A year ago I visited a long time photographer friend of mine, Roberto Aguilar @photoaguilar, in London to experience first hand the unique and detailed process of platinum palladium printing. I joined him in his lab @rjprintlab and observed him over a couple of days as he printed two of my photographs using this intricate technique. These prints are very special because platinum and palladium are noble metals and are resistant to oxidation – meaning that they have the ability to last forever. In this interview, Roberto explains his passion for this one-of-a-kind printing process.
A few weeks ago I had the honor of meeting two young ladies in Patzun, Guatemala who’ve been running a dog rescue organization, Huellitas de Esperanza (Paw Prints of Hope) on their own for the last year. Katerin and Astrid have saved over 35 dogs so far through their efforts and the donations they’ve received from people, but they need help in order to continue this selfless labor of love. We estimate their yearly costs for the rental of the rescue place, food, medicine and spaying/neutering runs about $10,000 to $15,000 a year. The work they’re doing is truly inspirational. I hope you can find it in your hearts to donate if you can. Every dollar will go towards saving another dog in 2020!
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Produced By Andres Hernandez
A preview to our fashion lookbook photo shoot in NYC for La Petitie Mort’s menswear SS ’20 collection. Bouba Bangoura, with Hello Models NYC, was our talent for this indoor/outdoor photo shoot.
Swimsuit Photo Shoot Behind-the-Scenes: Malibu, CA
For this west coast swimwear photo shoot we leveraged natural light leading up to sunset, what is called the “golden hour”. In order to get timeless swimsuit photographs we used clean looks both in hair & make-up as well as wardrobe. Our model, Desiree Kohler, with Brand Models L.A. and Adrian Coban, our hair stylist, were our duo for this swim production.
Location: Malibu Beach, CA
In this episode of Go To Bed With Me, Serena Williams walks us through her nighttime skincare routine. The beauty brands she uses include lovingearth, Vine Vera, MZ Skin, Ayur-Medic and Mario Badescu.
This video was produced using a BlackMagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K on the same day Serena shot her August 2019 cover photo for Harper’s BAZAAR. The location for our video shoot was West Palm Beach, Florida.
A step inside Naeem Khan’s delectable Miami penthouse shows the fashion designer in a more laid-back milieu
By Abid Haque
When Indian-born Naeem Khan left New York for Miami after over 30 years in the city, many (myself included) were surprised. Miami and New York are polar opposites; the people, weather, and style are completely different. Khan, a longtime New Yorker, manages to be perfectly at ease in Miami. A catch up with the womenswear designer, whose breathtaking gowns have conquered red carpets across the globe, at his Miami penthouse reveals a designer at ease as he takes a much needed pause after his successful Autumn/Winter 17 collection showed at New York Fashion Week last month.
“The showroom keeps calling me with updates about the orders that are pouring in; they’re telling me ‘Naeem you will not believe how many orders we’re getting!’” It’s hardly surprising given the level of detail and character Khan imbues in each of his garments. With a staff of over 30 already working for him, Khan has his sights on doubling his business this year and moving one step closer towards completing his business move from New York to Miami, and he plans to oversee all of it from his modern Miami penthouse.
Located in the heart of the city, next to the late Zaha Hadid’s upcoming construction (she was a friend of Khan’s), his penthouse is the epitome of functional modernity. Decorated in white and black with occasional accents of colour, the penthouse is the product of Khan’s vision for a “glamorous nest.” Much of the furniture is entirely custom handmade by artisans in Khan’s team in India with Khan himself designing everything from the sliding mirrored doors of his room to the bathroom vanities. Even the large chandelier in his living room is from India and modeled after the famous ones of the Nizam royalty. In addition to the large amounts of glass and mirrored surfaces, Khan and his wife have peppered the home with a mix of artwork. Recently acquired paintings from the Cuban Biennale mix with pieces from artists Khan mentions were friends, including Andy Warhol and Ilse Getz.
Since both of his sons have gotten married, Khan and his jewellery designer wife, Ranjana, chiefly inhabit the expansive 5,100 square foot residence with Khan taking the lead on decorating. “There’s never an argument,” he says. “She lets me do what I want.” Khan purchased the penthouse online from Sotheby’s when he was at a trunk show in Texas. “This was my pied-à-terre here,” says the designer. “Will I like Miami or not? We found out we love it.” After purchasing the penthouse, Khan quickly set to work on renovating the space with the goal of having it be as open as possible; he removed as many walls as he could and replaced the more traditional layout for one with free-flowing spaces without sacrificing the level of privacy. Spread across three levels, with an infrared sauna and private rooftop pool and patio on the topmost level, the penthouse features three bedrooms each with its own breathtaking view of Miami. In addition to their uninterrupted vision of the city, both guest rooms have their own art, including a custom print of Elizabeth Taylor by Iranian photographer Firooz Zahedi. Khan admits to sometimes sleeping in the guest room when he’s alone at home, and after taking in the view, I can’t blame him.
Even though their sons have now got married and remained in New York, Khan and his wife are hardly lonely. With a large network of friends and colleagues, the designer has become an expert host, and his Miami guests range from Bergdorf’s Linda Fargo, who he says is a frequent visitor and like family, to actors Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth. And as if a killer eye for womenswear and interior decorating isn’t enough, Khan is also a fan of cooking. He loves to experiment in the kitchen and marked his personal move to Miami with an exclusive dinner for the who’s who of the city.
Khan has made his mark on Miami. With a robust social life, that includes his close friend and fashion icon Iris Apfel, and a 70,000 square foot construction that will house his business, the Khans have become a fixture in Miami. One that the city is lucky to have especially since it has struggled to acquire any serious fashion talent; something it acknowledged with a favorable term on his real estate deal to encourage Khan’s investment in the city.
Khan walks me through his extensive library which features a series of vintage hand painted South Indian deities along the back wall when we pause because India and Raja, Khan’s pair of mini-Australian shepherd puppies, make a break for the front door while barking at the top of their lungs. Khan laughs, “and you thought they were quiet!” He opens the door to a team of contractors who are here to work on updates to his rooftop patio. “It’s a shame we have to shoot now because my chairs are supposed to arrive later,” he says. “They’re custom hand-made beach chairs from Brazilian IPE wood. I’m creating an entire lifestyle out here,” Khan says gesturing to the patio that’s been marked off with blue tape. He’s a bit of a perfectionist, constantly making improvements to the space and redecorating, but like his clothes, nothing strays far from his modern aesthetic or Indian roots. Approaching the decoration of his home in the same way he approaches designing his collection, Khan makes his focus clear. “You look at the room as a body; it’s the same thing,” says the designer. “How much colour you put [and how] things fit.” Consistency is key, and in this case, Khan has nailed it – once again.
This summer 2019, we hit the streets in and around Hudson Yards, the “new New York”, for this colorful editorial photo shoot. The purpose of our concept, “Dreaming in CMYK”, was to marry the color model used in color printing with the magical backdrop of New York City. Our model, Claire, with The Industry Model Mgmt, was our talent for this editorial piece.
Video directed by Andrés Hernandez and produced by Karen Gomez.
Music: “Blow My Mind” produced by Pablo Dominguez, written by Vanessa Andrade.
People primarily know me as a photographer, but one of my passions is video because it has the potential to translate emotion (sometimes) better than a still image. In the past I’ve had the opportunity to photograph music artists for promos and album covers. Now I’m evolving my career to include music videos. Here’s a sample of my latest work with up-and-coming Brazilian singer and song writer, Vanessa Andrade (@vanessafandrade). My goal for the creative treatment of “Blow My Mind”, Vanessa’s first music video, was to make it a true representation of who she is. By using a handheld camera, the visual approach was to be up close and intimate in a New York setting without being too “New York”.
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Behind the scenes
Hearts and Healing Hands
In November 2016, the Healing Hands Foundation traveled to the small village of Patzun in Guatemala for their eighth humanitarian mission.
For four days, a group of forty dedicated medical and dental physicians from across the globe donated their time, expertise and care. Ninety-five surgeries and three hundred dental procedures were performed for nearly one hundred disadvantaged and in need patients.
As a special part of this mission, Colombian photographer Andres Hernandez documented the journey, capturing moments of hope, fear and happiness from men, women and children who faced urgent medical challenges, but who would ultimately receive life changing medical attention.