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The Provocative work of Mariam Magsi

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and currently based in Toronto, Canada, Mariam Magsi is a Multimedia Artist specializing in Photography, Video, Performance, Sound, Installation and Documentary Filmmaking.  Magsi has exhibited her work globally including but not limited to Toronto, Paris, New York and Amsterdam and her photography has been awarded by Pride Photo Award (advised by World Press Photo).  Magsi is currently pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in the Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design graduate program at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. 

Cray Magazine Interview:

 My journey with the burqa began when I took a photograph on the outskirts of Karachi, Pakistan.  A family of women in burqas crossing a street, children at their hips and grocery bags in their hands.  The only parts of their body that were visible were their feet bejewelled with rhinestone adorned shoes.  At the time, I felt sorry for them, because I had lived in Canada for a while and began to see my own country of birth through a western lens.  I realize now how naive and dangerous that was.  There is no doubt that women suffer from state-imposed clothing restrictions and that it is most certainly a form of control and an extension of the overarching umbrella of patriarchy and misogyny that seems to transcend cultures and continents.  However, my recent exploration into and experimentation with various versions of Islamic veils has led me into a journey inspired by post-colonial feminist theory that has enabled me to sift through the stereotypes and prejudices reinforced by the West.  I’ve met queer Muslims who use veils to secretly celebrate their lifestyles through the freedom of anonymity.  I have had the opportunity to interview women in Pakistan and Canada who choose to wear niqabs and hijabs despite the protests of their family members and spouses.  Veils associated with Islamic cultures have caused rampant controversy around the world, even igniting bans in certain countries.  I began to ask myself, why are Muslim women only depicted as victims of senseless oppression?  Where are the voices and visions of women reclaiming and reimagining these veils and how can I add to the discourse?  I create spaces both in my studio and out on the streets where there is room to play with the burqa specifically, allowing it to obtain an aesthetic life of its own while also inviting the wearer to enter a performative state.  I am currently doing my MFA at OCAD University and have taken this opportunity to diversify my understanding of veils, their history, the cultural contexts that birthed them and how they continue to impact the Muslim world’s relationship with the West

Cray Magazine 2016

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the wonderful surreal work of photographer  Raul Amaru Linares

Raul Amaru Linares was born in Bogotá, Colombia. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father a painter. He spent his first years drawing, coloring and reading story books. When he was a child, nobody could understand his handwriting but everybody liked his drawings. Years later, he became an engineer. He realized this type of work required lots of creativity, but that wasn’t the kind of expression he was looking for. One good day he discovered photography and put all his energy into developing his own visual language.  He studied photojournalism at the Photo España International Centre. Raul’s photographs have been featured in websites like National Geographic, Smithsonian Magazine, Burn Magazine and The Atlantic, and his work has been exhibited in New York, Madrid, Segovia, Bogota, Dubai, Lima, Quito, and Catania.

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The fashion world mourning the death of Bill Cunningham!!  

During his years as a writer, he contributed significantly to fashion journalism, introducing American audiences to Azzedine Alaïa and Jean Paul Gaultier. While working at  Women’s Wear Daily and the Tribune, he began taking photographs of fashion on the streets of New York. After taking a chance photograph of Greta Garbo, he published a group of impromptu pictures in the Times in December 1978, which soon became the regular series On the Street.His editor, Arthur Gelb, has called these photographs “a turning point for the Times because it was the first time the paper had run pictures of well-known people without getting their permission.”

Cunningham photographed people and the passing scene in the streets of Manhattan every day, focusing on their genuine usage of clothing to express personal style. He was known not to overly photograph celebrities (as paparazzi would) or people that use fame to showcase clothing they did not originally pick themselves (sponsored, free clothing). Most of his pictures, he has said, are never published. His personal independence philosophy was: “You see if you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid." Designer Oscar de la Renta has said, "More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York. It’s the total scope of fashion in the life of New York."He made a career taking unexpected photographs of everyday people, socialites and fashion personalities, many of whom valued his company. 

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The wonderful work of “ Interstizi” aka Davies Zambotti 

DAVIES ZAMBOTTI is a director and a photographer who has worked on many film sets,including “Sorelle Mai” by Marco Bellocchio, “I Galantuomini” by Edoardo Winspeare, “TheInternational” Tomy Tykwer.

Through her personal work, she researches and analyzes the “impossibility of human certainty”.
Using the video and photography as a microscope/lens she observes the shadows between the interstices of everyday life.

After art school, she studied painting at the Accademia Albertina in Turin.
She studied Direction and Production Audio/Video in Milan and she attended a masterclass held by Marco Bellocchio.

She works between Turin, Milan, and Venice.

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 CRAY PHOTOGRAPHY ICON:  JAMEL SHABAZZ

 CRAY MAGAZINE’S AL SAULSO SITS DOWN WITH ONE OF HIS HERO’S THE PHOTOGRAPHY ICON JAMEL SHABAZZ AND TALKS ARTIST TO ARTIST!!

 

Who inspired you to get into photography? 


 It was my father’s inspiration that guided me on the path of photography. He was an established photographer, who taught me the basic fundamentals such as light, composition, themes, and print making.     


Why photograph people, is there a need to connect with society? 


Since first picking up the camera in my early teens, I was driven to photograph the various people I was meeting during my many travels. For me, it was more about maintaining a visual diary of my journey, documenting individuals that I had been blessed to meet on the path of life. Each connection was rewarding, friendships were born, and information was exchanged.     

 What are your thoughts on the growing interest in street photography? 


In my opinion, street photography has become an ever growing phenomenon due to the introduction of the camera phone and advancements in digital photography. In today’s world almost everyone has picture taking abilities right at their fingertips 24/7. This new capability has inspired millions of people of all ages from around the globe to become image makers like no other time in history and the streets itself, are never short of subjects.      


Your thoughts or advice, for young photographer’s that want to follow in your footsteps? 


I will first tell them, don’t follow my footsteps as there have been many missteps during the course of my extensive journey.

The best advice I would share with them would be to develop a plan and strategy as well as explore what it is they hope to achieve as photographers.  For some, they may want to focus on exhibitions while others may seek to concentrate on producing books. However, networking is a vital component as it is the people that one meets that can be instrumental in helping to jump stop their careers.  Attending events centered on the craft is paramount; from lectures to gallery openings. Since everyone has image making ability, to stand out one has to be on their ‘A’ game and have a unique vision. The photography business is very competitive and in order to gain a strong foothold you have to have cutting edge work.  Photography contests present another venue to get your work out there.  Photo District News in particular, hosts one every year called PDN 30.  A number of young aspiring photographers I know have entered and won, propelling their careers.  Lastly, don’t let critics or disappointments deter you from achieving your goals and objectives.     

In your own words, how do you feel the new forms of media like Facebook and Instagram effect Art Photography?  


The greatest impact that Facebook and Instagram are having on Art Photography, I would say is information and exposure.     If one is searching to better understand Art Photography today, you can navigate on Facebook and find an abundance of groups with artists that can inspire your creativity and enhance your knowledge. In addition, the prospect of forging a direct connection with an artist whose work you might admire is possible. Back in my day, we had to rely on books and chance. Today, it has never been easier to feed one’s mind, and generate work without having to be connected with a traditional gallery or environment.  

CRAY MAGAZINE 2016** 

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THE WONDERFUL WORK OF ANDREW FARRAR 

Andrew Farrar is a London based photographer and director, specialising in filmmaking, editorial, portraiture and advertising photography.His portraiture work includes images of Goldie, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Idris Elba, Robert Pattinson, Dynamo, Bryan Ferry, Tamara Beckwith, Derek Jacobi and Camilla Rutherford. His work has appeared in publications such as Vogue, Elle ,Nylon, Tatler, The SundayTimes Style, and Marie Claire.

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The wonderful work of Nic Brennan aka (Shugmonkey) 

 Over the years since I’ve worked freelance and full time in graphic design and publishing houses covering subjects from children’s book’s, education, character design, posters, flyers, branding, logo design, web based graphics, fashion design, album covers, technical Illustration for civil and military aerospace and everything in-between. check out his work at http://www.shugmonkey.com/

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the wonderful work of TOM ALEX BUCH 

He has worked in house at world class design studios in both the UK and US since graduating and now has a growing number of international clients freelancing.

The majority of his work is created using Cinema4D, Zbrush and After Effects. More recently best known for creating album artwork and music video animation for electronic music and DJ’s, working with Carl Cox, Seven Lions, Mau5trap and universal music to name a few. Not one to be pigeon holed, he also has a varied corporate portfolio and has tackled everything from packaging to corporate motion graphics and everything in-between.

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CRAY MAGAZINE’S SPOTLIGHT ON BEGINNING FASHION LABEL KID JUMPER

Started by fashion blogger Felicia Austin it looks like Kid Jumper is about to Jump Off!!!

How did you get started?

I started my streetwear brand KID JUMPER in February 2015 with $400. I was actually a blogger I’ve been writing for years and I would blog about fashion so my friends started to say that I should make t-shirts. I’m so into streetwear and sneakers so it just seemed natural to start my own label.

The name is really cool how did you come up with the concept?

The name KID JUMPER came from my 5-year-old son, Jumper is his real name, no really it is nobody ever believes me lol.

Who are some major influences?

My major influences are other strong women it takes a lot to put yourself out there to begin something because you don’t know if people will like it or not but I’ve had a great response. My favorite brands are OBEY, SUPREME, married to The Mob, and Billionaire Boys Club oh and BAPE! I really love A Bathing Ape they step outside the box so much I admire them so much.

How do you see yourself in this ever changing market? Do think that it’s going to be hard?

I also felt that there is a shortage of women in streetwear like how many times have you saw a dope design that comes from a woman? My tees range from $25 to $30 and my hoodies are from $35 to $40 and the fact that I’m virtually an unknown brand and I sell out at those prices is quite a blessing.

Tell us a little about the designs and marketing strategy?

It’s funny because people think that someone else comes up with my ideas and designs but they are all 100% Felicia Kid. My marketing strategy is simple I use social media to my advantage. I promote myself heavy on Instagram and Facebook, I go so hard for my brand. My future plans are to be carried in a store that would be so dope! 

Please look for Kid Jumper coming out soon!! -CRAYMAGAZINE 2016

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CRAY TALENT

Interview with  the wonderful work of Kiril Svrakov or “Waygoer” his work takes travel photography to the next level. 


1) How did you get into photography? 

It was a natural instinct for me I guess, although I don’t consider myself a photographer, it’s embedded in me, my grandfather was one of the founders of Bulgarian photography, my dad is a professional photographer, and now I just happen to love making images. 

2) You are considered self-taught has that been a burden or a blessing in your career? 

Not sure, since I learned the hard way the natural way, it took a while, my father helped me a little but, for the most part, I learned as I traveled along, I love the saying that my fathers use  it’s not the camera but the man that takes the picture. 

3) Raised in New York was that an impact on your traveling nature? 

I guess it did, all the myriad of cultures in NYC must’ve impacted me, I used to manage a boutique on Madison ave. and used to have super-rich clients, celebrities and the stories they were throwing at me all the time from their travels, I was listening like a little child dreaming to have a lifestyle like that, but with two weeks vacation a year  it’s not easy or possible to be realistic. Now and then when I see an old client of mine and when the hear my story now they end up listening with their mouth open, it’s kind of awkward in a way. Most people don’t realize it’s not money that keeps you from traveling for long trips it’s time, so people with lots of money can not get away from their careers they cannot stop making the big money, therefore, they can not afford to see much of this world. 

4) what do you have planned for the next few years? 

I plan no not a good word, my wish is to stay grounded for a while build a comfortable nest, it’s very tiring to travel for a long time, you need a break, it’d be nice to have a family. 

5) name some of your mentors and why? 

Not sure he is my mentor but for a while before I hit the road every Sunday morning me and my girlfriend were watching Anthony Bourdain show, and I’d be watching the way this guy would go around the world and just mingle with people and mix with the cultures, try new things eat their cuisine and it just seemed so easy and it was so tempting , I just thought it was not possible to have a lifestyle like that without being super rich BUT I was wrong and 6,7 years later I had a similar lifestyle, when I think about it I still don’t believe that I’ve done so much, but it’s true, traveling has changed my views, my perspective on life, it’s made me a better person. 

 

6) What is some advice you might have for a young photographer that wants to follow in your shoes? 

Again I am the “Waygoer” which is a traveler that happens to love making images, but if can say to the people go and do what you love no matter what it is, follow your instinct, listen to yourself. , try it if it does not work, use it as an experience to enrich your life, then you can always do something else. 

CRAYMAGAZINE 2016 

THE WORK OF EROL BIRSEN

“Born in Paris, in the Latin Quarter, I graduated from the London College of Fashion with a BA in menswear. My desire for photography has led me to the streets of London, the boroughs of Paris, and Harajuku, the center of Japanese youth culture and fashion. Vision is everything. As a photographer my focus has always been to tell a story. I am inspired by energy, essence, fashion and culture. I am drawn to people who are individual and innovative. My object is the human being. My interest goes beyond what I see in the camera. When photographing on the street I look for styles that are sexy, strong and sensual. The people I shoot are creative, colourful and cool, they exude strength, sexiness and elegance. When I take photographs I go under the skin of the person to extract their energy. I seek the essence of the subject, to discover the person, creating a self portrait.”