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Donald Judd’s 101 Spring St. Home & Studio

November 30, 2015

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Last week, the Judd Foundation invited a group of photographers, designers & architects to visit Donald Judd’s 101 Spring Street home & studio for a special tour. I had toured 101 Spring Street after it opened in the summer of 2014, but there is usually a very strict ‘no photography’ policy (which was minor torture for me at the time).

But during last week’s special tour, I could photograph anything and everything inside Judd’s epic New York City space.

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Above, some film snaps from my visit. Again, I was struck by the ways in which Judd’s work & his domestic life each influenced the other.

Learn more about 101 Spring Street and Judd’s work HERE.

(Huge thanks to Elizabeth Abrahamson & the Judd Foundation for the invitation)

Woodstock – Late Summer

November 18, 2015

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A roll of black & white film that I had forgotten about and recently had developed … half of it from a heat wave at the end of the summer in upstate NY, and the other half during a freak October cold spell in VT. I’ll post those photos next.

I also forgot to share a new Spotify playlist of tunes that I made in October — better late than never, I guess.

Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/user/brianwferry/playlist/51HQQuvGjwS3R4uxJf3kwq

Kai Avent-deLeon for Apiece Apart

November 13, 2015

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I photographed the lovely Kai Avent-deLeon for Apiece Apart a few months ago, and the feature is live today on their website.

See it here: https://www.apieceapart.com/kai-avent-deleon

Kai is the talented woman behind Sincerely, Tommy in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn and I’m so glad I could meet and photograph her.

Styling: Alexa Hotz
Production & Interview: Leigh Patterson

Kazu Makino for Apiece Apart

October 23, 2015

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A total dream assignment last week: I had the opportunity to photograph Kazu Makino at home for women’s fashion label Apiece Apart. Kazu is the frontwoman of the band Blonde Redhead (a favorite of mine) and an incredible talent. So I was psyched to hang out with her at home and make these portraits. It was such a great shoot – thanks to Kazu for welcoming us and making the afternoon so enjoyable.

See the full feature and read the interview with Kazu on Apiece Apart’s website here: https://www.apieceapart.com/kazu-makino

Also, watch the incredibly inspiring black & white video for the SS16 collection, starring Kazu, on Vogue.com here: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2016-ready-to-wear/apiece-apart#video

Thanks to Alexa Hotz for the styling and to Leigh Patterson for production.

Frédéric Malle for The Hour Magazine No. 2

October 22, 2015

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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of photographing the renowned master perfumer Frédéric Malle for the new issue of The Hour Magazine No. 2. The magazine is available now internationally. Above, some of my favorite shots.

(with thanks to the team at Bibliothèque London, Tim Beard & Mason Wells)

Photographer Leslie Williamson’s Home

October 14, 2015

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I was incredibly honored to photograph the San Francisco home of Leslie Williamson recently – one of my all-time favorite photographers and a big inspiration for me.

Her photography books documenting the homes of famous American & European designers & architects are iconic themselves. Her innate curiosity, sharp eye, and sensitive interior portraits have had a big influence on my own work.

So it was amazing to photograph HER home – the first time it has been photographed and published, and now live on Freunde von Freunden. Accompanied by a wonderful interview by Lauren Spencer King – you can see the full feature here:

http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/leslie-williamson/

Huge thanks to Leslie for trusting me to capture her space and for a great shoot day, and to FvF for their work publishing this story.

Hope you enjoy — I’ll put the full series on my portfolio soon.

New work: Dwell Magazine cover story / Nov. 2015

October 13, 2015

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Pretty excited to say that I photographed the cover of the latest Dwell magazine!

I shot a story for the November 2015 issue – this small 5×11-foot garden studio was designed and built by Nicholas Hunt for his Brooklyn backyard.

Check it out, issue is on newsstands now.

(with thanks to Sue Getzendanner & Clay Kessack)

Fort Standard & Loeffler Randall collaboration

October 7, 2015

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Some new work to share …

I recently photographed a collaboration between my pals Fort Standard and women’s accessory brand Loeffler Randall. Read more info about the concept in the interview with Ian & Greg.

 
 

October 1

October 1, 2015

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Above, some film snaps from the summer in California, Florida, Vermont (reluctantly accepting that it’s autumn) and below, links to 3 things that I’ve been meaning to share here:

1. I recently did an interview with Manifattura about my work and it’s been posted on their website; have a look here.

2. THIS is one of my favorite essays (with photos, too) that I’ve read in years, without exaggeration. Teju Cole, bravo sir. I especially like his thoughts about why he takes certain photos and not others, editing a series of photos, and what he is seeking when he travels and tries to photograph it. The essay resonated with me because I think about similar things when I’m traveling to a place and photographing what I see – either on assignment or for personal reasons. “Subtle peculiarities” – a perfect phrase that encapsulates what I hope to capture in my work close to home or far from it. Personally, it’s what I find so much more satisfying and interesting than photos of a pretty shop/corner/coffee/meal (which is what seems to be the prevalent form of “travel photography” lately).

3. I also watched this film about renowned architectural photographer Pedro Guerrero last week and I really enjoyed it, especially given my own work photographing interiors/exteriors and artists. Thanks for the heads up, Walter.

Germany, last year

September 24, 2015

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Photos above were taken in northern Bavaria, Germany in June 2014. I was there on assignment for 2 quick days.

During that time:

We witnessed one of the more intriguing (and bizarre) German national fraternity traditions take place late one night in the tiny medieval town where we stayed. I’ll tell you about it someday.

At the same time, northern Europe was hit with a freak heatwave and so it was a humid 102 degrees F during the day (it is usually no more than 75-80 degrees F during the summer). We did not encounter a single air conditioner during those 2 days. I tried to sleep in my hotel room by laying on the wood floor, which was the coolest part of the entire room while I aimed the small plastic fan (no bigger than my fist) directly at my face. Between the flights, my jet lag and the intense heat, I likely slept a total of 3 hours over the course of 4 days. On my flight home from Dusseldorf, I’m quite sure I was hallucinating until I finally fell asleep in an empty row of seats.

One of the more memorable trips I’ve taken in the past couple of years.