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PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOGRAPHED N°7

PHOTOGRAPHY, PHOTOGRAPHED N°7

Photography, photographed N°7. This time we present a brief essay, with snapshots taken from hotel magazines. The eye of Lily Rose Depp – Chanel’s latest testimonial – breaks in the page, lacerating the skin of its former muse, Gisele Bundchen. Success has always a successors. Broken eyes and broken hearts. What is left? A glass bottle, shattered crystals, crumpled paper. ... Read More »

NARCISSISM 2.0

NARCISSISM 2.0

Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attributes. The term originated from Greek Mythology where the young Narcissus fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water. That’s the definition we found on Wikipedia and we won’t go any deeper. Interestingly enough, no subject invites ... Read More »

TIMESHADES

TIMESHADES

Last spring Brandpowder was contacted by Marco Mavilla, an Italian fashion guru who has carved a special niche in Italian glamour, stirring the market with his irreverent creations. He was the founder – and master mind – of Toywatch, a small firm he was able to turn into a 30-million dollar business in less than five years. Brandpowder, throughout ... Read More »

ATOMIC ELVIS

ATOMIC ELVIS

HOW MANY TIMES did we read that? – the same line, again and again, printed on tabloids and online blogs. We all love this kind of bullshit, don’t we? It’s part of today’s mythology, after all. We want to believe that Elvis is alive because rock stars have replaced old gods. The word “cult” is applied more to pop than religion. People worship Elvis as an ... Read More »

INK

INK

The exhibition took place in San Francisco last week, late spring 2016. We were able to publish the book on time, too, which is quite unusual for us, due to the endemic disorder of our office and the lack of a proper press editor. The title of the book is, simply put, INK. It collects 250 portraits made ... Read More »

THE BROKEN PICTURE

THE BROKEN PICTURE

Brandpowder already published a few essays on the broken picture : you can see them on Paper Surgery and Photography Photographed, for instance. This time we wanted to explore the topic from a new angle, exploring image manipulation from different sources. The new Millennium witnessed a passage from the culture of pictures to the cult of pics. The ... Read More »

UNPUBLISHED

UNPUBLISHED

This time we decided to publish some of Brandpowder’s projects which never saw the light of day. Well, most of our work barely sees the sun because our staff works mostly overnight. This work, it must be said, was not rejected by clients. It wasn’t even presented simply because judged not good enough by our designers. Above: a poster for ... Read More »

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET

Let’s admit it: we all have our skeletons in the closet! And if you agree on this simple piece of forensic, metaphoric evidence, you can’t dissent with the fact we all need a closet to store them. Would you place, for example, your skeletons in the same spot where you keep your clean underwear? Certainly not. ... Read More »

PAPER SURGERY – ANAMORPHOSIS

PAPER SURGERY – ANAMORPHOSIS

It is no secret how much Brandpowder loves paper. And how much we like to play with it, especially when there’s something printed on it. We gave this constant struggle to break the two dimensions a name: Paper Surgery. It’s a sort of Media-Origami mixed with Trompe-Collage and a touch of Iconoclastic Voodoo. Tree Pulp ... Read More »

MOBILITY IS FOR LOSERS

MOBILITY IS FOR LOSERS

IF THIS PICTURE strikes you as familiar, you are one of the 1 billion ‘stuck drivers’ in the world. Things will get worse: traffic will reach its peak by 2030 and big cities, by then, will have more cars than paved roads to run them on. There’s no way out, and If you try to escape ... Read More »

KLAUS URA, A KILLER ARTIST.

KLAUS URA, A KILLER ARTIST.

Dear Reader, please do judge by the appearance and welcome with a smile this creepy stuff. Brandpowder is uncomfortably happy to introduce the work of Klaus Ura, a former criminal who, bored to kill, turned himself to authorities and, once enveloped by the cozy walls of a mental hospital, turned into an artist. Klaus Ura’s ... Read More »

MISTER DROP

MISTER DROP

  It’s shaped like a drop and it’s called Mister Drop. Who is Mister Drop? Simply put, he’s a bullshit detector, somebody that accepts no shit whatsoever. So, every time you are faced with something fake or simply imbecilic, Mister Drop comes at your rescue. Look at him as a shield against the germinal stupidity ... Read More »

PAPER SURGERY 3

PAPER SURGERY 3

BULLISH   SNOB   DANCER   EPICUREAN   MALL GIRL   SHY   HUMBLE   P.R.   PREPOSTEROUS   TEACHER   SOCIAL CLIMBER   SLAPHAPPY WHORE   TOOLS   The Brandpowder Team’s working tray contains basic tools such as scissors, cutter, glue, eraser, pencil, camera and a certain amount of weed, hidden inside a sharpener, ... Read More »

INSIDE MY BRAIN I PAY NO RENT.

INSIDE MY BRAIN I PAY NO RENT.

THIS IS MY BRAIN, AS SEEN FROM OUTSIDE ON A SUNNY AFTERNOON. Welcome to my brain! Or even better: welcome to an attempt to its spatial representation! You can look at the following images as a big architectural metaphor, a cognitive map or an illustrated trip. It’s just a personal interpretation, of course, but what’s ... Read More »

ALMOST PORN

ALMOST PORN

ALMOST PORN. THE LAST FRONTIER OF SEX.  –   by Brandpowder  ©  2013. Let’s admit it. Porn has said it all. It’s repetitive, patterned, out-of-date, monotonous, trite, prosaic, insipid, self-quoting, in one word: Boring! The maximum variation you can expect from any given story ranges from “hmm, ah, hmm, ah, yes, yes!” to “hmm, ah, ... Read More »

WORST BOOKS OF 2013

WORST BOOKS OF 2013

We couldn’t find a lot of interesting books around, lately. No wonder the publishing industry is in deep ‘sheet’.  The majority of publishers seems to have developed a certain taste for crap wrapped in a glossy dustjacket. To make things worse, talented writers with something to say are disappearing, just like happened to big reptiles and ... Read More »

PAPER SURGERY 2

PAPER SURGERY 2

Paper. What a fragile, soft, crumpled and easyburning word. If paper sounds almost outdated, as old as stone or bone, it’s because it has been displaced by the digital efficiency of glass. Our fingertips run on its surface, tapping on contents which magically pop up, slide, zoom and disappear. But none of the content on ... Read More »

HELVETIA DROP

HELVETIA DROP

Helvetica is the most widely used typeface in the world. Designed in 1957 by Eduard Hoffmann and Max Alfons Miedinger for Haas Type Foundry in Zurich, it was rapidly adopted by graphic designers, ad agencies and printers worldwide for its clean lines, elegance and great readability. Initially it was called Helvetia but Haas didn’t want ... Read More »

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