From The Ground Up

David Yarrow is perspiring. It’s another sweltering 90-plus degree day in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and the arid climate is sapping his energy and his patience. The park’s name means “place of dust” and it comprises 150-square miles of flat, largely featureless land on the border of Kenya and Tanzania. Yarrow has come with the hope of photographing lions and perhaps elephants, as he has done many times before. However, during his several days here, wildlife sightings have been sparse. The London-based photographer has repeatedly returned to the park because unlike other African destinations such as Serengeti and Mara national parks, Amboseli is not swamped with tourists—or other photographers.

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David Yarrow gets right in the action
by Robert Kiener

more in Professional Photographer – August 2017

To The Women We Love

Our final love letter to the beautiful Filipina, starring Anne Curtis, Agot Isidro, Angel Aquino, Tweetie de Leon-Gonzalez, and Zsa Zsa Padilla.
Photographs by Francisco Guerrero

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To The Women We Love
The Filipina Is the Sexiest Woman Alive

more in Esquire Philippines – August 2017

Venice in Solitude by Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas began his career as an advertiser for German magazines including GEO, Stern, Merian and others. In recent years he has concentrated his efforts on creating portraits of cities including Paris, Venice, the Engadin and New York. Thomas uses Polaroid film and long exposure techniques for this ongoing series.

Christopher Thomas’ captivating and atmospheric images show the Venetian landscape through his unique style of city portraiture, originally established with New York Sleeps (2009) and Münchner Elegien (Munich Elegies, 2001-2005). He transports us to a silent city, devoid of human presence, which could remind us of photographs from the 19th century, when the photographic image was not fast enough to capture the quickening pace of human activity. The series includes classical views of the Canal Grande, the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, Rialto Bridge and others.

At the crack of dawn, just before dusk falls, or at night by the light of the moon, Thomas would set off through the sestiere – the various districts of Venice – with his heavy equipment comprising a large-format camera, a selection of lenses, a tripod, a dark velvet cloth and many boxes of Polaroid Type 55 film. Armed with a compass, azimuth and sun chart, pen and notebook he would select the view he wanted to photograph. The photographic material he uses – most of which is no longer produced today – ensures that the images are rich in detail. Thomas’ own eye, sensitivity and technical skill enabled pictures to emerge that return the city to its historical roots, with a sense of mystery.

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Venice in Solitude by Christopher Thomas
more at Hamiltons Gallery

Framing Humanity | Sebastião Salgado

Superlatives are hard to avoid when describing the work of Sebastião Salgado. Recently, one magazine hailed him as the ‘world’s greatest living photographer’ and while such statements are often thoughtlessly attributed to many lesser mortals, it is difficult to argue against such a claim for the Paris-based artist. Now 73, Salgado is renowned for the epic scale of his photographic projects, involving years of planning, travelling and editing, all with a painstaking devotion to create books as heavy as coffee tables and exhibitions that fill the world’s grandest museums.

“I like to photograph large…there is a lot of information inside my pictures. To have information I must give space and to give space I must give depth of field too.”
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Framing Humanity
by Sebastião Salgado

more in Professional Photography – July/August 2017

Nueva Era Vuelve la Super Mujer

Adriana Lima takes us back to the age of decadence in two part series by Vincent Peters for Harper’s Bazaar Spain, July 2017. Adriana explores the fire of the female spirit in, Nueva Era Vuelve la Super Mujer, the New Era of the Super Woman. The power of this piece rests in the poetry of the person, as Lima allows her body to become one with her surroundings. Strolling through this palace by the sea, she’s at once enchanted by the rising of the light. Peters presents this story in black/white allowing us to take in the majesty of the moment.

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Adriana Lima by Vincent Peters for Harper’s Bazaar España July 2017
more at Fashion Cow