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The Art Direction of Kendrick Lamar’s New Album “DAMN.” is Far from Boring

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Kendrick Lamar’s new album cover for DAMN. has captured the attention of many hiphop fans and graphic design critics. The overall design is being criticized for its basic and “stark simplicity:” the red serif font, Times, and Kendrick Lamar beneath. Vlad Sepetov, the graphic designer behind the cover, defended hisContinue Reading

Alfalfa New York Top 7 Instagrams Part XIII

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It’s time to bring you the most popular images and videos from our Instagram account. In three years of using the app, we have shared just over 1,300 images. From things that inspire us, to showing you our work process, and from exquisite trips to highlights of our portfolio, ourContinue Reading

April 20, 2017
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The Awe-inspiring Grand Central Terminal by David Katzenstein

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Do you believe in love at first sight? The first time I saw New York City, I was taken. For the last 20 years, I’ve had an intense romance with every corner, every building, and every street of the city. That’s why I was very excited when I saw theContinue Reading

April 6, 2017
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Pete Souza’s Replacement

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It’s been a little more than 60 days since trump has taken the oath of office but it hasn’t gone swimmingly, to say the least. It seems like Trump is an egotistical demigod who is obsessed with his self-image and self-worth. That got me thinking: as a president who’s havingContinue Reading

March 26, 2017
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Mario Arroyave: Using Time to Create Surreal Scenes

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Photography functions as a means of telling stories by stopping time for a tiny, fraction of a second. With an artful eye, the right gear, and a little bit of luck, anyone can shoot something pretty incredible. But for Colombian artist Mario Arroyave, maybe one quick snap isn’t quite enough. Breaking outContinue Reading

February 2, 2017
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Three Martin Luther King Jr Iconic Portraits

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As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr Day today, we are reminded of the courage of one of the most influential leaders in US history. A courage that is much needed today. It’s no secret that most Americans feel demoralized and foresee a gloomy future for this country—due to theContinue Reading

January 16, 2017
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Two Sides of Muhammad Ali at New York Historical Society

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Mohammed Ali is one of the most iconic figures of modern history. His inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure touched many worlds including sports, pop culture, and civil rights among others. The New York Historical Society presents a double exhibition which attempts to capture more than one side of Ali. “MuhammadContinue Reading

January 15, 2017
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Beautiful Aerial Photographs

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When you think of aerial shots what comes to mind? For me, it’s inevitable to not think of that historical shot of Muhammad Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams taken by Neil Leifer. With limited technology in 1966 and being able to take a shot like what he captured is incredible.Continue Reading

January 1, 2017
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COVERS: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London by Alex Bartsch

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Have you ever come across a sweet vintage record sleeve and wondered where the original photo was taken? Alex Bartsch spent the last two years solving the mystery. Alex is a London-based documentary/street photographer and artist who created a project called COVERS. He specifically focused on reggae record covers photographedContinue Reading

December 4, 2016
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The Raw Unflinching Work of Mary Ellen Mark

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Mary Ellen Mark was an American photographer born in Elkins, Pennsylvania March 20, 1940. She began photographing at the age of 9 and during her time in school, she showcased her talent in both painting and drawing. In 1962, Mark received her BFA degree in painting and arty history fromContinue Reading

November 11, 2016
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A Taste of Pantone

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Recently while I was sitting around scrolling my time away on Instagram, I came across a peculiar but pleasing image of some fruits and other ingredients and condiments lying against a solid, colorful background. They were laid out meticulously and looked to me almost like a work of art, withContinue Reading

October 22, 2016
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The Hyperrealistic Façades of European Cathedrals

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“In his pictures, the photographer Markus Brunetti is attempting to depict the façades of European cathedrals, churches, and cloisters – a project that no one would ever be able to finish within a lifetime.” —Andreas Langen Throughout history, some of the most beautiful pieces of architecture have been cathedrals. WithContinue Reading

October 13, 2016
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The Visual Rebellion of Bruce Conner

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Bruce Conner was an American artist of the post-war era born in California in 1933. He is internationally known for the variety of mediums he used over the years and for his political messages. His work, which includes painting, film, photography, sculpture, performance, drawing, printing and collage, often carries aContinue Reading

September 30, 2016
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Africa Rising: Fashion, Design and Lifestyle from Africa

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“Vibrant, bold, and enigmatic. Africa Rising showcases the work of Africa’s young creatives alongside more established artists from the voluptuous continent’s vibrant metropolises.” Great things happen when two powerful forces come together. A clear example is Africa Rising, an extraordinary book co-edited by Gestalten and Design Indaba. Freshly launched fewContinue Reading

September 26, 2016
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Who Says You Need to Photoshop the Human Body?

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Arthur Cadre is a French acrobat, yogi, and dancer. He is an independent artist who has photographed the beautiful and perplexing ways the body can twist and fold. He doesn’t need Photoshop to enhance his photos. So far, he has completed two photography projects, “Wonderland Creatures” and “Colorful Encounter.” InContinue Reading

September 20, 2016
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Tom Kiefer’s American Dream

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American artist and photographer, Tom Kiefer, got hired in 2003 as a part-time janitor/landscaper at the U.S. Border Patrol Facility in Why, Arizona. He was immediately shocked by the amount of food and personal effects discarded every day at the facility. Soon he took action and started collecting and takingContinue Reading

September 19, 2016
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