martes, 6 de abril de 2010

Its never too late to see The Great Performers.


I know that some folks might say it’s too late to talk about the golden little man every actor in Hollywood wants to win/have or own. Some might say its too early to talk about it, because the last ceremony was about 2 months ago, and we have to wait almost a year to get excited one again for the “most famous uncle” of the world. But let me tell you something, its never, never too late to watch an stunning slideshow produced by the people of The New York Times Magazine.

So, what`s “the Great Performers” by The New York Times anyway?

Well, “The Great Performers” is a series of portraits of actors and actresses taken and produced by The New York times Magazine. Basically, the idea is to choose a group of actors and actresses that had a “great” year in his/her film career, a year that made them stand out from the rest of their colleagues, and show them not only as celebrities, performers or big names in the industry, that’s pretty much how the audience or the public eye recognize them, but far away from all that, the New York Times Magazine focus on a more personal perspective of their life and their human sides. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not about showing them in a tender, sweet and charismatic way, but maybe in a raw, natural and real juxtaposition of what you imagine their lives are.

You will find some images obviously with a pre-production work, and others kind of seem to be so spontaneous, but I’m pretty sure you will enjoy another view of these famous actors.

This year`s “Great Performers” edition (2010), a young photographer from Magnum Photo Agency, Peter Van Agtmael, spent 9 days on the road with American actor Jeff bridges covering the life of such a great actor.

The result of such experience, and notice that I say “experience” because Jeff Bridges (one of my favorites actors of all times, also known as “The Dude”) not only seems to be very open to do this kind of photojournalism journal, but also it looks like not only the photographer were enjoying the coverage, but him too.

This piece of work can be view under the name The Run-up, on the final part of four episodes of the 2010 Great Performers slideshow.
In this post, I will show 3 Great performers editions: 2005, 2009 and 2010.

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, A dutch fashion photographer duo, took the photographs for such occasion. This one is from 2005, you can see there amazing portraits of George Clooney , Rachel Weisz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Bill Murray, Daniel Day-Lewis, and the late Heath Ledger among others.


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The edition of the Great Performers last year was photographed by Italian Magnum Photographer Paolo Pellegrin, a truly piece of art. It is worth to see.


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And finally, this year´s Great Performers its a four pieces work photographed by these great photographers:
Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, A dutch fashion photographer duo.
Hellen Van Meene, a Dutch photographer that, according to her website, "is an artist who makes photos, mostly portraits, mostly of young people, and mostly of girls".
Antonin Kratochvil, A Czech-Born American Photographer, and a founding members of VII Photo Agency.
Peter Van Agtmael, An American Photographer graduated from Yale University in 2003 with a Degree in History.


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Well, That`s it for today! I hope you enjoy this as much as i did! Thank you friends! see you on the road!

Jesus Rodríguez.

1 comentarios:

Juan J. Espinoza dijo...

Actually Jeff Bridges is also a photographer on his spare time. He has one book published (called simply Pictures by Jeff Bridges, you know the dude likes the whole brevity thing) with his work which consists almost entirely of behind-the-scenes shots of all the movies he has acted in since 1980.

So 'The Dude' himself is not strange to the whole photography thing.

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