Cheryl Dunn

Cheryl Dunn spent a large part of her career documenting city streets; and the people who strive to leave their mark there from graffiti writers, artists, skaters, boxers, bikers, protesters, and assorted characters. In the late 90's she began to focus on filmmaking, creating classic films about artists of her generation who have influenced the realities of urban life through their own work. She also has shot for companies like Ray Ban and Adidas. Recently, Dunn made an amazing documentary about New York street photographers called Everybody Street.

 

 

Joost Vandebrug

Joost Vandebrug is a fashion photographer and filmmaker, but his latest project sees him roaming the streets and tunnels of Bucharest. In a world devoid of parental guidance, the stereotypical tropes are there; drug abuse, run-ins with the law, gang-mentality, yet they are eclipsed and often subverted by the familial bond between these so-called ‘Lost Boys’ - Bucharest’s youth left behind after the fallout of Communism. Led by a myserious tattooed character known as 'Bruce Lee', the group make up just four of an estimated thousand homeless children who end up forming tunnel communities together. Some of the photos below are from this project, which you can see more about here.  

Vivian Maier

Piecing together Vivian Maier’s life can easily evoke Churchill’s famous quote about the vast land of Tsars and commissars that lay to the east. A person who fit the stereotypical European sensibilities of an independent liberated woman, accent and all, yet born in New York City. Someone who was intensely guarded and private, Vivian could be counted on to feistily preach her own very liberal worldview to anyone who cared to listen, or didn’t. Decidedly unmaterialistic, Vivian would come to amass a group of storage lockers stuffed to the brim with found items, art books, newspaper clippings, home films, as well as political tchotchkes and knick-knacks. Maier’s massive body of work would come to light when in 2007 her work was discovered at a local thrift auction house on Chicago’s Northwest Side. From there, it would eventually impact the world over and change the life of the man who championed her work and brought it to the public eye, John Maloof.

Currently, Vivian Maier’s body of work is being archived and cataloged for the enjoyment of others and for future generations. John Maloof is at the core of this project after reconstructing most of the archive, having been previously dispersed to the various buyers attending that auction. Now, with roughly 90% of her archive reconstructed, Vivian’s work is part of a renaissance in interest in the art of Street Photography.

A small selection of her shockingly beautiful archive of work can be viewed on her website. A fascinating short feature on the discovery of her work is worth a watch, here.

Juxtapoz Turns 18! at CoproGallery

Copro Gallery presents a group art exhibition celebrating JUXTAPOZ magazine's 18 year anniversaryThis art gallery show will feature artists from Juxtapoz's past , present and future. Since its inception in the early 90's Juxtapoz has been a major factor in setting art trends and helping to make them a world wide phenomenon with its vast publishing empire and International circulation. Artists curated by Gwynn Vitello and Greg Escalante: Robert Williams, Shepard Fairey, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Marion Peck, Camille Garcia, Kathy Staico Schorr, Cathie Bleck, Suzanne Williams,The Date Farmers, Jeremy Fish,Tara McPherson, Shag, Tiffany Bozic, Scott Musgrove, Neckface, Elizabeth Mcgrath,Anthony Ausgang, Souther Salazar, Luke Chueh, Ed Templeton, Dennis McNett, Isabel Samaras, Charles Wish, Jeremy Lipking, Steve Olson, Don Pendleton, Mike Shine, Retna, Kevin Ancell, Andrew Schoultz, Brian Bowen Smith, Skinner, Rico Deniro, Craig Stecyk, Herbert Baglione, Sandow Birk, Mike Giant, Morgan Slade, Ron Lipking, Sage Vaughn, Deanna Templeton, Bill Dee Williams, Estevan & Eriberto Oriol, Michael Carney & many more.

Copro Gallery - Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave , Unit T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404 Ph: 310/829-2156

"JUXTAPOZ TURNS 18" group art exhibition

Opening Reception, Saturday, March 24, 8:00 – 11:30 p.m. 

Dates:   Exhibit runs; March 24 – April 14 , 2012

Exhibit: Weegee - Naked Hollywood

Weegee Exhibition at MOCA Grand Avenue from 11/13/11 - 2/27/12!

www.moca.org

The tabloid photographer, known as Weegee, moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1947. In doing so he abandoned the crime scenes for which he was famous and started to train his camera in shooting Hollywood stars, strippers, costume shops and naked mannequins. These shots were sometimes distorted by trick lenses and multiple exposures. Naked Hollywood is an exhibition dedicated to the work Weegee produced in Southern California. Alongside these photographs, many of which have never been seen before, his work as an author, filmmaker and photo-essayist is also on display.