Stolen Moments: The Photographs of Ronny Jaques

Stolen Moments: The Photographs of Ronny Jaques

Ronny Jaques may be a relatively unknown photographer for mainstream fashion audience, however he is one of the most innovative photographer in his class, of the same caliber of Slim Arons and Richard Avedon (the latter arguably being the most well-known). The 2008 published “Stolen Moments: The Photographs of Ronny Jaques” by Pamela Fiori displays Ronny’s greatness; a one-man photography crew who put the most careful attention of details into his subjects and their surrounding compositions, resulting in exquisite “sculpted art” that absorb you in rich, clear, and beautiful story-telling. Some photographs seem candidly taken (hence the name “Stolen Moments”), but Ronny Jaques took complete control on how the photos all turned out. One thing I highly recommend you do after you purchase your copy is to read the introduction section. You will get the background information of Ronny Jaques and a glimpse of his methodology from the third person perspective, as well as Pamela Fiori’s deep admiration for his splendid works. Special thanks for Pamela Fiori for curating and publishing Ronny Jaques’ best works in black/white photography (she explains in the book’s introduction that his color work “mysteriously disappeared on the watch of Holiday‘s photo editor). His selected work for Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, and Holiday magazines in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s is a great treasure to have for photography, fashion, or art enthusiasts. Ronny Jaques’ extensive portfolio of couture fashion, performing artists, celebrities, as well as captures of travel and people will surely make you travel back in time. Below are several examples of Ronny Jaques’ Stolen Moments: Photograph copyright © Ronny Jaques, from Stolen...
A Man’s Story Screening at AAU

A Man’s Story Screening at AAU

After watching A Man’s Story screening at Academy of Art University on Friday, November 2, 2012, there is no doubt in my mind that Ozwald Boateng is a very accomplished British menswear designer armed with impeccable sense of style, masterful classic tailoring technique, and relentless drive to get him from one point of his life to the next. On top of it, he has a very charming and witty personality, intelligence, and confidence that radiates to people around him. However, his life is not without serious challenges; from his failed first marriage (which the documentary dabbed just barely at the beginning), Autumn/Winter 1999 fashion show disaster coupled with overnight robbery of the whole collection, and gradual turmoil with his second marriage to Russian model Gyunel that ended in 2009. Through it all, A Man’s Story plowed through various chapters in 12 years of Boateng’s life, from 1998 to 2010. You get a glimpse of his rises and falls: his “rebuild” in the early 2000s, his directorial debut for a short film shown at his Milan fashion show in 2004, his Creative Director at Givenchy years in 2004 – 2007, the African Union show at Accra, Ghana in 2007, interview with Giorgio Armani in 2009, as well as the glitz and glamour of outfitting Hollywood’s A-list celebrities such as Will Smith, Forest Whitaker, and Jamie Foxx. Unfortunately for this documentary, that’s what they remain: just glimpses. If you’re looking for an in-depth view of who Ozwald Boateng is, A Man’s Story is not going to fit that bill. Throughout the 12-year-span documentary, you see collages of Boateng’s life screenshots. But...
A Samurai Spirit: Rome Kanda

A Samurai Spirit: Rome Kanda

Chatting with Japanese actor and comedian Rome Kanda at J-Pop Summit Festival 2012 was one of those random opportunities that I can’t help feeling truly blessed and humbled. I was passing through in front of New People building trying to get something to eat in between one event to the next when the opportunity to interview Rome Kanda arrived. And having watched “I Survived a Japanese Game Show” on Hulu.com (Kanda-san is the host of the game show “Majide!?” in that Reality TV series) several weeks prior to the announcement of J-Pop Summit Festival 2012 program, I’m very grateful for the opportunity to talk to him in person. Thank you J-Pop Summit Festival 2012’s Erik Jansen for making it happen! For those not familiar with Rome Kanda, checking out Anime News Network, Wikipedia, and watching his TEDx Tokyo session will be very helpful. Conversing with him personally only reinforces his warm personality. A very nice guy with humble personality, who is very interested in learning about people while continue honing his craft in acting. He came off as a genuine person who is enthusiastic and inspiring, someone who you’d want to know better. A quite rare thing to be found in a celebrity, I must say! On Saturday, August 25, 2012, Rome Kanda’s digital manga biography “Samurai Spirit: The Story of Rome Kanda” was released and is now available on iPhone, iPad, and Android. Originally, he made a book called “Samurai Spirit” detailing his own tales of going to the United States to pursue his dreams. Then the “infamous comic producer” Ryo Kurashina came to Rome Kanda, wanting to...
Jean Paul Gaultier at de Young Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier at de Young Museum

The San Francisco fashion & art enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at de Young Museum (March 24 – August 19, 2012). The Grand Fête with Jean Paul Gaultier himself on March 24 will mark the official start of the Jean Paul Gaultier frenzy. The unofficial start, however, has began sometime ago. The latest being one de Young Museum-sponsored contest to have people submit Jean Paul Gaultier-inspired designs to get tickets to the said Grand Fête. Naturally, local San Francisco designers snatched this opportunity immediately; they have been breathlessly submitting their fine works as well as encouraging their peers in the process. One of said designers is Elena Slivnyak, whose avant-garde IIMUAHII Fall / Winter 2012 designs dazzled the crowds at the “Supreme Beings” fashion show at SOMArts Cultural Center earlier this month. Looking at one of her designs from that show (pictured right), I think she should get one of those tickets, really! Good luck Elena! In the museum, the celebration continues on Friday, March 30 with the relaunch of Friday Nights at de Young Museum! Free runway lesson at 6 pm, fashion show featuring Jean Paul Gaultier-inspired designs of Amanda Chan, Audrey Szeto, Jennifer Schmidt, and Mariya Milovidova (organized by SFFAMA) are coming, and all of you can participate too! I’m so looking forward for this one. Oh, did I mention this event is FREE? Even for general fashion enthusiast like me, one can only anticipate the bursts of admiration & inspiration that will swell from seeing up close the gorgeous works from L`enfant terrible of French Fashion. Following the awesome Balenciaga at de...

When Painting Comes to Life – Riusuke Fukahori

Lately I’ve been chatting with photographers who express their complaint with digital photography. While it’s now superior to the traditional analog photographs, there’s still this “void” of emotion. The resulting image is missing what the photographer’s feeling the moment he captures the picture. In other words, it’s difficult for photographers to convey their feelings about their photography objects accurately into the finished pictures. On the other hand, painting is the complete opposite. A great painter can accurately convey his emotions into the finished product. Not only that, he can get the audience to feel it, too. Check out this amazing 3D gold fish paintings from Riusuke Fukahori: “Goldfish Salvation” Riusuke Fukahori from ICN gallery on Vimeo. Just looking at that video alone, I’m mesmerized to the life-like quality of Fukahori-san’s paintings, and I think I understand a little bit more why the fusion techniques of photography and painting has become more popular nowadays… Salute to artists who continually enrich our lifes,...

From Definitive Touch: Steven B. Wheeler

You think making a shirt (or any piece of clothing) is easy as cake? Well….if you want to make them WELL, think again: Everything I Learned in Design School in Under 4 Minutes from Steven B. Wheeler on Vimeo. Taken from Definitive Touch. Brilliant and eye-opening,...
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