Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on my visual diary on tumblr, inspired by 7188. This blog post is a distillation of all the good stuff.
This month – just like in May – many artists that didn’t use photography as a medium caught my eyes the most. There are some amazing ink/illustration/photography combinations out there in the ether, and I made it my mission to find them and then come back and report about it here. To see more works of each artist, check inspired by 7188 for my personal preferences, or check the artist’s pages directly.
Russ Mills (byroglyphics)
Russ Mills, born 1971 in the UK, is likely my favorite artist this month. I would love to just hang out with him one day and see how he does his amazing illustration/painting work. His artworks, by the way, are huge. Definitely check out his website www.byroglyphics.com to see other amazing work and photos of the incredible details and textures of his paintings.
I admit before I started interning at Magnum Photos I hardly new anything about their newer generation of photographers. It seems like there’s this huge gap in age – as a Magnum photographer either you’re born in the 1940s or earlier, or after the 70s. So I didn’t really know Peter van Agtmael before the day he showed up in our office, either (shame on me), and other than showing him where to find photo books here in Tokyo, there was not much time to learn more from him. So I did my research later and found the interview Vice magazine did with him.
As some of you probably already know, Vice magazine teamed up with Magnum Photos in March and features some of their photographers in an ongoing interview series called Vice loves Magnum. The interviews feature so far mainly the young generation of photographers of this historic cooperation – which I personally find very refreshing, since so much has already been written about the “old masters” like Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Capa, it’s time to move on.
On twitter and in the blogosphere the teaming up of Vice and Magnum has not been without some – at times harsh – criticism. Most of this criticism essentially goes in the direction of a high-quality “institution” like Magnum Photos being devaluated by sitting in the same boat with a “low-level” publication like Vice magazine. This sounds to me like the usual Internet whining of people having problems with adjusting to change. Get over it, the past won’t change. I never really read anything by Vice in depth other than the Magnum features, so I can’t put my hand in fire for the rest, but the interviews are definitely worth reading and sparked my hopes in the new generation of Magnum photographers.
Needless to say, I’m very curious about how this transition will go. This week in London is the big annual general meeting, where all Magnum photographers get together and discuss their future. Also, we will know if Peter van Agtmael will be accepted as a full member, further contributing to secure a bright new future of Magnum. Good luck, Peter.
P.S: They did the inaugural interview of the series with one of my absolute favorites of the “new generation” – Christopher Anderson – titled The Way Christopher Anderson Sees The World Is Amazing. His color photography is on the best way to be a huge influence on the way I see the world.
So much has been said and written about the “Creative Process,” it’s hard to add anything to that, but there’s still a lot to disagree about. The whole process to me is like the ☯ Yin and Yang, where one is “the idea”, and the other one is “action”. Today I want to talk more about “the idea.”
Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on my visual diary on tumblr, inspired by 7188.
Here – just like I did for April – I want to introduce some of the artists that inspired me in May. To see more of each artist, check inspired by 7188 to see more personal preferences, or check the artist’s pages directly.
This month you’ll find more paintings and illustrations than usual – this time I just felt more inspired by that medium. Hey, gotta keep an open mind 😉
Much of Lee Jeffries’ work is deals with portraits of homeless people, but not the sneaky kind. You can feel from the photos that he took the effort to get to know the people he photographed, and the result is incredibly intimate and captivating. Highly recommended.
Website: Lee Jeffries