Sunday, December 30, 2018 Midnight Rockers Express, the long-running mixtape project with DJ Getlive, closes out the year with a two-hour special dedicated to the music of Aretha Franklin. Stream via SoundCloud.
"To listen to Aretha Franklin now is to hear everything—everything that came before her, each strain of American blues and jazz and gospel and soul, all the musical traditions people leaned on to stay alive, and everything that exists now, all the singers she gave license to, everyone she taught. Her death is in all of us, as her songs are in all of us. She is as immortal as can be."— Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, August 16, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018Photograph by Maganga Mwagogo, processed utilizing the Agave preset pack by VSCO, one of three new digital film concepts developed by creative director Justin Gorman and myself in collaboration with the tech brand's brilliant image science team.
Sunday August 12, 2018Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the sun-stroked films of Sergio Leone, the iconic walls of Marrakesh, and the jump-up vibrancy of Brooklyn's West Indian Day parade all provided the inspiration for VSCO's new Walk In The Sun collection, a set of digital films made for shooting in the extremes of outdoor light that late-summer provides. The collection is the response by Justin Gorman and I to being tasked by the tech brand with developing a seasonal product release for their popular photo app. We also asked Bree Holt to shoot the related campaign and she brought the rich blues, deep reds, and psychedelic hues of the collection to life. Pictured here is one of Bree's images processed with Sumac, which along with the preset packs Indigo and Agave comprise the three-part set.
Monday, February 26, 2018Feb Mag is now available at the gift shop of The Museum of Contemporary Art. Pictured: the cover of Feb Mag, 2017, featuring a photograph made in Chicago in 1976 by Faith Childs-Davis.
Monday, December 18, 2017Now playing: MRE50 featuring Four Tet, The War On Drugs, Blood Orange, Björk, Factory Floor, No Age, and Protomartyr. Stream via SoundCloud. Cover: still from Fallen Angels by Wong Kar-wai, 1995.
Friday, October 06, 2017This month sees the release of Feb Mag, a bespoke publication for The Underground Museum. Purchase a copy at The UM's bookshop or via their online store.
Monday, August 21, 2017Printing Feb Mag for The Underground Museum at The Prolific Group in Winnipeg Manitoba. Pictured: press proofs of work by Kandis Williams, Martine Syms, Karon Davis, and Deana Lawson.
Friday, March 31, 2017Now playing: MRE43 featuring music by Gaika, The Radio Dept., Kindness, Zola Jesus, Autechre, ANOHNI, The xx, and Marching Church. Special guest Joakim Jansson, of Sans Colour, provided the music curation and art direction for this latest edition in the mixtape series. Stream via SoundCloud. Cover: still from Persona by Ingmar Bergman, 1966.
Monday, January 30, 2017Work in progress: a photo essay by Nico Young for the forthcoming Feb Mag, a self-published magazine from The Underground Museum, which is shaping up to be equal parts exhibition catalog, art journal, and a loose compendium on the life, to date, of the beloved art space founded by Noah and Karon Davis. The completed feature by Young will take the reader into the museum's central Los Angeles neighborhood, sharing images of the proud faces and unique spaces that comprise The UM's home.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017Framed page proofs for CABLE, with artwork based on a scene from the 2010 film Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child by Tamra Davis, on display at the entrance to the Brooklyn design studio CHIPS. A gift to art director Adam Squires and the entire shop for their generous collaboration on that 2013 publication, the piece — bearing a caption by the legendary Fab 5 Freddy ("….really very specifically about making it happen.") — now offers a push as we start a new project together for 2017.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016Work space: VSCO Creative Studio, NYC, 01.2016 — 12.2016.
Thursday, December 15, 2016The filmmaker Omid Fatemi took a spiritual trip around Puerto Rico with island resident Otura Mun in order to trace the artist's nascent journey into the ancient African practice of Ifá. The resulting short film connects ideas around identity, the African diaspora, the power of music, and our existence in the material world. Watch: "Conversations with Otura Mun"
Wednesday, November 23, 2016Wilson Cameron shot and edited this short on Renato D'Agostin, wherein the acclaimed photographer discusses his commitment to shooting on film and his love for the tactile nature of making images. D'Agostin also shares his latest self-published book 7439, named for the number of miles accrued on his motorcycle while documenting America coast to coast. The video short is part of a slate of original programming produced by myself and the creative team at VSCO's New York studio. Watch: "Renato D'Agostin — 7439"
Thursday, November 03, 2016From the press release for the "Bekoji" pop-up exhibit and project launch event: “The presentation at VSCO’s New York space features a studio installation of a film by Joel Wolpert and a photography essay by Kent Andreasen shown in large scale format. The project’s creative producer and writer, Knox Robinson, will stage a Q&A on Bekoji with Kayla Nolan of Girls Gotta Run Foundation, the only charity operating in Ethiopia that provides academic and athletic scholarships for young women in the country. Catering of classic Ethiopian vegetarian fare and a traditional coffee ceremony will be provided by Philipos Mengistu of NYC’s iconic Queen of Sheba restaurant.”
Thursday, November 03, 2016Installation view of a photography by Kent Andreassen, during day-of production for the "Bekoji" event.
Sunday, August 07, 2016In this final edition in the "Kyoto" project for 23.5, director Alan Algee presents "Moving / Memory,” a film featuring shodō artist and teacher Hiroshi Ueta demonstrating his own avant-garde calligraphy approach and discussing its relationship to the history and practice of the art form in Japan.
Watch: "Moving / Memory"
Thursday, April 07, 2016Jordan Ullman of Majid Jordan on set at the VSCO Creative Studio for Venue's "Portraits" series. Photo: Geordie Wood.
Thursday, March 31, 2016I & I by Alessandro Simonetti and Anicée Gaddis is now on sale at Dashwood Books. Book details: linen hardcover, 112 pages, 6 x 9 inches, offset printed, Smyth sewn, featuring 42 b+w photographs by Simonetti and a long-form essay by Gaddis, published by VSCO and Small Kings Press.
Saturday, March 26, 2016A member of the band Wet warms up at the VSCO Creative Studio ahead of the filming of "Body" by Yoonha Park. Photo: Ran Jaden Cao.
Thursday, March 24, 2016A wheat paste installation by Alessandro Simonetti, created for the "I & I" exhibit, on display inside VSCO's New York studio.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016The book signing and pop-up exhibit for the "I & I" project turned into a proper dance party with Kingston, Jamaica's renowned selector Yaadcore playing the best in new conscience reggae and classic roots and culture anthems. The rum 'n' Ting and Guinness flowed, the music was turned up loud, and the studio's cyc became an impromptu dance floor — everyone left feeling 100% irie, for real. Photo: Thuan Tran.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016Yaadcore, featured guest and the evening's headlining selector, pictured during the "I & I" exhibit, artist talk, and book signing. Photo: Thuan Tran
Wednesday, March 23, 2016Installation view of a photograph by Alessandro Simonetti, part of a two-channel projection for the "I & I" exhibit. Photo: Ran Jaden Cao.
Monday, March 21, 2016"The evening will include a presentation of the work by the authors and a book signing — and heavy, heavy bass."
Wednesday, March 16, 2016MRE live in session at K90 in Brooklyn with special guests Flo Sounds and Isis Swaby.
Monday, March 14, 2016Isis Swaby, the multidisciplinary artist and DJ, joins the Midnight Rockers Express as a special guest for our Wednesday residency at Kinfolk’s Brooklyn bar and café space. She’s pictured above, during a pop-up event last year for Kangol Radio, playing an all vinyl set of her father’s classic recordings and productions — Isis Swaby being the daughter of Jamaican music legend Augustus Pablo. She’ll be bringing her own eclectic mix of digital-dancehall-electro-bass-music for her outing with the MRE on March 16.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016Photographer Amanda Hakan and Aurora, the left field pop singer and songwriter hailing from Bergen, Norway, during a midday shoot for Venue's "Portraits" series. Photo: Joakim Jansson.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016Alessandro Simonetti and Anicée Gaddis review printer proofs for their upcoming book I & I.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016Poster art for the launch of 23.5 (twenty-three-point-five) by VSCO, featuring a photograph by Leyla Jeyte and design by Hassan Rahim.
Thursday, December 10, 2015Korey Dane and his father on set at Pappy & Harriet's, an iconic roadhouse near Joshua Tree, for the filming of "The Lion & The Keeper" for Venue. Photo: Cameron McCool.
Thursday, November 05, 2015DJ Getlive, creative partner and producer with the Midnight Rockers Express mixtape project, set off Boiler Room’s five year anniversary celebration at Brooklyn’s Good Room, playing alongside Mike Q, L-Vis 1990, Pete Rock, Spinna, and Danny Tenaglia. Watch the entire set at Boiler Room’s YouTube channel.
Monday, October 19, 2015Shigeto, the acclaimed electronic producer, DJ, and percussionist on the Ghostly International record label, during filming for Venue at S.I.R. studios in Manhattan. Photo: Alex Welsh.
Saturday, May 23, 2015High up in the Berkeley Hills shooting a spot for VSCO with director Nick Enriquez.