Editorial Nudes - Brian T. Photographed by Nima Taradji

nude editorial image of brian t.Model/Photographer Brian T. by Nima Taradji

Fine Art Nude
I photographed Model/Photographer Brian T. in a fireplace in a house located in Westwood, California. He squeezed himself into the fireplace and began taking on various poses. I was shooting a 2 1/4 (6x6) film in a Hasselblad. I used Tri-x Kodak film which was then developed at Nardulli’s lab in Los Angeles. Nardulli went out of business some years ago and was taken over by Paris Photo—another major lab in Los Angeles.

I like the graphic nature of this image.

Featured - Paris in March: Nima Taradji Photography Featured on eighteen39.com

paris in march nima taradji photographyParis in March 2011 by ©Nima Taradji Photography

I am happy to announce that some of my Paris in March images from 2011 were featured on eighteen39.com. I love to see that others enjoy my photography—this is the highest compliment ever!

Paris in March: Nima Taradji « eighteen39.

Requiem: Rémi and Marie - Killing The Messengers Will Not Kill The Message

Rémi Ochlik, a French freelance photojournalistFrench freelance photojournalist Rémi Ochlik

Marie Colvin, of the London Sunday Times, and Rémi Ochlik, a French freelance photojournalist, died alongside one another under government shelling in the besieged city of Homs Wednesday morning. Several other colleagues, British and French, were wounded; the condition of a couple of them is still unclear.

via News Desk: Requiem: Rémi and Marie : The New Yorker.

Editorial Street Photography - Alex Webb Explores Chicago Loop

Leica & Magnum: Photographs from the Streets of Chicago by Alex Webb

This photo essay, part of our collaboration with Magnum Photos, documents Alex Webb’s exploration of Chicago and the Loop. Inspired in part by one of his early influences, Ray Metzker’s “My Camera and I in the Loop,” he explores the streets of the US’s “Second City.” Though unlike the street photographers of the so-called Chicago School (Callahan, Metzger, Sturr, Sterling), Alex Webb has chosen to photograph the city’s multitudinous character in color. Having spent most of his 30 year long career shooting outside of the US, Alex Webb turns his lens to his home nation during this very important election year. We had the chance to pose some questions about his images and the city that inspired them.

Leica & Magnum: Photographs from the Streets of Chicago by Alex Webb from Leica Camera on Vimeo.

Editorial Fashion Photography - New York: Model Takes a Tumble on Dennis Basso Catwalk

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The Fashion World can be so harsh—I suppose like any other high intensity business—and falling on a catwalk can be a carrier ending event. After all, the fall signals to the entire world that the design is not right and you too, the potential buyer, can find yourself spread all over the floor if you were to wear this dress. And no designer wants this sort of labels attached to his or her creations.

So the story below then is interesting to follow and see what will happen to this model who fell but:

Nevertheless she gathered herself up again and continued walking with barely a trace of embarrassment, or sense of humour for that matter, visible on her face.

Known for his furs and ready-to-wear lines, Dennis Basso showed his Fall 2012 collection yesterday which featured the bright orange skirt and sparkling top that caused the fall.

Speaking prior to the accident, a source once admitted that falling on the catwalk can be career-threatening.

'It's quite common for girls to be quietly dropped by their agents after tripping or falling during a show,' they told MailOnline.

'As far as the designers are concerned the model's job is to make the clothes look fantastic. That's compromised when she starts stumbling down the catwalk like a drunk.

via New York Fashion Week: Model takes a tumble on Dennis Basso catwalk | Mail Online.

Editorial Portraits - Dennis Manarchy’s Massive Portraits

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I was surfing the net and came across Dennis Manarchy’s giant portraits using giant cameras! Check out the link below and the cameras he uses. This is simply fascinating!

Dennis Manarchy’s Massive Portraits - Slate Magazine.

Editorial Portraits - Getty Images Invite

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A dead leaf made this photograph happen. I had it laying around for a while. I kept it because I liked the texture, the shape and just the feel of it. We were doing some un-related portraits and once we were done, I just asked the model to hold the leaf in front of her face and took this image that I had in mind for quite a while. I liked how it turned out. Evidently, Getty Images also liked it and sent me an invite to make this part of their collection.

Not bad for a days work.

All sizes | Butterfly740 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!.

Tips & Tricks - When To Work For Free And When Not

"The problem with most photographers is they make terrible business people, to begin with, so they became photographers. ”Oh, I’ll be the artist.” But this is a business, and you have to run the scenarios. You have to say, “Okay. Let me run the scenarios. Let me see. What am I getting out of this if I do it?” Don’t always say yes. Someone says, “I have this shoot of so-and-so. It’s going to be this. I have 300 bucks, which will only pay your assistant.” Run the numbers and figure it out, and see if having pictures of that person is worth anything to you. Then there might be a business reason to do it."

Photography Is Not A Crime - Don’t Be Taking Any Phowtows!

There are so many instances where a uniformed “officers” gets confused about the rights of the public to record the world around them. Here, we have a private security ordering a private person, standing on public space, to stop photographing a building readily visible form that public space! I am so not surprised to see this happen, specially in the UK. Last time I was in London, I was amazed at the number of CCTV’s monitoring the public everywhere! I mean everywhere! Here in Chicago we encounter this sort of behavior all the time!

Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.” Benjamin Franklin

Editorial Portraits & Headshots - An Invite From The Getty!

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My very own personal invite from the Getty Images to submit five of my photographs to them! On the one hand, I am impressed and on the other hands… I am impressed! Aren’t you impressed? I am so impressed! This is one of those situations where “No” cannot be found in my vocabulary.

Editorial Headshots & Portraits - Best of Editorial & Headshots Photography 2011

Best of Editorial & Headshots Photography by Nima Taradji

The end of the year and the start of the new year made me think of recapping what I worked on during the 2011. I shot a lot of images during 2011, and many headshots & portraits photography. Here are a series of images that I think are amongst the more memorable ones I did in the past year. It was a very difficult choice as I have an affinity for my own images and so to be objective was very difficult and I am not even sure I was able to really achieve it. But here it is and I hope you enjoy!

More editorial & portrait photography here.

Editorial Landscape Photography - Year-Long Exposure Using A Pinhole Camera

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Photographer Michael Chrisman used a pinhole camera fitted with photosensitive paper to make
a 365-day exposure of the Toronto skyline from Jan. 1, 2011, to Dec. 31, 2011.

A year ago, Michael Chrisman placed a pinhole camera in Toronto’s Port Lands and aimed it — as best one can aim such a camera — at the city skyline. For 365 straight days and nights, light has crept through the pinhole, slowly building an exposure on a piece of photosensitive paper.

via Toronto News: Year-long exposure of Toronto skyline produces ‘dreamy’ image - thestar.com.

Editorial Headshots & Portraits - Portraits Are Forever

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I was perusing my usual photo blogs this Saturday morning and I cam across this quote:

"On Sunday I called and cancelled our session. Monday I went out and got my hair cut $39+tip, and colored $65, Thursday I had my nails done $24, my family went out to dinner at a somewhat expensive restaurant for no particular reason costing us $79 + tip. This was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for unnecessary things. My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor. It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly. I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice. It is very hard for me to talk about it which is why I need to write you."

After reading this, it occurred to me how ephemeral things we do are. Yet, I still have photographs of my parents getting married on the wall. My Dad passed away a few years ago but the wedding image of my young parents is still there. I have the image of my grandpa, who passed away about 40 years ago holding me on his shoulder when I was but an infant. The people are gone but their images and their memories are still there.

Portraits are in fact forever.

via The Value of Photography: Portraits Are More Than Paper.

Editorial Street Photography - Best of Street Photography 2011 by Nima Taradji

Best of Street Photography by Nima Taradji

The end of the year and the start of the new year made me think of recapping what I worked on during the 2011. I shot a lot of images during 2011, and many days of street photography. Here are a series of images that I think are amongst the more memorable ones I did in the past year. It was a very difficult choice as I have an affinity for my own images and so to be objective was very difficult and I am not even sure I was able to really achieve it. But here it is and I hope you enjoy!

More Chicago Street photography here.

Architectural Editorial Photography - Chicago Downtown Buildings

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The Wrigley Building at 2:00 PM (almost)

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Sun Shinning Through Chicago Buildings

I went walking around downtown yesterday and decided to deviate from my usual street photography and take some classic architectural photography of the Chicago buildings and its skyline. First off, was the Wrigley Building which was basking in the afternoon sun, its terracotta glistening. It was almost 2:00 PM and the time was just right. I then walked around other sites and found that the sun was just as much a part of the Chicago than its buildings and so I figured it should be made part of the images.

Of course, aside from the Sun, the Moon was also present…

Moon Over The Chicago River architecture

Moon Over The Chicago River