Behind the Scenes GQ Photoshoot: Terry Richardson shoots Kate Upton

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In No Great Hurry - 13 Lessons in Life with Master Street Photographer Saul Leiter TRAILER

Trailer for the forthcoming documentary In No Great Hurry - 13 Lessons in Life with Saul Leiter.

“I believe there is such a thing as a search for beauty’

Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great the pioneer of colour photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment.
An intimate and personal film, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of clearing an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80’s and fending off a pesky filmmaker.

See my post on Saul Leiter here
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Official Paramount 100th Anniversary Photo Shoot: Behind the Scenes Video

The stars aligned to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Paramount Pictures.
You are taken behind the scenes to the historic stage 18 where 116 of Hollywood's most notable figures assembled for this historic photo by photographer Art Strieber.

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The 40-foot stage, 116-person photo required flattering, even light all the way across. Photographer Art Strieber's and his crew of 10 assistants used 57 Profoto heads,  34 of which were grided Profoto Magnum reflectors as the key light. The rest of strobes were fitted with standard zoom reflectors and a few strip banks. The strobes were positioned high above the set  on a custom configured rail truss system. To help separate the subjects from the dark background, an additional 8 heads were used as backlight/hair-light. The final image is comprised of three separate shots stitched together shot on a Hasselblad H2 with and 60.5MP PHASE ONE IQ160 digital back

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Upside-Down Portraits of Women Illustrating the Freaky Thatcher Illusion

Dutch photographers Anuschka Blommers and Niels Schumm shot a series of photographs for a Dove ad campaign that uses the Thatcher effect . The effect is created by flipping a portrait upside down while keeping the eyes and/or mouth right side up. The human brain has a difficult time detecting local feature changes in an upside down face, despite identical changes being obvious in an upright face.

You Photoshop wizards out there should give this a try!

 And yes, both images are exactly the same.

More Examples of the Thatcher Effect

Scarlett Johansson

Obama feels the effects of the dreaded Thatcher Illusion

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Profoto's Continuous Light: Cine Reflector and Light Modifiers

Profoto’s ProTungsten Air and ProDaylight Air can now be used to transition smoothly from photography into motion and back again. Use your favorite light shaping tools, compatible with both models, to get the same effects you are used to for still frames, in video.  Either are ideal for any lighting situation whether you are a photographer, videographer, or both!

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The Late Photographer’s Three Protégés Discuss his Lasting Influence

The long-time assistants of legendary fashion image-maker Helmut Newton, photographers Mark Arbeit, George Holz and Just Loomis, pay tribute to their mentor in this excerpt from new short Three Boys from Pasadena. Boldly approaching Newton in 1979 after getting a tip that he would be dropping into a Pasadena boutique, the three young art students and aspiring photographers were taken on as his assistants. It was the beginning a professional and personal relationship that would last up until Newton's death in 2004. “He loved to ride in my old, beat-up ’69 Dodge Dart—pulling up to the valet at the Beverly Hills Hotel with all the fancy cars there,” recalls Holz. “He thought it was such a cool and camp thing to do.” Mixing archive footage with Arbeit, Holz and Loomis's recollections of working with the provocative lensman, Three Boys from Pasadena accompanies an exhibition at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Originally hung at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin in 2009, the show features memorabilia and Polaroids documenting the trio's years working with Newton alongside a retrospective of their subsequent photographic careers—including personal projects and commercial works for the likes of French Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and The New York Times.

Three Boys from Pasadena is at the Williamson Gallery of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, until 26 August.

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An In-depth look Into the Most Famous Album Cover of All Time ~ The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the English rock band The Beatles, released on 1 June 1967 and was produced by George Martin. The album is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, and has since been recognised as one of the most important albums in the history of popular music, including songs such as "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "A Day in the Life". Recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, Sgt. Pepper saw the band developing the production techniques of their previous album, Revolver. Martin's innovative and lavish production included the orchestra usage and hired musicians ordered by the band. Genres such as music hall, rock and roll, pop rock, and traditional Indian music are covered. The album cover art, by English pop artist Peter Blake, depicts the band posing in front of a collage of their favourite celebrities, and has been widely acclaimed and often imitated.

Sgt. Pepper was a worldwide critical and commercial success, spending a total of 27 weeks at the top of the UK Album Chart and 15 weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200. A defining album in the emerging psychedelic rock style, the album was critically acclaimed upon release and won four Grammy Awards in 1968. It frequently ranks at or near the top of published lists of the greatest albums of all time. In 1994 it was ranked number one in the book All Time Top 1000 Albums. In 2003, and again in 2012, the album was placed at number one on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Sgt. Pepper is one of the world's best selling albums; 32 million copies have been shipped [via wiki and MOYZE]

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The Grammy Award-winning album packaging was art-directed by Robert Fraser, designed by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, his wife and artistic partner, and photographed by Michael CooperThe final bill for the cover was £2,868  (equivalent to £38,823 today or $63,386 CDN), a staggering sum for the time. It has been estimated that this was 100 times the average cost for an album cover in those days.

Inside look at the original unreleased version of the famous cover

Hey why not play the classic album whilst you learn more about it!
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (often shortened to Sgt. Pepper) is the eighth studio album by the English rock band The Beatles, released on 1 June 1967 on the Parlophone label and produced by George Martin.

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. With a Little Help from My Friends
3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
4. Getting Better 
5. Fixing a Hole 
6. She's Leaving Home 
7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
8. Within You Without You 
9. When I'm Sixty-Four 
10. Lovely Rita 
11. Good Morning Good Morning
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
13. A Day in the Life (my personal fave from this album)
This is where the famous photo session took place, at Studio 4, Chelsea Manor Studios, 1-11 Flood Street, Chelsea, London. Many people have been there knowing the most famous album cover of all times was created inside this small mansion.

The original album cover was to feature a few people that didn't make the one we know today. You can see Hilter's cut-out off to the right near the light looking on with great jealousy

Gandhi (1) was cut out because they were concerned India could be offended by this, and that they might not print the album. Hitler : He was cut out for obvious re-thinking of the presence of his photo cutout on the album. Leo Gorcey (American stage and film actor) (2): He was taken out because he decided to ask for money for them to use his picture on the cover. I am sure he must have regretted that decision later)

Hilter is the one with the arrow in his side:
Jesus Christ cutout was also supposed be on the cover, but was taken out because of a famous John Lennon statement in 1966 : “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
Even now, co-creator Jann Haworth regrets that so few women were included.
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Top row :
(1) Sri Yukteswar Giri (Hindu guru)(2) Aleister Crowley (occultist), (3) Mae West (actress),(4) Lenny Bruce (comedian), (5) Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer), (6) W. C. Fields(comedian/actor),(7) Carl Gustav Jung (psychiatrist), (8) Edgar Allan Poe (writer), (9) Fred Astaire (actor/dancer), (10) Richard Merkin (artist)(11) The Vargas Girl (by artist Alberto Vargas)(12) Huntz Hall (actor), (13) Simon Rodia (designer and builder of the Watts Towers), (14) Bob Dylan (singer/songwriter)
Second row:
(15) Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator), (16) Sir Robert Peel (19th century British Prime Minister), (17) Aldous Huxley (writer), (18) Dylan Thomas (poet), (19) Terry Southern (writer), (20) Dion(singer), (21) Tony Curtis (actor), (22) Wallace Berman (artist), (23) Tommy Handley(comedian), (24) Marilyn Monroe (actress), (25) William S. Burroughs (writer), (26) Sri Mahavatar Babaji (Hindu guru), (27) Stan Laurel (actor/comedian), (28) Richard Lindner(artist), (29) Oliver Hardy (actor/comedian), (30) Karl Marx (political philosopher), (31) H. G. Wells (writer), (32) Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (Hindu guru),
(33)Either Sigmund Freud (psychiatrist) according to wikipedia or James Joyce according to many – (barely visible) ;  the person is in fact James Joyce as you can see below.
(34) Anonymous (hairdresser’s wax dummy)
Third row: (35) Stuart Sutcliffe (artist/former Beatle), (36) Anonymous (hairdresser’s wax dummy), (37) Max Miller (comedian), (38) A “Petty Girl” (by artist George Petty), (39) Marlon Brando (actor), (40) Tom Mix (actor), (41) Oscar Wilde (writer), (42) Tyrone Power (actor), (43) Larry Bell (artist), (44) Dr. David Livingstone (missionary/explorer), (45) Johnny Weissmuller (Olympic swimmer/Tarzan actor), (46) Stephen Crane (writer) – barely visible ;
(47) Issy Bonn (comedian), (48) George Bernard Shaw (playwright), (49)H. C. Westermann(sculptor), (50) Albert Stubbins (football player), (51) Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru), (52) Lewis Carroll (writer), (53) T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”),
Front row: (54) Wax model of Sonny Liston (boxer), (55) A “Petty Girl” (by George Petty), (56) Wax model of George Harrison, (57) Wax model of John Lennon,(58) Shirley Temple (child actress) - barely visible;
(59) Wax model of Ringo Starr, (60) Wax model of Paul McCartney, (61) Albert Einstein(physicist) – Hidden behind ;
(62) John Lennon, (63) Ringo Starr, (64) Paul McCartney, (65)George Harrison, (66) Bobby Breen (singer), (67) Marlene Dietrich (actress/singer), (68) Legionnaire from the Order of the Buffalos, (69) 

Comedian Lenny Bruce's cut-out gets some touch ups
Brando waiting for his cue

Wax head of boxer Sonny Liston 
Headless figures await noggins
Wax Beatles
Wax figure of Actress Diana Dors gets felt up prior to the cover shoot.

George Harrison can carry off a pimpin' hat.

Photographer MIchael Cooper at the ready
Alternate takes for the cover

Check out this great 1992 documentary about making the classic Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. A must see for any Beatles fan!
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