an intentionally plain subject – an ordinary hotel in Munich, Germany – then begins to unravel it floor by floor, split it up the middle, peal it like an onion, inflate it like a balloon, flip it from side to side and much more. Essentially any adjective you can think of has been visually applied to deform this building.
Like an architect with an over-active imagination or impossibly-demanding client, he envisions seemingly endless configurations while variously (depending on the piece) respecting the overall material, language, volume and (/or) site of the subject structure. Each piece is in some way recognizable with reference to the original, even when it pushes the boundaries of physical possibility.
The resulting works can be viewed on his site and are summarized in the video shown here. Each is also available as a reasonably-priced print if from his website any grab your eye in particular, or grid editions (multiples on a single print) if you wish to frame your own sequence of deconstructions.
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Our good friend Matt Siren just released a new print via 1xRun called “Escape From New York”. If you ever wanted to own a piece from Matt here’s your chance but it’s a limited edition of 40 so you better hurry. Better yet each print is hand-embellished and edge-deckled by the man himself. Go grab your print from 1xRun here:
Writer and editor David Hellqvist has partnered photographer Morgan O’Donovan for years to create unique fashion week content for online magazine Dazed Digital. This year, their passion for menswear compelled them to create an actual document of London’s first standalone menswear week. Hellqvist & O’Donovan’s Document No.1 celebrates the SS13 collections with beautiful backstage photography and in-depth interviews with designers Martine Rose, Christopher Shannon, Shaun Samson, Agi & Sam, Astrid Andersen, Richard Nicoll, Aitor Throup, Meadham Kirchhoff, and Sibling — as well as stylist Katie Grand and Fashion East founder Lulu Kennedy. They’ve also interviewed other editors and writers about the shows including Style.com’s Tim Blanks, New York Times’ Bruce Pask, GQ Style’s Ben Reardon, i-D’s Elgar Johnson, blogger Steve Salter, Dal Chodha, Guardian’s Simon Chilvers and Hypebeast’s very own Ed Chiu.
After last week’s abstract video teaser involving Noah Kalina and a box of Dickies clothing, The Rig Out releases issue six along with a brand new website. This sixth issue sees the Manchester-based publication teaming up once again with the best in menswear, with Angelo Urrutia and Kenneth Mackenzie — of 6876 fame — styling, Mordechai Rubenstein modeling and celebrated Brooklyn-based photographer Noah Kalina shooting. Featuring the streets of New York and content themed around the Big Apple, this issue and all its generated profits have been magnanimously dedicated to the Sandy Appeal. Order yours here for £10.00 GBP (Approximately $16 USD).
Louis Vuitton, in conjunction with Rizzoli, have published a monograph dedicated to Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama in celebration of her collection for the esteemed French brand. This limited edition book presents an in-depth look at the Japanese artists career and creative process. Inside are contributions from renowned authors and curators as well as many of the artists previously unseen documents and photos as well as reproductions of some her celebrated works. Available now at Louis Vuitton stores, you can grab a copy for $85 USD.
The second publication by East London menswear establishment HOSTEM surprises with its edgy facade and bold visuals. Defying the notion of a conventional publication, each issue is named and designed after a different man and is also given that individual’s identity. Unlike his predecessor the art house-loving, stylish and sensitive Sebastian who clearly thrived on the 1990s, Hector appears to be an intellectual activist from a different decade concerned with politics, humanities and parity. This issue was designed to look like a radical newspaper with a defaced poster cover. Turn the page and be greeted with the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a lucid “welcome note” filled with protest quotes signed off by Hector. The rest of the magazine is impressive in the same vein, but you can check it out for yourself here.
This September marks the release of Louis Vuitton’s ‘WORLD TOUR’ travel book by Francisca Mattéoli. The book encompasses a unique collection of vintage hotel labels collected by Louis Vuitton’s own grandson, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, set to tell the journeyman’s story of around-the-world travels with 21 different stop-overs. Presented in a limited edition boxed set that includes a map of the world and a notebook with 11 self-adhesive hotel labels, the travel book comes in either a French, English or Japanese version — bookstore editions come in only French or English — and can be found exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores.
Timed to coincide with the end of the London Olympics, Opening Ceremony has released the inaugural issue of its new magazine entitled simply OC ANNUAL. This limited-edition magazine will be printed annually, with each issue being devoted to a different theme. The inaugural issue focuses quite fittingly on sports with several Olympic athletes being featured across several articles with photography from established names such as Bruce Weber and Walter Pfeiffer. In addition to the print publication, an iPad application will also be available featuring interactive content, as well as original film features and custom games. The 288-page inaugural issue is available now at Opening Ceremony’s web store.
From London comes a brand new magazine about food, art, and so many other things, as told in its inaugural issue trailer. Monty Python-esque narration explains what to expect from the publication from The Manhattan cocktail, to Swedish food, to crocodile fishing. Sharing the print team’s avid passion for all things food, the magazine is set to offer vivid imagery with refreshing texts on the culinary experience and its inherent link with art.