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Photo Chat USA : Ellen von Unwerths 'HEIMAT' Opening and TASCHEN Collector’s Edition Book Presentation at TASCHEN Gallery in Los Angeles

Ellen von Unwerth celebrated the opening of "Heimat", an exhibition of her new photo book. GoSee and joined the party at the TASCHEN Gallery in Los Angeles (GoSee reported). Fashionistas and models, some dressed in Lederhosen and dirndl – a wild mix of fun people, almost like a mirror of Ellens colorful world. Celebrity guests such as Arnold Schwarzenegger said hello. Roberta Wagner, rock star stylist of the stars, graced the crowd.

“Heimat” is a German word best understood as a deep feeling of connection to one’s culture and social environment, a sense of home if you will. The title is befitting, as the content of her photo book clearly pays homage to Unwerth’s Bavarian roots; of course through the sexy, subversive and playful lens for which she is iconic. The exhibition comes with a 454-page signed and limited TASCHEN Collector’s Edition book of the same name. The exhibition also showcases a curated selection of iconic Ellen von Unwerth photographic prints from throughout her career in collaboration with the Fahey/Klein Gallery.

Ellen von Unwerth worked as a top fashion model before becoming one of the world’s most in-demand fashion photographers and directors. Her editorial work has been featured in publications such as VOGUE, Vanity Fair and in major advertising campaigns for Chanel, Dior, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Agent Provocateur, and Diesel with erotically charged images of supermodels and female musical artists.

The book is available in a limited Collector’s Edition, numbered and signed by Ellen von Unwerth, as well as in four Art Editions, limited to 100 copies each, each with a color photograph. Or you just buy the book. price: 750 euros.

Ellen von Unwerth. Heimat
Edition of 1,500 copies + 200 APs . Ellen von Unwerth, Mark Schulz . Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm, 454 pages . ISBN 978-3-8365-2887 0 . Multilingual issue: German, English, French  

TASCHEN GALLERY . 8070 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 . Tue-Sat: 11am to 7pm, Sunday: Noon to 6pm, Monday: Closed .
08.03.2017 // show complete article

GoSee and GLAMPR met up with star photographer Marc Baptiste in New York to talk about his new book project about his heart-felt topic Haiti

Photographer Marc Baptiste was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti. His experiences growing up on the beautiful island would serve him well, when at an early age he moved to the US. He has photographed Hollywood A-listers and those residing on the cutting edge of creativity including; Pharrell Williams, Shakira, Erykah Badu, Chloe Sevigny, Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Idris Elba, Barack Obama and Yoko Ono – the names speak for themselves.

To this day, he has compiled three volumes celebrating the female form, beginning with 2001's 'Beautiful – Nudes', followed by 'Intimate and Innocent'. His work has been published in a marquee lineup of international print publications including: Cosmopolitan, Details, Elle, Esquire, Ebony, Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Vanity Fair. His commercial work is distinguished for its appeal in global markets. His newest book project is testimony to his love for Haiti, his homeland. It is a celebration of the love, joy, and resilience of the people in a region the world knows is no stranger to disaster in 2016.

GlamPR tells GoSee: “Marc is very much connected to his Haitian heritage and regularly visits his many friends and family still living there. He recently journeyed to his homeland to aide in relief efforts after earthquakes and major storms hit the region, and of course, captured exquisite photos along the way.”

GlamPR met up with Marc in New York for GoSee shortly after his return from the tropical paradise. “In addition to aiding in donations toward food and water filtration, Baptiste is adamant about supporting initiatives that inspire hope and growth through artistic measures such as local film and photography schools, where he teaches kids how to create poignant images on their own. It is amazing that many photographers in this generation tend to rely solely on their iPhones to photograph powerful images, providing them with an accessible tool to not only capture the beauty of the Haitian people through a more well-rounded and honest lens, but also help engender hope in a country that is often confronted with disaster and faces the threat of devastating loss.” GlamPR explains.

Marc, Haiti is close to your heart. You support Haitian charities including the Ciné Institute and have a commitment to re-building your birthplace which inspired a partnership with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen. What were you guys doing on your last trip to Haiti, and what role do you play as a photographer? I went to Haiti with a group of doctors from the non-profit organization NOAH NY. I have been traveling with them to Haiti since 2012 to document their work. This latest trip we went to Cayes and Jérémie to provide medical assistance after the hurricane.

How do you personally handle the extreme differences between the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and the poverty and simplicity of your birthplace? I focus on my photography. Haiti is my birthplace; I don't see it the way the rest of world does. Haiti is often described as “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere”, [but] it was also the first independent Black nation in the Western Hemisphere, [the] first post-colonial independence black led nation in the world and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion. Haiti is rich in culture, art, music, beauty, creativity and heritage. I go as often as I can for inspiration and to recharge.

We love the photos from your last trip, where you capture the joy and humanity of the people. Tell us more about these pictures. There is so much joy and love that is overshadowed by the images shown in mainstream media. My main objective when photographing for NOAH NY and in general is always to show the beauty, pride, and humanity.

You’ve already published 3 beautiful books, is there a new one in the making in connection with Haiti? Any other creative projects planned? Haiti is my life project. I have been photographing Haiti for years. I am working on a coffee table book to showcase the beauty of my country, culture and people to show the other side of Haiti that the media doesn't show. I am also working on a documentary about the long tradition of RaRa.

Until the book is released, we recommend the website of Marc Baptiste – with his latest works from beautiful Haiti.
06.12.2016 // show complete article

PHOTO CHAT USA for GoSee at the closing night of the Los Angeles art scene: 'Catherine Opie: 700 NIMES ROAD', the photographic house call at the estate of movie legend Elizabeth Taylor, an exhibition and GoSee book tip

Catherine Opie, fine-art photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles, gained international fame with her unsparing photographic portraits of transgender, tattooed, and homosexual people – and not lastly due to her no less powerful self-portraits. The openly gay woman and mother of a son now presents two works from her oeuvre and a book "Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road" on the occasion of the closing events in Pacific Design Center, which were created during 6 months when Catherine Opie was documenting the Californian Bel Air estate of deceased movie legend Elizabeth Taylor. and GoSee met up with Catherine Opie and spoke with her about the show, her experiences and her creative process.

Introduced to Elizabeth Taylor by their mutual accountant, she was approached a few times to work with the Hollywood icon. However, she never felt a need to do more portraits about the stars, and was more intrigued by the human side of the larger-than-life celebrity.

After Opie worked on another photo documentary project, the inauguration of President Barack Obama, and inspired by William Eggleston’s images of Elvis Presley’s Memphis estate, Graceland, Opie decided to work on the project and formally asked for permission to shoot Taylor's personal space. Elizabeth reviewed her impressive body of work and gave approval to photograph her home.

Opie, whose portrait work typically explores the relationships of individuals to their social or political communities, captured some 3,000 images of Taylor’s residence. (The number was edited down to only 129 for the book.) The photographer visited Taylor's house three to four times per week simply to study the light and the overall feel. She mentioned to us that she didn’t want to explore the very private atmosphere or Taylor's house in a judging or voyeuristic way. Opie, an openly gay woman (married to Painter Julie Burleigh with whom she has a son with), felt it interesting to observe the overly feminine aura of the home from her own experience as a woman.

Elizabeth Taylor’s public persona was a study in contrasts: She dressed lavishly in designer clothes and brilliant diamonds befitting her status as a film icon but was also a philanthropist and advocate, both relatable and forthright in her causes. Opie captured Taylor's home as the home of any other human. In one of her images, you see a remote control manual on her nightstand next to personal images of Michael Jackson portraits. She labeled her million dollar Sotheby’s and Christies Jewelry boxes with P-Touch stickers for easier sorting and kept furniture pieces worn down but comfortable and familiar.

With celebrity portraits, the observer usually expects a world of perfection like you see in publications of Architectural Digest or home story portraits. Opies didn’t want to stage the space and looked to capture “the relationship to what is human”. She never took a portrait of the actress and, in fact, never met her during the process. For her, the caring, down-to-earth spirit of Taylor was very much alive in these inanimate possessions.

700 Nimes Road – named for Taylor’s Los Angeles address – explores this connection between Elizabeth Taylor the "star" and Elizabeth Taylor the "person" through intimate and at times poignant indirect portraits of the icon’s life at home.

After Taylor's death, Opie kept shooting in the house and almost became a part of the family. One of her images – seen in the show, and the last picture in the portfolio – shows a plastic bag full of diamond boxes, carried away by a representative of Sotheby’s on the way to an estate auction.

About - Catherine Opie (born 1961 in Sandusky, Ohio) is an American fine-art photographer. She studies the relationships between mainstream and infrequent society, with a large emphasis on sexual identity, specializing in portraiture, studio, and landscape photography. Through photography Opie documents the connections between the individual and the space inhabited. She lives and works in West Adams, Los Angeles. She is well known for her work of portraits exploring the Los Angeles leather-dyke community and is currently a professor of photography at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

The show will now be on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Art June 11 – September 11, 2016; George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, October 1, 2016 – January 7, 2017; NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL, January – April 2017

The book - Catherine Opie - 700 Nimes Road . English . Text: Hilton Als, Tim Mendelson, Ingrid Sischy . 148 Pages, 30 x 30 cm . ISBN: 978-3-7913-5425-5 . € 55.00 / $ 60.00 . published by Prestel .
09.05.2016 // show complete article