@ FIFTY24SF Gallery: Michael Miller “West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures”

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FIFTY24SF Gallery, in association with Upper Playground, are pleased to announce West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures, a special two-day exhibition and book signing featuring the iconic hip-hop photos of Los Angeles photographer, Michael Miller. The exhibition opens Friday, April 27, 2012, followed by a special book signing of Miller’s West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures on Saturday, April 28 from 2—4pm.

Michael Miller’s photographs capture a unique era of West Coast culture, combining the emerging genres of gangster rap, skateboard culture, Los Angeles street culture, and the iconic personalities who help turn West Coast rap into a global phenomenon. Capturing intimate portraits of hip-hop legends 2pac, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Cypress Hill, as well as iconic advertising campaigns with street fashion giant, Stussy, Michael Miller photographs hearken back to a pivotal moment in history where he took rap, surf, skate, punk, and street fashion fused into one image. The Los Angeles-based photographer has worked in the entertainment and music industry for over 25 years, with a portfolio of over 300 major record covers, iconic supermodels of the ‘90s, and some of the biggest names in rap and jazz.

Influenced by the techniques of Peter Lindberg, Paulo Roversi and Javier Vallhonrat, Miller has developed a unique method of cross-processing film and different chemical baths for his black and white photographs. A graduate of UCLA with a B.A. in Film and Television, Miller moved to Paris after university and met top agent Rene Bosne. With Bosne’s mentorship, Miller began to shoot photographs, gradually gaining jobs shooting models for John Casablancas’ agency. After moving to Barcelona to shoot campaigns fro Cacharel Paris, Miller returned to Los Angeles in 1988 to shoot for Herb Ritts’ agency, Visages. Gaining recognition within the fashion industry, the music world took notice, and by the end of 1988, Miller photographed his first rapper, Arabian Prince.

For West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures at FIFTY24SF Gallery, Michael Miller will be presenting a series of his iconic early 1990′s hip-hop photographs, including numerous photos of 2pac, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, as well as photos of unique historical perspectives on Los Angeles street culture. Coinciding with Miller’s exhibition, we will have famed San Francisco musicians, Tommy Guerrero and ORB DJing the opening on Friday, April 27, 2012. On Saturday, April 28, from 2—4PM, Miller will be signing copies of his West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures at our FIFTY24SF Gallery.

The exhibition will be on display from April 27—28. 2012, with a special book signing event on Saturday, April 28 from 2—4 pm. The book is Miller’s West Coast Hip-Hop: A History in Pictures collection.

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Photos By Rowdy Roddy

Where do you live? San Francisco by the beach

What do you take pictures of? Anything that blows my mind enough to want to remember it. Pretty people. Ugly people. Weird looking people places and things. Brite colors and nice letters.

What kind of camera do you use? Fujifilm XP. It’s the perfect camera for me because I’m severely accident prone and it’s water/shock/dust and freeze proof. My last camera died when I fell into a river with it in my pocket.

Are you formally trained in photography? No

What are your influences? Friends, strangers, family, revenge.

Where do you see yourself in five years? All over the internet.

What makes you happy? Burritos, pizza, Beaches

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Ivan Fucich

I live in Metro Detroit, in the city of Rochester Hills. I was originally born in California, but moved here when I was 5.  I like to take pictures mostly of Landscapes//Architecture, but I’m always down to take pictures of whatever I see and get inspired by. I also really like working with people for more of a Portrait//Fashion look.

I use a Canon AE-1, mostly shooting on Fuji Color film, but I also self develop my own Kodak T-Max 400.   I wouldn’t say formally trained, but I was introduced to photography at a very young age (I believe I was 7, I was given my first camera as a birthday present). But since then, I have always loved taking pictures, and even at one point I branched out and began shooting short films and videos.

I just get influenced by what I see other people doing. Not saying I just snag other peoples style, but let’s say I see some effect that I really dig, like cross processing, I may want to try that. What I’ve really been into lately is that whole “Soft Focus” thing. I’ve always thought that soft of stuff looked unique.   Hmm, in 5 years… I don’t know, being how i’m gonna be going off to college in about a year, I really hope I will be finishing up school, hopefully at Columbia Art School in Chicago, but anything relating to photography would be awesome! I know I will always be shooting photos though, whether I’m doing it professionally of just for fun.

7) What makes me happy is seeing people like my photography. It’s cool that my pictures are getting out there and that people are actually enjoying them.

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Vadim Marmer, Another Damn Russian

Where do you live? Currently in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before that I lived in Connecticut for several years. That’s where I started taking pictures. Originally, I’m from Russia.

What do you take pictures of? Street. Except for staged photographs, pretty much everything else goes. I’m no different from many other people who like finding beautiful, funny and surreal in the everyday life.

What kind of camera do you use? I like small rangefinder cameras. Most of my pictures were taken with Bessa L with 25/4 Snapshot-Skopar and Bessa R3A with 40/1.4 S.C Nokton. I also used Holga for a little bit but then stopped because of its very unique image. There is just too much of Holga in images that come out of it. I few weeks ago, I purchased Fuji X100. So far, I have been enjoying it. I like the neutrality and realistic look of digital. It’s very “democratic”.

Are you formally trained in photography? No, I don’t have any formal training in photography. It’s a hobby.

What are your influences? Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Michael Ormerod are my three favourite photographers. More recently, I started to enjoy William Eggleston and Stephen Shore. Actually, I buy a lot of different photography books, from classic Atget and Man Ray to contemporary Russian photographers Igor Mukhin and Sergei Maximishin. On Flickr, I very much like the work of Don Hudson www.flickr.com/photos/seefood_vol1/ and Brad McMurray www.flickr.com/photos/bemac/

One of the reasons I take pictures is because it helps me to understand better and appreciate the photographers I like. It’s another way to experience their work.

Where do you see yourself in five years? To tell the truth, I took a break from photography during the last two years. I felt tired of it and uninspired. Only recently I started taking pictures again (with digital). In five years, hopefully, I’ll still be taking pictures and enjoying photography.

What makes you happy? Many different things. When a picture turns out well is one of them.

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Very Cool Art: Fractal Mondrian by Samuel Monnier

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Saw this on Hypebeast, and thought it was cool. It is called the Fractual Mondrian, done by artist Samuel Monnier. We can’t explain what he did, so let him explain:

Of course it is not very interesting to draw Mondrian-like pictures, and in order to do this, one could simply draw random vertical lines, horizontal lines and color some of the resulting regions. What is interesting about this way of drawing Mondrian-like pattern is that it is local. The algorithm needs to know only what is going on in the tile the pixel belongs to. Such “pixel by pixel” drawing algorithms can be scaled easily and are well-suited for pattern piling. Here are two pictures resulting from piling Mondrian-like patterns. Click on the pictures for zoomable images. The two pictures differ only by their “magnification step”, namely the scaling factor between two piled patterns. It is equal to 2 in the first one and to 6 in the second one.

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Escif on cover of February 2011 Juxtapoz

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We remember seeing this particular Escif piece, that is now the cover of Juxtapoz’ February 2011 issue, as a print at Pictures On Walls and really wanting to buy it. It is a brilliant statement, and a brilliant piece in general from an artist we admire greatly. This is just a powerful piece of art, in very simplistic terms. The title is good, too: Spanish Passion. We haven’t picked up the magazine yet, but we are curious what Escif has to say going into 2011…

More Escif here.

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