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Melody Gudzowaty

muse, model, co-producer

Melody Gudzowaty (born Melodía Mir Jiménez in 1989, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Dominican-Spanish model and winner of several national and international beauty pageants. She got married to Tomasz Gudzowaty in 2014. Melody started a career in modelling as a teenager. She forms an artistic duo with Tomasz, having been working worldwide on various photo projects since 2011, most recently on “Planets Alive”.

www.melodygudzowaty.com

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Gerhard Steidl

publisher

Born in Göttingen in 1950, Gerhard Steidl is an independent printer and publisher. Beginning his career in 1967 printing exhibition posters, Steidl soon began working with Joseph Beuys for whom he printed all his multiples. In 1972, the first Steidl book Befragung der documenta (“Questioning documenta”) was published. From political non-fiction Steidl then expanded into literature; today Steidl holds the world rights to the work of Nobel Prize laureates Günter Grass and Halldór Laxness. In 1996 Steidl launched an international photobook program, whose photographers and artists include Robert Frank, Karl Lagerfeld, Ed Ruscha, William Eggleston, Robert Adams, Berenice Abbott and Juergen Teller. Steidl is furthermore active as a curator, conceiving and producing exhibitions worldwide for photographers including Frank, Lagerfeld, and Tomasz Gudzowaty.

Photo © Markus Jans

 

On my love of paper and books

I didn’t become a printer out of a fear of losing control. For me paper isn’t a bothersome necessity but a vital experience for all the senses.
Paper has a scent.

Paper has an aura.
The physical beauty of a book is part of its message.

We all need time, energy, and perhaps a sprinkling of courage, to protect culture and knowledge from the ideology of quick consumption.

Gerhard Steidl

https://steidl.de/

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Dariia Day

make-up artist

Dariia Day professional path started with the makeup course when she was only sixteen.  Just after her graduation from high school, Daria moved to the USA to continue her education at MKC Beauty Academy in Hollywood. Now Dariia is based in Paris, and traveling around the world. She is working on many projects like editorials, campaigns,fashion shows, celebrities, advertisements with world known fashion, beauty photographers and directors. Her work was published in magazines such us: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Numero,  V Magazine, Interview and many more.

www.dariiaday.com

www.dariiaday.me

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Mike Desir

hairstylist

Mike, hairstylist is based in Paris and traveling around the world for various projects including editorials, campaigns, advertisings, shows and Celebrity clients. He likes to say 'Everything is possible with the hair, we just have to have good imagination'

www.mikedesir.com

www.mikedesir.me

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Rushka Bergman

stylist

Rushka Bergman is a contributing fashion editor for L'Uomo Vogue and Vogue Italia. She was the personal stylist for Michael Jackson and acted as creative consultant and costume designer for his This Is It concerts in London.
Bergman was born in Serbia, and received her degree from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics. Shortly thereafter she moved to Ghana and continued her education in fine art. She is now based in New York City.
After moving to New York in 1996, Bergman began working as a stylist immediately. In 2000, she participated in the creation of the Giorgio Armani exhibit in collaboration with  The Guggenheim Museum and Royal Academy of Arts in London. She also worked with photographer Tom Munro on the accompanying book, Giorgio Armani, for which she helped to create the cover as well as many of the images inside. In 2004, Bergman collaborated with Bryna Adams on Calvin Klein's book American Women. Bergman often collaborates with filmmaker/photographer Francesco Carrozzini. She was the costume designer for his short film 1937 which was selected at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.
Bergman has worked for many years as a contributing fashion editor at Vogue Italia andd L'Uomo Vogue and has designed over 80 covers to date. Her notable subjects include musicians such as Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Sting, David Byrne, Björk, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Usher, P Diddy, A$AP Rocky, and Snoop Dogg; directors Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Oliver Stone, Bennett Miller, Stephen Frears, Wong Kar-Wai, Darren Aronofsky, and David Fincher; actors Robert DeNiro, Morgan Freeman, Christoph Waltz, Mickey Rourke, Tim Roth, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Pattinson, Michael Fassbender, Shia LaBeouf, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Keira Knightley, Alec Baldwin, Stephen Dorff, Taylor Lautner, Mark Ruffalo, Daniel Radcliffe, Tobey Maguire, Sarah Gadon, Kim Kardashian, and Shailene Woodley; notable athletes Kobe Bryant, Serena Williams and Neymar da Silva; entrepeneurs Richard Branson, Charles Annenberg, David Rockefeller, and Jimmy Wales; and artists including Jeff Koons, Marina Abramovic, Peter Marino, Rem Koolhaas, Andreas Serrano, Shepard Fairey, Ole Scheeren, Sir Jonathan Ive, Shirin Nehsat, and Ed Ruscha. Bergman has worked on beauty campaigns for Shiseido and L'Oreal as well as advertising campaigns for Valentino, Pringle of Scotland, Bally, and Mango, amongst others. In 2011, she appeared on America's Next Top Model as a guest stylist for a Michael Jackson-themed photo shoot. In 2014, she was awarded the Nikola Tesla Visual Arts Achievement Award by the Tesla Science Foundation.

www.rushkabergman.com

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Nan Goldin

PHOTOGRAPHER


Nancy "Nan" Goldin (born September 12, 1953) is an American photographer. She lives and works in New York, Berlin, and Paris.
Goldin was born in Washington D.C., and grew up in the Boston suburb of Lexington, to middle-class Jewish parents. Goldin’s father worked in broadcasting, and served as the chief economist for the Federal Communications Commission. After attending the nearby Lexington High School, she enrolled at the Satya Community School in Lincoln, where a teacher introduced her to the camera in 1968. Goldin was then fifteen years old. Her first solo show, held in Boston in 1973, was based on her photographic journeys among the city's gay and transsexual communities, to which she had been introduced by her friend David Armstrong. Goldin graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University in 1977/1978, where she had worked mostly with Cibachrome prints.
Following graduation, Goldin moved to New York City. She began documenting the post-punk new-wave music scene, along with the city's vibrant, post-Stonewall gay subculture of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was drawn especially to the hard-drug subculture of the Bowery neighborhood; these photographs, taken between 1979 and 1986, form her famous work The Ballad of Sexual Dependency — a title taken from a song in Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera. Published with help from Marvin Heiferman, Mark Holborn, and Suzanne Fletcher, these snapshot aesthetic images depict drug use, violent, aggressive couples and autobiographical moments. In her forward to the book she describes it as a “diary [she] lets people read” of people she referred to as her “tribe”. The photographs show a transition through Goldin’s travels and her life. Most of her Ballad subjects were dead by the 1990s, lost either to drug overdose or AIDS; this tally included close friends and often-photographed subjects Greer Lankton and Cookie Mueller. In 2003, The New York Times nodded to the work's impact, explaining Goldin had "forged a genre, with photography as influential as any in the last twenty years." In addition to Ballad, she combined her Bowery pictures in two other series: I'll Be Your Mirror (from a song on The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico album) and All By Myself.
Goldin's work is most often presented in the form of a slideshow, and has been shown at film festivals; her most famous being a 45 minute show in which 800 pictures are displayed. The main themes of her early pictures are love, gender, domesticity, and sexuality; these frames are usually shot with available light. She has affectionately documented women looking in mirrors, girls in bathrooms and barrooms, drag queens, sexual acts, and the culture of obsession and dependency. The images are viewed like a private journal made public. In the book Auto-Focus, her photographs are described as a way to “learn the stories and intimate details of those closest to her”. It speaks of her uncompromising manner and style when photographing acts such as drug use, sex, violence, arguments, and traveling. It references one of Goldin’s famous photographs 'Nan One Month After Being Battered, 1984' as an iconic image which she uses to reclaim her identity and her life.
The Devil’s Playground is one of Goldin’s most famous published works, including her most modern images from her series Elements, 57 Days, Still on Earth, and From Here to Maternity.
Goldin's work since 1995 has included a wide array of subject matter: collaborative book projects with Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki; New York City skylines; uncanny landscapes (notably of people in water); her lover, Siobhan; and babies, parenthood and family life.
In 2002, her hand was injured in a fall, and she currently retains less ability to turn it than in the past.
Nan Goldin, Christmas at the Other Side, Boston, 1972, gelatin-silver print, 16 x 20 inches
In 2006, her exhibition, Chasing a Ghost, opened in New York. It was the first installation by her to include moving pictures, a fully narrative score, and voiceover, and included the three-screen slide and video presentation Sisters, Saints, & Sybils which has been described as disturbing. The work involved her sister Barbara's suicide and how she coped through production of numerous images and narratives. Her works are developing more and more into cinemaesque features, exemplifying her gravitation towards working with films.
Australian label Scanlan & Theodore commissioned Goldin with its spring/summer 2010 campaign, shot with model Erin Wasson in upstate New York. Commissioned by Italian luxury label Bottega Veneta, she photographed models Sean O'Pry and Anya Kazakova for the brand’s spring/summer 2010 campaign, evoking memories of her Ballad of Sexual Dependency.  In 2011, Goldin made an advertising campaign with mode; Linda Vojtova for luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo. In 2013, she photographed an advertising campaign for Dior titled 1000 LIVES, featuring Robert Pattinson.

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Margot Klingsporn

photo agent

Studied economic sciences. After leaving the universty she started to work in various magazines and publishing
houses. In 1979 she founded Agentur Focus of which she is still the director.
Her passion is high quality journalistic photography.

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Karl Plewka

stylist

Karl Plewka is an internationally renowned fashion editor and stylist whose career now spans over twenty years in the fashion industry. Karl began his fashion training as assistant to Vivienne Westwood and then went on to be assistant fashion editor then fashion editor of the influential broadsheet newspaper The Observer. In 1996 Karl was head hunted to front the fashion team at Interview magazine in New York. In his years as fashion director of this very prominent magazine Karl not only regularly styled shoots with photographers such as Bruce Weber, Ellen Von Unwerth, Karl Lagerfeld, Steven Klein and David LaChapelle he also oversaw a large part of the magazine and commissioned shoots, interviews and many exciting artistic collaborations. In 2001 Karl went freelance and came back to Britain.  Karl continued to forge a strong collaborative bond with his close friend Corinne Day and their influential work featured regularly in Italian Vogue, Vogue Nipon, Vogue China, L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Hommes International and Purple. Karl has continued to enjoy all aspects of his varied position in the industry and has consulted on and styled many campaigns and commercials for clients including; River Island, Hermes, H+M, Hugo Boss, Guess, Alberta Ferretti, Cacharel, French Connection, John Rocha, Julien Macdonald, Rocco Barocco, Sharon Wauchob and All Saints. Most recently Karl has contributed to Anja Rubik's exciting new magazine 25 as well as an exciting project for British Vogue.

www.dandvmanagement.com

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Maja Kaszkur

photographer

Maja Kaszkur is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts, Photography Department in Poznan, Poland. Over the years, she was the main curator and member of the board in Yours Gallery in Warsaw, organizing dozens of exhibitions of major international artists like Todd Hido, Lydia Panas, Jull Hondius, Martin Bogren. She edited and designed premiere shows in the gallery, working on collaborations with photographers, several of which gained wide recognition with their debut on the european market. As a photographer she is the author of the individual projects and colaborative - first with ikoon.art - the collective of artists. they presented their work in Museum Quatier in Vienna, BWA Wroclaw, FKSE in Budapest, Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. More recently she formed a duo with another photographer Radek Polak to work together to exchange experiences and perspectives, sharing the process of making to create a single project. The projects they completed together include: "Leo Burti" – a series of portraits of people living in a small town in western Georgia, where for ages people have been cultivating a traditional style of rugby, not to be seen anywhere else (the work was backed by Georgia's Ministry of Culture) - and "Borderline Personality", featuring Mateusz Malina, the world’s vice champion in free diving. The latter project has been awarded with an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards, and was published in the prestigious magazine Acurator. She was art director in Pozytyw magazine. She is consulting and helping artists on field of editing and designing the books and exhibitions, supporting projects. She was a member of the jury of many photo contests and reviewer at festivals such as Rencontres Arles in France and the Month of Photography in Krakow.

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