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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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Rebecca Huang: Looking Glass

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Photography, Text and Video Interview by Rebecca Huang, Copyright 2017

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LOOKING GLASS

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Do you actually pay attention to the details in life? Personally, I have to say that I definitely don’t really pay attention to that many details in life, but I wish I did. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to accomplish something big, that we fail to notice the little things that gives life its magic.

That seems to be a very common thing that happens nowadays, especially when at Penn. Everyone seems to be caught up in such a fast-paced life that small life details become even more minute. Similarly, in this day and age where fashion is also a way of self-expression, the little details are over looked as well.

Fashion consists of both the actual clothing and all the accessories that add more detail and expression to each outfit. However, since all the things combine to form a statement, no one pays attention to each individual part. Each part by itself could be deemed as too simple and not worthy of attention. What needs to be focused on is how they all come together and express something.

But contrary to what those people think, I think that there most definitely is beauty in simplicity. The little details that add up to be a bigger picture are the things that give life its magic, and should be the center of focus. Because of this, I decided to use the small simple accessories that people use in fashion to build a fashion piece in my still life pictures. They represent the little details that we overlook in life, simple and small but important. Small things add up. Then using the magnifying lenses to magnify the details of each object, I wanted to use that to represent the looking glass that we should be using to observe these minute details we too often look over in life. We do not need much to be able to notice the little things. We just need to be able to stop and actually take the time to appreciate the magic and beauty each little thing brings.

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Photo of Rebecca Huang by William Lee, C. 2017.

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About The Author: Rebecca Huang is a freshmen enrolled in the College of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2020.

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Aodhan O’Riordain: Speech Regarding Ireland’s Government’s Reaction to Trump’s Victory

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Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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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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