111005 Balloons, Umbrellas and Snow: Rosa de la Cruz photographed by Matthu Placek at the De la Cruz Collection in Miami. FL on December 5th 2011 holding Félix González-Torres “Nowhere better than this place”
One of the many perks of my “job” is the privilege to collaborate with a great many respected peers. Earlier last month performance artist Desi Santiago asked me to make some pictures with him for a commission by the Chinese version of The New York TImes: T supplement, Modern Weekly. Together with hair guru Guido we made some seriously off portraits. Take a peek.
Desi Santiago photographed by Matthu Placek on March 17th 2013 in Brooklyn, NY
Behind the scenes of my shoot with Yoko Ono photographed by James Kaliardos on August 21st 2012 in Central Park
Don’t miss the latest piece from artist Sabisha Friedberg performed tonight at ISSUE Project Room at 8:00PM 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn.
For the first performance of her 2013 residency, Sabisha Friedberg presents Hinterkante, Resonanz (Hoffe Axiom), or Trailing Edge, Resonance (Hope Axiom), a new chamber piece for acoustic instruments, modified subwoofers, and voice, featuring internationally renowned basso profondo Kevin Maynor. Friedberg focuses on the concept of an experiential threshold, with notations and an arrangement of frequencies that engage the most physical states of hearing. This new work draws on the extremes of perception in the lower end of the sonic spectrum: the opening of a psychoacoustic territory which deals exclusively with bass tones and their resonance.
Sabisha Friedberg photographed by Matthu Placek in her MoMA/PS1 studio on March 14th 2012
Visit The Aesthete for my latest series of images featuring artist Nick Cave with an interview written by Adam Whitney Nichols covering Cave’s upcoming project produced by Creative Time which will take place in Grand Central Terminal.
Nick Cave photographed by Matthu Placek in Chicago on January 24th 2013
In a simple play on “Sunrise,” the title of Hannah Cohen’s final song off her album Child Bride, fast-rising photographer and director Matthu Placek allows the young singer’s limpid voice to really shine by doing nothing more than capturing her in black-and-white while a light slowly begins to expose her face. The ultimate in effortless beauty, Placek not only highlights Cohen’s gorgeous features but really expresses the quiet emotion behind basking in morning light. Go to Cool Hunting
The WSJ Magazine commissioned a portrait of iconic painter Sam Gilliam and protégé Rashid Johnson to be produced in Gilliam’s Washinton DC studio. It was my honor to do so as it gave me the opportunity to see 5 decades of work brought out of storage in consideration of a show Johnson is curating. What’s more, Gilliam may have been the most charming man I have met to date. A true lady’s man.
Sam Gilliam and Rashid Johnson photographed by Matthu Placek in Washington DC on January 6th 2013