Smithsonian Magazine Photography Contest

Mar 9, 2012  |   Contributor: Sara Cardoza

The Smithsonian has announced the finalists for their 9th annual photography contest. Over 14,000 photographers from all corners of the globe submitted their work. Smithsonian editors narrowed the expansive 67,059 images down to fifty finalists. Take a look at a few of their favorites from this year's contest.

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"Toes," shot in West Bengal, India, November 2009 by photographer Nimai Ghosh (Kolkata, India).... Read More

The Whimsical World As Seen By Amber Gray

Mar 8, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Amber Gray is a photographer and film director who likes to bring color, whimsy and drama to her work while extracting the individual and bold personalities of her subjects. Her work ranges from conceptual to fashion to beauty shots. Gray started off as a photographer right out of film school basically as “a stepping stone” towards her ultimate goal of becoming a director or cinematographer. To stand out as a true talent in film and photography, the images must be utterly stunning and evoke a reaction (be it positive or negative) or a feeling from the viewer. Gray’s photography and motion film instigate these reactions.... Read More

Awe-Inspiring Images to Start the Work Week

Feb 24, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Jack Brauer has become one of our favorite photographers due to the immense passion that he has for the landscapes around him. He confesses that his love for the mountains came long before his love of photography, but that its the influence of his surroundings that perpetuates and motivates his work which can be seen in these breathtaking images. Click through to enjoy more of Jack Brauer's photography.... Read More

Kate Upton's Nude Photo Shoot for Muse Magazine

Feb 24, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Sports Illustrated's newest cover girl Kate Upton has taken her all American good looks to the cover of yet another publication, the Italian FashionArt Muse Magazine. The 19-year-old beauty posed for photographer Sebastian Faena in some sexy black and white and color shots with a Marilyn Monroe feel.... Read More

Photographer & Film Director Amber Gray on Her Distinct Point of View

Feb 1, 2012  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

When it was recommended we ask photographer and film director Amber Gray to direct our lifestyle show in Paris last year, my reaction was, “only in my dreams!” I’ve been a fan of this young talent’s work for years, favoring mostly her dreamy and alluring images, so soft and seductive. Gray has been behind the camera for numerous luxury products from top brands such as Gucci, YSL and Sony, so when I had the honor to work with her recently in Paris, (yes, my wish was granted) I came to admire her even more.... Read More

JeanRichard Revives Highlands Watch with Photographer Nick Brandt

Dec 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

JeanRichard, the high-end Swiss watch brand that dates back to 1681, has over 300 years of horological history to draw from. For its latest creation however, the timepiece titan decided to revive the Highlands, a renowned model from the mid-1990s which was created to celebrate "the quintessence of nature."... Read More

Marilyn Monroe 3D Images For Sale in Bonhams Auction

Dec 1, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

Marilyn Monroe photographs have done particularly well at auction. The incredibly photogenic star posed for thousands of shots. An image by Richard Avedon, sold at Christies for $231,491 and images from "The Last Sitting," a group of photographs taken by Bert Stern for Vogue before her death, sold for nearly $150,000 at Christie's in 2008.... Read More

La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre | A New Kind of Cookbook

Nov 2, 2011  |   Contributor: Deidre Woollard

It's hard not to be envious of Beatrice Peltre and her food-centered life. Peltre has blogged for years on La Tartine Gourmande, gathering fans of her French rustic cooking style and her beautiful photography and gaining a career as a food stylist, recipe developer and food writer.... Read More

XXXX Magazine Soiree at La Villa to Celebrate Paris Fashion Week

Oct 28, 2011  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

As the clock struck midnight in Paris, and as all the Cinderella’s rushed home, I just began my evening at the XXXX Magazine Screening and Party at La Villa restaurant and nightclub. It was a stellar event to celebrate Paris Fashion Week, hosted by XXXX Magazine and Made in NYC’s Karim Amatullah and Dimitri Hyacinthe.... Read More

Phillips de Pury Photo Auction to Include Rare Avedon Portrait & More

Sep 21, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

A rare Richard Avedon portfolio of Beatles portraits taken in 1967 is expected to fetch up to $450,000 at Phillips de Pury & Company’s Photographs auction on October 4 in New York.... Read More

Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Jimmy Iovine & Raphael Mazzucco Collaborate on Culo by Mazzucco

Sep 21, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Music impresario and entrepreneur Sean 'Diddy' Combs, Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, and fashion photographer and visual artist Raphael Mazzucco have aligned to head up a vanguard of an art movement that focuses on the beauty of the female backside. Combs, a man confident in his knowledge of defining sexuality, served as the exec editor for this 248-page, full-color coffee-table book titled Culo by Mazzucco.... Read More

A Decade of Compassion for 9/11 | Ceremony to be Held at Place Du Trocadero

Sep 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka

It's hard to believe we will be commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks on America this month. Ten years of an endless number of tears shed not only by Americans, but also from people around the world.... Read More

Kirsty Mitchell Photography: Wandering Through Wonderland

Aug 9, 2011  |   Contributor: Slavica Monczka  |  3 Comments

There is one piece of advice I hear every time I ask, "what is your secret to success?" The answer varies from person to person, but the explanation often includes "follow your passion." Apparently, the basis of one's drive to succeed is that passion which pushes you towards it. It is that feeling that you cannot stop until you have achieved it.... Read More

Christie's The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell Sold 100%

Jul 26, 2011  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Here is another auction/adventure story from Christie's, the largest seller of high-end art at auctions for the first half of 2011. On the heels of reporting sales of $3.2 billion through the first half of the year, Christie's has more good news to report from its New York City location. Each lot of the 46-piece collection of The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell, a collection of specially produced photographs, sold at the July 20th auction.... Read More

Leica Introduces the Stealth M9-P Digital Camera

Jul 8, 2011  |   Contributor: Jared Paul Stern

Germany's famed Leica Camera has unveiled the M9-P. It is an ultra-discreet version of the famed Leica M9 digital camera, the latest addition to its rangefinder portfolio.... Read More

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