Completely self-taught fine art photographer Erika Zolli currently lives and works in Milan. Her work is known for its surreal and dreamlike vision, combining the compositional power of abstraction with the emotional power of dreams, leading the observer towards a new aesthetic. In her latest project Aerial Flowers, Erika focuses on the body and its harmonious development through movement. The project consists of a series of eight images showing the same subject – aerial acrobatic performer, Francesca Alberti – immortalised in eight different positions. Minimal images on a black background are embellished by the sensuality of the aerial disciplines of the circus and the dynamism of the human figure often associated with nature.
Favour Jonathan has made documenting her hairstyles an art form all its own. Her ongoing series A Statement of Pride juxtaposes the formality of photo identification with striking and intricate braided hair styles in honour of her Nigerian heritage. The young artist has been using a photo booth to take pictures of herself over a period of months, each time with a revamped do. Such is her following that Apple looked to her for its Selfies on iPhone X campaign, in which she dons a Diana Ross-inspired afro.
Italian Photographer Giuseppe Palmisano aka Iosonopipo was born in November of ’89. His life is a continuous recitation, in fact, maturing, he runs to Rome to pursue the dream of becoming an actor and he realizes it. He changed twelve houses, five cities and ten cohabitations. He currently lives in Bologna and continues his photographic research.
Los Angeles’ reputation precedes it. The second most populated American city (after New York), it is home to Hollywood and the hub of the entertainment industry, and so has long been associated with stardom. But as a new Taschen-published book documents, there’s a dark underbelly to the glitz of this Californian locale. Dark City: The Real Los Angeles Noir is a compilation of black and white photographs delving into the sinister history of ‘la la land’, exploring how its glamorous veneer developed in tandem with criminal undertakings, corruption and hushed scandal.
There are thousands of beautiful models on Instagram, but Shudu Gram is one of the kind. Cameron-James Wilson is a 28-year-old self-taught British photographer who is the man behind the stunning dark-skinned model. He created Shudu after teaching himself 3D, using online resources and YouTube videos. When asked what he thinks about all the negativity, Wilson says that he never had any ill intentions and is not planning on using Shudu as a commercial model. “To me she’s special, yes, but as are millions of real-life African men and women.”
We all know how sticks and stones may hurt bones, but some names can be mildly amusing—especially if there is something childishly funny about them. You know the kind of thing, old favorites like “Mike Hunt” or “Mike Hock” or even “Amanda Gobble.” Now, these names are quite amusing on their own but what about those individuals whose surnames when placed together create an unfortunate double or even single entendre like this fine bunch of happy couples, to whom I wish all happiness.