Showing posts from April, 2014

The Museum of Architectural Drawing

The Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin is designed by Russian Architects Sergei Tchoban and Sergei Kuznetsov. It is ironic that during our times, when the art of architectural drawing seems to be dying, at the same time it gets increasingly appreciated as an art form.
For centuries sketches were the only way in which architects could conceive their buildings. But now, in the age of digital design, the art of drawing is on the way down. But even if hand drawing plays only a minor role, it is still maintained by architects as a technique, whose speed and ease is impossible to beat even for the most sophisticated software.
In Berlin the new Museum for Architectural Drawing is dedicated to this increasingly rare art form. Designed and initiated by the Berlin-based architect and collector of architectural drawings, Sergei Tchoban, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, the building resembles a stack of cubes. The slender tower of the museum is situated at the Pfefferberg, a former br…

Photographer Ellen Von Unwerth

Ellen Von Unwerth began her career in the fashion industry as a model herself before deciding to get on the other side of the lens. She gained credibility as a photographer in the '90s when her work for GUESS jeans became popular, shooting famous models like Claudia Schiffer, Eva Herzigova, and the late Anna Nicole Smith. von Unwerth has continued building her reputation throughout the past two decades, doing work both for top publications and independently, while also creating album art and doing private shoots for many celebrities. Her name is now one of the largest in the fashion industry and synonymous with the photographic beauty of women. The following 100 are our favorite from her vast collection.

Photographer William Klein

The social documentary tendencies of William Klein’s oeuvre find their roots in his home town of New York City. Though he began as a painter working in Paris and Milan, Klein was enticed back to the U.S. by photography and immediately began working for Vogue. Klein's first assignment was to create a photo-journal of New York, a project that began his raw city portraits (succeeded ones of by Rome, Tokyo, and Moscow) where he aimed to personally intervene in the images, unlike the "invisible camera" of his predecessor Henri Cartier-Bresson.  Although working for Vogue was primarily to fund projects such as photo books and his  cult-films like 'Who Are You Polly Maggoo', Klein became a renowned and revolutionary photographer both in fashion and elsewhere. He is best known for his garish and controversial images, grainy, high-contrast, and always wide-angle lens.