Helsinki based artist Jonna Pohjalainen spent a summer at an environmental art workshop, where she would sit quietly taking in the rural landscape, sharpening her pencils and watching the sun set. She was instantly inspired to turn grey aspen logs into an enormous and charming sculpture, titled Colour Pencils. In turn, she’s inspired me to want to paint the tips of tepee poles.
Lee Friedlander is the first photographer to make the car an actual “form” in his book America by Car. Over the past decade, Lee drove across nearly 50 states documenting his journey from the view out of the front, side and rear windows of his rental cars. The result is 200 beautiful black and white images that capture our country’s eccentricities and obsessions at the turn of the century. If you happen to be in New York City, you’ll have to check out his exhibit at The Whitney early this Fall.
In the 1960s, Sarah Moon (fashion photographer and filmmaker) discovered Ansco’s GAF500 film while living in Paris. Contrary to popular thought, she appreciated the unconventional saturated and ultra grainy look of the film; and as a result she’s carved out her own niche of photography. Alluring, mysterious, and seductive, her signature style is incredibly inspiring. Fun fact: in 1972, she was the first female photographer to shoot for the Pirelli Calendar. Amazing.
Delphine Dussoubs, a 22 year old French artist, documented her 2 week journey through Morocco by making a scrapbook of collages and drawings. One of the places she visited was Chefchaouen (also known as Chaouen). The entire blue village sits in the Rif Mountains and is a magical oasis. I’m lucky enough to say that I’ve been and its a pleasure to see it through Delphine’s eyes. If you ever go to Morcocco it’s truly a must see.
We are huge fans of Malik Sidibé, a Malian photographer noted for his black-and-white portraits of pop culture and exuburent youth of the 50s and 60s in Bamako. His portraits and documentary photography captured the unique atmosphere and vitality of an African capital during a cultural change in a postcolonial period. Sidibé’s images emanate so much power and have clearly become an influence to artists and designers today.
(images from here and here)