Photography: Troy Holden

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The self proclaimed snapshot photographer Troy Holden shoots “photographs of San Francisco and San Franciscans”. Holden walks the streets of SF and captures the city’s essence in a particular graphic style. He has also been working with the photobook and zine publisher Hamburger Eyes.
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Meeting Todd Francis in Berlin

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The artist and designer Todd Francis came to Berlin for the Bright Tradeshow. He was invited by Element Skateboards for who Todd is creating board graphics such as his recent series Natural Dejection which got presented by Element this week. He also painted a mural with some of his signature pigeons on the side of the booth. Together with JB. fellow Seb Carayol he just released his retrospective book Look Away which sold out right away.
We connected the dots between Yong-Ki’s Solitary Arts, Todd and us. Todd and Yong-Ki established a new adventure called Special Crud. Watch out for a special feature in the next issue of JB. where we can tell a few pigeon stories…
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Bright: Experience Extraordinaire

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We’re part of the Bright party that our friends from Skateboard MSM and Iriedaily are hosting: Experience Extraordinaire. It includes a skateable guitar sculpture that is creating sounds while you are going for a Backside Smith Grind… See you at Cassiopeia on Thursday night!

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Bright Tradeshow This Week…

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The Bright Tradeshow is kicking off today, and our vibrant city is buzzing even more this week. It’s not really about the fair itself but more about the things happening around it. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends and fellows. Art exhibitions like RVCA, Brian Lotti & Clint Peterson, the exciting LB Project (image above) or the incredible Tadej Vaukman with a zine release in front of the Kaufhaus Jahndorf, lots of parties (check out the Pinkhaus Shateshop jam at Hasenheide on Wednesday), presentations, and of course sharing a bunch of printed materials, ideas, stories… See you around in the heart of the city this week.

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Photography: Boogie Launches New Website

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Street photographer Vladimir Milivojevich aka Boogie sent us a link the other day to leave a few words about his new website that just went live. And what can we say? It’s a mass of photos he presents there and it works rather as an archive than a showcase. As an artist, he created a signature style and is fully living it, shooting rolls and rolls of film. And in this plethora of images you are still able to read a single image. So good!
We have an interview with Boogie in the works for our printed issue #03. You should be excited as we are because it will be pretty rad. Here are a few photos from his recent experiment called Demons with a wet plate collodion technique, a progress completely opposed to his usual street photography.
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Five Easy Pieces: When John Maloof Found the World of Vivian Maier

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JB.’s Five Easy Pieces — #04
Meeting John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, the directors of Finding Vivian Maier

A rare story that can perhaps top the excitement of Finding Vivian Maier is the JB. story about finding John Maloof and Charlie Siskel at the Berlinale Film Festival 2014. We might be subjective and there might not be enough thrills for a movie, but meeting, interviewing and spending time with the two directors of this documentary was a fun episode. From accidentally sitting next to the authors at the press screening, to getting an interview on a very short notice – we might be slowing down when everything is going fast, but we sure know how to speed things up when time is of the essence. Despite the circumstances, we had a great talk about a whole lot of aspects of Vivian Maier’s work, but also learned who she was as an artist apart from her everyday job as a nanny. A memorable moment at the end of the day was champagne and small talk about skateboards and photography with the film crew at the Glashütte Lounge high above Potsdamer Platz. A little bizarre.

The full interview with John Maloof and Charlie Siskel including some large format images of Maier’s photographs will be available in the upcoming print issue – JB. Magazine #03. Read below our little teaser to the JB. story of Finding John Maloof & Charlie Siskel.
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Photography: Wayne Lawrence

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Photographer Wayne Lawrence, based in Brooklyn NY, portrays people linked to mainstream culture. His first monograph came out at last autumn and is called Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera, which is a collection of portraits from a scene that was once “littered with broken glass, beer-can pull tabs, and soda bottle tops”. Orchard Beach was released through Prestel Publishing. /Found on Jux
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Erosie X Draw A Line

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If you carefully followed our squirrel moves, you would have noticed the exclusive artwork by Erosie on the backpage of our last issue. Before we can fully reveal his feature in our upcoming issue, we have to mention the superb collaboration he did with Draw A Line, Berlin last year.

Draw A Line is a creative studio collaborating with international artists to create and sell limited art edition prints. We recently met with Gunnar and Stefan, and the way they are working is pretty remarkable. They team up with artists to create various kinds of prints with a limited run using different printing techniques and sell them at a reasonable price. The collection they are offering is pretty unique. That leads us to the little book written in 1970 by Eugene M. Schwartz that publisher Edition Taube reprinted: Confessions of a Poor Collector.

To complete the whole project, Erosie came back to Berlin a couple weeks ago to paint a mural at a wall at the former Tempelhof Airport. Sadly some dumb local dude, who obviously tries to stay true to some of his unwritten rules, crossed his piece already. (See pic below)

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New Dalek Murals at the SMoCA

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James Marshall aka Dalek redesigned a couple of walls of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and painted some fresh murals. It is the museum with that Skyspace by James Turrell and the same spot where I met Leslie Shows most recently, who will be featured in the next issue of JB.
Scottsdale is where it’s happening…

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Photography: John Oliver Hodges

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Simply amazing street photography by John Oliver Hodges. He has published a couple zines with Hamburger Eyes.
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Propeller Island Trailer by Jo Peters



Our friend Jo Peters is working on a new skate video called Propeller Island. It’s already looking great. I have been out on the road with him and a bunch of Berlin local skate rats, documenting a few bits. He definitely has a very unique way of telling his Berlin stories.

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Alter Street: Jim Houser



Alter Street is a video series that showcases some of today’s most diverse and intriguing artists. You will get to peek behind the curtain and see the artists in their own studios, where they reveal why and how they create art.’ This part is featuring Jim Houser who we talked about in a previous post about his new solo show. /Found via FF

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Floating City by Nina Lindgren

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Swedish artist Nina Lindgren built this pretty amazing Floating City for a show at Art Rebels Gallery in Copenhagen a while back.
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Jim Houser @ FFDG San Francisco

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Philadelphia based painter Jim Houser will have a solo show at Fecal Face Gallery in San Francisco next month. “Night Got Quiet – Not Quite Light” contains 15 new pieces by the artist expectedly in his blue-ish/green and red colors in his unique visual storytelling style. Jim Houser has also recorded an album recently with his own music to accompany his installations.
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Thomas Campbell at Joshua Liner Gallery, NY

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Filmmaker and artist Thomas Campbell is one of the most creative squirrels out there. Following only his instagram stream is pure inspiration, this guy seems to have eternal power and creativity. He has been part of the Beautiful Losers and is constantly contributing artworks for Element while he is also running his own company um yeah arts just to name a few. Today starts his solo show Ampersand at Joshua Liner in NY. Wish I could go… I lifted some pics of his progress off of his instagram.
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Photography: Andrew Paynter

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It’s always well worth a look on Andrew Paynter’s website and browse through some his recent works, at least his tumblr as he will update his portfolio soon. Andrew is a SF based photographer, intertwining skateboard culture, art and music with a smart reporter’s eye for the most part. For a long time now he has been documenting the life and work of his artist friends such as Geoff McFetridge with who he is working on a ten-year book project, or people like the Mattson 2, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Evan Hecox or Thomas Campbell.
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Leica Presents: Let Us Roam feat. Atiba Jefferson

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The next episode of Let Us Roam is featuring photographer Atiba Jefferson. Growing up in Colorado, he was into skateboarding as a kid and after he once broke his hand he took a class in photography. When he developed the first prints it kind of took off from there. That’s where he started shooting photos and what is sounding like a classic story is a long lived passion by one of the best photographers in skateboarding today. But not only in skateboarding at home he gets a lot of diverse people in front of his lens.

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Art: Jacob Magraw-Mickelson

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Once took notice of the illustrative art by Jacob Magraw-Mickelson through an infographic in Good Magazine that visualizes the great Pacific garbage patch floating in the water. Jacob’s art is of a very detailed nature, requiring meticulous work and patience. His recent pieces include more of his embroidery as for his new collaborative show with Rachell Sumpter at Park Life in SF.
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Art: Wooden Sculptures by Drew Tyndell

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More recent works by Drew Tyndell, an artist located in Nashville, Tennessee, who is creating wooden sculptures by putting different color pieces together with a reference to architectural structures and graphical grids, like a puzzle with odd mosaic pieces.
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Photography: Christopher Anderson @ Robert Morat Gallery, Berlin

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Magnum photographer Christopher Anderson has a show at Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin which is opening today on Friday May, 16th. The series is called Son and is a documentation of his life after the birth of his son, the same time he was informed about that his father got diagnosed lung cancer. Christopher Anderson has been documenting conflict zones and war scenery for many years, been dealing with the emotional experiences of others, he then found himself reflecting intensely on these subjects in his own life.
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Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014: Richard Mosse

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Richard Mosse has been awarded the Deutsche Börse 2014 photography prize at the Photographers’ Gallery in London. He won for his exhibition The Enclave at the 2013 Venice Biennale. The exhibition documents the tragedy in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where about 5.4 million people have died as a result of war since 1998. Mosse gave the scenery a bizarre twist by shooting on (discontinued) military surveillance film, the photos capture an invisible spectrum of infrared light.
Other nominees for the prize were Lorna Simpson, Jochen Lempert and Alberto Garcia-Alix.
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032c Summer Issue #26 / 2014

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Two brilliant cover designs of the ever winning 032c magazine.

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SAME SAME™ Book by Moses & Taps

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The International Topsprayer’s new book is called SAME SAME™ and in the moment I write about it, it has already sold out. A couple days after it’s release on April 21st, the collector’s item – a limited book of 500 copies was gone. Moses & Taps are known as one of the most hyperactive and avant-garde graffiti writers around the globe. The book deals with the dilemma between the perfect piece and perfect photograph.

Same Same™ – Book by Taps & Moses – Video Preview from The Grifters on Vimeo.

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Photography: Jeanette Beckman Show at HVW8 Gallery

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Janette Beckman is a renowned photographer who documented the punk scene, ska kids or skinheads in the UK over 30 years ago. Very much into the music scene she was the first to shoot pictures of Salt’n'Pepa and somehow became the hip-hop photographer and started to work for Def-Jam for about a decade. Her current show Rebel Cultures at HVW8 Gallery in Los Angeles is still on display this week. The show is running until May 18th.
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A Special Ornithologist: Juan Fontanive

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Incredible and ultra elaborate work by Brooklyn-based painter and maker Juan Fontanive, who “makes films without using light” as the info claims. He is reusing mechanical parts of found clocks as portable containers of his animations, or his flip-books to be precise, because we’re not talking about digitally created films or animations here. All images are hand-drawn or screen-printed, hummingbirds or butterflies flying across the pages. And the sound of his little machines are just beautiful!
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