Conceptual Photography

Artist Spotlight: Brian Kuhlmann

Photographer Brian Kuhlmann has been creating imagery that captivates, intrigues, and inspires for over 20 years. From small personal shoots to massive commercial campaigns, his focus is always on maintaining the integrity and quality of his images, regardless of the location or subject matter. Originally hailing from St. Louis, Kuhlmann now splits time between Chicago, Los Angeles, and where ever life and work take him.

Trying something different and unexpected has become a kind of trademark of Kuhlmann’s style. As a result, his images radiate passion, originality and energy which, combined with a narrative focus and a constantly evolving creativity, repeatedly attract clients of all types and sizes.

You can see more of Brian Kuhlmann’s work on hit AtEdge portfolio page or on his website.

All images © Brian Kuhlmann

Campaign Spotlight: Tyler Gourley for PlayStation

The subject was the video game Gran Turismo Sport. The photographer was Tyler Gourley. The results were pretty damn cool.

Gourley is renowned for his sports and automotive photography, so a promotional shoot for one of the world’s largest racing sports games was right in his wheelhouse.  Of course, Sony PlayStation is just the begining of Gourley’s campaign work. Toyota, AT&T, Converse, Sega, Visa, Microsoft and dozens of other big name companies fill out his client list.

To see more of Gourley, visit his portfolio page on the AtEdge website.

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For more images like these, head on over to the Campaign Spotlight section of the AtEdge website.

Erik Almas for Crystal Cruises

These new images by Erik Almas for Crystal Cruises feature an ethereal atmosphere that transports the viewer into a fairy tale like trance.

About Erik

Erik is an award-winning photographer, claiming success in the advertising and fashion world. Almas, originally from Norway, has made San Francisco his home and is constantly shooting and traveling around the world, working for clients such as Toyota, Puma, Nike, Hyatt, Amtrak, USPS, and Sorel.

Erik’s sensibility is down-to-earth, he loves what he does and on top of that is talent compositor when creating memorable advertising images for his clients. When Almas has his feet on the ground, he enjoys contributing to Brides, 7×7 and Genlux Magazine, shooting fashion stories with a passion for art and beauty.

See more of Erik’s work through his AtEdge portfolio and website: erikalmas.com.

©Erik Almas

©Erik Almas

Andric x Toys R Us

Andric created this series of images for a Toys R Us campaign.

The concept for the images is the idea that parents should give their children the gift of their time instead of purchasing another toy for them.

Andric is represented by Tim Mitchell Artist Representative. See more of his work through his AtEdge portfolio and andric.biz.

©Andric

©Andric

Clouds of Luxury: RJ Muna for Airbus

RJ Muna teamed up with Dutch artist Berndnaunt Smilde for an Airbus corporate jet campaign titled, ACJ Nimbus. The duo was tasked with capturing the luxury experience of flying on an Airbus corporate jet in a new & inventive way.

For the images, Smilde created unique cloud-like floating structures by spraying a fine mist of water & then blowing smoke into it and RJ then shot the imagery from a low point of view so that the clouds convey a sense of grandeur & freedom high up in the air.

Each photograph, respectively titled Serenity, Freedom, and Harmony, accurately reflects the experience of owning and traveling via an Airbus jet.

RJ is represented by Marianne Campbell. Take a look at more work from RJ through his AtEdge portfolio and at rjmuna.com.

©RJ Muna

©RJ Muna

Markku Lahdesmaki Explores the Vivid History of Taxis in Mumbai & Havana

Markku Lahdesmaki has made it his life’s mission to create unique images that tell a thought-provoking story.  His love for photography started at the young age of 8 and over his many years of assignments from Finland to LA, he has consistently created vibrant and eccentric work for brands like Apple, Nike, Sony, Pioneer, Toyota, GE & more.

For his ongoing project, “Taxi Company,” Markku’s original vision was to bring the world of taxis to life. The project has since been transformed into a pictorial history lesson from the viewpoint of the cities’ taxi cabs & their drivers; first in Mumbai and then Havana. The final two-part series features 90+ images that showcase the eccentric and unique cars in the midst of the bustle, or the rare silence, of the two major cities.

We took a moment to talk with Markku about what inspired him to begin this project, and what he found during his journeys across Mumbai and Havana.

See more of Markku’s work through his AtEdge portfolio, his website, markkuphoto.com, or follow him on Instagram @markkulahdesmaki.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

What inspired you to begin this series?

My first Taxi project started a few years ago when I was on an assignment in India and I had a couple of days just to explore Mumbai, a city of about 98,000 taxis and 250,000 auto rickshaws. I found myself fascinated by the taxis and their drivers.

The little taxis (Fiat Padmini) caught my eye.  I ended up traveling the city’s endless roads hopping from one taxi to another and capturing the Padmini taxis and their drivers. I was shooting them against Mumbai’s landmarks, shady boulevards, and congested industrial area.  That way I was able to tell the real stories against the backdrop of the city.

After successfully completing the Mumbai Taxi series couple of years ago and receiving  recognition for the work from the Art Directors Club, International Color Awards/Masters Cup, Applied Arts/Canada, PDN Magazine & the Association of Photographers Awards, I began thinking about continuing to another city with an interesting landscape to document the taxis and their drivers.

It took a few years to figure out where to go next, but when Cuba started to open their borders, my creative partner and wife Anne insisted that we go there and capture the real, still unspoiled Havana before it moves to a new era. Cuba is visually unique with its rich textures, its interesting people and of course its uncommon fleet of taxis, which are mostly American cars from the 1950’s.  We knew that Cuba has been photographed a lot but not from this perspective. To concentrate only on taxis and the drivers was a nice, new challenge.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Have you completed any projects like this before?

I am constantly working on personal projects. I was born in Finland and we usually go back there twice a year during Christmas and summertime and I have a few series based around there. I love to capture images of people and landscapes that are important in my personal history. One of the series I created in Finland titled, “Romantic Finland,” was shot in a little town called Eräjärvi, close to where we spend our summers.

The one thing all my personal projects have in common is that I try to share the human experience against the backdrop of unique locations.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

What, if any, special processes did you use to capture and produce these rich and remarkable images?

My wife and I would walk from early morning to late night, shooting around the city and looking for the situations & people that looked interesting or fun. After a day of shooting, we would go through the images in the hotel and check if there was anything else I needed. The next day, we’d go back out and shoot more elements for those images to make them complete. After walking for 5 days, we finally returned home and the images went into post-production.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Did you notice any differences between the Mumbai taxi culture and the Havana taxi culture?

I didn’t really notice any real differences but I did notice a lot of similarities. In both cities, the taxi drivers and car owners are very proud of their profession and vehicles. And in both places, the taxis serve a high function in everyday life. Those cars are part of the city landscapes, symbols and they are a special part of the culture. For most locals, the taxi is a vessel to go from Point A to Point B, but unfortunately, the taxis and the history that they hold are disappearing in both cities. In Mumbai, the Fiat Padmini cars that I was so enamored by will soon disappear from the taxi scene. In Havana, the beautiful Chevys, Buicks, Fords and Plymouths will inevitably soon be replaced.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Did working on this project help you discover some hidden parts of each city?

It always does. I found myself often thinking, how did I get here to this back yard, alleyway, back of the restaurant or any other place that normal tourist walks won’t take you to. I also met so many local people, who were very friendly to my wife and I and didn’t mind me taking pictures. Most of the time, the locals and I didn’t speak the same language but with a little patience and some creativity, we were able to communicate. Sometimes I even got invited to their homes or for a beer in the local bar!

©Markku Lahdesmaki

What outcome were you hoping for with this series?

I hope that people will enjoy the images, I hope they will find the humor and joy in them. My goal is always to create images that are positive. Hopefully, the images will help the future generations to have an idea how Havana or Mumbai was after the taxis and their histories are replaced.

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Will there be a part 3 of the series?

I would like to do a No. 3.  Maybe I will shoot some modern taxis in Europe or something else that has a new angle with taxis still as the main focus. Be on the lookout!

©Markku Lahdesmaki

Lisa Predko Brings Trixie Mattel’s New Album Cover To Life

Lisa Predko‘s recent collaboration with Trixie Mattel found her creating visuals for Trixie’s new country album, Two Birds. Lisa perfectly executed the album artwork concept, which was inspired by country albums from the 60s & 70s.

Take a look at Lisa’s AtEdge portfolio and website to see more of her work.

©Lisa Predko

©Lisa Predko

Ransom & Mitchell: Bee Amazing

The latest project by Ransom & Mitchell is a series titled ‘Bee Amazing’ that was created with the goal of the project is to encourage girls to pursue their dreams.

The project highlights the duo’s talent of merging photography and CG elements.

Browse through Ransom & Mitchell’s body of work through their AtEdge portfolio and their site: ransommitchell.com.

 

©Ransom & Mitchell

©Ransom & Mitchell

©Ransom & Mitchell

Microview 54 Just Released!

Featured Image: ©Chris Gordaneer

Microview is back with its 54th issue, now making its way to the desks of creatives all over the globe!

The edition’s chilling cover was produced by Chris Gordaneer. Chris’ portfolio is filled with energetic, atmospheric images that give off a feeling of intimacy. His work for brands like MasterCard, Honda, Bosch Appliances, has taken him all over the world and has earned him over 100 awards in the past 12 years.

Inside this new release, you’ll find over 300 pages of remarkable images from a group of unique commercial photographers invited into our exclusive program for their unconventional vision.

Browse through the full 300+ pages of Microview 54 now.

We hope you will reference AtEdge books & at-edge.com whenever you need to hire a truly distinctive photographer. Our publications are distributed 5 times a year. To be considered for distribution of our books, please click here.

Here are a few sample pages from Microview 54:

Spotlight on Damián Siqueiros, the Visual Artist

Montreal-based image maker Damián Siqueiros prides himself on pushing the boundaries between art & photography in a way that transcends reality. His body of work is more than a collection of images. Each individual image that he produces elicits conversation and evokes strong emotion. So much so that the first time Susan Baraz, AtEdge’s Director of Photography, came face to face with Damián’s work, the words that came to her mind were “gorgeous,” “inspiring” and “visually transporting.”

In both his commercial and collaborative work, Damián puts immense effort into every detail — from art direction and stage design to make-up and styling.  This multi-disciplinary approach helps clients like Vogue Mexico, Elle Mexico, Ford, Les Grands Ballets Canadien, and Porrua bookstore find a visual voice and make an emotional connection with their audiences. We think he is one of the most photographically compelling artists working today!

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

©Damián Siqueiros

Find more of his compelling work through his AtEdge portfolio and website.