When Branson died suddenly in 2012 at 49 years of age, he left behind an incredible wealth of photographs documenting the arts and fashion scene of the '80s and '90s. A native Angeleno, Branson loved Hollywood's Golden Age and charmed his way into an assistant position with Gloria Swanson at age seventeen. Later, under the tutelage of renowned photographer Paul Jasmin, Branson's portraits of pop and underground cult icons began appearing in magazines including Andy Warhol’s Interview, Vanity Fair, L.A. Style, and Rolling Stone.
In 1988 Branson relocated to Amsterdam and started working under the name Indüstria with Dutch artist Fritz Kok. The pair were featured in international magazines including Blitz, Diva, The Face, Harpers & Queen, Select, and Vogue and in exhibitions at both London’s Victoria and Albert Musuem and the Black and White Gallery. Album covers included Boy George, and Robert Palmer's Addictions Vols. 1 and 2. Branson’s photographs also appeared on albums for George Michael, Elton John, Paul Rutherford, and Marc Almond.
Branson was the official portrait photographer for Vivienne Westwood and worked with other fashion icons such as John Galliano, Thierry Mugler, Katherine Hamnett, Jasper Conran, and Stephen Jones. Model works include “the Trinity”; Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington.
In 1983, then editor at Interview magazine, Robert Hayes, was impressed by test shots of the Eurythmics Branson had shot when the duo was virtually unknown in the U.S. (Sweet Dreams had not yet been released in North America). He ran Branson’s work in an upcoming issue of Interview and was then hired as a contributing photographer for the magazine which lasted 10 years.
When this image was shot, Annie Lennox made herself up as the Phillip Morris bellhop but the 20 year old Branson had to create a microphone out of paper because he couldn’t afford to rent a real one.
On his return to Los Angeles in December, 1983 Larry Gagosian rented a studio for Basquiat on Market Street in Venice, California, where the artist begins a series of paintings on wood panels which were later shown at the Mary Boone Gallery in New York, and include Flexible, Water-Worshipper, and Gold Griot. Introduced by a friend who was an assistant to Basquiat at that time, Branson shot several images of the artist, including this one, at his Venice studio in July, 1984.
Brad remembers, “Edie came to L.A. and stayed with me for three months. I became her manager and handled the details of her record contract; it was a one-off deal for a cover version of the Four Seasons’ classic, Big Girls Don’t Cry, backed with a home grown ditty, Hey, Girls, Get Off of the Grass!”
From Brad’s 1987 journal recalling the shoot: “Bryan shows almost 1 hour late, but how charming! He’s a perfect English Gentleman. I’ve wanted to shoot this man forever and here I am. Like the early days of really admiring who you’re shooting. A romantic and kind as I had hoped.”
Photo Independent, April 29-May 1, 2016, is the only international art fair bridging the gap between those who love and collect photography and the artists who make it. Now in its third year, Photo Independent is championing a new generation of photographers and is quickly becoming one of the most significant annual photographic events in the United States.
Brad Branson's Estate Collection was curated by his sister Jan Lane. See it at Photo Independent, opening April 29 until May 1 at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.
Southern California-based artist Janine Brown’s solo photographic show “The Wallflower Project” will open on Saturday, April 9 at Gallery 825, the exhibition arm of Los Angeles Art Association. Brown will present a group of portraits created with a hand-assembled cardboard pinhole camera and shot on 35mm film. There will be an artists’ reception at the gallery from 6-9PM that evening (825 N. La Cienega Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069). The show runs through May 6.
Art critic Shana Nys Dambrotcomments, “’Brown’s “Wallflower Project’ is a black-and-white pinhole photography portrait series in which individual subjects seem to emerge from whispers of the unique wallpaper patterns in the backgrounds that surround them. With a nod to Victorian spiritualist parlor games and empathy for the social travails of the shy or unremarkable, Brown’s portraits transform these so-called wallflowers into witty, romantic, and mysterious centers of creative attention.”
Brown’s Artist Statement begins with a dictionary definition of wallflower, a term first used in the 1800s: “A person who has no one to dance with or who feels shy, awkward, or excluded at a party.” She decided to examine the idea through portraiture, explaining, “Although I never thought of myself as a ‘Wallflower,’ I started thinking about this stigma after a conversation with another artist who told a story about entering parties and how everyone would look at her husband, not her. I also have experienced this at social events. My husband and I would be talking in a group, and all of the attention would be on him, who many think is an actor. I happily would observe the exchange, allowing myself to fade into the background.”
Brown’s intent is to portray that experience in this body of work. In researching the project, she learned that paper wallcoverings became popular in the 1800s following the development of mass-produced wallpapers and the abolishment of England’s Wallpaper Tax. “Based on this research,” says Brown, “I conceived of ‘The Wallflower Project’ using double exposures—portrait + wallpaper—so that the subjects literally fade into the background. The images emerge as ghostly portraits that require the viewer to take notice and spend time to see the individuals before them.”
Brown chose to shoot the portraits with a pinhole camera because of the long exposures that create slightly blurred images. She found a $15 camera kit that used 35mm film and assembled it with black tape, glue, and rubber bands. It is essentially a black box that allows the winding and rewinding of film by turning two wooden dowels. Light comes in through a 0.2mm hole in a thin metal plate, and the shutter is a piece of cardboard that manually slides over the pinhole, making possible adjustable exposure times depending on light conditions. “Very low tech and perfect for me,” she says.
Once an image of the person is taken, the model chooses a wallpaper design that speaks to them from more than 100 samples that the artist has amassed. Brown then begins another capture of the wallpaper over the portrait, creating the double exposure. “Since there is no viewfinder for my camera, much of the excitement from the project comes from the chance combination of pattern and person,” she says. “Every time I finish a roll of film, I can't wait to get it developed to see what happens.”
Several works from “The Wallflower Project” will also be part of ArtShare L.A.’s “Face in the Crowd,” a group exhibition on view from March 30 to April 16. Previously, select images from the series were digitally shown at the Louvre in Paris, France, SCOPE Miami Beach, and in Times Square in New York, NY.
Janine Brown is an award-winning multi-media artist. Her work has been shown throughout Connecticut (where she lived for 12 years), in Chicago, IL, and at multiple venues in Los Angeles. Brown received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iowa State University, an Associates in Applied Sciences from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and a Master in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University. She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and the Southern California Women's Caucus for Arts, and maintains a studio at the Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA.
To see more of the artist's work visit www.janinebrownstudio.com.
Swarovski will unveil ‘Sundew’, a spectacular kinetic crystal installation by British Chinese Designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng at the 2016 edition of Art Central set to be held 23-26 March (First Night 21 March, VIP preview 22 March) 2016. Exhibited at Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront, ‘Sundew’ will represent Swarovski’s second successive partnership with Art Central, part of Hong Kong Art Week.
With ‘Sundew’, Hong Kong-based artist Elaine Yan Ling Ng brings her unique approach to design, encompassing textiles, electronics, biomimicry and interiors to create a highly interactive presentation. Taking inspiration from nature, craft and technology, Ng has created interactive objects that mimic the exotic ‘Sundew’, a carnivorous plant that attracts its prey with scent and reflected light.
The installation features hand-fabricated textiles combining natural fibers and 316m of Swarovski crystal fabric (approximately 20 million crystals), and lures audiences in, trapping them with mesmerising displays of light, fragrance and movement.
Founder of Hong Kong-based bespoke textile consultancy The Fabrick Lab, Elaine Yan Ling Ng was unveiled as one of the 2015 Swarovski Designers of the Future at Salone del Mobile in Milan in April last year, an award that acknowledges emerging studios and designers who are actively expanding design culture through experimentation with cutting-edge technologies. As part of the collaboration with Swarovski, Elaine unveiled the first rendition of “Sundew” at this year’s Design Miami/Basel.
Elaine Yan Ling Ng says, “After visiting Swarovski’s head office in Wattens, Austria I now regard crystal as an ingredient for making new material, texture and surfaces and for this project it’s exciting to be combining craft and technology to explore new functions.”
Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “We are delighted to bring Elaine Yan Ling Ng’s ‘Sundew’ to Asia for the first time. This mesmerising installation debuted at Design Miami/ Basel in June 2015 for the inaugural Swarovski Designers of the Future Award. Swarovski is committed to supporting emerging talent across the various creative industries and it is our pleasure to present Elaine’s work at the second edition of Art Central and to participate in this vibrant celebration of contemporary art and culture.” Prominently displayed in the main entrance at Art Central 2016, Sundew is a stunning sound activated kinetic presentation combining handmade textiles, biomimicry and Swarovski crystal fabric. The installation is inspired by the carnivorous sundew plant which uses scent to attract its prey before encircling it in a deadly grip.
CHICAGO — The artist William Wegman is probably best known for his photographs of Weimaraners. For decades now he has been able to coax his pet dogs to pose stoically before his lens, offering a steady, curious, tolerant gaze to the camera despite the oddball scenarios in which they are placed. Less common are Wegman's early…
Micky Jones photographed scores of celebrities during the 1940's and 1950's in Vancouver, BC. Armed with his Speed-Graphic, a large format yet somewhat portable bellows camera, he and writer would set out to find stars of stage and screen. He carried a flash battery the size of a motorcycle battery which had enough juice for seven pops.
Many of the celebs came up from LA on Sunday to get ready for a weeklong stint at one of the local Vancouver nightclubs. Blue laws prevented liquor sales on Sunday so, when Jones met them for press shoots they were often stone-cold sober and earnest. With a few exceptions.
Art Basel returns to Hong Kong a bit earlier this year, from March 15 through 17 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and various satellite venus. The show, which is an established hit in Miami Beach and, of course Basel, is hoping to increase it's presence in Asia to match.
is an exhibition at the Hall Bromm Gallery in Manhattan featuring the work of seven artist/designers working in the fields of textile, furniture, object and carpet design. Material experimentation is the norm for many of these artists, who were chosen by the design team of Bennett Bean and Elizabeth Rand. Other artists in the show include Vivian Beer, David Ellsworth, Donna Gorman, Peter Harrison and Andrea Mihalik.
In a Socratic dialogue written by Plato, Meno a representation of the unconnected consciousness as “I”, an individual, is reduced to aporia, or confusion. Within this analogue to chaos theory, the opening of transmutation allows for the genesis of ordered consciousness through the recollection of primordial existence, and all its eras thereafter, allowing the uninhibited consciousness to roam freely between parallels. In this state, “I” as self, becomes a spectator, witnessing the unfolding of all cosmic alchemy. Unplugged from the greaterconsciousness, the “I” as self, encounters its own demons in its journey to understand divinity.
The Asia Society Hong Kong Center is currently presenting No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia,from October 30, 2013, to February 16, 2014. This is an outstanding touring exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, featuring recent work by 13 artists from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. No Country presents some of the most interesting artists in South and Southeast Asia today. All works have been newly acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection under the auspices of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund.
Banksy hits the nail on the head with this piece. There is graffiti all over New York but you generally don't see crowds gathered around it snapping photos, or building owners slapping plexiglas over top to protect it from other taggers. When Banksy's name is attached, it becomes profound. Not because of his fame, or because of his Bruce Wayne style anonymity… but because it actually is profound.
During the month of October, the undercover artist is attempting to mount a city-wide New York show called "Better Out Than In", complete with museum style audio tours of the work, facilitated through toll-free phone numbers next to the pieces. The profundity comes from shifting the point of view folks have about stuff they normally ignore. And not getting caught.
The focus of Noboo Kawaguchi's art is human beings. She takes people as her subject and delves deep into their emotions and state of mind. Noboo uses the full spectrum of human emotion to show the complexity and beauty of all. She combines notions of 'normal' versus 'strange' to bring forth a distinctive, expressive image. Loving New York focuses on the uniqueness of New York City. Although a native of Osaka, Noboo is fascinated with New York City's ability to not only tolerate many nationalities, but to use it's diversity as an asset in creating a culture where everyone is very different, yet all still consider themselves to be New Yorkers.
Beethoven, Nam Jun Paik, Claus Nomi, and the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade walk into a bar...
Traditionalists may be aghast but they won't stop the current wave of operatic reinvention. A month after Lincoln Center got it's socks rocked by a Chinese opera with live-action stunts and Pink Floyd style projections (Monkey: Journey To The West), the Edinburgh Festival filled every seat to Opera de Lyon's extreme production of Fidelio.
Based out of Brooklyn, NY, Zack DeZon is a fashion and portrait photographer with a background and education in theatre performance. This mixture of disciplines imbues his shoots with a sensitivity and openness that helps make his portraits stand out not only for their style, but their honesty.
"I graduated from theatre school in 2009—with a nascent career in photography. The reasons I stopped pursuing acting are uninteresting, but in starting to shoot I discovered what had attracted me to the field in the first place: the actors.
"To me, actors are an incredible breed—expressive, empathetic, quick to say 'yes' to any new life experience, and, for reasons that vary from person to person, driven to compete in one of the most legendarily ruthless industries in the world.
With the generous support of the Human Rights Campaign, I was able to shoot almost three hundred faces in New York City. We put out the call to any and everyone that felt like LGBTQ applied to them in any way, or ever had, and I didn’t ask them to define that. I shot everyone on film, in black and white, for a few minutes, getting a simple portrait of them, slice of life out of their regular day. The portraits you see here are from those sessions.
iO Tillet Wright
Art Basel Miami Beach has evolved over the past nine years into the art world's not-to-be-missed extravaganza and can now claim its rightful title of most prestigious art show in the Americas. This is thanks to the presence of hundreds of notable galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa that work diligently to showcase the work of more than 2,000 artists from the previous and current centuries.
This year's Art Basel festivities will take place December 1-4, 2011. The central informational and gathering spot is the Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC), but a variety of events such as artist receptions, panel discussions, off-site installations, performances and special parties will extend beyond the MBCC into Miami, Coral Gables, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale; all extensions of Art Basel that are within close geographic proximity to the convention center and easy to access thanks to the area's convenient transportation options.
Laurence Gartel was commissioned by Tesla Motors to pimp their ride at Art Basel in Miami Beach. “No major artist ever received a commission to produce art for an Electric Car. I’ve trumped them all by doing so. Electric Art for an Electric Car. Makes sense.” A creative process and exuberant moment of digital art display-using a commercial vehicle wrapping process on printed vinyl. “It is so detailed and something that could never have been painted or conceived by traditional media.”
Just Missed the Past
Michel Delgado is a self-taught Senegalese artist now living in Key West. Delgado paints emotionally and expressively, conjuring other-worldly narratives of memory and spirituality. His direct vision reveals an understanding of the pain and solitude of immobility and silence, as well as joy, learning and love. Like other Outsider artists, Delgado’s approach can best be described as honest, refreshingly straightforward and visionary, ever powerful.
By Eric Jones
I can see my mother. She’s in her twenties standing in our kitchen in Oakville, Ontario, mixing yellow food coloring into white margarine in a Pyrex bowl. She’s telling me that some day she’ll go back to university to get the degree she gave up when she had me. I was four.
Cheyne Gallarde is too young to know that housewives used to hand-tint their margarine, but it’s the kind of detail that he would probably get right. This young Honolulu photographer has an art director’s right-brain and a cinematographer’s left.
A Fine Art & Photography Essay of Survivors
Text by Lauren Britz
Photos by Michael Colanero
"It is only in our grief where we find our true strength, find the courage to let go and to create beautiful possibilities for a fulfilling life. Art and photography is our way of letting go through acknowledgment."
Photography isn't just about pictures of luscious landscapes, sensuous sunsets, bouncy babies and beautiful blushing brides. Photography, like all art, has the power to empower. To encourage. To create possibilities. To heal wounds. This is the vision of one spectacular artist photographer, Michael Colanero.
2. Post-Impressionism to World War II
3. Creative Composition
4. The Artist's Way
5. A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art
6. The Confident Creative
7. A Real Van Gogh
8. Hollywood Cartoons
9. The Visual Story
10. The Metamorphosis
11. The Cave and the Cathedral
12. The Artist's Guide
13. Encyclopedia of the Exquisite
14. Memoirs of Journeys to Venice and the Low Countries
15. The Business of Being an Artist, Fourth Edition