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Model at the age of 90 – Genia Galberstadt, a holocaust survivor and one of the first jewish ghetto uprising fighters, dreams of being a model at her 90th birthday

Tel Aviv, Israel, 2016-Dec-28 — /EPR Network/ — Genia Galberstadt (Born Gittel Drebsky) celebrated her 90th birthday on December 25th. Her biggest dream for this birthday was being a model, looking “pretty and young” for her birthday.

Ms. Galberstadt is a fighter in her body and soul. She has been part of the first jewish ghetto uprising in Lakhva in 1942 and was shot in her shoulder trying to escape the Nazis. Later on she found her sister and emigrated to Israel to start her own family. In the last years she faught cancer and won the fight while raising a family of 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

To make her birthday wish come true, the entire family came together with a team of stylist, make up artist and professional photographer and produced a fashion photoshooting day at Ms. Galberstadt home in Tel Aviv. The photoshoot featured items from H&M winter collection.

If you want to help make Genia’s dream come true feel free to publish the photos or contact Roy Cohen for interviews, high resolution photos and further information.

Contact-Details: Roy Cohen, +353-877979103, israeltimes@gmail.com

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LondonTown.com: Best events in London in May 2015

Stormtroopers descend on the capital on 16th May 2015 when Star Wars – also the theme for Secret Cinema’s summer extravaganza in London – opens at Madame Tussauds, one of the best London events to look forward to in May 2015.

May 2015 begins with a Bank Holiday weekend from Friday 1st until Monday 4th May and the extra day off makes this a great time to visit London with the London Sketchfest, Breakin’ Convention, the free Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, and Grand Designs Live showing the great variety of events on offer in the city.

The London Coffee Festival, Pick Me Up graphic design festival continue throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend when the Wellcome Collection offers illumination in free festival ‘On Light’, the Southbank is transformed into the Streets of Spain, Vaisakhi Festival offers free entertainment in Trafalgar Square, and Land of Kings brings music, theatre and movies to Dalston on Sunday 3rd May.

Take inspiration from Richard Curtis’ movie and visit the Notting Hill May Fair on Saturday 9th May, part of the month-long Notting Hill MayFest. On Sunday 10th May the Dulwich Festival Fair, just one of the many Dulwich Festival events, comes to Goose Green, and the Covent Garden May Fayre & Puppet Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary. Later in the month Alchemy brings ten days of Indian culture to the Southbank Centre, and there’s more festival fun to feast on when the Foodies Festival comes to Syon Park.

London theatre highlights for new productions beginning in May include Simon Russell Beale starring in Steve Waters’ new play ‘Temple’ at the Donmar Warehouse, and Oscar nominated actor Bradley Cooper who reprises his acclaimed Broadway role as Joseph Merrick in ‘The Elephant Man’.

James Phillips’s new play ‘McQueen’ starring award-winning actor Stephen Wight, named Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards, premieres at St James’s Theatre on Tuesday 12th May. Gurinder Chadha brings her hit film Bend It Like Beckham to the London stage on 15th May 2015 when this season’s Regents Park Open Air Theatre programme launches with Peter Pan.

Major photography fair Photo London brings commissioned exhibitions and live events to Somerset House, Art15 attracts collectors looking for something new and different to Olympia, Clerkenwell Design Week includes Exmouth Market and its surrounds for the first time, and the new city-wide London Craft Week showcases work by top designer-makers in a specially created pop-up pavilion.

May’s live music highlights include Essex X Factor success story Olly Murs and throwback bands S Club 7 and Fleetwood Mac who welcome back former member Christine McVie after a sixteen-year hiatus. Texas, Belle and Sebastian, Maroon 5, and The Maccabees offer more memorable musical moments while Nick Cave and Eric Clapton both appear at the Royal Albert Hall. For a free classical music concert, catch the London Symphony Orchestra performing an open air concert in Trafalgar Square on Sunday 17th May.

London’s pop-up cinemas are back! The Rooftop Film Club returns to the Bussey Building, Hot Tub Cinema comes to a disused railway station in Shoreditch, and Pop Up Screens invites us to look at the science behind films like Alien at Chelsea Old Town Hall. From science to nature, the Chelsea Flower Show showcases stunning floral displays, and there are four days of fashion as Graduate Fashion Week sashays into the Old Truman Brewery from 30th May 2015.

Hundreds of museums, galleries and historic spaces across the UK and London open their doors late for Museums at Night. The Museum of Childhood marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with The Alice Look.

In dance, Wayne McGregor presents his first full length ballet for The Royal Ballet Woolf Works, and the full ranks of Tredegar Town Band accompany Rambert’s dancers in the world premiere of Dark Arteries at Sadler’s Wells.

Meet crocodile Joe and Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick when the London Pet Show comes to London’s ExCeL centre on 9th & 10th May.

See a star studded comedy cast at Channel 4’s Comedy Gala including Michael McIntyre, Alan Carr, Jack Dee, Jason Byrne and Jonathan Ross, and book in for the splendid London Wonderground Spiegeltent which launches on 7th May with headline show Scotch & Soda, bringing Coney Island-style attractions and cabaret performed in the shadow of the Southbank Centre.

For more information on these and other great London events in May 2015, go to LondonTown.com where a wide choice of London hotels to suit all budgets is given as well as information on restaurants, attractions and all the latest London happenings.

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LondonTown.com: Tate galleries in London prepare for another bumper year

Sculpture, painting, photography and Pop Art all lined up for 2015 programme

LONDON, September 16, 2014, London’s Tate galleries have announced the highlights of their 2015 exhibition programme. The two galleries, which are among Europe’s leading cultural attractions, will be holding major exhibitions on sculpture, Pop Art and photography, featuring the work of the likes of Barbara Hepworth, Alexander Calder, Frank Auerbach and David Hockney. Tate Britain in Pimlico and Tate Modern in Borough are both located on the River Thames and are connected by a ferry service that travels between the two galleries. For more on this and other attractions and exhibitions to look forward to in 2015, as well as news about London hotels, restaurants, shops and museums, see LondonTown.com, the city’s best guide for tourists.

The first half of 2015 at Tate Modern features three major retrospectives by prominent modern and contemporary painters. Sonia Delaunay (1885 – 1979) celebrated the modern world of movement, technology and urban life as a significant figure of the Parisian avant-garde from the 1920s. American minimalist painter Agnes Martin (1912-2004) came to prominence in the 1960s with her subtle, evocative canvases marked out in pencil grids and pale colour washes. And Marlene Dumas’s (b.1953) paintings reflect contemporary anxieties about life and death, gender and sexuality, and the influence of mass media and celebrity.

Tate Modern’s later exhibitions will include Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture, the artist’s first major retrospective in the UK. Calder was a pioneer of kinetic sculpture and played an essential role in reshaping the history of modernism. The World Goes Pop  will tell new and different stories about Pop art from the 1960s and 1970s. It will reveal how one of the world’s most accessible art movements was often a subversive international language for criticism and public protest.

At Tate Britain in Pimlico, the first retrospective in London since 1968 of the work of Barbara Hepworth opens in the summer. One of the most successful sculptors in the world during the 1950s and 1960s, it will emphasise Hepworth’s prominence and significance in the international art world. Frank Auerbach (b.1931) has made some of the most resonant and inventive paintings of recent times, of people and of the urban landscapes near his studio in Mornington Crescent. Tate Britain is working closely with the artist on an autumn exhibition of works from the 1950s to the present day. From the autumn, the group exhibition  Art and Empire  will present art of the last three hundred years, including contemporary works, associated with the British Empire.

There is an emphasis on photography at Tate Britain in the spring of 2015. Salt & Silver: Early Photography 1840-1900 is devoted to original salted prints, one of the earliest forms of photography.  Nick Waplington and Alexander McQueen  is the result of a unique collaboration between photographer Nick Waplington and acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen. For more on these exhibitions at Tate Modern and Tate Britain, see LondonTown.com.

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London. http://www.LondonTown.com

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LondonTown.com: London’s love of architecture exhibited at museums in 2014

Whether you are a fan of Tudor churches, elegant Georgian squares, grand Victorian civic buildings, art deco power stations or Brutalist arts complexes, London has some of the finest architecture in the world. This is the city where Wren’s St Paul’s sits alongside Foster’s Gherkin and nobody blinks an eye. London also boasts many of the finest museums in the world, and later this year the two will overlap with a series of exhibitions looking at architecture across the world. For more information on these museums, see LondonTown.com, where you will also find ideas for nearby restaurants, shops and cafes and get the latest prices and availability for London hotel rooms.

The Barbican Centre is a great example of London architecture – a controversial art complex with commanding, austere lines unadorned with needless ornamentation in the manner dubbed Brutalist. Fittingly, this building will hold an exhibition of 250 photographs of 20th century architecture from the 1930s to the present day this autumn calledConstructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age (25th September 2014 – 11th January 2015). Similarly, Ordinary Beauty: the photography of Edwin Smith (10th September – 6th December 2014) will look at the work of a 20th -century photographer who captured British buildings and landscapes. The exhibition will take place at the new gallery at the HQ of RIBA, the Royal Institute of British Architects.

American architect Louis Kahn (9th July – 12th October 2014) will be the focus of a retrospective at the Design Museum, featuring models, drawings, sketches, photographs and films of his greatest buildings including the monumental Salk Institute in California. Finally, the lovely small museum inside the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner will examine London’s six great War Memorials with We Will Remember Them: London’s Great War Memorials (16th July – 30th November 2014), including the Cenotaph on Whitehall and the profoundly moving Machine Gun Corps Memorial next to the Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner. For more on any of these, see LondonTown.com

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LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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LondonTown.com: Stellar line-up of exhibitions in South Kensington quarter this year

Three of London’s greatest museums – the South Kensington trio of the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A – will be holding major exhibitions this autumn and winter. The three museums are located side-by-side close to South Kensington and constitute one of London’s major tourist destinations. To get an idea of what the area has to offer, see LondonTown.com, where you can also book hotels in London at the cheapest available rates.

AThe Natural History Museum’s annual highlight is the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2014 (from October 2014), featuring dozens of awe-inspiring photographs from around the world. The neighbouring Science Museum will also be displaying photographs for Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction (3rd July – 9th November 2014), the first major UK exhibition by Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta, and Open For Business (22 nd August – 2 nd November 2014), a free exhibition that will tell the story of British industry through the lens of photographers, showing everything from foundries and assembly lines to modern research labs. The Science Museum’s big exhibition will be Cosmonauts: Birth Of The Space Age (November 2014-May 2015), the first UK exhibition to look at the remarkable story of Russian space travel through a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never before been seen outside Russia. These include spacecraft as well as personal memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight, such as Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

Across the road at the V&A, the big exhibition will be Constable: The Making of a Master(20 September 2014 – 11 January 2015), examining the work of British landscape artist John Constable, showing how he painted and placing his work alongside some of the old masters of classical landscape. The V&A’s contemporary, international audience will enjoyHorst: Photographer of Style (6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015), which will present the definitive retrospective of fashion photographer Horst P Horst. The V&A’s other exhibition is Disobedient Objects (26th July 2014 – 1st February 2015), showcasing items made for political protest, including everything from Suffragette teapots, inflatable cobble stones and protest robots, with particular focus on objects from the 1980s to the present day. The V&A will also open their new Rapid Response Collecting gallery on July 5, which promises to showcase recently acquired items of immediate public interest. At the opposite end of the scale to that are the redesigned Europe 1600-1800 Galleries (from December 2014), featuring spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books created by Europe’s finest artists and craftsmen for figures such as Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great.

About LondonTown.com
LondonTown.com is the number one Internet site for London. With over 18 years of experience assisting visitors to the capital, they pride themselves on their customer service and editorial independence – no banner advertising or paid for content is allowed. The LondonTown.com team assist in finding cheap London hotels, sightseeing tours, ticket information and events. Trusted and with a loyal following, LondonTown.com is a very reliable source of recommendations and advice on what to do in London.

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Audrey Woulard of Audrey Woulard Photography, Teaches Photographers How to Shoot in Full Sun Without the Aid of Flashes or Reflectors at Her Latest Workshop

Audrey Woulard Photography announces her latest workshops in Atlanta, Georgia, & Los Angeles, California. She will teach photographers how to nail perfectly exposed images while shooting at high noon, in full sun. Shooting at high noon is often frowned upon in the photography industry, yet Audrey Woulard will discuss how to overcome those issues at her latest in person workshop. Audrey addition to her portrait work, Audrey Woulard has shot ad campaigns for Pottery Barn Kids & a national campaign for IAMS Pet food. She will go over the commercial industry as well during her workshop.

For links to online reviews of Audrey Woulard Workshops, you may visit Audrey Woulard Workshop Reviews. For more information on her workshops, you may visit her workshop website at http://www.awworkshops.com.

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Hollywood glamour explored in new London exhibition

An exhibition will open in London in April dedicated to exploring Italian cinema and celebrity life of the 1950s and 1960s. The Years Of La Dolce Vita at the Esoteric Collection of Modern Italian Art will open on 30th April and run until 29th June. It will explore of the most fertile periods in contemporary Italian cinema through 80 photographs that capture the life enjoyed by Italian and Hollywood celebrities in Rome in the 1960s. The gallery is in Canonbury Square, a short distance from central London and surrounded by great bars and restaurants. Those wishing to explore the area should visit LondonTown.com, London’s best website for the latest listings information as well as the regular real-time updates on London hotel room rates and availability in hundreds of hotels.

The 1950s and ’60s were a golden era in Italian film when directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Federico Fellini produced some of their most famous movies. Hollywood stars John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Lauren Bacall and Liz Taylor frequented the capital as American filmmakers were lured to Rome, and it was here that such epic productions as Ben-Hur (1959) and Cleopatra (1963) were shot. Rome’s bars and restaurants became popular haunts of glamorous celebrities such as Alain Delon, Kirk Douglas and Audrey Hepburn, transforming Rome’s streets into ‘an open-air film set’.

The exhibition features images of celebrities at play in Rome as well behind-the-scenes photographs from Fellini’s classic La Dolca Vita. Together, these photographs vividly evoke an era of extraordinary glamour, creativity and decadence, while revealing the public, professional and private lives of some of the movie industry’s most celebrated actors and actresses. The Years of La Dolce Vita not only provides a candid and evocative snapshot of an era noted for its extraordinary vitality, but also presents a selection of images which helped to change the face of photojournalism forever. For more information, see LondonTown.com.

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Incredibly photos of London life on display in Spitalfields

Photographs taken more than a century ago by a mysterious London photographer showing everyday London life shortly before the First World War will go on display at a gallery in East London this month. CA Mathew: Photographs Of Spitalfields A Century Ago opens on 7 th March and runs until 27 th April at the Eleven Spitalfields gallery at 11 Princelet Street. The gallery is close to Liverpool Street station in the heart of London’s colourful Spitalfields area. Visitors to London should check out LondonTown.com for a guide to the great restaurants, pubs, galleries and shops in the area, as well as to see the latest rates for London hotels.

Little is known about CA Mathew, who began photographing Londoners going about their everyday business in April 1912. He lived in Essex and travelled to Liverpool Street station, where he set about photographing Londoners in unposed, informal situations, thus offering a fascinating window on life in the metropolis 100 years ago. Mathew died in 1916 leaving behind a vivid evocation of London street life in these extraordinary images.

Mathew’s photograph passed into the collection of the Bishopsgate Institute and have been carefully restored by contemporary photographer Jeremy Freedman. They are a haunting study of a lost London, depicting buildings that have been destroyed either in war or by developers, and people who have long since passed away. The photographs were only discovered a few years ago at the Bishopsgate Institute, where they had been stored for at least 60 years. Freedman has diligently restored them, and archivists have studied them to try and ascertain why they were taken – as many of the photographs feature derelict or abandoned buildings, they were possibly commissioned by a local property developer, hoping to make moves in the area. The photographs were never published and have never before been on public display. For more about this and other photographic exhibitions in London in 2014, see LondonTown.com.

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Grand Royale London Hyde Park: Learn the details of nature photography at the Wildlife Photography Exhibition

It’s the fag end of January and though winter is still dominating the London air, spring has started signaling its slow approach. Bright sunny days with fantastic wind are creating perfect atmosphere for exploring the historic city on feet. For people who have visited London earlier and are planning a trip yet again may try to see London in a different way this time. Instead of spending time visiting the prime spots that they have already explored, visitors may opt for something that is not permanent features of London. Many exciting events, fairs, festivals and exhibitions take place in London in different seasons and taking part in any of those, one can make his or her London trip a unique one. Event venues are scattered across London and majority of them are located at the prime spots that are easily reachable from the esteemed hotels.

Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one of the most eminent hotels in Central London’s prestigious West End is applauded for its strategic location, apart from its service excellence which has earned global recognition for the property. Located close to the iconic Hyde Park and the Kensington Gardens, Park Grand London Hyde Park offers easy accesses to a number of event venues.

Visitors who fancy photography and have a deep interest in the subject would be delighted to know that the Grand Royale London Hyde Park is currently offering access to the Wildlife Photography Exhibition, which is being held at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition, which has started from October 23, 2013 brings to photography enthusiasts a golden opportunity to learn skills from collection of images snapped by experts. The Natural History Museum is among the busiest exhibition venues in Central London and right now its iconic central hall has now turned into a wonderful gallery of photographs and displays that have completely changed the atmosphere of the venue.

The first thing that attracts visitors at the central hall is the huge Diplodocus skeleton. The life size model of a blue whale would also leave visitors spell-bound. However, this season the real charm of the hall is the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is one of the important annual events that the museum hosts. This is the 49 th edition of the competition and it has attracted entries from all corners of the world. A panel of expert judges is scrutinizing the submissions to choose the best one which would be displayed at the museum. Shutterbugs can enrich their knowledge by looking at stunning images that have been displayed at the hall under 18 different categories.

Visitors can therefore be sure of seeing some pretty spectacular images, with the 18 category winners and runners up, as well as those being deemed worthy of special commendation being included in the exhibition. Considered largely as the number one global display of nature photography, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Collection is simply a must-see thing for everyone and especially those having a fascination for wildlife photography. Located on Cromwell Road, the Natural History Museum is very close to the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. From Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one can easily reach the venue by taking a Piccadilly Line-bound train from the nearest South Kensington tube station or bus. The exhibition would remain open till March 23.

To book a room at Grand Royale London Hyde Park, one can either log on to its official website- http://www.grandroyalelondon.co.uk or call at +44 (0) 20 7313 7900.

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The World’s Top Selling Stock Photographer Yuri Arcurs Launches His Own Direct Sales Platform (PeopleImages.com) To Pave The Way For Other Creatives

As off today www.PeopleImages.com is officially out of beta testing mode and live! For years, the major stock agencies have been pushing commissions lower and lower, reaching an all time low of 15% last year making it almost impossible for photographers to gain profit from selling their images online. This can be seen in comparison to Apple’s iTunes store where the artists receive a 70% commission for their work. Furthermore, with the introduction of micro prices in 2005, the stock industry has been under enormous pressure and few photographers have been able to survive of their meager earnings.

With www.PeopleImages.com Danish born Yuri Arcurs has shown that it is possible to make it on your own and sell directly to your customers. His site introduces services that all other artists would be able to offer clients, but which agencies would have a problem providing: Custom retouching, image exclusivity options and the ability to request more images of a specific model or particular style.

Quotes:
Lee Torrens (stock photography journalist – microstockdiaries.com)
“With the launch of PeopleImages.com, the hard work and smart decisions of Yuri’s stock photography career come together in a lucrative business model that no other stock photographer is positioned to pull off. What’s more, it pulls market power back from stock photo agencies who have been dropping photographer royalties for years.”

Jenan Mujkic (10 years experience in buying images online – sneezr.ca)
“This site makes all other sites look like they are from the last century. Take note, PeopleImages.com just jumped a curve!”

Yuri Arcurs: (Photographer, creator of PeopleImages.com)
“Very few people that buy images know how small a percentage of the actual sales price the artists receive. It’s a shame, because the small artists have a hard enough time already.”

http://arcurs.com/2012/06/www-peopleimages-com-has-launched-a-post-about-how-it-got-there/

Quotes from the text:

“Managing six IT guys would prove to be more time-consuming and more difficult than managing my entire business.”

“Very few people will tell you to your face “this will not work” or “we need to delete 1,000 hours of code work because it will create bugs.” Especially not if they are hired by you.”

“News of the launch was leaked to the media three days before our original launch date, and it was posted on the front page of the biggest newspaper in Denmark. It became quite clear what we had to do. We had to launch now. Not in in three days. Not tomorrow. Now.”

“All the tools that a normal manager can use to direct a project are inaccessible to an IT manager that is not a developer themselves.”

“We, as artists, are perfectionists, we have to be, but for a perfectionist to ever create anything great, you must be able to say: “Stop – Enough with the details!” and settle with the less attractive option.”

“Programmers love detailed planning, and most other people do, too, but great interactive design was never arrived at from the very first go-ahead. It is, by its very nature, an experimental process and you will find yourself often arriving at the best solutions when you start using the interface yourself. The only problem is at this point somebody has already had to build it and be ready to discard it.”

“We discarded the whole site two times and had to start over. Most people would consider that a total flop, a loss in all ways, but it ended up getting us closer and closer to having a thorough understanding of how the site would need to behave.”

“Preparing for the launch event, I had a 6min live TV spot lined up on the launch date in front of 1.5 million viewers. I was extremely lucky to get this pitched to the editor in such a way that they ended up running the story. But when it actually was about to unfold I was more nervous than I have ever been prior to any interview. I only had about 15 hours of sleep the last week before the launch, and had to be ready to go live at 8am in the morning with 4 hours of “airplane sleep” – and, naturally with all the stress involved in the launch, I fell ill the day before the TV spot. It was simply madness, but it had to be done and it had to be done well.”

Get a personal comment from Yuri for your article him directly on yuri@arcurs.com or his assistant on alessa@arcurs.com.

If you are creating an article we will grant you any image you would like from PeopleImages.com and set you up with a VIP account with $150 already on it. This should take care of any need of images you have for the article and still leave a decent amount on your account which you can use as you see fit.

We can process such requests very fast. Send to: support@peopleimages.com

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Croydon Photographer Joins New Hotel as Preferred Supplier

A Croydon-based husband and wife photography team, Matt Foden Photography, has just been brought on board as preferred suppliers to Croydon’s latest boutique hotel- the Hampton Hilton. The hotel is aimed primarily at business users, however it also caters for couples looking for an urban wedding reception venue, and offers a blend of fresh modern interiors with a strong focus on customer service.

According to Matt Foden, “We are absolutely delighted to be one of the official photographers at this amazing new hotel. It very much fits in with our own style and brand, and we are very much looking forwards to working there with wedding couples in the future. Prior to the launch of the Hampton, there were no hotels in the area that catered to that specific niche, and we are confident that the hotel will prove to be very successful indeed”.

Matt and Brenda Foden recenly attended and covered the official launch of the hotel, which was attended by local dignatories including the Mayor of Croydon.

About Matt Foden Photography
Matt and Brenda are surrey wedding photographers. They have also recently launched a newborn baby portrait service.

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Brooklyn Public, an Educational Documentary filmed in New York Public School launches Kickstarter

Brooklyn Public has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking finishing funds for the project at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/781739295/brooklyn-public

Brooklyn Public is a look into a New York public school and the surrounding neighborhood, through the eyes of it’s students. We will follow four students as they begin a community project in their freshman English class, led by their compelling teacher, Mr. Van Dyke. Celebrating people and places around their community that in the past have commonly drawn negative attention, the students will uncover a new found significance in their neighborhood and education. Growing up first-generation American in East New York, the kids will face daily hardships in and out of the classroom. This film will help people to better understand public education in New York City, and hopefully help future educators in their own classrooms.

Universities, colleges and anyone seeking a screening, can donate $2500 to the project to have the film presented for them by filmmaker Adam Banicki for their selected audience anywhere in the US.

Adam Banicki grew up in the Midwest and attended DePaul University in Chicago for his undergraduate degree in Digital Cinema. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and spent time working for Entertainment Tonight and The Cleveland Show. After two years Adam moved to New York to pursue an MFA in Social Documentary Film at the School of Visual Arts. Brooklyn Public is Adam’s first major documentary film. His previous short documentary, The Piano Busker, screened at festivals across the US and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Naperville Independent Film Festival.

If you would like more information on this project please email info@contingencypictures.com.

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First Images Of WWII German Submarine Sunk 68 Years Ago In Brazil

The U-Boat was located by the Schurmann Family in July 2011. Almost one year after locating the submarine, the Schurmanns joined efforts with deep sea diving experts to collect images of the U-513. With specialized technology, using a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) the expedition made a 135 meters dive to film and take pictures of the wreck, for the first time in history.

“After years of research, finally we watched this historical moment. We first saw a shadow then gradually the images became very clear, the submarine is almost intact and whole as if she was placed there to sleep” said Vilfredo Schurmann leader of the expedition.

“The ROV (Remotely operated underwater vehicle) did several dives and with every new image we celebrated this great feat” says David Schurmann, the film director.

It all began in 2001 aboard their sailing yacht “Aysso”, when the Schurmanns a well-known sailing and expedition family in Brazil, was told of the story of a German submarine, sunk in 1943 during WWII in the waters of Southern Brazil.

Vilfredo and Heloisa Schurmann where hooked on the mysterious story and started researching the facts in the National Archives in Washington – USA, Berlin – Germany and in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

They were granted a license from the Brazilian Navy, and obtained the support of the Santa Catarina Government and UNIVALI University and were sponsored by TOTVS, CPE (Coastal Planning & Engineering) and FUGRO BRAZIL to further the search.

A team of 35 professionals (all volunteers) which included divers, oceanographers, retired officers from the Brazilian and USA Navy & Air Force, archaeologists, historians, filmmakers and the last surviving member of the USA airplane responsible for the U-boat sinking aided on the search.

After 2 years and 18 expeditions at sea, operating Side Scanning Sonars and Magnetometer, on July 17th 2011 on board their adapted sailing yacht “Aysso”, the Schurmanns located the exact position of the sunken submarine.

On March 8, 2012, aboard two ships, the expedition led by Vilfredo Schurmann and a crew of 20, filmed for the first time in history since her sinking 68 years ago, images of U-513. The U-boat is considered one of the WWII submarines sunk furthers away from Germany during battle.

THE UNDERWATER FILMING
The underwater footage of the U-513 was made with a ROV model Sea Eye Falcon Marine, capable of operating up to 300 meters deep, assigned and operated by FUGRO BRAZIL.

S/V “Aysso” and M/V “Thunder” anchored at the location, launched the ROV (Remotely operated underwater vehicle) and with sonar-aided navigation (similar to a ship’s radar – working under water) located the submarine.

The recordings were performed with the ROV camera itself. For best results, HD 3D cameras were also mounted in housings to captured images of the submarine.

Sponsors: TOTVS, CPE, FUGRO BRAZIL
Support: Santa Catarina Government and UNIVALI University

HISTORY
The U-513, under the command of the German captain Karl Friedrich Guggenberger, had the mission to sink any enemy vessel on the route between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. She had already torpedoed three ships, including two Americans and a Brazilian.

The U-Boat-513 sank on July 19th, 1943. Lieutenant Roy S. Whitcomb was on a PBM-VP-74 flying-boat bomber on an antisubmarine sweep and spotted the surfaced U-boat. He ordered the attack. Captain Guggenberger on the deck of the submarine saw the approaching plane, he knew there was no time to submerge and began a counterattack. Whitcomb’s dropped six 225-pound bombs depth charges and the U-boat absorbed the full impact on her hull.

The U-513, 76 meters in length sunk immediately with its 46 crew. 7 men who were on deck where the only survivors, among them the captain Guggenberger.

THE SCHURMANN FAMILY
The Schurmann Family is the first Brazilian family to circumnavigate the world on a sailboat and the only Brazilian family to have done it twice. A household name in Brazil, the Schurmann Family has been active around the world through their online school program, as well as their films and TV programs.

In 1984 Vilfredo, Heloisa and their children left their home, their work and school and set off from Florianópolis, the capital city of the State of Santa Catarina, in southern Brazil, to pursue their dream: circumnavigate the world on a sailing yacht.

Their children, Pierre, David and Wilhelm, were 15, 10 and 7 years old. On this first adventure, the Schurmann Family spent 10 years at sea.

In 1997 the Schurmann Family began their second great adventure Magellan Global Adventure. The goal was to retrace the route sailed by Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet, the first complete circumnavigation of the planet. For this adventure, apart from the parents only their son David Schurmann and Kat, their 5-year-old daughter went along. Magellan Global Adventure was followed by more than 1,5 million people, from 44 countries. Every month the adventure’s filmed reports, broadcast internationally, had an average of 40 million television viewers in Brazil and many more around the world. After 30 months, the Schurmann’s yacht returned to Brazil.

The Family members are: Vilfredo, Heloisa, Pierre, David, Wilhelm and Kat Schurmann (d. 2006).
They have released 4 best sellers in Brazil and one box office hit documentary film: Books
• Em Busca do Sonho (2006) Portuguese
• Momentos De uma Aventura (2001) Portuguese/English
• Um Mundo de Aventuras (2002) Portuguese
• 10 Anos No Mar (1995) Portuguese

Films & TV
• O Mundo em Duas Voltas (The World in Two Round Trips) 2007 (Film)
• Em Busca do Sonho (Film)
• Magellan Global Adventure (TV Series)
• Schurmann Family 20 years (TV Series)

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Art and Cigars by John Gillan at the Montecristo Lounge of Hollywood Florida

“Naked Beauty” Nude Photographs by John Gillan.Hollywood, Florida -Meet internationally known photographer John Gillan at the Montecristo Lounge in Hollywood Florida on Friday April 29, 2011, from 8:00pm – 10:30pm.

Join the artist who will sign postcards and talk about his project NAKED BEAUTY. This is the premier of Gillan’s color and black/white nude collection and part III of the Art & Cigar series at: Cuenca’s Montecristo Lounge 1928 Harrison St Hollywood, FL 33020 866-417-9454

This collection began in the mid 1980’s and spans three decades. The images were captured on location all over the United States in formats ranging from 35 mm to 4×5 film and 35mm digital to 4×5 pinhole.

A portion of the work can be viewed at:

http://www.gillaneditions.com/figure.html

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Urban And Contemporary Artists Exhibit At Major Paris Event

DirectRooms.com can reveal that Paris will be the focus for art enthusiasts from around the world for a special exhibition taking place in October.

Taking place for just two days on 23rd to 24th October, Art Shopping 2010 is a display of the most unusual and captivating contemporary art from a range of international artists.

Visitors to the show will be able to see works represented in glass, sculpture and digital art as well as photographs, original paintings and even furniture.

This year’s event will include an area dedicated to urban art with around 20 international artists featuring in the display. People can view a special creation from artists such as French artist Antonin Dreamer, England’s Ben Slow and David Le Fleming from New Zealand. The trio have teamed up with other artists to graffiti, stencil and tag a wall that has been specially set up for the exhibition.

Approximately 10,000 visitors are expected over the two days to view the pieces from over 250 galleries and artists that are taking part in the event.

The sixth edition of the show will also include a display of photographs from art and design students as part of a competition focused on the theme of light, with the winning entries on display for visitors.

People residing in Paris hotels can also visit the Carrousel du Louvre which will be the host for the exhibition to see the Trends in Transcription feature. This mini exhibition within the event will be comprised of work from artists that use words and text to depict artistic messages and emotions.

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The 4Th Wall Gallery Launches

The 4TH Wall Gallery Present’s its newest creation located in its’ carriage house; The Story Book House. The gallery’s collection of the finest original illustrations from children’s picture books is now enhanced by the launching of the Story Book House, brimming with wonderful Children’s Picture Books and Stunningly Unique Book Gift Baskets.

The 4Th Wall Gallery Launches

The Children’s book gift baskets are a meaningful and perfect present to celebrate the holidays, birthdays and/or any milestone in a child’s development. These baskets are imaginative gifts for newborns to about fourth grade. When a child receives a Story Book House gift basket, you are sharing with them the gift of reading that will last a lifetime. The high quality, beautifully illustrated books will be treasured for generations and treated like family heirlooms. The gift baskets include carefully selected books arranged in a decorative reusable container and colorfully wrapped. The gift baskets can be customized for your specific celebration and/or reader’s interests. (The book gift baskets are available for sale at $75, $150 and $250).

The 4th Wall gallery was named the best new gallery in Dallas in 2009 by D Home Magazine. Owners Kristine and Matthew Abramowitz have also been recognized by The Today Show, Fox News, the Dallas Morning News, Good Morning Dallas and KDFW Fox as excellent resources on children’s books, original illustrations f r o m children’s books and their stunning book gift baskets. Matthew and Kristine Abramowitz state ” We realized that Dallas was missing a children’ s book boutique, that special place where young readers can find a picture book they love as well as meet the incredible authors and illustrators they admire. We have found that a child who meets one of their favorite authors and illustrators can be positively inspired to read and explore their own creativity.”

The 100 year old quaint main house and carriage house on 2925 Fairmount Street in Uptown, offers a unique space that transports the art collector and book lover into a magically, imaginative world. One enters the main house, (The 4th Wall Gallery) to the welcome of the fabulous contemporary art collection and continues on into the fantastical world of original illustrations f r o m children’s books. You soon cross over the threshold into the carriage house (Story Book House), teeming with a wonderful selection of children’s picture books and clever book gift baskets.

The Story Book House looks forward to inviting the young and young at heart to author and illustrator presentations. In addition, The 4th Wall Gallery and Story Book House may be rented for special events. The Story Book House at the 4th Wall Gallery is located at 2925 Fairmount Street, Dallas TX 75201. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm. The Story Book House offers a toll free number 1-888-90-STORY.

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Female iPhone App Developer’s Business Decimated By Apple’s Controversial ‘Sexy App’ Purge

“Hot ‘N Funny” has been making iPhone apps for eight months, finally making money when Apple shut her down. Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and Maxim however, get to keep their similar apps up.

Jacqui Holland and her partner Jeff Wolverton have had seven apps removed from the app store, including the popular “Pocket Ex-Girlfriend” and “Pocket Hotty”, all featuring Jacqui as various scantily clad comic characters. Apple removed them all, most in the “sexy apps” purge of the last few days (you can see them on www.ForbiddenIphoneApps.com) Apple claims the burlesque comedy apps of HotNFunny.com were removed due to “overtly sexual content”, which it previously approved, but now says has to go. All of the Hot ‘N Funny teams apps had no nudity, no pornography and were rated 17+. Apple does continue to allow bikini pictures from big magazine companies such as Playboy, however, and sexual content such as Cosmopolitan’s “Sexual Position of the Day” app.

Jacqui & Jeff are both former standup comics. Jacqui is also an working actress who appeared in “My Best Friend’s Girl” in a scene with Kate Hudson, and Jeff is the screenwriter who wrote the Academy Award-winning short film “The ChubbChubbs!” as well as a creating visual effects in two of the Spider-Man movies. The two met in the standup comedy circuit and formed an alliance last summer to make comedic short films, then quickly switched to iPhone apps. After months of altering their apps to adjust to Apple’s ever-changing standard, their business was beginning to take off. Apple first allowed pasties, then said no, but bikinis & thongs were okay. Several Hot ‘N Funny apps would be up, then down, then back up, sometimes with the same content. Hot ‘N Funny is now one of the many that have been decimated by Apple’s purge of erotic iphone apps.

As both an app developer and the central model of the apps, Jacqui has a unique point of view on the apps Apple says we “degrading and objectionable” to women, and believes Apple decision to let similar apps from the magazine companies remain (now devoid of competition) has more to do with the impending iPad release and it’s platform for magazine distribution. She points out that she and Jeff altered the “front screenshots” of their apps many times at Apple’s behest, but Playboy and Sports Illustrated’s remaining apps show exactly the amount of skin in the images Jacqui was forced to take down.

For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release (or for a sample, copy or demo), contact Jacqui Holland or Jeff Wolverton or visit www.ForbiddenIphoneApps.com.

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Atlanta’s pb&j gallery

Atlanta’s pb&j gallery is one of the city’s premiere galleries for contemporary art. The gallery focuses on four primary media: photography, painting, collage and sculpture. The gallery was founded in April 2007 by Bob Burkhardt and his partner Jack Simonetta. Both artists’ work is shown in the gallery as is their good friend Peggy Dana. The collective artists creates the namesake of the pb&j gallery.


The mission of pb&j gallery is to showcase the work of an array of artists and give emerging collectors the opportunity to find affordable contemporary works of art. “Many of our customers live in the local area of the gallery and are young families,” says Burkhardt. “They’re looking for high quality, affordable prices as they build their personal collections.”

Burkhardt has had a 30-year corporate career as a graphic designer. A self-taught photographer, his work includes landscapes that often reflect familiar sites in and around the Atlanta area. A frequent visitor to Provincetown, MA, his work also portrays seascapes of the popular destination.

Other artists are also represented in the gallery and help to complement the work of the gallery principles. One such artist is photographer, Robert Simmons, whose work is typically more contemporary in nature.

The gallery offers work for anyone’s budget. Photography ranges from $25.00 to $500.00, with the average being about $250.00 for a large framed image. Other pieces range from $100.00 to $1200.00, with the average being around $800.00 for a framed image.

Customers may also make purchases online at the the gallery’s web site: www.pbj-gallery.com. Online offerings are focused on photography and include the gallery’s featured artists.

pb&j gallery will present the work of four artists during its newest show which opens Friday, December 11 and runs through January 17. The show will feature photographers, Dylan Bailey and James Penn and mixed media artists Tracy Murrell and George Stone. The opening is from 7-10 pm.

pb&j gallery is located at 35 Howard Street SE, in Atlanta’s Historic Kirkwood District. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12 to 5 pm. The gallery can be contacted at (404) 606-1856 or online at www.pbj-gallery.com.

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In The Sunny Caribbean And In Snowy Quebec – Turn-Key Locations For Film, TV Commercials, Video And Still Photo Shoots

Boutique hotels, beach-side villas, island nature parks or alternatively, frozen lakes, log cabins, snowy trails —  they are all  locations serviced throughout 2009-2010 by Montreal Photography Production.

Turn-Key Locations For Film, TV Commercials, Video And Still Photo Shoots

Beauchemin d’Eze, the umbrella company for Montreal Photography ProductionMontreal Locations ScoutsMontreal PhotographersDominican Republic Locations Scouts, in business since 1984, provides Canadian and international clients with turn-key locations for film, TV commercials, video and still photo “shoots”.

According to Michelle d’Eze, the company’s CEO, “Over the long winter months, the demand for sun destinations is very high. In the Caribbean, the days are longer, and the natural light is ideal for fashion shoots and other outdoor scenarios. That is why we deploy separate teams of professionals: some in the Caribbean and the others to service projects requiring typical winter settings in Quebec.”

The dual-front operation has paid off for the company. To date, it has worked on more than 50 projects including, TV reality shows, catalogues, magazine features, films, video and TV commercials.

The firm offers an extensive range of support services that can be booked individually or as a complete package. These include location scouting, set managing/coordinating, requisitioning and processing of permits, casting, photography, studios rentals, equipment rentals, accommodations, catering, transportation (automobiles, boats, helicopters, Winnebago rentals) and all other production needs. Moreover, the company handles all the “nitty-gritty” tasks that are so time-consuming and bothersome for a producer working abroad – – tasks such as customs, work permits and on-site logistics.

The company is headed by Michelle d’Eze who has more than 25 years experience in multimedia and Serge Beauchemin, an award-winning photographer/photo editor. The Montreal-based team is widely known and highly regarded for exceptional expertise in advertising and editorial as well as in film, television and video production .

In just the last two years, the firm has quadrupled its business volume, with contracts from international clients including Oxelo for Decathlon ( France); W Magazine (Celine Dion photo shoot), Volkswagen (Routan), The DDB Worldwide Advertising Group (Tourism Canada), CQ Magazine (Tourism Montreal) Elle Magazine (USA and Europe),  Grice, Ready-to-wear,Geneva; Young and Rubicam Paris (Kiabi), Garraud-Paris, Oscar de la Renta,  Esperanza for Fleisher Film , Telecom for CNN, Mitsubishi, Bikini Village and other clients of the same caliber.

“Adds Michelle d’Eze, “Our Caribbean office gives us the ability to offer our budget-conscious clients considerable savings on accommodations, transportation and support staff. Furthermore, after three years on the ground, we know our way around permitting, customs and all the little nuances of interacting with local suppliers. In a nutshell, we deliver an international standard of service while at the same time, enabling our clients to benefit from the scenery and relaxed atmosphere of one of the great vacation destinations of the world.”

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Art Exhibition “CONTROL” at SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco

The South Bay Area and Peninsula Chapters of the Women’s Caucus for Art in conjunction with SOMArts Cultural Center present an exhibition titled “CONTROL”, curated by Karen Gutfreund, displaying the work of California women artists. The exhibition will be held August 6 – 29, 2009 at SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco. The opening reception and opportunity to meet the artists will be held at SOMArts on Thursday, August 6 f r o m 6 – 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

“CONTROL” includes artwork by 79 emerging and professional women artists. The 94 works on display cover a broad range of media, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, and video installation. Organized around the theme of control (or lack of it), the show explores the artists interpretation of all methods of control: internal, external, positive, negative, over life events and over technology, empowering or dehumanizing, politically correct – or not.

This collection of work addresses many issues, including statements on war, politics, ethnicity, gender identity and stereotypes, domestic violence, religion, money and the environment. ”Regardless of the artist’s media, their individual work speaks to the uniqueness and strength of their message on “Control” says Karen Gutfreund, curator.

The exhibition was organized by the South Bay Area and Peninsula chapters of Women’s Caucus for Art, a national organization. The work was juried by members of Guerrilla Girls West, a group of women art activists in gorilla masks, who have been protesting the lack of inclusion for women artists in museum and gallery collections since 1987. The Guerrilla Girls West stated they “chose the work based on artistic quality, perceived relevance to the theme of Control, and relevance as seen by typical exhibition visitors”.

About the Women’s Caucus for Art
Founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA), WCA is a national member organization unique in its multi-disciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students /educators, and museum professionals. The mission of the Women’s Caucus for Art is to expand opportunities and recognition for women in the arts.

WCA is committed to education about the contributions of women, opportunities for the exhibition of women’s work, publication of women’s writing about art, inclusion of women in the history of art, professional equity for all, and respect for all individuals without discrimination and support for legislation relevant to our goals. For more information visit: www.nationalwca.org.

About SOMArts Cultural Center
The mission of SOMArts Cultural Center is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures. Established as a nonprofit in 1979, SOMArts was born f r o m the passionate activism of the Neighborhood Arts Movement—a trailblazing initiative in San Francisco that demanded art for and by the people, outside the circles of high culture, and supported financially by the city. In the early years of Neighborhood Arts, the city’s program provided performance space and much-needed technical support such as sound, lighting and poster printing to arts and cultural groups who did not have access elsewhere. For more information visit: www.somarts.org.

About the Guerilla Girls West
Inspired by the Guerrilla Girls in NYC (founded in 1985), the Guerrilla Girls West was founded in 1987. The independent Northern California group, all professional artists and/or art educators, took the name Guerrilla Girls West, continue to wear the gorilla masks for public appearances, and maintain tight security. For several years, when the Chronicle’s Pink Section printed all the calendar listings, artists’ names were tallied and percentages of male and female artists were calculated. The ten best and ten worst galleries (in terms of gender balance) were published and awards (little wind-up gorillas for the good guys, ripe bananas for the bad guys) were personally delivered by a pair in masks.

More information on CONTROL:
The curatorial committee endeavored to create a pertinent and timely exhibition for California women artists with a theme that would stimulate the artists and viewers alike into meaningful dialogue. Control indicates power and strength for some and alternatively a sense of vulnerability and helplessness for others. The work in this exhibition reflects a myriad of interpretations on aspects of control and its significance to the artist.

What does one control? What controls the individual in life, body, temperament, destiny, society, religion, family and addictions/desires? What does a sense of power over ones environment look like and what comes to mind if that power or control is stripped away? How have political, social or economic controls shaped ones life and the lives of others? In what ways does the media and popular culture dictate and control? And how much control does one have to exert or to yield in order to survive?

The artists examine the juxtaposition of internal and external controls placed on our bodies, our minds, our lives and thus how we react and manifest these controls into our psyche and ultimately our art. “Control” talks about these crucial issues in the world and mirrors each artist’s individual experience. In this context, the message matters as much as the medium.

The response to the call for art was extraordinary! We received entries f r o m 171 artists with up to three works each. The work and statements were well thought out, personal and very moving; to me each was a gift that alternatively made me laugh and made me cry. The emotional honesty and strength of the works on themes of gender roles, consumerism, war, ethnicity, religion, body image, political and cultural power, motherhood, domestic abuse and family life, sexual identity and mind control are a testimony to the creative spirit of these artists, says Karen Gutfreund, Curator.

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