Victor Portugal is a Poland-based tattoo artist who is renowned for his dark and surreal approach to tattoo design. Born in Uruguay, he lived in Spain for some years before settling down in Krakow, Poland where he operates his own tattoo studio, Dark Times Tattoo. Its one thing to create a design on paper, another thing entirely to imprint it on a piece of living material that may someday stretch or wrinkle. Skin is a very difficult medium to work with, yet talented artists like Victor manage to convey depth and dimension to their designs.
One man’s trash is another man’s pearl. In a digital world, typewriters belong to the museum or the scrap heap. Some of these instruments from a bygone era were resurrected by Korean artist Hong Seon Jang. He works mainly with found objects and common products. Type city is made entirely with parts scavenged from several typewriters and whether viewed from the front, top, or sides gives the viewer the impression of a grimy, highly industrialized city. It is only when you look closely at the highrises that you see individual letters.
Sam Gellman was born and bred in Wisconsin. These days, he can be found shooting people in Hong Kong – with his camera. His work has been featured in prestigious media organizations like National Public Radio, Wired, and BBC. Sam has also been short-listed as a finalist for the 2010 and 2011 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards for his shots of various Asian countries including North Korea.
Andrew McGibbon was born in Johannesburg in 1981. This Durban based photographer has at least a decade of experience under his belt. His images are bright, clean, and well-shot. Andrew is a firm believer in spontaneity and tries not to over-plan a shot. He’s convinced that trying to achieve the exact image you have in your mind will remove much of the magic in a shot. His series ‘All the Wild Horses’ features friendly equines in pensive poses.
Way back in the Renaissance, they had realism. Now, we have hyper-realism. This art movement stepped out the boundaries of mere realism and aims to make paintings look as real as the real thing. People, when told that what they’re watching is a painting and not a picture usually scream “Faaake!”. In this respect, Pedro Campos is one of the most brilliant hyper-realistic painters out there today. The quality of his work surpasses even that of dedicated photographers.
Jonathan Wateridge is a London-based painter who takes a unique approach to painting. Very much like the artists of yore, Jonathan paints based on mock-ups and models. He has what some might describe as a ‘cinematic approach to painting. He builds a story from the thousands of pictures he takes of his sets, scenes, and actors/models.
Despite not having any formal training in photography, Mark Taylor takes some of the cutest animal pictures I’ve ever seen. All of the animals he uses are untrained and most of them are very young. This way, they’re more likely to get along with each other. To ensure that no fur will fly, he tests the animals together before introducing them into the studio. As you can see below, Mark even color-coordinates the fluffy models.
For the past 15 years, Milan Josipovic has been mastering the art of photography. Judging from his work, I say he’s there. Josipovic effortlessly captures his subjects’ essence. His black and white photos of people and places are simply moving. Recently, he has also begun directing a few short films. This multi-talented artist is currently working on his first book.
French photographer Kenyon Manchego specializes in luxury goods packshots, fashion & beauty photography, and portraits. His unique vantage point in taking his portraits make his work stand out from the majority of portrait artists out there today. The short distance between the subject and the camera allows for a more intimate look, highlighting every pore, blemish, and hair.