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portrait: Andy Gotts Larry Fink is a professional photographer of 50 years.  He has had one man shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Musee de la Lausanne Photographie in Belgium, and the Musee de l'Elysee in Switzerland, amongst others. He regularly shows in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, France. Along with two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships in 1976 and 1979, and two National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Photography Fellowships in 1978 and 1986, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design, Detroit, 2002. Larry has several books published including: Social Graces (Aperture 1984, no longer in print); Boxing (powerHouse Books 1997); Fish and Wine, (Lafayette College, 1997); Runway   (powerHouse Books 2000); a second publication of Social Graces (powerHouse Books 2001) which features images of that time never published before; The Forbidden Pictures (powerhouse Books 2004) a political satire on the Bush regime; Larry Fink (Phaidon 2005) a small retrospective  book; Primal Elegance (Lodima Press 2006); and a book of music images Somewhere There's Music (Damiani Editore 2006).  Larry Also has a commissioned book from the Cleveland Clinic called Two Views (2006). In 2008 he created a high art, promotional book for the Frescobaldi Family in Italy. His work has appeared in top publications such as Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Detour, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker.  He has been teaching for the past 41 years, the last 16 years as a professor of photography at Bard College.   For Larry’s full biography see the November 2011 back issue. One of Hollywood's most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award® nominee, JEFF BRIDGES' performance in "Crazy Heart" deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. His reunion with the Coen Brothers in the critically acclaimed western "True Grit" landed him another Oscar® nomination, followed up by the highly anticipated 3D action-adventure "TRON: Legacy."  Bridges reprised his role of video-game developer Kevin Flynn from the classic 1982 film "TRON." father. With state-of-the-art technology, "TRON: Legacy" featured Bridges as the first actor in cinematic history to play opposite a younger version of himself. In 1983, Jeff founded the End Hunger Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding children around the world. He is currently the National Spokesman for Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry Campaign, fighting to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. ( One of Jeff's true passions is photography.  While on the set of his movies, Jeff takes behind-the-scenes pictures of the actors, crew and locations.  After completion of each motion picture, he edits the images into a book and gives copies to everyone involved.  Jeff's photos have been featured in several magazines, including Premiere and Aperture, as well as in other publications worldwide.  He has also had gallery exhibits of his work in New York (at the George Eastman House), Los Angeles, London and San Diego. The books, which have become valued by collectors, were never intended for public sale, but in the fall of 2003, PowerHouse Books released Pictures: Photographs by Jeff Bridges, a hardcover book containing a compilation of photos taken on numerous film locations over the years, to much critical acclaim. Proceeds from the book are donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a non-profit organization that offers charitable care and support to film-industry workers. He recently released his self titled album"Jeff Bridges",  produced by T-Bone Burnett on Blue Note records.   Jeff, his wife Susan and their three children divide their time between their home in Santa Barbara, California, and their ranch in Montana. Ragnar Axelsson aka RAX,  Born in Iceland 1958.  RAX has worked for Morgunbladid, Iceland's biggest newspaper from 1976 and as a freelance shooting shooting projects in various parts of the world for numerous magazines and agencies. He has had his work published in: LIFE, National Geographic, Le Figaro, Stern, La Vanguardia, TIME, to name a few. The Golden Circle. Photographs by Páll Stefánsson, Ragnar Axelsson and Mats Wibe-Lund. Reykjavík: Iceland Review, 1989. Reykjavik. A book in color. (Icelandic) (English) Faces and figures: Contemporary Scandinavian photography. New York: American Scandinavian Foundation, 2001.Through the vastness near Snæfell by Ólafsson, Guðmundur Páll has photographs by Axelsson and also Friðþjófur Helgason and Jóhann Ísberg.  Faces of the North, a book on vanishing lifestyles in the North Atlantic; Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, 2004. AWARDS:The Annual Icelandic Photojournalists Awards (Est. 1991): More that 20 awards, including Photographer of the year, four times, and Documentary story of the year, six times.The Oskar Barnack Award, 2001. Honourable Mention Festival Photo de Mare, Vannes, Grand Prix Originally from Newcastle-on-Tyne Ian is currently a London based Photographer specialising in black and white Street Photography. Throughout his life he has always been a great people watcher and it is this that drew him to Street Photography.  “I love the challenge of trying to capture a few sparkling moments from the chaotic world that passes by us each and every day in a candid photograph. “We all see the world through our own eyes and as a Street Photographer the choices of what to photograph and how to present your images are almost endless, there are so many stories to tell...” Born in 1975, Fred Dufour is a photoreporter, based in Paris, who currently works for Agence France Presse. He shares his time between covering  social events and political events. His work is regularly published in Stern, Le Monde, Time, The Guardian as well as many others. Sergey Maximishin was born in 1964 and spent his childhood in Kerch, the Crimea. In 1982 he moved to Leningrad and served in the Soviet army as a photographer the Soviet Military Force Group on Cuba from 1985 to 1987. He graduated from Leningrad Politechnical Institute in 1991 with a B.A. in physics and worked in the laboratory of scientific and technical expertise in the Hermitage Museum. Maximishin graduated from St-Petersburg Faculty of photojournalism in 1998. In 1999-2003 he was a staff photographer for the "Izvestia" newspaper. Since 2003 he has worked with the German agency 'Focus.'  Maximishin has won many awards for his photography including: World Press Photo:· First Place in "Arts and entertainment" (single) category in 2004 and World Press Photo:· First Place in "Daily life" (single) category 2006. Abir Sultan was born in Israel in 1985. He began his career as a professional photographer in the Israeli Army at the Spokesperson's Filming Unit, where he documented several of the most significant recent historical Israeli events such as the disengagement of the Jewish settlements from Gaza, the Second Lebanon War and continuous fighting in Gaza. After three years in the Israeli army, Abir Sultan worked as a freelancer for amongst others "Bluepress" photo agency and the Israeli daily "Yedioth Ahronoth. In 2009, Abir Sultan started working at the Jerusalem based news photoagency FLASH90, who work on a daily basis with one of the largest Israeli newspapers "Maariv". Through "Bluepress" and "Flash90", Sultan's pictures have been published worldwide in well known newspapers and magazines worldwide, Abir continues his work as a staff photographer for the  european pressphoto agency . Nadia Shira Cohen was born in Boston in 1977, with a great curiosity for the world and the unknown.  Nadia's creativity was first nurtured by her parents, both artists in their own right.  At the age of 15 Nadia  received her first camera and began exploring documenting the world around her.  She continued to pursue her passion for photography at the University of Vermont, with a semester abroad at the SACI school in Florence, Italy.  Naturally her curious nature led her into photojournalism.  Nadia started working as a photographer in New York City shortly after finishing her undergraduate studies, primarily as a independent photographer for the Associated Press.  Feeling the need to understand the underworld of the photojournalism industry, Nadia  began working for Sipa Press at their office in New York, where she began to represent the work  of the agencies most talented documentary photographers.  In 2005 Nadia went on to work at the world renowned photo agency, VII with some of the worlds most talented and compassionate photojournalists.  After initially joining the New York office, Nadia  became the Director of North American Sales and Assignments and then went on to become Director of Special Projects. In the summer of 2007 Nadia fulfilled her dream of moving to Rome, Italy where she continues with a creative spirit, to tell stories of the lives of people who interest her and which she compassionately feels the need to expose.  Australian b.1969 Born in Sheffield, England, Patrick Brown spent a peripatetic childhood moving to the Middle East and Africa before his family finally settled in Perth, Western Australia. On leaving school, Brown taught himself photography while working as a set builder for theatre and ballet where he honed his photographic skills capturing the action on stage. However he found himself increasingly drawn into documentary photography and heavily influenced by images of war and urban strife in the 1980s and 90s Patrick decided to return to Africa. Little did he know that this would become a career-launching trip. Selling his surf board and car to fund the journey he spent six weeks in Malawi documenting the work of a remarkable Australian surgeon who had once saved his own life. PATRICK BROWN Returning home, his photos soon became a major exhibition, raising thousands of dollars for charity and winning the Australian Kodak Photographer of the Year award. Inspired by this success Patrick left for Asia in 1999. He has since made Thailand his base, devoting himself to documenting critical issues across the Asia region. His major project on the illegal trade in endangered animals won a World Press Photo award in 2004 and a multimedia award from POYi in 2008. MARCH 2012 BACK ISSUE Back to current issue