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The Art And Science Of Super 8mm
Phil and Rhonda Vigeant have been at the heart of the Super 8 film community for over 45 years. They’re at the forefront of analog film and camera technology and are the go-to experts for heavy hitters in the film industry as well as mentors to the amateurs. Culture Crush Founder Debra Scherer sat down with Phil and Rhonda at their Hollywood headquarters to discuss all things film and the enduring legacy of the Super 8 format.
Stelazine And The Art Of Collaboration
This week in the studio we got a visit from the formidable Stella Kramer. We ran into Stella when she was guest speaking to a class at the Parsons School of Design and we knew we'd have to get her to come in for a chat. Before she was a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo journalist, Stella was a staple of the Seattle punk scene. She created the now almost mythological 'zine, Stela Zine. In the late 1970’s, Stelazine put Seattle’s low-key, blossoming punk music world on display for fellow punks and music lovers. She interviewed everyone who was anyone – from local bands to the Ramones to even The Clash. Her 'zine was the quintessential example of all the beauty, blood, sweat and tears that go into true DIY culture.
As New York Fashion Week began, publicist, author, and CEO of People’s Revolution, Kelly Cutrone joined Debra in the Culture Crush studio to discuss all things fashion and culture. Their conversation begins with Debra telling the origin story of The Culture Crush, and the role that her experiences at Italian Vogue played in its development. Then they discuss their history in the fashion industry and how the landscape has changed over the past few decades. Finally, Kelly explains her views on the role that shopping plays in women’s lives, propaganda, Voodoo, and how social media is changing, or ruining, the fashion industry.
On The Streets Of Jacksonville
A quick stop down in Jacksonville Florida to talk southern street photography with Malcolm Jackson, while he was preparing to work on a project for the tenth issue of the Culture Crush print edition. We discussed the peculiar cultural history and the beauty of documenting life in the largest city in the United States.
As the influence of the aesthetics of ‘90’s Paris seems to grow and grow, it’s interesting to get a feel for some of the pieces of the puzzle that made up that particular ecosystem. Then, stylists, photographers, creative directors, press agents and designers were working in a freer, closed world, interacting with each other and allowing for chance work and experimentation that is now difficult to imagine.
But photographer Matthias Vriens-McGrath remembers it well. He discusses the creative mindset that led him to picking up a camera in the first place, as well as the aesthetic spontaneity that reflected a time that was both the end of an era and the very beginning of a now unstoppable regurgitation of imagery fueled by the high stakes multi-billion dollar machine that the fashion industry has become today.
The Culture Crush x ConTent
When Brian Shevlin, founder of Con Artist Collective invited the Culture Crush to discuss the art scene in New York versus Los Angeles at their space on Ludlow street, we all decided it would be a great opportunity to record the conversation as a podcast for the first time in front of a live audience. We brought along contributor Andre Wagner to talk about his experiences as a photographer in New York City, and the unique way he works with the Culture Crush. It was an incredibly inspiring , as Brian shared his excitement about his new ‘zine project ConTent, and how we all inspire each other to collaborate and keep exploring different media and ways of communicating.