Amsterdam, Things I Want

Photo Week 2013 20 – 29 September

Oooh it’s Photo Week.  Besides celebrating photography, there will be pop-up studios where you can get a portrait taken by a professional photographer for FREE. Yes, FREE. (Well except for FOAM) This is a national event so check out the map of studios here:

In Amsterdam, the studios are at:

University of Amsterdam (Rhijnspoorplein 1, Amsterdam)
Date / Time: 25 Sep, 10.00-16.00pm
Cost: Free

Library Amsterdam region West (Nicolaes Beetsstraat 86, Amsterdam)
Date / Time: 25 September, 12.30 – 15.30
Cost: Free

HEMA Amsterdam (Nieuwendijk 174-176)
Date / Time: 27 and 28 September (10.00 – 17.00),
Sept. 29 (12:00 – 17:00)
Cost: Free

Foam (Keizersgracht 609, Amsterdam)
Date / Time: Sept. 21, 12:00 – 17:00
Cost: € 25 (excl. entrance)
Description: With photographer Ringel Goslinga

Rijksmuseum (1 Museum Street, Amsterdam)
Date / Time: 28 Sep 11:00 – 16:00, 29 September 10:00 to 16:00
Cost: Free (plus admission)
Details: On 28 September from 11:00 to 16:00 with Sacha de Boer


Tyra as Cara

Adding this photo exhibition by Udo Spreitzenbarth to my itinerary when I visit NYC. I’m not a big Tyra fan – never really mastered smizing – but I do appreciate the work of hair and makeup artists and the work of hairstylist Sher Rae Tucker and makeup artist Valente Frazier here is killer. If you glance really quickly, Tyra does look like Cara Delevingne. And supposedly the photos in this exhibit were not retouched!

The exhibit is at Jack Studios, 610 W. 26th Street, 6th Floor until November 9.


Tyra as Cara


School’s Out – Galle

Matador U Assignment 1: Set 1 of 3

These photos were taken on a stroll near my homestay in Galle, around 1:30 pm when the school day ends. In Sri Lanka, a student’s day is usually 6 hours long with no lunch period – a much shorter day compared to the 8+ hours typical here in NYC.

The remaining two sets must be shot specifically for the assignment so I think I may actually brave the cold and snap a few pics today. Maybe.


Bright Lights Big Cities

Cohen’s NYC

Little known fact: stars scare me. Lived in big cities all my life and when I find myself in areas where the night sky is blanketed with stars I feel like I’m suffocating. Weird. I know. I never claimed to be perfect, or normal. Enough about me.

New York Times Magazine recently wrote about Thierry Cohen, a French photographer, and his project that envisions what the sky would look like if cities like New York (above) and Rio (below) weren’t so polluted by light. According to the article, Cohen blended city scenes with the “night skies from less populated locations that fall on the same latitudes. The result is what city dwellers might see in the absence of light pollution. So Paris gets the stars of northern Montana, New York those of the Nevada desert.” Pretty isn’t it?

Can’t wait to check out these photos in person. The exhibit featuring Cohen’s work opens at the Danziger Gallery in NYC in March. To see more of this project, check out the gallery website. The site has more photos than the article and a detailed write-up.

Cohen’s Rio



3D Photobooth in Harujuku


World’s first 3D printing photo booth is set to open for a limited time at the exhibition space EYE OF GYRE in Harajuku. From November 24 to January 14, 2013, people with reservations can go and have their portraits taken. Except, instead of a photograph, you’ll receive miniature replicas of yourselves.

Reservations here:

Google translate works well on the page for non-Japanese readers.


Nude in New York by Erica Simone

Begging for change on Houston Street nude, browsing books at the NYU Library nude, buying a street hot dog nude – photographer Erica Simone created this series of self-portraits exposing herself all over New York City doing typical New York City things. Twenty photographs from Nue York are presented at Damon Dash’s gallery as evidence. See some below (NSFW) and… UPDATE: Erica Simone herself tells ANIMAL how she didn’t get arrested doing this.

Her philosophy? “Just being.” Her technique? Well, that’s kind of obvious. Her shockingly nonchalant approach and the ability to take self-portraits (with a timer?) while riding nude on a motorcycle through Tribeca? Impressive.

UPDATE: ANIMAL asked Erica Simone how the hell she pulled it off. Her answer:

I haven’t come too close [to being arrested], besides the Central Park shot which I won’t discuss too much about. And also the man on the Harley is an ex-police officer, but he was very excited to do the shot with me, I had met him 5 minutes before doing it. I use a remote control shutter release – I’m always the one triggering the shot. Some more details… Well, I can tell you, each photo has a totally different story. Most are done very guerilla-style, I don’t tell anyone around me what I’m going to do, although in some circumstances I’ve had to, if it would make the photo better… It all depends. The key to each shot is definitely timing and I can sometimes wait 30 min – 1hr to take a certain shot. But most of the time, I’m in and out, naked and dressed in a blink of an eye.
west broadway dog

NYU library

190 Bowery

snowed on west 4th

1 to the bronx

8th street papaya

little italy barber

west side highway jog

biking in tribeca

park here houston

spare change on houston



Black & White (In Colour)

Eran Amirmay think of himself as an artist or a filmmaker, but in the video below, he’s more like a magician. Prepare to be amazed as he slowly transforms what appears to be a monochrome self portrait into an image of a room that’s bursting with color, and all without resorting to any digital tricks. So how’d he pull it off in analog? The painstaking process involved painting everything in the frame — including himself! — in various shades of grey.


Masters of Photography | The Macallan


The Macallan Masters of Photography series features exclusive collaborations, marrying the art of whisky making with the artist’s interpretation of the world of The Macallan. Previous editions were authored by iconic photographers Rankin and Albert Watson.

This year, Annie Leibovitz, chosen for her exceptional skill and inimitable style, has captured four powerful images of The Macallan moments shot in and around New York City with Kevin McKidd.

“I am the first color photographer chosen by The Macallan for its Master of Photography series; prior to this I hadn’t realized how complicated and deep the distilling process is. That warmth and richness is what I tried to bring to the photographs,” comments Annie Leibovitz.

The Macallan Masters of Photography: Annie Leibovitz Edition comprises 1,000 limited edition bottles, of which there are four different versions, retailing for $2,750 each. Each bottle contains one of four unique single malts, released for the first time, and crafted by whisky maker Bob Dalgarno to reflect the mood of the signed Annie Leibovitz print that it is paired with. The four single cask whiskies have been matured in different cask types to be completely unique and original. The bottle and print are presented in a bespoke photo-archival box, stamped with The Macallan brand and Annie Leibovitz’s name.


The Polaroid Z2300 – Digital Instant Camera


Building my Dear Santa list early with this Polaroid Digital Instant Camera.

The Polaroid Z2300 is the smallest digital camera we’ve seen that delivers instant prints. It uses Premium ZINK paper that can’t be accidentally exposed, costs less per shot than Polaroid film and has a peel-off sticky back . Print your favorite shots and save everything directly to the camera or your SD card.

Customize your 10-megapixel images: crop, add borders, or use the color filters for some serious par-tay. The Z2300 takes video too! All this comes in a sleek package the size of a point & shoot complete with the iconic Polaroid rainbow.