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Michael Thompson was born and raised in Washington state, where he was first introduced to photography at his father's small portrait studio.
He spent his summers working with his father, then, after graduating from high school, he earned a degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography.
After completing his schooling, Michael Thompson moved to New York City and began assisting the legendary photographer, Irving Penn.
Michael Thompson has since photographed models and celebrities for countless prestigious fashion magazines, including W, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Dutch, GQ, Mademoiselle, British Elle, Jane, Town & Country, British Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and The London Sunday Times Magazine.
Advertising clients are equally in demand for Michael Thompson's time.
He has shot campaigns for Emporio Armani, Celine, Coco Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, Jones New York, Ellen Tracy and Emanuel Ungaro and beauty and still-life print ads for cosmetic powerhouses such as Clinique, Prescriptives, L'Oreal, Aveda, Revlon, Almay, Chanel, Neutrogena and Oil of Olay.
In addition, he has directed TV commercials for Ellen Beatrix and L'Oreal.
Currently, Michael Thompson lives in New York with his wife Kelly and their two children.
facts about the photographer taken from supermodels.nl.
pictures courtesy of Michael Thompson
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
New York Photographer Rodney Smith sure is good at what he does. Take a look for yourself
He also has a new book out now, called, "The End"
New York City-based photographer Rodney Smith is among the few photographers who continue to publish, exhibit, lecture, and teach while also keeping up on commercial assignment schedules. His commercial clients include: American Express, I.B.M., H.J Heinz, Merrill Lynch, the New York Stock Exchange, B.M.W., Starbucks Coffee, and House Beautiful Magazine, MCI Worldcom, VISA, and The New York City Ballet. In addition to this corporate and advertising work, his fashion include Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren, Ellen Tracy, The New York Times Magazine and W Magazine, amongst others…
In contrast to the pseudo “realism” of a lot of fashion and advertising photography, Smith creates images that foster a sense of serenity and well-being. “My interest is not in what is new or fashionable, but rather what endures, and is graceful, stylish and beautiful,” Smith says.
story by paintalicious.org, pictures taken from rodneysmith.com
Monday, January 26, 2009
You know that dress First Lady Michelle Obama wore last week? That was a Jason Wu dress. He has gotten so much publicity since she wore his dress, and he didn't even knew she was going to wear it. That had to be a nice surprise.
“It’s difficult to describe,” Mr. Wu said the next afternoon, after appearing on the morning shows and talking endlessly about the symbolism of the dress, the color and the selection of a designer barely known outside the fashion beltway. “I was over the moon. I know I am an unusual choice for a first lady. I didn’t think it was my turn yet.”
ALTHOUGH he was already something of a fashion darling — Anna Wintour attended his last show, when he was a finalist for Vogue’s annual prizes for emerging designers — he is expecting a crush of new attention. On Wednesday,Diane Von Furstenberg sent him a congratulatory note, and Parsons the New School for Design issued a press release boasting that Mr. Wu, Isabel Toledo and Narciso Rodriguez, all designers of clothes worn by Mrs. Obama last week, had once studied there (though it did not note that none of them graduated).
“No doubt, this is going to give the business a boost,” he said.
story by the new york times, pictures courtesy of richard drew
Saturday, January 24, 2009
CHLOË SEVIGNY, “Big Love” star, clothing designer.
WHAT I’M WEARING NOW I have a path of vintage shops in the East Village that I walk around to. The dress is from one them — Atomic Passion, I think. It was really long, like most Edwardian and Victorian dresses, and I cut off one of the tiers. The cardigan is part of my fall collection for Opening Ceremony. It has wool elbow patches and nice, big pockets to shove your hands into when you’re feeling awkward or insecure. My Chanel purse was a Christmas present to myself. It’s like playing Tetris trying to fit all my stuff in it. The boots are an old pair of Prada’s, and the tights are from the Sock Man. I love that place, but the guy’s the grumpiest man on earth. He’s like the Soup Nazi, but he sells socks.
STYLE CREDO I’m not feeling these modern, futuristic looks. It’s too hard. I love a frilly floral, and I always will. And I like minis. I tried to do a pencil skirt, but it looked too old. Lately I’ve been trying to dress sexier, but my version is still a little sad and frumpy and alternative. I get concerned that I don’t dress age appropriate, but at 34, I figure I can still pull it off for a couple more years.
MY INSPIRATION The kids I see on the street. Sometimes I sit in Tompkins Square Park and just check out all the looks. I recently got this book “Skins & Punks.” It really inspired my new collection. And my own style — I just bought a pair of cherry red Doc Martens.
ON MY WISH LIST Perfect jeans. After all these years, I still haven’t found them. Right now I’m looking for some light blue ones for spring.
picture and story by the new york times