Alex Fradkin Gives Voice to Space

How we define a space is how we define ourselves. Without design we’d live outside under the stars and in full view of the sun. Instead we create spaces around us from the ground up and they reflect who we are and where we want to be. Photographer Alex Fradkin documents these spaces, turning it into an art form, showing off the secrets of who we are through the way we display our spaces. They change our landscapes and reveal our hopes, and Alex is capturing that with a camera. Alex gained his understanding of space as an architect working out of a cubicle on the 40th floor of an office building in Seattle. Creating spaces gave him the vision to see them for what they are. But photography is more than seeing, it’s about presenting. Using the frames of a photograph to tell a story is so much of

Making the US Open with Benedict Redgrove

Every year at the end of the summer tennis fans turn their gaze to the US Open. The contest is full of high stakes and drama and this year it’s coming faster than anyone might expect; it’s just around the corner. To help pump everyone up and get the celebration started early, ESPN teamed up with photographer Benedict Redgrove to get an insiders look at how they make one of the game’s most important pieces: the ball. Benedict traveled to the Wilson Factory in Thailand where they make the iconic tennis balls and created a three and a half minute video detailing the process from raw rubber to the final felted product. Even though we all know what a tennis ball looks like, the way they get to the familiar shape is probably not what you expected. What Benedict’s video teaches us is that creating tennis balls is a surprisingly

Henrik Sorensen Brings Form to Your Dreams

Photography is supposed to be the truth. It’s supposed to show frozen moments stolen from life so we can regard them later, or communicate information that cannot be described. It’s supposed to show us our world as it is. But what if it did something totally different? What if photography showed us something that doesn’t exist? A reality separate from our own. Something ripped out of our imaginations or subconscious, revealing to us something about our own nature even if it’s not “real.” That’s what Henrik Sorensen does in his conceptual photography. And it’s a ride. Henrik uses a range of techniques, from smoke bombs, to exploding powder, strangely placed flora, and painting with light, to reframe and reshape traditional experience and show us something that we never knew. He takes a form that’s all about showing us a reflection of the world and turns it into a tool to

Matt Schwartz Gets Dreamy By Blending Process and Aesthetic

Every photographer comes to the craft for their own reasons. Whether it’s to capture moments, work in fashion, or travel, there are as many reasons to be a photographer as there are photographers. But Matt Schwartz came to the form because he couldn’t live life in any other way. It’s not about expression for him; it’s how he faces the world. “It is not enough for me to see something beautiful and just look at it without a camera,” he tells BUREAU Magazine. “Everything is more vivid and alive through the lens.” Matt uses Polaroids, a blend of negative and print, often used to test framing and exposure on larger format photographs before jumping into the shoot writ large. But Matt uses them as a final form and the reason has something to do with his point of view. Matt is heavily influences by surf culture, finding himself arrested by

Daeja Fallas Is Shooting a Dream

To regard photographer Daeja Fallas’ images are to see a study in bright energy. She fuses the worlds of sport and beauty, tying them together into a single discipline and finding the art in ever moment. This is no mistake. Her photography career started when she moved from Hawaii to Paris to study at the Sorbonne, opening the world to her and planting a love for expression in her heart. Years later she followed opportunities to main land America and the other side of the continent from her home, landing in NYC in 2010 where she still lives. Now, she heads out to The Rockaways from her Brooklyn home, catching the waves there like she did in Hawaii. How does she feel leaving behind the pristine beauty of Hawaii and the sophistication of France? “New York is kind of a balance between Maui and Paris,” she explains. Her childhood courtesy

Tom Corbett Chases Elegance Through Rome

St Regis Hotels’ magazine ‘Beyond’ recently asked Tom Corbett to join them in Rome to show off their pitch-perfect blend of classic elegance and a modern spirit. “It was just a great opportunity to do another one of those high fashion luxury stories that I love doing so much,” Tom says. Getting high value images usually requires high value production, but Tom has found that his clients are looking for a simpler look. And that’s something Tom is really excited about. “They wanted to shoot all daylight, to have a real natural look to it, which we’re finding more and more,” Tom says. “I love shooting daylight. I love the freedom that it gives me.” Because of how they set it up, Tom could move around freely, collaborating with the models, and offering flexibility and improvisation. Working this way wasn’t even possible just a few years ago, but because of

Seeing a Faster World with Neal Grundy

The click you hear when a camera takes a picture is the shutter opening. For that brief moment, the camera opens to the light and exposes the sensors or film to light. It’s where the word “exposure” comes from: the sensitive material is literally exposed to light, catching a glimpse at what we’ve directed for it to see, and that image is burned on the sensor, translated into an image. For every photographer, balancing the exposure with all the elements of composition is a crucial part, but for Neal Grundy it’s all about the exposure, it’s all about the speed the shutter is open. Neal’s lightning fast photography, classified as “high speed,” brings a totally different element to photography that isn’t touched in most other genres High-speed photography takes the notion of freezing a moment in time to the extreme. With the almost unfathomable fractions of a second that Neal

Lane Coder’s World Is Ours but Different

When Lane Coder was studying fine art at Parsons School of Design in New York City he never intended to be a photographer. He was hanging out with his friend who had a Polaroid SX70 camera that was offering results that were unlike anything else he had seen before and it changed the way he approached creating art. “He was taking long exposures of random people in the street at night and the results were mind blowing to me,” he explains. “They looked like small paintings. Soon after that, I never really picked up a paintbrush or pencil again.” As soon as he transitioned to photography he was able to interact with the world in an entirely new way, and we have the pleasure of watching the creative exploration unfold. Lane’s photography all features an ethereal quality as if they’re all pulled from another world. Whether it’s dozens of seagulls

Henrik Sorensen Taps Into the Deep

What’s more refreshing in summer than a dip in the water? Jumping in triggers fetal memories, instantly relaxing and energizing swimmers. But even though humans are largely water ourselves, much of our technology has yet to master the waves the same way we have. Being under water is therefore largely a personal experience. Unlike our lives on land that can be shared ad nauseam and are filled with the detritus of living, in the water we’re untethered and free of the business of life. It’s that lack of existential gravity that Henrik Sorensen taps into in his underwater photography, fusing the freedom below the surface with fashion and an innovative kind of portrait. Each of the Danish photographer / filmmaker’s images is more surprising than the last, playing off the weightlessness provided by water to create some interesting contrast. Most frequently Henrik works in unexpected settings, like an underwater ballroom

Gregg Segal vs The People vs O.J. Simpson

The court proceedings of The People vs O.J. Simpson electrified the nation, and has since been described at the most publicized criminal trial in American history. The details were primetime news every day, and while coverage transcended race, creed, and locality, often opinions were fierce and divisive. The country, and often the world, stood enraptured while testimony was taken, arguments were laid, and the jury deliberated. The twelve citizens who sat on that jury were to represent O.J.’s peers, the wide American public, and only their 12 voices counted. But while the trial waged on Gregg Segal gave voice to ever more citizens who sounded off. In the spring of 1995 Gregg travelled around Los Angeles with his camera, a whiteboard, and markers, asking city dwellers their thoughts on O.J., the trial, and what happened that night that Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman lost their lives. What Gregg found

Marc Ohrem-Leclef Brings Voice to Rio’s Marginalized

It wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that the preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics are a mess. Just yesterday it was announced that the city would receive a bailout of almost one billion dollars from the federal government of Brazil because their budget has been so mishandled. In the years leading up to this summer’s games, thousands of Brazilians have had their homes stolen from them while communities are effectively bulldozed to make a more aesthetically pleasing and convenient home for the games, and their voices have been largely silenced. Until now. Photographer and documentarian Marc Ohrem-Leclef has given them a platform in his series and film ‘Olympic Favela’ that tells as much of their stories as he can. The Olympics are usually the best opportunity to show the world a country’s culture. The host country has all eyes on them and it’s when we’re introduced to their ways of

Singing an Expression of Hope with Stephanie Keith

It’s just not summer until the ocean’s royalty dances down Surf Avenue in Brooklyn. Coney Island has always been a refuge for self expression in the most colorful and flamboyant of ways, and every summer The Mermaid Parade explodes at the beginning of the season. Gawkers line up block after block to celebrate the ocean and a cast of characters who just don’t give a damn. Since this is an event singular to New York City, not everyone gets to make the trip so photographer Stephanie Keith packed her camera to act as an envoy for everyone who had to miss it. This year the parade took on a particularly important role. Since the beginning of the Mermaid Parade 33 years ago it’s included a powerful representation of the drag and LGBT communities. With the recent shooting in Orlando last week, the Parade this time was a powerful display of