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Picture of the Day: A Chance Meeting With J Alexander

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Center of Attention: New York 1995

 

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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A CHANCE MEETING WITH J. ALEXANDER

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I first met J Alexander at Elite Model Agency in Paris in the Spring of 1994 during one of my many visits to Paris during that time period.  While I was waiting in the lobby of the agency to meet with a booker to arrange test shoots with models, J walked in wearing all black. He happened to be visiting the agency at the same time and we struck up a conversation while waiting for our appointments.  I had a sampling of my work with me and he glanced over my shoulder to gaze and offered a few compliments about the pictures.  I was already familiar with his work as a model trainer, as he was already appearing on various fashion related television programs in the states, so I recognized him right away.

We exchanged contact information and a few days later he invited me to his apartment in Les Halles  where we had lunch to further discuss the fashion business and how we might collaborate in some way.   J. mentioned that he would be in the states relatively soon,  so we agreed to meet up again once he arrived state side.  During one of his trips to New York, I invited him down to Philly to train a few models from one of the Philly agencies I was working with.  It was the first time that I saw J. work with an aspiring cat walker and I was quite impressed with his grace and delicacy in handling fragile model egos.

While I was working on the production of the book of Tableaux Vivants, I asked J. to model in a scene to be staged at a friend’s apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  The title of the picture is “Center of Attention”.

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To see more pictures from the book of Tableaux Vivants, go herehttp://tonyward.com/early-work/tableaux-vivants-1993-2000/

 

 

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TWS: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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Model: Megan G.

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Agency: Main Line Models & Talent

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Assistant: Anthony Colagreco

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Makeup and BTS: Emily Dimant

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BTS: March Cover Shoot

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TWS: Portrait of the Day

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Dyana With Melting Clock Hat

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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 Upenn: Photography & Fashion – Highlights

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Dyana sat quietly in the back of the class listening intently as the students were engaged in a conversation with Heidi Lee, the remarkably talented hat designer from New York City.  Heidi made the short train ride from New York City to Philadelphia’s 30th St. Station during an evening when it was raining sideways and unseasonably cold.  Undeterred, Ms. Lee began to unpack one by one her artful pieces of handmade millinery that brought her talents into the news and the New York spot lights.  Dyana like the other models that attended the session at the University of Pennsylvania’s Photography & Fashion class was eager to model the unusually designed millinery pieces. 

After Heidi Lee gave her talk about the evolution of her work and her having been honored by a highly bestowed millinery award from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the class broke into groups to photograph models from Main Line Models & Talent, a Philadelphia based agency, wearing the artists masterpieces.  I made this portrait of Dyana as part of lighting demo for the session.

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Editor’s Note: Next Photography & Fashion class at the University of  Pennsylvania is being offered in the Fall of 2017.

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Studio News: “Saint Stephen’s” Netflix & Chill

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Music Video by St._Ephen. Title: Netflix & Chill

 

Title: NETFLIX & CHILL

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Artist: St._Ephen

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PRESS RELEASE

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St._ephen “Saint Stephen” aka Stephen Levine local artist in the Philadelphia region was  born January 26 , 1993. Son to Marita Coston and Ronald Levine . At  an early age, Stephen was exposed to a range of eclectic music such as Motown and Classic Rock . Inspired by the Grateful Dead from their song St. Stephen; the name was once reborn . He spent summers with his Dad living in Montgomery township, Pennsylvania  and during the earliest part of his school years lived in New Jersey with his Mom  . Ultimately, Stephen spent the remainder of his teen life at Cheltenham High School .

During those years Stephen was introduced to participating in musical productions. Like singing in the high school choir , a cappella  groups , touring ensembles and musicals. After high school he decided to go to Montgomery Community College but decided to take a year off to pursue being a songwriter and an artist in music . “Netflix and Chill” is one of the many songs that Stephen has made over the past year.  Most of his songs are produced by Andrew Meoray and Xave Michael . The video was produced and directed by Joe Schaefer and Marissa Nicole Pina .

It took two days of filming with scenes shot in Dumbo, Brooklyn and  in parts of North Philadelphia. With this video, the directors wanted more of the clashing of colors and specific visual movements . They also tried to capture the natural art of just chilling. The people involved in the production deserves the utmost thanks, gratitude and appreciation. The question what is to come next?

His next single is called; Someone Better, featuring Xave Michael . Also, a full body of work is planned to be released by the summer of 2017. His grandfather’s favorite quote was “Be Ye not , but be prepared” . So whatever life has to bring Stephen aka “Saint Stephen”will surely be ready.

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Megan G: Frederick’s of Hollywood

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AS MEG WORLD TURNS

 

AS MEG’S WORLD TURNS

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Megan G: Frederick’s of Hollywood, Copyright 2017

 

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Fredericks of Hollywood…the words bring back fond memories of when I first encountered the brand.  I must have been 15 years old.  Shopping with my mom and some girlfriends at the mall.  We passed the store and my head turned.  I was drawn to the lace, colors and mystery of the items in the window.  My mom was a very straight-laced type of woman and wanting to bestow her only daughter with the best morals, I was shooed away from the store when I asked what it was all about.  That endeavor only peeked my interests and I aimed to get back to that store the first chance I could get.  I spent only a few minutes in the store the first time I could escape an adult long enough to get a glimpse.  Years later I ordered a catalog in my mom’s name.  I would rush home from school to intercept the catalogues so that I could save up and order a few things.  I was hooked.  My lifelong fetish.  There is something perfectly naughty about enjoying sexy lingerie.  It makes a girl feel desired on a whole new level…seduction, power.  Wear something from Fredericks and instantly, I am ready. A Sundae has hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry.  I would pick that over a scoop of vanilla any day.  My advice, present him with a decadent treat.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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Model: Megan G

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Agency: Main Line Models & Talent

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Makeup: Emily Dimant

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Photographer’s Assistant: Anthony Colagreco

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