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Celebrating @wolfgang_tillmans' birthday with some of his most beloved works.
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Pomodoro, 1993

Celebrating @wolfgang_tillmans' birthday with some of his most beloved works.
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Lars, in tube, 1993

Celebrating @wolfgang_tillmans' birthday with some of his most beloved works.
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Fragile waves, 2016

In a short film by Swiss performance running gear brand On (@on_running), we meet members of the Athlete Refugee Team

NEW! Street artist Vhils (@vhils) makes Beijing his canvas for a new solo exhibition
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Street Artist Vhils is best known for his unique relief carving graffiti process, making the walls of the cities he works in his medium. Carving out the façades of old buildings, he produces impressively delicate portraits of faces from the neighborhood that each project momentarily inhabits. In a new film, shot on the occasion of Imprint at Beijing's CAFA Art Museum, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the city, Lisbon-based director José Pando Lucas captures a textural walking tour of the city in the run up to the show, including insight into the footage being made. Here, he talks about the project:
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“Rooted in the visual narrative that Vhils has been presenting on walls since starting his Scratching the Surface series in 2007, Imprint is a unique installation featuring the use of a single medium—the author's signature bas-relief wall carving technique. .
Comprising some 70 portraits in total, the exhibition is a pivotal statement that seeks to expand on the fundamental premise behind this series: the act of working with the city itself as the prime material, while focusing on the concept of reciprocal shaping by which both the city and its citizens develop a shared character. Imprint is both an analytical look at the characteristics of contemporary urban life and a poetic gesture highlighting the transformation of identity at the heart of this new chapter in human development.”
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Directed by Jose Pando Lucas (@josepandolucas)
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NOWNESS Editor: Ana Rosado (@ana_rosado_)
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#StreetArt #Vhils #NOWNESSPresents

For the latest episode of 'My Place', art world enfant terrible Jake Chapman (@jakeanddinos) invites director Barbara Anastacio into his home in the idyllic Cotswolds, England, where he talks about art, life and the city-country disconnect.
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#TodayOnNOWNESS #MyPlace #JakeChapman
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Directed by Barbara Anastacio (@barbaranastacio)
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NOWNESS Commissioner: Shelley Jones (@shelleybones)

NEW! Today on NOWNESS.com: For the latest episode of Photographers in Focus, American photographer Daniel Arnold (@arnold_daniel) sits down to talk through his journey, his process, and gets behind the video camera to give insight into his unique view on the city that never sleeps.
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Director of Photography: Adinah Dancyger(@adinahdancyger)
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NOWNESS Editor: Ana Rosado (@ana_rosado_ )
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#TodayOnNOWNESS #PhotographersInFocus #DanielArnold

Photographers in Focus: Mustafah Abdulaziz
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Going deep with the Berlin-based photographer's all-encompassing project about the earth's water
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Berlin-based photographer Mustafah Abulaziz has spent the last five years in a singular exploration of the world’s relationship to water. Returning to his Brooklyn roots, an exhibition of his work has launched as an illuminating series of lightboxes in Brooklyn Bridge Park beside New York’s East River—as part of annual photography festival Photoville. A collaboration between NGOs Earthwatch, WaterAid, WWF and HSBC’s global water programme, Abulaziz’s Water Stories—a series that forms part of his wider project about water—sheds light on the human and environmental impacts of the earth's most precious resource.
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Animation: Toby Heard (@tobyheard)
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#PhotographersInFocus #MustafahAbdulaziz

Photographers in Focus: Issui Enomoto
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The cab driver documenting Japan at street level
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A taxi driver based in Yokohama, Japan, Issui Enomoto uses his time between picking up and dropping off passengers to document the bustling streets he calls his workplace. Using a multiple-exposure technique, the composite images he captures crystalize the hum of the port city just south of Tokyo, which he likens to a sea he travels through in his submarine-like car. “Like great pressure acts on an object in the deep sea by a physical law," he posits, "the seawater components put fierce pressure on my five senses.”
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Animation: Toby Heard (@tobyheard)
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#PhotographersInFocus #IssuiEnomoto

Photographers in Focus: Ethan Sprague
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The players and ballers of New York's West 4th Street courts
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“I like to work with nutcases, people who don't conform,” says Milan-born filmmaker Alex Grazioli, who found the oddball photographer and subject of Ethan Sprague: The Camera and the Cage through yet another unorthodox character. Grazioli, who splits his time between New York City and London, was working on a feature documentary about Abel Ferrara, and after sharing a slice at Gotham’s famed Joe’s Pizza, Ferrara suggested they go watch some basketball down the street. Grazioli was struck by the in-your-face nature of the games at the courts on the corner of West 4th Street and 6th Avenue, where a fence barely separates players from passersby and onlookers. “[There was] this weird-looking older guy taking photographs, this geek amidst all these black guys with ripped bodies,” says Grazioli, describing Ethan Sprague.
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A few years later, setting out to film a series of love letters to NYC, Grazioli began to document the man obsessively documenting this “jail cell of alpha dogs” as Sprague calls the court scenario. Sprague has lived nearby for most of his life and since the age of 11 has amassed 9,000-plus images of this place, all shot on his Nikkorex. .

Having studied psychology, sociology and anthropology, Grazioli’s interest in human quirk isn’t surprising, but he always knew he wanted to direct. While at film school he doggedly pursued an interaction with #QuentinTarantino who advised him to drop out and just do it. .
#PhotographersInFocus #EthanSprague
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Animation: Toby Heard (@tobyheard)

Photographers in Focus: Daido Moriyama
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Zooming in on the iconic Japanese street photographer's color work
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Arguably East Asia’s most famous street photographer, Daido Moriyama has gained an international cult following for his uncompromising, high-contrast black and white shots of Tokyo’s bustling streets. The documentary from Italian director Andrea Cossu delves into the world of the master photographer’s often-overlooked color works. Shot mostly on commission for magazines between the late 1960s through to the early 1980s—from design and photography publications to Playboy—the saturated snaps capture an entirely different view of the vibrant Japanese metropolis. Watch it on NOWNESS.com.
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Image: LA Noir, Daido Moriyama, 2014
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Animation: Toby Heard (@tobyheard)
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#PhotographersInFocus #DaidoMoriyama

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