Inez & Vinoodh: GIF-ted

Fashion's Leading Photography Duo Enlists Shalom Harlow to Animate the Still

Celebrated fashion photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin cast supermodel and actress Shalom Harlow as a black-and-white scream queen in this striking digital collage. Created for Paddle8 and Tumblr’s groundbreaking exhibition, Moving the Still: A GIF Festival, the piece shows the Canadian beauty flying through an otherwise mundane Manhattan scene outside Fluffy’s Café & Bakery on Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. Collaborators since 1986, the highly influential Dutch pair’s imaginative photography appears regularly in publications including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Visionaire, as well as showing at galleries and museums internationally. Now Van Lamsweerde and Matadin have joined the Moving the Still Selection Council, which will choose works for the innovative GIF project to be showcased at the upcoming Miami Art Week 2012. The panel of judges is headed up by the New York art writer and The New York Times T Magazine blogger Johnny Misheff, who got involved when he revealed his obsession with the 1987 animation format to Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes. “My favorite GIFs tend to be hilarious and whimsical,” he explains. “This one is great for its elaborate technical elements and for the hazardous black-and-yellow frame further heightening the hysteria. Making Shalom black and white was a stroke of genius, forcing the work into a noir category.”

Visit our facebook page by 12pm EST November 2 to chat to Moving the Still judges Nicola Formichetti and Johnny Misheff, and submit your GIFs by November 7 to be considered for the exhibition.
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    Zuma: Wabi-Sabi

    Restaurateur Rainer Becker’s Sumptuous Japanese Dishes Brought to Life

    The artfully handcrafted sushi, robata grill dishes and desserts of German chef Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese cuisine restaurant Zuma are celebrated in still life photographer Thomas Brown’s stop-frame animation. Based on the award-winning London eatery’s informal Japanese “izakaya” style of dining, in which dishes are continuously and steadily brought to the table throughout the meal, Brown’s short opens with the red laser projections used to precisely set each table and features Head Chef Li Ong’s delicately prepared chow. “He is the ultimate professional,” says Brown of Ong, “incredibly passionate and with expert skills. It was an honor to watch these dishes being crafted––Li made it look effortless.” Becker’s first Zuma restaurant arrived to critical acclaim in Knightsbridge in 2002 after its mastermind had spent six years perfecting his art in Tokyo. “I immersed myself in the whole culinary culture of Japan from street food yakatori to kaiseki. I could identify with the subtlety of flavor, the importance of texture, the rules of the cooking techniques and presentation,” explains Becker. Stylishly decorated with marble pillars, unyielding wooden surfaces and natural stonework by leading Japanese interior designer Nori Muramatsu, and based around an open floor plan and exposed kitchen to evoke an “authentic” Japanese restaurant, Zuma offers 40 different varieties of sake, including Biwa No Choju––exclusively brewed from the waters of Lake Biwa in Japan’s Shiga prefecture. Frequented by numerous celebrities and high-profile guests including Kate Moss, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, the culinary destination has expanded over the past decade into Hong Kong, Istanbul, Dubai, Miami and Bangkok. 

    Maguro No Tataki (Seared Tuna with Chilli Daikon and Garlic Chips)

    Serves four (six slices per portion)

    • 500g tuna fillet (ask for small diameter cut of the loin) 
    • 2 tsps sea salt 
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 2 medium red onions
    • 1 red chilli
    • 2 stems of ginger
    • 1 clove of garlic
    • 25ml sake
    • 25ml soy
    • 25ml rice vinegar
    • 15g caster sugar
    • 5 stems of spring onions (sliced very thinly, green part only, and washed to remove the strong taste)
    • 40 pieces garlic chips sliced on mandolin and cooked in oil at 120 degrees till crisp)
    • 2g momiji oroshi (Japanese chilli paste) 
    • 15g daikon (peeled and finely grated)
    • 160ml Ponzu sauce

    1. Prepare and trim tuna fillet into rectangular-shaped log. 
    2. Heat a pan to smoking point, lightly oil the pan and rub with paper towel to remove excess.
    3. Oil the fish fillet, season with salt and pepper and seal in the hot pan for 15 seconds on each side, seal on all four sides evenly.
    4. Once sealed, place in ice water to stop the cooking process.
    5. Slice the tuna tataki into thin 3mm thick slices.
    6. Finely slice the red onion, and very finely chop the chilli, ginger and garlic.
    7. In a hot pan add a little oil and cook the onion a little; add the chilli, ginger and garlic and cook just till the onions are tender but not soft. Deglaze with sake, soy, rice vinegar and sugar.
    8. Place the onions on a tray in the fridge to cool.
    9. Divide onions into four serving bowls.
    10. Place six folded-over slices of tuna tataki on top of the onions in each bowl.
    11. Finish with the five or six slices of spring onion over the tuna.
    12. Mix the momiji oroshi and grated daikon together and place next to the tuna in the bowl.
    13. Add 40ml ponzu sauce (method for making the sauce below) to each bowl.
    14. Sprinkle 6­-8 garlic chips onto the tuna.

    For the ponzu sauce 

    • 50ml soy sauce
    • 15ml mirin
    • 20ml rice wine vinegar
    • 10ml sake
    • 10ml tamari soy
    • 10cm konbu
    • 5g bonito
    • 1 whole orange, sliced

    1. Combine the mirin and sake and bring to the boil.
    2. Cook until all the alcohol is burned off.
    3. Add the remaining liquid ingredients and the konbu.
    4. Just before the liquid comes to the boil, remove from the heat.
    5. Add the bonito flakes and orange slices and allow to cool.


    The ponzu sauce can be kept refrigerated for up to three months and used on grilled fish, meat or vegetables.

    For an exclusive interview with Zuma founder Rainer Becker and to download GIFs from Thomas Brown's animation check out the NOWNESS Facebook page here.

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    Spying On Kate Moss

    Fashion Photographers Inez and Vinoodh Stake Out the Balmain Supermodel

    When Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin signed on to shoot the fall/winter 2010/11 Balmain campaign starring Kate Moss, they did so as double agents. Without anyone knowing, the renowned fashion photographers set up four surveillance-style cameras to capture Moss’s unbridled performance on set. The short film, titled Everglade, takes its name from the haunting Antony and the Johnsons song that serves as its soundtrack, and premieres on NOWNESS today. It marks the latest instance of the Dutch duo's intentionally blurring the boundaries of reality. “Surrealism is always there in our work, whether it’s in camera or through computer manipulation,” says Van Lamsweerde. “We’ve had the idea for this video for some time. We are fascinated with the different realities going on in one shoot and so the music, the animation, Kate's movements and the camera angle represent these layers of perception.” With animated illustrations by artist Jo Ratcliffe (in collaboration with Bouwine Pool for Sherbet), the film not only captures Moss in action, but also aims to represent a fantasy inner world. “We talked to [Ratcliffe] about it being half horror and half Disney,” Van Lamsweerde says, and what evolved is an idiosyncratic take on the behind-the-scenes genre. “It ranges from a sinewy heavy metal feel to a much cuter place,” she sums up. To read our exclusive Q&A with Ratcliffe, click here.

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