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[Exhibition] An Exercise in Space

 

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An Exercise in Space

November 12th, 2015

Modern Spaces   34-16 30th Avenue, Astoria NY

Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres as New York native photographer Thanassi Karageorgiou hosts an exhibition in collaboration with Modern Spaces Real Estate. Thanassi draws on his experiences in the field of architecture to showcase select works that depict the enclosure of space through deconstructed geometric principles and phenomenological ideals. An Exercise in Space is the juxtaposition of the strict, unbending confines of real-world perspective and the constant wandering of the mind’s eye.

 

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Inside The Mad Men Exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image [Photos]

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One of the most successful television dramas of all time is nearing its completion as the final season will soon draw to a close. Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men has had a great run, captivating audiences all over the world with its mid 20th century charm, excess and rich visuals. And now with a new exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, we can all step into the intricate world of Donald Draper and his peers. Featuring dozens of props and costumes from the show, as well as two recreated detailed sets, the exhibition opens to the public this Saturday, March 14th and runs through June 14th. Museum Members also get an early first look right now. Photo gallery below.

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Digital Surgery: Another Example of Why You’ll Never Be This Beautiful

There are those of us who are born with average looks, and there are those who are genetically gifted. Folks with great bone structure, greater than average height and fast metabolisms have always had it a little easier in life. But even those people are trolls compared to the soulless aliens that grace our magazine covers and billboards. Here’s an in-depth look at the birth of a mutant. Continue reading »

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LIC’s New Z Hotel Threatens To Become New Premier Boutique Hotel In Queens

One of the quickest routes to Brooklyn from Long Island City is the Pulaski bridge that runs from 11th street beginning at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge. I’ve often taken this road in my day-to-day business during the last few years, noticing the construction of a slender building clad in glass and dark colors. I assumed it would be commercial space at first, but as it began to take shape, I realized it would be the second boutique hotel in an otherwise industrial section of Long Island City.

Following in the archetypal footsteps of the smaller and less opulent Ravel Hotel just a couple blocks west, The Z aims to bring high end clientele to Long Island City, with an attractive, modern design, a long list of amenities and everyone’s favorite part, the rooftop bar/lounge and dining area. At the moment, the Z’s location would seem somewhat odd, being surrounded by many older 1 and 2 story structures, but that will all change in the next few years as development and revitalization of Long Island City continues to swell with sophistication. The Z’s developers had the foresight to set the tone early. Continue reading »

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Can You Please Silence Your Shutter?

My friend John Schuk recently invited me to come see a small play he was performing in. I went to see his Sketches of A Man in a small theater in Brooklyn on Friday. My friend Alex and I were lucky enough to procure front row seats for the event, which meant I had a great perspective for photos. The play consisted of a series of monologues by several different men facing a great tragedy in their lives. The tone was very serious and even downright creepy at times, so aside from the occasional giggle from comic relief and the soft hum of a ceiling fan, the whole crowd was dead silent for the better part of 90 minutes. I knew my D700’s shutter would be heard even in the cheap seats. I didn’t want to excessively distract the actors, nor the audience who was deeply immersed in every spoken word. So I limited myself to two shot attempts per performer. I was pleased with the results as I was lucky to have captured some key moments in each performance. Continue reading »

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Reflections Of New York

Son of Swedish immigrants, Frank Oscar Larson, was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1896. After serving in World War I, he began working at a bank in Manhattan and in his spare time, took pictures with his Rolleiflex camera. It wasn’t until the late 40’s and early 50’s that Larson began to shoot more frequently. He developed prints in his own darkroom and occasionally entered photo competitions. In 1964 Larson passed away, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the negatives of his late work was discovered by his son’s widow. Check out Reflections of New York for a look at a simpler time in the Big Apple. For you Astoria locals,  see if you can spot the shots in our neighborhood.

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Moby’s Destroyed: When Musicians Become Photographers

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Part of my ever-evolving mission here on the blog is to explore the many unorthodox paths people take on the road to becoming “photographers”. I’ve just use quotes for photographers, but I don’t necessary mean it in a condescending way just yet. The term Photographer is growing more ambiguous each day, and that is a conversation for another day, but for the purposes of this article, we’ll just accept the definition as “Person who takes pictures”.

People who take pictures come from all vocations, cultures and walks of life. Some had intended to do so very early on, making photography their ultimate goal and life’s work, while others stumbled upon photography later in life as a hobby to supplement their careers as doctors, lawyers, farmers, janitors, police officers, and the hundreds of other positions that are completely unrelated to capturing images. Continue reading »

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Joe Frazier: When The Smoke Clears

May 5th, 2011.

A warm spring evening descended upon Manhattan’s west side, where I was intimately acquainted with one of the world’s greatest sports figures. As I entered the School of Visual Arts Theater lobby, I was greated by a warm smile and a hug from the Director of Photography, and also my college roomate, Quenell Jones. We rarely see each other these days, but when he sent me an invitation for the screening of When The Smoke Clears, I happily accepted.

Quenell is an all around class act who is an absolute pleasure to be around. He’s also very disciplined with a tremendous work ethic. I know this because he was my personal alarm clock throughout freshman year. While I was still squinting and struggling to come to terms with waking up for class, Quenell had already made his bed, was already showered, groomed and humming along to tunes from our radio. I’ve never known anyone more excited about tackling the day’s responsibilities. But its this kind of enthusiasm and love for one’s craft that contributes to the making of the most heartfelt documentary I’ve seen this year. Continue reading »

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History Of The Nikon F (Video)

Remember Film Cameras? You know, The dSLRs without the “d”, back when they were just SLRs. I just came across a video on the design history of the Nikon F series. Find out what that little red triangle is all about, and why the originals were so edgy and sharp. Just as in automotive practice, the Japanese were influenced by zee Germans when it came to camera design. Continue reading »

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Flickr Photostream Friday: below the law

Have you ever exchanged words with a lawyer? Sure you have. We all have at some point. Whether it was to set up that restraining order on your crazy ex, or to plan the defense for your narcotics/manslaughter trial, you’ve probably conversed with legal counsel. And what do you make of lawyers? The general consensus is that they’re heartless, greedy, suit-type squares. Creative and Artistic are not usually attributes associated with lawyers, but fellow Queens resident Doug breaks that mold. Continue reading »

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