2015 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist

The World Photography Organization announced the shortlist for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. This year submissions swelled to a record 173,444 photographs from 171 countries. Shortlisted images will be on view at Somerset House in London from April 24th through May 10th, and Winners are announced April 23rd.

You can see below some of the shortlisted photos

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Saeed Barikani – Iran
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Jonathan Yeap Chin Tiong – Singapore
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Simon Butterworth – United Kingdom
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Vladyslav Musiienko – Ukraine

Every year since 2007, the World Photography Organisation offers professionals as well as non professionals to enter the contest by submitting one of their picture. This organization aims to promote culture through photography and discover the talents of tomorrow.

Prizes will be awarded to the London Annual Gala by a prestigious jury comprising: Oliver Schmitt, Matthew Leifheit, Xingxin Guo, Joanna Milter, Maria Pieri, Enrica Vigano and Sasha Erwitt.

Participants must register in one of four categories: professional competition, open competition for amateurs, the “Student Focus” for photography students or “Youth Award” for applicants aged under 19 year old.

Since the inception of this competition, there have been more than 700,000 pictures that were presented.

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Amazing Work from Contemporary Artist Dustin Yellin

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Dustin Yellin Three-Dimensional Figurative Collages

Dustin Yellin is as known for his image-rich sculptures as he is for his entrepreneurship, reflected in his contemporary art hub, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, his magazine of artist interviews, Intercourse, and his work in his own studio and running a (now closed) commercial gallery.

His sculptures—from large- to small-scale—are composed of thickly layered glass panels, painted or collaged with a riot of images that coalesce into shape-shifting narrative scenes, human figures, or isolated natural forms.

 

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Contemporary artist Dusin Yellin

Dustin Yellin was commissioned by the New York City Ballet to install a new series of his figurative collages. The artist refers to the sculptures as Psychogeographies because “they feel like maps of the psyche.”

Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”

The resulting forms resemble dancers striking various poses: their multi-dimensional bodies encapsulated in suspended animation.

Check this great video about Dustin Yellin work.

 

 

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The fabulous collections of the Louvre

The Louvre Museum presents works of Western art from the Middle Ages to 1848 of ancient civilizations that preceded and influenced and arts of Islam.

The Louvre is 35,000 works exhibited on some 460,000 that keeps the museum. Collected for over five hundred years, their core is the acquisition of Francis I, focused heavily on Italian artists of his time: Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, he invited in 1516 to stay in France and which it will buy the Mona Lisa. Early forties masterpieces that will bring together are still the favorite works from the public. As Francis I, Louis XIV significantly enrich the collections of the Louvre. He will bring together more than 1,500 paintings, statues, antiques and a collection of 5,542 drawings, which form the core of the current department of graphic arts. Subsequently, the collections will enrich revolutionary seizures and wars loot and purchases and donations.

The collections are divided into eight departments that have their own history, linked curators, collectors and donors.

 

Department of Paintings
The Department of Paintings reflects the encyclopedic scope of the Louvre works representing all European schools of painting, from the thirteenth century to 1848.

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Department of Paintings

Department of Egyptian Antiquities
The Department of Egyptian Antiquities presents vestiges of civilizations that succeeded on the banks of the Nile, from the end of prehistory (around 4000 BCE) until the Christian era (from the fourth century AD. AD).

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Department of Egyptian Antiquities

Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman
The Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities brings together the work of three civilizations: Greek, Etruscan and Roman, illustrating the artistic activity of a vast region: Greece, Italy and throughout the Mediterranean basin, whose history stretches from Neolithic (fourth millennium BC. AD) in the sixth century AD.

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Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities

Department of Oriental Antiquities
The traditional historical and geographical context of this collection covers a period of nine thousand years from Prehistory to the Early Islamic period and a territory that stretches ranging from North Africa to the Indus and Asia Central and Black Sea (Anatolia) in the Arabian Peninsula (to the Indian Ocean).

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Department of Oriental Antiquities

Department of Sculptures
The Department of sculptures from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and modern times has the largest collection in the world of French sculpture, and the masterpieces of Italian and German sculpture.The Louvre History section contains the documentation for the general history of the museum and the palace. It retains the objects from excavations of the area.

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Department of Sculptures

Department of Decorative Arts
The Decorative Arts Department offers a unique set of objects of shapes, materials and varied eras ranging from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, jewelry, metalwork, enamels, ivories, bronzes and precious stones, ceramics , glassware, stained glass, furniture, tapestries …

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Department of Decorative Arts

Arts department of Islam
Opening in September 2012, new spaces devoted to the collections of the Department of Islamic Art is the culmination of the largest construction site in the museum since the work of the great Louvre. Nearly 3 000 works are now exhibited, from more than 1000 years of history and a territory covering three continents, from Spain to India.

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Arts department of Islam

Department of Graphic Arts
The collection of drawings, pastels, miniatures, prints, books, manuscripts, autographs and wooden, brass and lithographic stones inscribed on the Louvre inventories.

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Department of Graphic Arts

 

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Jacquemart André Museum – The winter garden an architectural masterpiece

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Jacquemart André Museum – The winter Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jacquemart André Museum – The winter Garden

Behind the Music Room is the Winter Garden, characteristic of the art of entertaining which developed under the reign of Napoleon III. Imported from Great Britain, this innovation was very successful. It consisted of arranging pot plants, usually exotic ones, under the cover of a glass roof. This green space gave guests somewhere to rest for a moment in a more refreshing environment than the oppressive neighbouring rooms. The vestibule paved in marble with walls adorned with mirrors, leads to an astonishing double helix staircase. It is decorated with sculptures, turning it into a gallery of antiques. But the plants ranged around it remind us that this room was initially a winter garden, suffused by the light falling through the glass roof.

 

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Jacquemart André Museum – The winter Garden

 

When the mansion was opened, this was the room that impressed contemporary visitors the most. In 1876 the magazine L’Illustration reported: “The marvel of this marvellous palace was indisputably the winter garden […] Our great ladies of fashion found refuge there to avoid the crowds. Only a king or a banker would surely dare to surround himself with such sumptuousness”.

This outstanding Achievement is a non-functional construction. A theatrical decor and illusionist amazes by the play of shapes, materials and light. The initiative came from the architect Henri Parent who had at heart to beat Charles Garnier, his competitor in the new Opera House. With the monumental staircase, he realizes there the “highlight” of the house that amazes guests of Edouard André.

 

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The first exhibition crowd curated at the Frye Art Museum (Seattle)

The Frye Art Museum in Seattle invited users worldwide to become the Commissioner of his #SocialMedium exhibition.

For two weeks in August 2014, the Frye shared 232 paintings from its collection on various social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, and invited the public to choose their favorite works.

After the experience of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Frye is the second American museum and gave the public the power to design an exhibition. A true revolution in classical organization of museums and a real true popular and media success.

A total of 17,601 votes were cast by 4,468 citizens commissioners from around the world – from Bangladesh to Canada from Indonesia to Romania. Each painting has received at least one vote.

“It’s a kind of challenge to our own authority,” added Jeffrey Hirsch, Director of the museum’s communications. “We are always looking for ways to deepen the involvement of our visitors and to expand our audience beyond our existing audience. This project was a tremendous amplification means of our message. »

 

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The most popular work to users is “The Peacock” Julius Scheuerer (1907) with 3,525 Likes on Tumblr while the most important work of the collection according to experts ‘Die Sünde’ by Franz von Stuck collected 200 votes!

During the exhibition the 40 most popular Internet works are hung in various galleries of the museum. Near these works are affixed cartels of a new kind which are reproduced the names and comments of some of the 4,468 voters.

 

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Columbus Museum of Art presents #MobilePhotoNow, the largest exhibition of mobile pictures

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Columbus Museum of Art presents #MobilePhotoNow, the largest exhibition of mobile pictures.

Since the 6th of February, the Columbus Museum of Art offers a new and original exhibition: 300 amateur photographs hanging their photos in the museum rooms as part of the #MobilePhotoNow World contest.

It is neither more nor less than the largest exhibition of mobile photography ever organized by a museum.

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Exhibition – The Imaginary Museum of Tintin

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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Musée en Herbe, Tintin put his suitcase in Paris! The Hergé Museum in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium is the guest of the Musée en Herbe. Visitors will discover an evocation of the spectacular architecture of the Hergé Museum. Drawings and original drawings will trace the surprising diversity of the work of the designer. Tintin and Snowy, but all the characters in the series will be present.

At the heart of the exhibition, enlarged thumbnail Tintin albums will be compared with works of art and original ethnological objects lent by the Quai Branly Museum, the Louvre Museum and the renowned galleries. Africa, America, Egypt, China, Tibet, will be represented by the iconic objects of civilizations encountered by Tintin during his many travels.

A great exhibition for the family.

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Hunters and Preys – A photograph serie

Pierre Abensur, photographer and reporter for several years continues its series of subjective Trophies. For this, he travels the world (Switzerland, Mongolia, Argentina and Finland) to meet hunters he photographed in the same method of composition: the model is figured by nature with one of his hunting trophies.

 

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At first glance, the photograph seems to sum up the hunting action by bringing together the predator, prey and territory. But studying the nature of the pose, the artificial aspect of the animal naturalized introduce a singular distance. They give the image a fictional dimension.

These photographs reveal the ambiguous nature of the relationship between the hunter and the trophy.

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Virtual museum proposes to discover lost art with Oculus Rift glasses

Ziv Schneider, an Israeli artist, has created a virtual museum where the tour is done using a 3D virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, giving the impression to browse the galleries of a real museum.

Visitors can “discover the most sought Art collection of the world”, including works and sculptures stolen and listed in the files of the FBI and Interpol. Over the galleries, visitors can admire works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Degas.

As in a real museum, the paintings are hung on a white wall and a commentary enriches the audio guide tour.

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Three exhibitions are in the museum: “Famous paintings stolen”, “The looting of Afghanistan” and “The looting of Iraq.”

After the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, almost 14 000 objects have indeed been looted from the Iraq Museum, one of the largest art theft in history.

You can check the video on clicking this link.

 

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