Photographer Richard Forestier collaborated with art director Aurélien Bigot to create a photo project titled “The Impressionist Experience”.
The series tries to capture and turn real life into still images.
Bigot uses the key characteristics of famous painters: religious pose, nudity, antique drapery, etc.
“If we recreate scenes with those elements and shoot them with this special technique that imitates the painting texture, we can bring together impressionist art and photography creating the first impressionist photographs.
This will lead the observer to doubt, unsure if faced with a painting or not, eventually realizing that it is indeed an absolutely unedited photograph,” explains the artist.
German photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt—one of the greatest artists in the history of the medium—used his Leica to take this stunning photo of a crew repairing the Graf Zeppelin in mid-air, after a storm in the middle of the Atlantic damaged the airship’s skin en route to Rio de Janeiro in 1934.
To collectors and sellers, an ideal gem is devoid of excess minerals called inclusions, which are seen as detractors of value or beauty. To many gemologists, inclusions are tools that can help them determine where a gem is from or under what conditions it formed.
But to Sanchez, a Los Angeles-based gemologist and photographer, inclusions are his portals into alien worlds.
Back in 2005 Sanchez was working for the Distance Education Department of the Gemological Institute of America, ensuring that stones sent to students met the correct criteria. Looking at these stones under a microscope rendered them “wholly other” he explains, and he began to think, “I want to look at this forever.”
Inspired by the work of John I. Koivula and Eduard Gübelin in Photoatlas of Inclusions in Gemstones, Sanchez began teaching himself photomicrography, or the art of photographing under a microscope.
Slowly but surely, he purchased tools from Craiglist and eBay to capture the inner worlds of gemstones and began to experiment.
Jeff Post has seen countless photos of gemstone inclusions in his work as curator of the Smithsonian’s National Gem and Mineral Collection. “In the gem world … this is a very typical thing,” he says. “There are some famous gemologists … known for being able to study and identify inclusions in gems.
” But no matter how many photos of inclusions he’s seen, Post says that the joy of viewing them doesn’t diminish. “Even though you’ve seen a hundred paintings at the National Gallery, if you go to another room, that doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy the next one just as much.”
The photographers Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola met at Germany’s rigorous Bauhaus school in 1932, a year before the avant-garde architecture and design institution was pressured into closing by the Nazis.
After the influential movement was dissolved, the young couple moved to London, and then on to Coppola’s homeland of Argentina.
This was the beginning of a fruitful artistic partnership that lasted until they divorced in 1943—and the photos are gloriously weird.
The newlyweds weren’t in Buenos Aires very long before they decided to put on Argentina’s first modernist photography exhibition.
Coppola shot moody, sometimes surreal, images of streetscapes in the Argentine capital, while Stern created stylishly witty photo collages, and shot striking portraits of writers like Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges.