Marcel Sternberger

Though the modern American public is only now coming to know Sternberger’s name, almost everyone has carried one of his images. A portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt taken by Marcel was the basis for the American dime. This marks Sternberger as one of the great photographers of the last century, but it also makes him as prolific as any artist in history. How the art of a refugee from World War II came to live in America’s pockets is an amazing story.
Marcel Sternberger began his life in 1899 as a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and served in World War I as an intelligence officer. During the years that followed, his country saw the rise of communism and then fascism, and neither were good for Marcel and his family. In the late 1920’s, after protesting the anti-Semitic regime with other veterans, he fled Austria-Hungary.

Eventually he arrived in France. There he began his career as a journalist. He would go on to write for Le Soir and Le Soir Illustré among other publications. When he later became a photographer, he brought to his work his journalistic instincts, turning every portrait session into an interview documented with his hand held Leica.

He soon moved from Paris to Germany. In 1932, he met his future wife Ilse, at the time a film student. It was actually Ilse’s love of film that would translate into a career as a photographer for Marcel. Indeed she gave him his first camera, a Leica, as a wedding gift. After they were engaged, the Sternbergers travelled back to Paris.

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Lee Towndrow

Senior Visual Effects Artist at The Mill.

I started out as a designer making album covers. I was moved by Cunningham’s All is Full of Love to learn Flame and quickly became a lead artist with a roster of clients. After a number of years running sessions in the suite, I set out to broaden my mastery of the image in the physical world. I worked in Buenos Aires on fine art installations, and became an award-winning photographer (TIME Magazine, Fast Company) and a cinematographer (HBO’s Going Clear, Ivory Tower). I refined my eye for lighting, composition and story. Excited by the rapid developments in CG, I expanded my skills in Nuke and Virtual Reality.

Since moving to New York City in 2010, I have worked with such fine studios as The Mill, Artjail, MPC, and Method Studios, both as a Visual Effects Supervisor and Senior Compositor. I love to solve difficult technical problems and make beautiful pictures with smart clients.

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Robert Capa

Robert Capa was a Hungarian war photographer and photo journalist, arguably the greatest combat and adventure photographer in history.

On 3 December 1938 Picture Post introduced ‘The Greatest War Photographer in the World: Robert Capa’ with a spread of 26 photographs taken during the Spanish Civil War.

But the ‘greatest war photographer’ hated war. Born Andre Friedmann to Jewish parents in Budapest in 1913, he studied political science at the Deutsche Hochschule für Politik in Berlin. Driven out of the country by the threat of a Nazi regime, he settled in Paris in 1933.

He was represented by Alliance Photo and met the journalist and photographer Gerda Taro. Together, they invented the ‘famous’ American photographer Robert Capa and began to sell his prints under that name. He met Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, and formed friendships with fellow photographers David ‘Chim’ Seymour and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

From 1936 onwards, Capa’s coverage of the Spanish Civil War appeared regularly. His picture of a Loyalist soldier who had just been fatally wounded earned him his international reputation and became a powerful symbol of war.

After his companion, Gerda Taro, was killed in Spain, Capa travelled to China in 1938 and emigrated to New York a year later. As a correspondent in Europe, he photographed the Second World War, covering the landing of American troops on Omaha beach on D-Day, the liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Bulge.

In 1947 Capa founded Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert. On 25 May 1954 he was photographing for Life in Thai-Binh, Indochina, when he stepped on a landmine and was killed. The French army awarded him the Croix de Guerre with Palm post-humously. The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award was established in 1955 to reward exceptional professional merit.

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Edward Henry Weston

Edward Weston was renowned as one of the masters of 20th century photography. His legacy includes several thousand carefully composed, superbly printed photographs, which have influenced photographers around the world. Photographing natural landscapes and forms such as artichoke, shells, and rocks, using large-format cameras and available light. Weston’s sensuously precise images rise to the level of poetry. The subtle use of tones and the sculptural formal design of his works have become the standards by which much later photographic practice has been judged. Ansel Adams has written: “Weston is, in the real sense, one of the few creative artists. He has recreated the matter-forms and forces of nature; he has made these forms eloquent of the fundamental unity of the world. His work illuminates man’s inner journey toward perfection of the spirit.”

Edward Henry Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois, and raised in Chicago. Weston operated his own portrait studio between 1911 and 1922 in Tropico, California. He became successful working in a soft-focus, Pictorial style, winning many salon and professional awards. After viewing an exhibition of modern art at the San Francisco World’s Fair in 1915, Weston became more and more dissatisfied with his own work. By 1920, along with his studio partner, Margarethe Mather, he was experimenting with semi-abstractions in a hard-edged style. In 1922 Weston traveled to New York City, where he met Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Charles Sheeler. His photographs of the ARMCO Steelworks in Ohio at this time marked a turning point in his career. These industrial photographs were “straight” images: unpretentious, and true to the reality before the photographer. Weston later wrote, “The camera should be used for a recording of life, for rendering the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it be polished steel or palpitating flesh.”

In 1923 Weston moved to Mexico City where he opened a studio with his apprentice and lover Tina Modotti, of whom he made important portraits and nude studies over several years. Through Modotti, who became an accomplished photographer in her own right, Weston became friendly with artists of the Mexican Renaissance including Rivera, Siqueiros, and Orozco, all of whom encouraged his new direction. In 1924 Weston abandoned the use of soft-focus techniques entirely and started his precise studies of natural forms. He returned to California permanently in 1926, began a series of joint exhibitions with his precocious son Brett and thereafter commenced the work for which he is most deservedly famous: natural-form close-ups, nudes, and landscapes.

The two Westons opened a San Francisco studio together in 1928. The following year they moved to Carmel and began photographing in the Point Lobos area. Edward organized with Edward Steichen the American section of the 1929 Stuttgart Film und Foto exhibition at this time. In 1932 Weston was a founding member of the f/64 group of purist photographers along with Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke, Imogen Cunningham, and Sonya Noskowiak. The Art of Edward Weston, a book of nearly 40 photographs, was published by Merle Armitage later the same year.

Weston photographed for the WPA Federal Arts Project in New Mexico and California in 1933. He was the first recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography in 1937, photographing extensively in the West and Southwest in 1937-1938. Two years later, he provided illustrations for an edition of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass from photographs made in the South and East.

A major retrospective of 300 prints of Weston’s work was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1946. Weston began experiments with color photography the following year, and was the subject of a film, The Photographer, by Willard Van Dyke.

Plagued by Parkinson’s disease, his last photographs were taken in 1948 at Point Lobos. During his final 10 years of progressively incapacitating illness, Weston supervised the printing by his son, Brett, of his lifetime work. His Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio appeared in 1952. Three years later, eight sets of prints from 1000 Weston negatives had been produced. Weston died in Carmel in 1958. Today his work is highly regarded and has been sold at auction for a record $1.6 million.

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Annie Leibovitz

American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz was born in 1949 Connecticut. Her father was a Lieutenant Colonel in the USA Air Force, leading the family to move frequently; she took her first photographs while they were stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. Leibovitz’s artistic abilities began to shine through while at school, she went on to study painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and continued to hone her camera skills while working in various jobs.

In 1970 she starting working as a photographer at Rolling Stone magazine, within three years she was named as the magazine’s Chief Photographer; by 1983 she had moved to Vanity Fair. During this decade other artists, notably Richard Avedon and Henri Cartier-Bresson, influenced Leibovitz. She observed that one could carve a successful commercial career alongside personal projects.

Significant milestones for the photographer include accompanying The Rolling Stones on their Tour of Americas ’75; photographing Joan Armatrading over four days for her To The Limit album cover in 1978; the 1991 iconic image of the then-pregnant actress Demi Moore, and her portrait of John Lennon and Yoko Ono – this image became one of the most famous Rolling Stone covers, as only hours after Leibovitz photographed the couple, Lennon was killed.

Leibovitz continued her portraiture photography for editorial and advertising campaigns, but during the Nineties began to focus on her personal endeavours more and more. Her work began to be exhibited in galleries and museums. In 1991 the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. mounted over 200 colour, and black and white works, an accompanying book was published, Photographs: Annie Leibovitz 1970-1990.

In 2006 the Brooklyn Museum was the first of many institutions to exhibit Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005; this exhibition, chronologically narrating her commercial and personal work side-by-side, toured museums around the world including The National Portrait Gallery, London in 2008.

As well as celebrities, Leibovitz had the chance to photograph British royalty in 2007, as the official portrait photographer for Queen Elizabeth II’s first state visit to America in 16 years. As the first American to be asked to make an official portrait of the royal, Leibovitz has spoken of the honour she felt.

Between 2009 and 2011 Leibovitz diversified her personal work in Pilgrimage, a very personal project. She decided to choose subjects that meant something to her individually, whether they are literal views of living spaces, sole objects, or landscapes. Leibovitz is a celebrated portrait photographer, but Pilgrimage contains no people – they are notes for portraits. In 2011 Hamiltons exhibited twenty-six works from the Pilgrimage series. This exhibition preceded the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition held in 2012; the museum went on to acquire 64 works for its permanent collection.

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Paco Peregrin

Paco Peregrín was born in Almeria, Spain. He resides in Madrid but he works worldwide. He has won many grants and awards including a Gold Lux 2008 award (first place in the National Professional Photography Awards in Spain) in the ‘Fashion and Beauty’ category. His work is part of important art collections and it has appeared in numerous books such as NEW FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY (Prestel).

He is a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Seville University and extends his formation in image and new means of expression in centres of prestige such as International Center Of Photography (NYC), Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London), Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art, Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca, Andalusian Center of Photography, Complutense University of Madrid, EFTI and University of Santiago de Compostela.

Paco’s style has earned him credibility as one of the most exciting and talented photographers working in fashion, beauty, art and advertising today with major personality.

Paco’s striking photography belies his background in design, painting and theatre and his Mediterranean origins. Although currently residing in Madrid, Paco is truly international, having shot campaigns across the globe for brands such Dior, Chanel, Saint Laurent, L’Oréal Paris, Marie Dalgar, Nike, Diesel, Adidas, Lee, Vögele Shoes, Gant, Mazda, Toyota, Levi’s, Cosentino, Paramita, Carlsberg, La Rinascente, Redken, Lancôme… His work has also been featured in high-profile international publications including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Grazia, Tatler, Neo2, Fucking Young!, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Vanidad, Amica, Allure, etc.

In 2008, Paco was awared first place in the National Professional Photography Awards in Spain in the “Fashion and Beauty” category. His work is part of important art collections and it has appeared in numerous books such as NEW FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY (Prestel).

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Elliott Erwitt

Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents, Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan, then emigrated to the US, via France, with his family in 1939. As a teenager living in Hollywood, he developed an interest in photography and worked in a commercial darkroom before experimenting with photography at Los Angeles City College. In 1948 he moved to New York and exchanged janitorial work for film classes at the New School for Social Research.

Erwitt traveled in France and Italy in 1949 with his trusty Rolleiflex camera. In 1951 he was drafted for military service and undertook various photographic duties while serving in a unit of the Army Signal Corps in Germany and France.

While in New York, Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker, the former head of the Farm Security Administration. Stryker initially hired Erwitt to work for the Standard Oil Company, where he was building up a photographic library for the company, and subsequently commissioned him to undertake a project documenting the city of Pittsburgh.

In 1953 Erwitt joined Magnum Photos and worked as a freelance photographer for Collier’s, Look, Life, Holiday and other luminaries in that golden period for illustrated magazines. To this day he is for hire and continues to work for a variety of journalistic and commercial outfits.

In the late 1960s Erwitt served as Magnum’s president for three years. He then turned to film: in the 1970s he produced several noted documentaries and in the 1980s eighteen comedy films for Home Box Office. Erwitt became known for benevolent irony, and for a humanistic sensibility traditional to the spirit of Magnum.

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Luke Fontana

Luke Fontana is a well known and recognized New Orleans jazz photographer who’s photographs have been selected as part of the permanent collection of the Louisiana State Museum Jazz Collection and theNew Orleans Historical Collection Society.

Currently residing in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Luke describes himself as a mixture between Paul Strand and Walker Evans with a taste of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Luke Fontana is a New Orleans photographer, retired attorney, and producer.

Mr. Fontana started his law practice as a civil rights attorney working as a staff attorney in the Algiers projects for New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation in 1968 – 1970.

He was responsible for the desegregation of the State Industrial School for Colored Youth notoriously known as Scotlandville. This lawsuit not only resulted in the desegregation of the juvenile institutions in the state of Louisiana in 1968 – 1969, but also resulted in the equalization of funding by the Louisiana State Legislature to the juvenile institutions in the state of Louisiana.

In hearings before United States District Judge Alvin Rubin, Mr. Fontana described Scotlandville as a brutal prison. And the white juvenile institutions as country clubs.

Mr. Fontana became well known as a penal reform attorney. In a class action lawsuit filed in 1969 against New Orleans Mayor Victor Schiro, Mr. Fontana represented, all prisoners in the notorious Orleans Parish Prison, alleging violation of the United States Constitution prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. This was the first penal lawsuit, appointing a Special Master, and was written up by the American Bar Association.

In this class action lawsuit, United States District Court Judge Herbert Christenberry ruled in Mr. Fontana’s favor, and ordered the city of New Orleans to improve the conditions of Orleans Parish prison, or face a contempt of court citation Mr. Fontana litigated this case for a period of over 12 years, filing numerous contempt of court violations against every New Orleans mayor, from Mayor Moon Landrieu to Mayor Dutch Morial.

Mr. Fontana was also one of the attorneys involved in the class action lawsuit against the Louisiana State Prison, known as Angola, alleging violations of the United States Constitution for cruel and unusual punishment, and seeking relief from these elements of torture.

The United States District Court Judge in Baton Rouge granted Mr. Fontana’s plaintiffs an injunction, prohibiting the state of Louisiana from inflicting cruel and unusual punishment on the prisoners of Angola the majority of whom were African-Americans.

Mr. Fontana was well known for his representation of New Orleans police brutality cases against African-Americans. His most famous case was his handling of the Charles Cheatham police killing of Mr. Cheatham on Bourbon Street in April of 1975 by New Orleans police officer Stephen Reboul.

The jury in Louisiana Civil District Court in New Orleans, Judge Tom Early presiding, granted Sheryl Cheatham, widow of Charles Cheatham, and her young son, an award of $619,000

This was the first time any large award was granted against the New Orleans Police Department for killing an African-American. It was the first time in New Orleans, the NOPD blue line had ever been cracked. Mr. Fontana played a key part in cracking this case. At the last second on the second day of the jury trial, Mr. Fontana was able to produce Ronnie Lee Watson, a key witness to the cold blooded murder shooting of Charles Cheatham by Stephen Reboul.

By his own testimony, Ronnie Lee Watson testified that members of the NOPD threatened to kill him, if he was ever discovered again in the French Quarter of New Orleans

One witness that repeated the police killing storyline was found dead in Lake Pontchtrain 7 days later with five bullet holes in his head.

In spite of all these obstacles, Fontana pulled Ronnie Lee Watson out of a hat, and broke the NOPD BLUE LINE.

This award of $619,000 was reversed in the Louisiana. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, Judge Peter Beer residing.

Peter Beer was an ex New Orleans city councilman, and it became evident his decision was likely to protect the purse strings of the city of New Orleans, whom he once represented as a city councilman.

The Louisiana State Supreme Court, Judge Pascal Calogero presiding, reversed this unfair and prejudicial decision of Peter Beer’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

After appeals, writs to Louisiana State Supreme Court, accumulating legal interest, the final judgment in the Charles Cheatham case came out to $800,000, which the taxpayers of New Orleans were obligated to pay.

In spite of this, Stephan Reboul remained on the New Orleans Police Department under the administration of Mayor Ernesr Dutch Morial, the first Afro American elected mayor of the city of New Orleans.

NOPD officer, and now accused killer cop Stephe Reboul, was part of the New Orleans Police Department raid that killed four Afro American Algiers residents. This raid is known as the Algiers massacre. Steven Reboul shot Cheryl Singleton, while she was in the bathtub with her 10 year old child nearby.

Luke Fontana is presently working on a script titled JAZZ FUNERAL. This jazz funeral script revolves around the shooting death of Charles Cheatham, and Mr. Fontana’s personal life experience of this horrible New Orleans Algiers massacre.

Mr. Fontana is a producer of 16/ 30 minute television programs, produced with the cooperation of Cox cable television network5. These programs were titled SAVE OUR WETLANDS ECO NEWS, and were funded by municipal grant from the city of New Orleans These videotapes are presently being put into a digital file by the history department of the New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC).

These SOWL ECO NEWS programs are of great historical value. Many programs feature the Second Great toxic March that was organized by the Gulf Coast Tenants Association, led by community organizer Pat Bryant.

This march started at the historic Congo Square, now known as the Louis Armstrong Park, and went over the Mississippi River Bridge all the way through that area known as cancer alley. The purpose of the March was to expose what is known as environmental racism by the huge industrial polluting Chemical plants, located in minority African-American communities, lining the Mississippi River.

The chemical plants are thought to be responsible for countless cancer sickness and death in the small African-American towns where these plants are located. Governor Bobby Jindal greatly expanded these chemical plants in Louisiana, granting them huge tax subsidies, which greatly caused Louisiana to have one of the biggest budget deficits in her history and for Louisiana to lead the rest of the nation, and the highest rates of cancer, especially among Afro Americans in that area known as cancer alley.

This 2nd Great toxic March filmed by Mr. Fontana features speakers like ex New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial, and the most respected and be loved Louisiana State Representative, now deceased Reverend Avery Alexander.

One major focus of the Second Great toxic March was to expose the proposed Formosa chemical plant to be located on one of the last green belts, remaining in cancer alley. This Formosa group was run out of Texas state authorities as environmental outlaws.

Because of the publicity and public outrage that the Second Great toxic March generated this Formosa chemical plant, scheduled to be constructed in the small African-American community of Edgard, was forced to cancel their plans.

Mr Fontana is in the process of turning these 16/30minute programs titled SAVE OUR WETLANDS ECO NEWS PROGRAMS, using master tape digital files generated by NOVAC.

Mr. Fontana’s hoping with some assistance he might be able to crack into social media and have these very historical programs viewed by many millions on a global scale.

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Andy Gotts

Andy Gotts MBE MA is a photographer based in London, England, and New York. He is most noted for his black and white portraits of Hollywood actors and singers.

Since 1990 Gotts’ work has been published internationally and has appeared in many magazines, including;

Total Film
French Vogue
Italian Vogue
Vanity Fair
El Mundo
OK Salute!
Marie Claire
io Donna

as well as weekend newspaper supplements and advertising campaigns.

The National Portrait Gallery holds a selection of his photographs in their permanent collection and in 2009 Gotts was honoured with the presentation of the Fox Talbot Award.

In 2011 Gotts was conferred the degree Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University and he is a former President of the British Institute of Professional Photographers.

2012 saw Gotts appointed MBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.

Gotts is noted for his magnum opus ‘Degrees’. This was a coffee table book and exhibitions inspired by the game, the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

Current projects for 2015 includes BAFTA – ‘Behind The Mask’, the Monty Python reunion and ‘iCons’ for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. As well as a special project for Vivienne Westwood and her SAVE THE ARCTIC campaign.

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Sir Paul was pictured between his girls before a Desert Trip festival show

It’s been a long time since he could pick them up and sit them down on his lap.
But Sir Paul McCartney’s daughters are clearly still daddy’s girls.
The former Beatle, 74, was sandwiched between Stella and Mary McCartney for a special family portrait before his recent Desert Trip festival performance.
Fashion designer Stella, 45, posted the picture on Instagram with the caption: ‘Dad do the do in the desert!!! x Stella’.
The picture looks like a recreation of a loving family picture of Sir Paul with Stella and Mary taken while on holiday in the Caribbean in 1974.
Photographer Mary, 47, and Stella are Sir Paul’s daughters from his marriage to late wife Linda who passed away from cancer, aged 56, in 1998.

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