Photography // Tuesday, October 06, 2015
In the infancy of hip-hop, Brooklyn-born photographer Jamel Shabazz documented the pioneers of music and style who would launch an enduring worldwide phenomenon. In Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer Charlie Ahearn (director of the seminal graffiti movie Wild Style) pays tribute to both Shabazz and those who defined hip-hop before it had definition. We sat down with Shabazz ahead of the DVD release to talk about his motives for documenting the world around him and how they have evolved throughout his lifetime.
Music // Tuesday, October 06, 2015
One of the most prolific and well-known album cover designers, Storm Thorgerson cofounded the design company Hipgnosis with Aubrey “Po” Powell straight out of the Royal College of Art, and at the height of 1960s Swinging London. Thorgerson’s youthful friendship with Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, and David Gilmour led to the first Hipgnosis album sleeve, for Pink Floyd’s A Saucerful of Secrets.
Photography // Thursday, October 01, 2015
Last year documentary photographer and photojournalist Cengiz Yar travelled through Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon photographing and interviweing child refugees between the ages of 5 and 15. With the help of The Impossible Project, Cengiz shot the project on old Polaroid cameras and then handed the photos out to each of the cildren.
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hammond organs were big in the 50’s, and there were more than a few practitioners who smoothly played and rhythmically swayed. But not many performed the Trance Dance and wore jeweled turbans and kohl rimmed eyes. Fewer still would star in their own television show and say not a word. Korla Pandit, born John Roland Redd, a black man from Columbia, Missouri, under the tutelage of his Disney illustrator wife Beryl DeBeeson, took on the persona of East Indian swami as he embodied “divine consciousness.”
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
PBS just released the latest video in their fantastic Blank on Blank series of animated interviews from their archives. In the 1960s, Hunter S. Thompson spent more than a year living and drinking with members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, riding up and down the California coast.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 21, 2015
If you grew up watching Looney Tunes, then you know Chuck Jones, one of all-time masters of visual comedy. Tony Zhou explores the evolution of his sensibilities as an artist.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, June 25, 2015
Elgin Park is a lot of things: a 1950’s utopia, a fantastical world, and an optical illusion. Artist Michael Paul Smith’s imaginative town – composed entirely of miniatures – delighted audiences worldwide when his photo series went viral. For the first time, the documentary Elgin Park dives into the life of this charming, reclusive artist to reveal the dark inspiration behind his work.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 09, 2015
On Saturday, June 13 at 7pm at the Roxie Theatre in San Francisco, SF DocFest film festival will premiere “Juxtapoz Presents: Art Shorts," a program of short documentaries that spotlight artists and works featured in recent issues of Juxtapoz. Opening the evening will be Robert Williams: Slang Aesthetics by Steve “Sketch” Vallino, a fast-paced exposé of the artist's recent retrospective at Barnsdall Community Art Center in Los Angeles. This new short film includes narration by Williams himself and features highlights from the opening of his landmark show.
Street Art // Friday, June 05, 2015
We are all products of the chaos that surrounds us,” says Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto – aka Vhils – in André Santos’s film, which documents the indigenous village of Araçaí, Brazil, where 90 Guaraní people were moved by the government at the turn of this century, displacing them from their ancestral lands. Immortalizing these forgotten people, Farto carves their portraits onto buildings and the doors of their homes – mixing indigenous and new techniques – giving them the voice and dignity they have been denied.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, May 28, 2015
Through archival footage and conversations with Emory, this new short documentary by Dress Code shares his story, alongside the rise and fall of the Panthers. He used his art as a weapon in the Black Panther Party’s struggle for civil rights and today Emory continues to give a voice to the voiceless. His art and what The Panthers fought for are still as relevant as ever.