30.01.2012  •  Agencies NEWS


Christa Klubert : photographic essay 'The Mid Road', ELLE DECORATION feature, 'Design against the clock' - documentary at LONDON DESIGN WEEK, and VOLVO magazine shoot

Denis ROUVRE put together a photographic essay of his travels through the towns that dot America’s once famed Route 66, entitled ‘The Mid Road’. It paints an unsettling image of the people left behind by the commercialisation and prostitution of the American Dream.

Again and again, Rouvre contrasts flashy advertisements with the downcast expressions of the locals and the overcast skies above. These are places that have been passed by, and you can’t help but feel pessimistic for the future of the rest of America. And yet, in every scene, there is a sense of the underlying toughness of these people.

The only relatively optimistic shot is of a newly married couple in a parking lot at night-time – they seem unsure of what lies ahead but at least they have each other. For these folks, life goes on.

Recently, Lutz HILGERS and interior designer Uwe van Afferden joined forces for an ELLE DECORATION feature, which was photographed in a 1950s town house in Düsseldorf.

For London Design Week, Nick BALLON was commissioned by furniture company ESTABLISHED & SONS to document a series of live performances entitled ‘Design against the Clock’. Competing teams of designers were given exactly 8 hours to construct an installation at the Mayfair Gallery, and Ballon's photographs are every bit as exciting as the event itself.

Tillman FRANZEN’s love of shooting in factories is really starting to pay off. Both of his latest commissions have been set in amongst flying sparks and hissing machinery. The first is a feature for Volvo magazine in the production factory of one of the oldest furniture brands in the world: Thonet.

It’s a place with a true sense of heritage and Franzen really brings across the positive energy of a factory in which each piece is hand-crafted.