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Photography: Welcome to Pyongyang by Charlie Crane

“Although not commonly thought of as a holiday destination all these photographs have been taken at tourist sites throughout the city. It took over a year to get permission to go in with my camera and nothing quite prepares you for what awaits. I was not allowed to take my mobile phone past customs and was met by two guides who were to accompany me at all times throughout my trip. At first they appeared robotic in conversation as if reading from a script, telling of their country’s great achievements. After a few days and many polaroids the guides became more relaxed and personable.”
– Charlie Crane

Welcome to Pyongyang, by Charlie Crane, Produced in conjunction with Nicholas Bonner of Koryo Tours, Published by Chris Boot.
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Photography: Disassembly by Todd Mclellan

Disassembly by Canadian photographer Todd Mclellan is a series of images capturing old relics of our past in its dismantled form. including items such as a typewriter, push lawn mower and a rotary phone, the collection delineates the astounding intricacies and craft of these mechanical objects. Every piece and component are positioned in an almost obsessive-compulsive arrangement — by type, size, function — resulting in a clear portrait of an era that we have seemingly left behind.

Disassembly, by Todd Mclellan, via: designboom

Exhibition: Charlotte Perriand 1903-1999

In this fresh look at the work of Charlotte Perriand (1903-1999), the Petit Palais reveals for the first time the part played by photography in her creative process, both as a source of inspiration and sometimes as an actual component of her pieces. When she joined the Le Corbusier/Pierre Jeanneret studio as furniture design associate in 1928, she at once began using photography for her preliminary studies, then as a means for observing the “laws of nature” — in the mountains, especially — and the urban context. This provided her with inspiration for her experiments with forms, materials and spatial arrangements. The exhibition also particularly emphasises her passion for objects found in the course of her walks; in their distancing of the rationalist spirit of the 1920s, these brought greater flexibility and formal freedom to her work.

Charlotte Perriand 1903-1999: From photography to interior design
April 7 – September 18, Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

Photography: Tomorrowland by Ben Sandler

Paris-based photographer Ben Sandler took Alvar Aalto’s Maison Carré and used it as a set for his latest photo shoot called Tomorrowland. Inspired by AMC’s Mad Men, Sandler says, “I really appreciate the design and decoration and style in that series, It’s spot on.” And in using Aalto’s house — which was commissioned by an art dealer in 1956 and has since been preserved beautifully and converted into a museum. Sandler and his crew rented the house for a couple days. The lighting and furniture are Aalto originals.

Sandler worked with a CGI artist to dot the scenes with weird little technologies — flying cars, video phones, robot maids — that never were. “I’ve always been a big fan of movies about the future,” he says. “So I decided to look at the technology of the 1960s, at the things they thought would be everyday objects but inevitably didn’t come about.” In short, he says, “Tomorrowland is a glimpse into a world that can never exist.” So it’s like Mad Men and Brazil rolled into one.

Tomorrowland, by Ben Sandler, via: Fast Company’s Co.Design

Photography: Abandoned Bunkers by Jonathan Andrew

Traveling throughout France, Belgium and the Netherlands, photographer Jonathan Andrew has documented abandoned bunkers from World War II as a personal project.

Abandoned Bunkers, by Jonathan Andrew

Photography: Matthias Heiderich

Berlin-based photographer Matthias Heiderich recent work are abstract compositions of architectural elements in landscape.

ISO 3ERL1N, Meanwhile, back in Berlin, Color Berlin, by Matthias Heiderich

Photography: Everything, and Nothing by Jason Koxvold

New York based photographer, Jason Koxvold makes images on 4×5″ and 8×10″ negatives using cameras by Toyo and Wista, with lenses provided by Schneider-Kreuznach.

Arctic, Matter, Units of production, from Everything, and Nothing, Photographs of the Future, by Jason Koxvold

Photography: Matrix by Noboru Morikawa

New work by Japanese photographer Noboru Morikawa of the Teshima Museum by Ryuei Nishizawa.

Photography: Matrix, by Noboru Morikawa

Photography: Molteni Catalogue

Shot on location at Molteni’s factory, this unique catalogue was designed to showcase the latest designs by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. The giant, faceted wooden sculpture and over-sized trees used throughout the imagery not only complimented the new furniture pieces but also marked a departure for the brand from traditional roomset and lifestyle photography.

Molteni Catalogue, by Studio Toogood, Art Direction, Swara & Co. Photography by Henry Bourne

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