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Born in Cairo in 1974, Yasmine Chatila is best-known for her controversial photography series Stolen Moments, which made headlines throughout New York City when it exhibited at Edelman Arts in the Fall of 2008. Chatila is fascinated by the humanity of the anonymous people that city dwellers encounter on a daily and even hourly basis. In her show Stolen Moments, Chatila captured intimate personal experiences of the faceless, nameless urbanites which inhabit New York City. Through patient surveillance, zoom lenses, and a strong fascination with those intangible relationships, Chatila revealed that what is intended to be hidden is exposed, mundane actions become, at once, heroic, and the armor we all wear outside the sanctity of home comes off revealing rarely seen aspects of human nature.

In addition to Chatila’s photographic series, she has created various collages, all centered on the artist’s personal thoughts and feelings of pop culture, war, the environment, and religion. Her second show Reveries & Delusions exhibited at Edelman Arts in the Summer of 2011. Currently residing and working in New York City, Chatila graduated with a Master’s in photography from Columbia University School of Arts in 2002 and is the recipient of numerous awards including a Columbia fellowship and Tag Heuer grant.
(artist’s website – http://www.yasminechatila.com/)

Jean-Francois Lepage

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Jean-Francois Lepage is a photographer whose working methods are closer to that of a painter. His paradoxically alluring and disquieting photographs bare evidence to a process in which he physically cuts, draws and works into their surface to intricately evolve and brutally deconstruct the original image.

“I always thought photography was not only about taking an image of someone or something, showing an instant,” he tells TIME. “I think that unconsciously I try to extend the time, to prolong the moment of the shooting when I’m working later on my images. Cutting, engraving this inanimate matter, using staples to fix the pieces of film together – it is certainly a way to refuse the death of this instant.”

Lepage’s intuitive approach to the image-making process is cathartic. “I’m like a surgeon who faces his patient with lucidity and commitment but with the absolute certitude that the only person I can really save is – myself.”

Over the past three and a half decades, since his first published images appeared in Depeche Mode, he has chosen to work sporadically for editorial and advertising clients, while taking time—including a 13-year period of abstinence from commercial environs—to pursue his art through painting in a purer form.

While Lepage’s early photographs were visceral and dark—including sexual images that could not be reproduced in a commercial editorial context—he found like-minded collaborators including art director Grégoire Philipidhis at the short lived, but highly influential Jill magazine in Paris. Philipidhis embraced his work and gave him the freedom to express himself within its pages.

Subsequently, Lepage has maintained his distinctive voice as his imagery has evolved. “I would compare my creative process to a never ending spiral. I do have different periods that are representing my whole personality,” he says. “I need this raw part to my work as well as the poetic approach which is also important for me.”

After his self imposed exile from photography, Lepage returned with a new approach, moving outside to work on a series of stories for AMICA magazine. In his work, Lepage intentionally shows the source used to light his subjects, and to “compose and balance his light with the Sun to create a new perspective.”

As Lepage moved away from the monochromatic palette of his earlier work, a dark undercurrent prevailed. “When I look at my images I see overly bright colors that are hiding our sadness – people who are wearing masks to reveal themselves – lonely characters strong and peaceful – mutilated forms that show human beauty and eyes turned inward to better understand our world.”

More recently he has begun to pull away from fashion once more. He is currently making new work, recycling photographs from his archive to build new pictures—finding his palette by cutting up outtakes from his old shoots of now discontinued 8×10, 891 Polaroid from the 1990s, to make work which he describes as still “photographic but more abstract.”

“It is like in life, some people are experimenting when they are young and they become more and more conventional with time [while] a few others will always continue to experiment,” he says.“I think the world is always limiting for people who want to propose something different. On the other hand it’s also because the world is limiting that they can experiment.”

Jean-Francois Lepage is a photographer basedin Paris. His work is widely seen as blending elements of cinema, surrealism, and haute-couture.

Read more: These Experimental Fashion Photographs Push Boundaries – LightBox http://lightbox.time.com/2014/09/10/fashion-week-photography-lepage/#ixzz3QWEGSu5a

Linda Alterwitz

Linda Alterwitz

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Linda Alterwitz is a Las Vegas based visual artist. Having earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Denver specializing in painting and drawing, she changed paths in 2006 to follow a conceptual passion that delves into the fine boundaries of art and science.

Alterwitz’s philosophy addresses the constant challenge to keep a balance between the two sides of the brain: the logical and the creative. This duality is apparent throughout the body of her work, starting with her photographic equipment. Alterwitz uses both digital cameras and toy cameras. The high-tech digital cameras produce clear, factual images that are believable and acceptable in our right-brained world. In contrast, images shot on film by the low-tech, simple workings of plastic cameras capture a spontaneous altered world. Alterwitz’s inspiration, the inner workings of the human body and her external surrounding environment, plays with the dance of the two sides of the brain as well as the contradiction of fear and reassurance. Past personal struggles with medical issues were tempered by fond, childhood memories of playing in the sand dunes and forests of Gary, Indiana where Alterwitz grew up. It is this dichotomy that gives her work a comforting sense of familiarity while simultaneously creating tension.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. In 2011 she had a solo exhibition at LACDA (Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles, CA) and The Donna Beam Gallery (UNLV). Recent group exhibitions include The Art of Photography (San Diego, CA), Project Basho (Philidelphia, PA and Tokyo, Japan), NYU (New York, NY), Vermont Photoplace Gallery, (Middlebury, Vermont), Rogue Space Chelsea (New York, NY) 1212 Gallery (Richmond, VA), Newspace Center for Photoraphy (Portland, OR) Texas Photographic Society, (San Antonio, TX) SilverEye Center for Photography, (Pittsburg, PA) Photoplace Gallery, (Middlebury, VT), and The Julia Dean Photo Workshop Gallery, (Venice, CA) among other national and international juried competitions.

Aaron McElroy

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Aaron McElroy

Aaron McElroy (*1978, Daytona, FL) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He started with photography in 2005. Shortly after he was accepted at the New England School of Photography, graduating in 2007. He most recently had solo shows at Horton Gallery New York, and at Ampersand Gallery Portland. His work was part of group exhibitions at FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam, Smack Mellon Brooklyn, Chelsea Art Museum, New York and Noorderlicht Gallery Groningen, among others. In 2013, two monographs were published: “Aaron McElroy: SPBN”, with Self Publish Be Happy, and “After Wake”, with Ampersand Gallery. As part of the collective AM projects, he was included in Nocturnes, a limited edition six person box set, designed and published by dienacht Publishing. Nocturnes was selected for “The books we loved” in 2012 by Time Magazine, and was part of the exhibit ICP Triennial, International Center for Photography New York. Most recently he featured in the book Nudity Today: edited by Jesse Pearson and published by Picture Box.

Junku Nishimura

Junku Nishimura

Junku Nishimura

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Born in a small coal-mine village in 1967,in Yamaguchi prefecture, western Japan, where he lived until 18. Entered college in kyoto and he studied Latin American affairs. After college performed as a club DJ, worked as a construction worker and he got a job with a cement manufacturer, worked tunnel construction sites across the country as a concrete expert. And he got a Leica and he began photographing the places he worked. After 18 years working, he quit his job and photographed countries and regions wandering around the world. He now works as a freelance photographer based in Yamaguchi.