Category Archives: Photography

First Arabic edition of National Geographic to be published

Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) and the National Geographic Society have announced a partnership to publish the first Arabic-language version of National Geographic Magazine.

National Geographic Al Arabiya will provide readers in the region with greater access to National Geographic magazine’s award-winning features on geography, archaeology and natural science, as well as its iconic imagery of natural beauty from around the world. Complementing this global content, more than 20 percent of each issue will be generated locally, with unique features of particular relevance to regional readers. National Geographic Channels International & Abu Dhabi Media Company also broadcast the National Geographic Channel in Arabic across the Middle East.

The new monthly publication, National Geographic Al Arabiya, will be available Continue reading

Spain: Adriana Lima bares all for the cover of V Magazine

Dios mio!!! The recently released Summer issue (#5) of the Spanish edition of  V Magazine is …how do you say…mucho caliente!  It boasts a topless Adriana Lima shot by Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti in a suggestive posture on the cover, her nipples only hidden by the two branches of the giant V logo that appears on each issue of the magazine.

Launched in the U.S. in 1999, V Magazine is a fashion, art, and lifestyle publication focused on a young, sophisticated, and international audience of women and men who want style, stars, and stories before they’re news anywhere else. Sold for $6,50 in the U.S. , V Magazine is delivered six times a year in its trademark 10’’ X 13.375’’ large-format size.  The ultra-glossy pages lend themselves to capturing each subject at its sharpest and most stunning, boldly showcasing the latest accessories, fine jewelry, and fashion without any contrived formality. The US edition is claiming an average circulation per copy of 75 000 copies.

Click to see a sample issue of V Magazine España.

Germany: Next issue of “Stern Fotografie” to feature Claudia Schiffer shot by Karl Lagarfeld

The unlikely duo Claudia Schiffer and Karl Lagerfeld undoubtedly influenced the international fashion world throughout the 90’s.  Shortly after German Vogue put her pregnant and naked Claudia Schiffer on its June cover, the venerable German picture newsweekly Stern is dedicating an entire special edition of Stern Fotografie (its 60th) to the eccentric pair.   Titled “Claudia & Karl”, the latest issue of Stern’s quarterly special dedicated to photography features six ads, including one by Chanel.

And a glossy book is also scheduled for print on the occasion of their 20-year work relationship.

The 96-page special shows Claudia Schiffer playing different characters straight out of Lagerfeld’s vivid imagination.  Claudia & Karl will be available in newsstands on June 8 for the hefty cover price of 18 euros.

Previous issues of Stern Fotografie have been dedicated to the works of master lensmen such as Herb Ritts, Mario Testino and Peter Lindbergh, amongst others.

UK: Guardian introduces Eyewitness app for photographers

Photographer David Levene shows off the Guardian’s Eyewitness app for the Apple iPad.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger introduces Extra, the new membership scheme for the Guardian and Observer. He also speaks about the role it will play in enhancing our relationship with our readers.

USA: SI Swimsuit Issue’s photographer is already in Heaven

Who’s Walter Iooss you might ask? Well, he has been busy photographing the world’s most beautiful women for the past 38 years.  He’s got probably the BEST JOB in the world.  Indeed, he has consistently been spending his time shooting natural beauties like Cheryl Tiegs, Kathy Ireland, and Petra Nemcova in exotic waterside locales for Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. And now he’s got a new book out called Heaven, which showcases his iconic images as well as never-before-seen pictures from the shoots.

Flip through the pages and relive Iooss’ favorite moments as he narrates them in a slideshow for VF.com.

Heaven by Walter Iooss is on sale for $26,37 at Amazon.com.

French Elle features famous fashion designers in tribute to Almodovar

In the latest issue of French Elle dedicated to cinema and coinciding with the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, I couldn’t help but notice a great Almodovar-inspired fashion feature shot by lensman Jason Schmidt.   The magazine got star fashion designers and fashion wordl celebs to reenact famous scenes of Pedro Almodóvar’s most reknown films.  Sonia Rykiel and her daugter Nathalie appear as the main protagonists of 1988’s “Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios” (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in English) for instance. 

The former YSL muses, Loulou de la Falaise and Betty Catroux, are also featured together with designer Bruno Frisoni in a nod to “Tacones lejanos” (High heels in English). Karl Lagarfeld and Jean-Paul Gaultier also have cameos in this six-page hommage to the Spanish director.

Have a look at the Jason Schmidt photographs: ELLE à la mode d’Almodovar.

Check out Elle.fr’s Cannes Special channel.

Germany: A naked and pregnant Claudia Schiffer graces the June cover of Vogue

20 years after Demi Moore did it for the cover of Vanity Fair, German model – and sometimes actress – Claudia Schiffer is now posing nude while expecting her third child for the June issue of German VogueVogue Editor Christiane Arp said there were few models who have been photographed more than Claudia Schiffer, but she had never done naked and pregnant before.   Designer and photographer friend Karl Lagarfeld immortalized the event while Ellen von Unwerth, Camilla Akrans, Francesco Carrozzini and Jan Welters each had their own “Claudia by Vogue” session with the model. 

Click above to see the slide show of their photographs.

Click above to watch the making-of of the “Claudia by Vogue” photo shoots online at Vogue TV.

Also in this issue, artist Marc Quinn chats with Claudia about her life, her career, and expecting her third child with British director/producer Matthew Vaughn (“Kick Ass”, “Layer Cake”).