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New personal work by James Day
A gorgeous new series from photographer James Day, personal work shot in studio in London. You can see more of James Day's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
From the Archive: Ben Harper shot by Danny Clinch
It was Stephanie Jane Halmos who reminded us that just like old records, photographs have the ability to bring you excitement again and again when you re-visit them. And so we continue our monthly series 'From the Archive', a small window into photographer and filmmaker Danny Clinch's archive.  This month we feature singer/songwriter Ben Harper. Shot in Paris in 2000, this photo was taken while Danny was filming 'Pleasure and Pain", a feature length portrait of life on and off the road of Ben Harper and his band The Innocent Criminals. The film includes concert footage and interviews with Ben and his family, and more. You can see more of Danny's photos and films on the Levine/Leavitt site.
Typography Tuesday: Neo Deco font by Alex Trochut
One of the most exciting typefaces released in the past year, the art deco inspired Neo Deco is a complex yet perfectly executed display typeface with an abundance of alternative and cool characters, which also comes as a high res eps set. With hours of fine tuning and typographic excellence from the Barcelona born genius, it’s to no surprise that Alex Trochut’s Neo Deco (a 2010 D&AD winner) is still one of the most enticing and innovative type designs available. You can check out more of Alex Trochut's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
Typography Tuesday: Alex Trochut for V Magazine
Welcome to Typography Tuesday!  This is the first of a weekly series on the glorious world of typography - the art and technique of arranging type, type design, and modifying type glyphs.  This week we are proud to show off new work from artist Alex Trochut, created for V Magazine's Spring Preview, available on newsstands now. A few words about the artist, plus a short interview: Alex Trochut is an independent designer and illustrator  in Barcelona, Spain who unknowingly had design in his genes. The grandson of, Joan Trochut, a printer/typographer whose legacy is the development of a typographic system in 1942 called Super-Veloz.  Alex is a graduate of Barcelona’s ELISAVA Escola Superior de Disseny, and his education is enriched by an Erasmus in Berlin, where he also did internships with Moniteurs and Xplicit. His first job after school was back at Barcelona with design firm Toormix, and after two years there he moved to Vasava, another young design firm.  The exuberance of Vasava’s work proved to be the perfect place for Alex to explore, refine and deploy his typographic prowess to then take his show on the road as an illustrative contractor delivering unique and unexpected work. Your work thrives in its intense merging of typography, lettering and illustration. How did you arrive at this approach? Alex Trochut: I guess it’s because I love type, and I also love illustration, so the work is just a reflection of this double and equal love. I like to feel close to graphic design but in an expressive way of seeing it — so doing expressive typography is where I find my place, and can still feel like a graphic designer. Also, an important fact, is that I’m the grandson of Joan Trochut, a typographer and creator of the SuperTipo Veloz — a modular typographic and ornament system built in the 40s. I believe that’s a big reason why I have always been attached to typography — I guess it’s in the blood — although I never met him, as he died before I was born, no one in my family followed his steps in graphic design, and I didn’t know much about type design until I got into design School. But once I started my graphic design studies I began to feel attracted to letters, and the way you can draw and contain precision and proportion in “abstract” shapes. Many teachers influenced my outlook, showing me the work of my grandfather, so I guess I was very attracted by the fact that I could share his same profession. One of the things that struck me about your work was your ability to use existing typefaces and manipulate them in a way that makes them feel unique, fresh and spontaneous. What do you look for in typefaces that you want to customize? Do you see something and instantly know what to do to it? AT: When I look for a display type I like to see in it some kind of density, and a solid and connected structure from letter to letter. I really love all kind of 70s display fonts, I think that period was very free and complex in the creation of type. Once I have chosen the typeface, I type the text I need to design and try to look for relationships between the letters that compose it, and work again of this sense of denseness in the text block. I think this is the only thing that probably repeats in the choosing process, the rest is always changing, the way you add personality to the text, always balancing between being expressive and crazy and readable, form and content, is always changing, and trying to adapt as much as you can to visualize the content of the text through the visual level, and not only the meaning of the text itself. “More is more.” That’s something you don’t hear a lot these days, yet that is your philosophy. It would be easy for your work to fill inundated with visuals, but it feels very restrained and considered in that every element seems like it belongs there. How do you balance the desire for “more” without it becoming overwhelming? AT: I have a terrible “horror vacui” tendency when I work, and I like it, but sometimes, I like when you find in a work evidences of many hours of detailed work behind it, but I also like control in the work, to see that the shapes keep some harmony between them and that there is not so much randomness, or elements that are there just to fill the space by chance. I always need to let my work rest for at least one night, and I look at it again in the morning and try to find the right place to everything — which usually means taking stuff out and not adding more elements. So I believe in more is more, and, yes, I believe in control and consideration too. Interview with Armin Vit taken from Speak Up Archive. You can see more of Alex's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
Sunshine, an exhibition by Nick Meek
Nick Meek's show 'Sunshine', a collection of photos inspired by Nick's extensive travels and adventures, is now up at TBWA/Chiat/Day Los Angeles through the end of April. Thanks to Jen Lamping and the entire art production team at TBWA/Chiat/Day for this amazing opportunity! You can check out more of Nick's photos on the Levine/Leavitt site. For print sales, please contact liz@llreps.com
Personal work by Nick Meek
A lovely mix of recent personal work by photographer Nick Meek.  Enjoy.... You can enjoy more of Nick Meek's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
Stur-D Vitamin Water by Alex Trochut
Working with the talented team at Glaceau, Alex Trochut created this ad (the first of 5) for the new Stur-D Vitamin Water.  Fortified with vitamin D, the drink helps support the strength of bones, hence the skeletal theme in the ads. Stay tuned for the rest of the campaign this season, we'll be posting them as they are released.  You can enjoy more of Alex Trochut's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
James Day Ranked #5 in Campaign’s Top 10 Photographers
Congrats to James Day for being included in Campaign's Top 10 Photographers! "Stunning close-ups and surprising angles are some of Day's trademarks that have helped bring him a raft of trophies for commercial photography, both internationally and at home, through the years.  Last year's Campaign Photo gold winner shone this year at the AOP Awards, in the Communication Arts Photo Annual, and at the D&AD Awards for Harvey Nichols." You can see more of James Day's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
New Direction, a fashion story shot for V Magazine by Peter Funch
Peter Funch was asked by V Magazine to photograph work by up and coming designers for their first issue of 2011. The designers collections have a bold aesthetic and statement-making style, which Peter photographed in visually dynamic areas of Manhattan, including the Financial District, Midtown and the Meatpacking District. Styling Catherine Newell-Hanson.  Check it out here at www.vmagazine.com You can see more of Peter Funch's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
Burton Feelgood by Alex Trochut
Artist Alex Trochut designed this season's Feelgood snowboard for Burton Snowboards.  Available now for purchase on the Burton site. You can see more of Alex Trochut's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
FTC Skateboard Decks and Shirts by Alex Trochut
On Saturday November 27th in Barcelona, Spain, FTC released the decks and shirts designed by Alex Trochut.  Only 50 boards have been manufactured, hand numbered, out of which only 10 have reached FTC Barcelona.  The rest are scattered in other stores FTC (SF, Tokyo, Sacramento). http://vimeo.com/17408827 Alex took the opportunity to show his other works at the opening, including ceramic works made by Apparatu. You can see more images from the opening on the FTC site and on their Facebook page.
Alex Trochut, James Day and Brosmind for (RED)
This World AIDS Day – December 1st - Product(RED) are launching a new campaign that brings light to the important fact that by 2015 we can have a world where virtually no child is born with HIV. With continued funding to organizations like the Global Fund, we have a chance to work towards a world where the number of babies born with HIV could be zero in 2015 – creating the first AIDS Free Generation in 30 years. As a way to raise awareness and educate about this goal, Product(RED) have enlisted a whole host of talented street artists, painters, illustrators, photographers and sculptors to provide their creative interpretation of the fact that ’The AIDS Free Generation is Due in 2015’.  Among those artists were Alex Trochut, Brosmind and James Day (in order below).  Each artist chose a headline and incorporated a unique take on “2015”. Stay tuned for more, including artists Steve Wilson, Dimitri Daniloff, Laziz Hamani, Sean Freeman and Danny Clinch! Read more about the campaign on the Product(RED) blog.
Peter Funch’s Babel Tales opening/book signing at Colette in Paris
Colette in Paris is now showing Peter Funch's Babel Tales series for the month of November, with an opening reception and book signing on November 18th. A few images from the gallery at Colette: Babel Tales is a series of works that focus on human relations (or lack thereof) in big cities.  Peter's project is a junction between documentary photography and manipulated photography.  Through repetition and juxtaposition he zooms in on human similarities and collective behavior and ends up creating a strange poetic and detailed picture of our presence as both individuals and community in the public sphere.  His uncanny work raises questions of reality contra fiction and challenges our notion of photography as being a depiction of a certain moment in time. Peter Funch's work are documents of moments that never existed as they are composed of several hundred moments taken over the duration of several weeks for each piece.  By shooting in the exact same position over a period of time, he is able to superimpose images on top of each other and create a fictional work base on documentary photography. Babel Tales was published this year with a limited run of 500 copies and has 41 color photos printed on 250 G silk tint paper. Babel Tales is available for sale from the following: V1 GALLERY COPENHAGEN DASHWOOD BOOKS NEW YORK Clic Bookstore & Gallery NYC COLETTE PARIS POLITIKENS BOGHANDEL COPENHAGEN SPOONBILL & SUGARTOWN, BOOKSELLERS, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK You can see more of Peter Funch's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
Peter Funch’s Street Photography
Photographer Peter Funch is part of a book by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren titled Street Photography Now. Published by Thames and Hudson, the book presents 52 contemporary image-makers noted for their candid depictions of everyday life in our streets, subways, beaches and parks. Opening reception will be Saturday, September 18th, 6-8 PM, at The Photographers Gallery in London, England.  16-18 Ramillies Street, London, W1F 7LW. See more of Peter Funch's work on the Levine/Leavitt site.
Peter Funch in Juxtapoz Magazine
The June 2010 issue of Juxtapoz magazine features an article about the work of Peter Funch.  Copies are currently on newsstands around the country. To see more of Peter's work, visit the Levine/Leavitt site.
Peter Funch’s “Babel Tales” at the V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
Peter Funch's Babel Tales project culminates this month in a solo exhibition with all 41 pieces from the completed series, as well as work from his project, Addendum, at the V1 Gallery in Copenhagen. The entire collection of Babel Tales (many of which have never been displayed in the 4 years since Peter began the project), has been published in a limited edition book in conjunction with the opening, and a small sum of the 500 published will be available at Dashwood Books in Soho, NY. We spoke with Peter, and asked him to tell us more about Adendum, a project in conjunction with Babel Tales involving abstract photographs displayed as light boxes: "Addendum is a word to describe an addition or supplement to a main work.  For these pieces I wanted to show what is behind the image, so I created these studies wherein all the contact sheets from my shooting are laid on top of one another.  There are over 10,000 frames in each of these pieces, and when you look closely you can racognize a corner of a frame or a face, but from afar they simply represent the chaos or randomness you find in the streets." Wrapping up the exhibition is an installation, wherein Peter collected objects he found on the streets over the years of shooting Babel Tales, ground them into dust, and placed them in bags displayed on a table alongside the photographic work. "The piece consisting of 72 bags is a similar concept as Babel Tales being about how we categorize our behavior or our interests. The objects I found all represented a personal story--from a lottery ticket symbolizing lost dreams to a broken plastic nail--they are a physical representation of life's stories.  I would find the object and grind it down until it simply became a color or a texture, like a raw material.  I then categorized and named them in bags. The piece is named after all 72 objects, from bottles to brooms to dolls." You can see more of Peter's work at llreps.com
Peter Funch “Babel Tales” in Wired UK and Art World Magazines
Peter Funch's "Babel Tales" project has been met with critical acclaim from the international art community, and is now the center of two pieces for both Wired UK as well as Art World Magazine. Peter's technique is to capture thousands of frames from the same position on street corners in major cities. His objective is to discover the human patterns that emerge from the passage of time in one place. Each person in every image is from a different frame. Included in these articles are interviews with Peter explaining more about his intention of this work, and the way it was conceived. ArtWorld.01.07.09.low Wired01.08.09.low
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