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Like American artist Sandy Skoglund, JeeYoung Lee creates highly elaborate scenes that require an incredible amount of patience and absolutely no photo manipulation.
For weeks and sometimes months, the young Korean artist works in the confines of her small 360 x 410 x 240 cm studio bringing to life worlds that defy all logic.
A filmmaker’s style is the foundation of a good film. Sixteen filmmakers from different parts of the world and different time periods share their insight on this essential element of cinema. Their words are both revealing and encouraging, and they embody the late Roger Ebert’s message about the…
Today is the birthday of Ukranian film maker, film theorist and photographer Eleanora Derenkowskaia, better known as Maya Deren. Deren began her artistic career as a freelance photographer in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1940’s, after which she moved to LA meeting photographer Alexandr Hammid who would later become her second husband. In 1943, Deren’s father died, and she used her inheritance to pick up a 16mm Bolex camera with which she created her first short film: Meshes of the Afternoon with Alexandr Hammid. The film would go on to influence film makers like David Lynch, and was the subject of many film theorists analyses.
She continued making a series of short avant-garde films through the 40’s and 50’s, garnering a following of film makers inspired by her entrepreneurial and independent commitment to film making. Deren herself lashed out at Hollywood, deriding that “I make my pictures for what Hollywood spends on lipstick.” She also commented that Hollywood “has been a major obstacle to the definition and development of motion pictures as a creative fine-art form.” Following her successes as a film maker, Deren passed away at the young age of 44 from a brain hemorrage caused by malnutrition. Her ashes were scattered at Mt. Fuji in Japan. Enclosed is a photograph of Deren at work on a Moviola machine.
today, we’re thankful for the simple things… like places to play and the creativity to make our own fun !
Happy Thanksgiving from The City!
to avoid paying a construction fee, jack mubiru, a father of the skateboarding scene in uganda, fabricated a story about building a private enclosure for a pet crocodile. most local officials and neighborhood residents had never heard of skateboarding. yet six years later, the sport has spread from the skate park to the streets, attracting children as young as five and adult women.
photographer yann gross always takes his deck with him on his journeys. during one trip to easter africa, yann ecnountered a group of skaters in kitintale, a suburb of kampala, who had built the first and only half pipe in uganda. he ended up spending several months with the skaters, becoming a full member of the group, documenting a unique skate culture that, given the area’s contingencies, has styles and tricks all its own.
Grew up skating always being told “black people don’t skateboard”.
Kick push all over again
thank you to the Center For Black Equity for shedding a spotlight on our film and fundraiser. It’s encouraging to know the message is already appreciated by an audience.
After years of training to become a professional ballet dancer, artist Kylli Sparre realized it wasn’t the path for her and instead channeled passion for dance into photography and image manipulation.