Expo ‘70 Osaka

Expo ‘70 was a World’s Fair held in Suita, Osaka, Japan between March 15 and September 13, 1970. The theme of the Expo was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind.” In Japanese Expo '70 is often referred to as Ōsaka Banpaku. This was the first World’s Fair held in Japan.

The master plan for the Expo was designed by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange helped by 12 other Japanese architects who designed elements within it. Bridging the site along a north/south axis was the Symbol Zone. Planned on three levels it was primarily a social space which had a unifying space frame roof.


ART: Abstract Photographs by Akihiko Miyoshi

Although photographs are mostly about surface, we rarely think of them in that way, preferring to see “through” the image to its ostensible subject. But Akihiko Miyoshi is an artist very much concerned with this planar aspect of the photographic image, creating scenarios where it can be revealed as illusive and often, discontinuous.



A few days ago was the opening of the first major solo exhibition in France of renowned Dutch photographer ERWIN OLAF at La Sucrière, in Lyon. The exhibition “Emotions – Installations till 2012 by Erwin Olaf” depicts ten years of his work, both in photography and film.

Known for his 60s influence photographs, Olaf creates through his work an extremely rich world, working with both installations and film. Not only a photographer but a real stage director, each photograph is carefully composed like a movie shot, with a real precision in the choice of the set, the furniture, light as well as the models and clothes.

Mixing photojournalism with studio photography, Olaf won recognition in 1988 when awarded the first prize in the Young European Photographer competition and since then has exhibited nationally and internationally. Through his work Olaf intends to raise awareness and explore issues of class, race, sexual taste, beliefs, habits and grace. Although depicting a beautiful appearance Olaf’s work shows how culture can become repression – the unexpressed and imperceptible at first sight.

His work is featured in our current Soura issue 35.

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A Record For Fanzhi

A painting by Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi sold for US$23.3 million at a Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Saturday, setting a new record price for a work by an Asian contemporary artist.

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s famed 15th-century mural, “The Last Supper,” Fanzhi’s large painting of the same name was sold after a 10-minute war between two telephone buyers. 

The work, which was sold by Swiss collectors Guy and Mariam Ullens, far surpassed the original estimate of around US$10 million.



New York based Photographer Davide Luciano turns those infamous car wrecking potholes into street art with his photo series, Potholes.  Luciano used locations in New York, Montreal, and Los Angeles as his backdrop, often driving around for hours to find the perfect pothole.  The most amazing thing is that he found the time to set up these shots on busy streets since none of the photos are photo-shopped.  This imaginative photo series that turns bad into good proves that with a little creativity - the sky is the limit.

Storytelling Photography | Issue 35

There is nothing like a great love story born out of a passion for art. That is the case with the legendary tale of Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef. Over a century since their union in 1895, Van Cleef & Arpels still represents beauty, love, and passion to this day. The daughter of a precious stone merchant, and the son of a lapidary and diamond broker have forever enshrined their love, and managed to give it immortality through the outstanding craftsmanship of the French jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels.

What better issue to feature this love story in than the Storytelling Photography issue?

This year, to commemorate their innovation, quality and style, Van Cleef & Arpels are for the second consecutive year, participating in Design Days Dubai as luxury partner and sponsor.

Design Days Dubai is the first design fair of its kind in the Middle East, bringing the most exclusive selection of purchasable, limited edition design to the region. It is a showcase of rare or unique furniture, objects d’arts and design works, held from March 18-21, 2013, to coincide with Art Week, the city’s premier art event.

We at Soura Magazine are quite proud to be partnering with Design Days Dubai and Van Cleef & Arpels as a media partner. In this issue, you will find a complimentary supplement that highlights Van Cleef & Arpels singular craftsmanship of the ZIP Necklace, a truly elegant and exclusive work of art that is bound to transform any woman, and elevate her to new heights of beauty.

We are also proud to be partaking in Design Days Dubai, a true meeting of fine art and exclusive luxury design, the first and only of its kind in the region.

This issue is not only about storytelling photography, but it’s also about the timeless and magical story of precious jewellery born out of true love.

Enjoy the stories, and enjoy the magic!


‘A Million Times’ project by Humans Since 1982 

If in case you have missed the exclusive installation by Humans Since 1982 at Design Days Dubai this year, then here is a video of this amazing  3,44 meter long kinetic clock. The installation is based on almost 300 interconnected analogue clocks, each synchronized to drive the minute and hour-hand independently to create beautifully  choreographed movements is set to enthrall visitors at Design Days Dubai 2013.

Soura Magazine Turns 5 - The book (2005-2010)

This special issue of Soura Magazine marks our 5th year anniversary, and in order to celebrate our present, and plan for our future, we had to take a long and hard look at our past. And that is exactly what this issue is. It is a journey back of sorts, a retrospective appraisal of what we’ve accomplished and how far we’ve come. it was when we took the time to review our past accomplishments did we really come to realize our present standing, who we were, and who we’ve become.