The ZEISS Art Calendar is published once a year and contains pictures of well-known figures taken by a celebrated photographer. For the 2014 calendar, Mary McCartney created classic black-and-white images set in New York City with Alec Baldwin and Gemma Arterton, using analog film.
A man, a woman. A couple in front of the camera in a popular place. It sounds like a simple concept, but it requires talent. This concept has delighted the friends and customers of ZEISS who have received the ZEISS Art Calendar in previous years. For the fifth time in a row, the premium lens manufacturer followed this approach again. For the 2014 calendar, entitled “Moments in the City“, ZEISS engaged Mary McCartney, who is known for her expressive and very personal portrait photography. “When I was approached, I already knew that ZEISS brought out a calendar each year. I really liked the idea, because as a photographer ZEISS has an absolutely excellent reputation,” says McCartney about her motivation to help style the calendar.
“To take good photos, you need to like your equipment,” photographer and lecturer Christian Dandyk tells his students. He believes a lens should also sit comfortably in the hands and, in terms of feel, match the particular cameras they are used on. For his own day-to-day work, only ZEISS lenses meet these requirements. With their help, he can contrast sharpness and blur in his street and travel photography. He places particular emphasis on achieving an aesthetic and well-balanced bokeh.
Last year we reported on a colorful photo project called Metropolises by German photographer Kristine Thiemann which shows the surprising sides of unfamiliar small towns. With plenty of creativity, affectionate irony and ZEISS lenses, Thiemann translates the daily life of small-town inhabitants into their own “language,” sometimes taking her subjects to the boundaries of the burlesque. Since January, the pictures that are part of her Metropolises exhibition can be viewed in Vitrolles. This new photo series is part of the program of the European Cultural Capital “Marseille Provence 2013.”
Ton Koene from the Netherlands reports regularly from Afghanistan for de Volkskrant, a leading Dutch newspaper. For his portrait series depicting new recruits in a police training center in Kunduz, he won second prize in the 2012 World Press Awards. For the Camera Lens Blog, Koene used the high-speed Planar T* 1,4/85 to take a series of portraits in a refugee camp in Kabul.
The glittering lights of city life can paint some fascinating images. At night, photographers are confronted by numerous fantastic subjects, but also some daunting technical challenges. Vijay Raghavan from India shares a few pictures he took early morning and late at night with the high-speed Planar T* 1,4/85 ZF.2.
Carl Zeiss has once again succeeded in recruiting a team of top international stars for roles both in front of and behind the camera in a photo shoot for the company's third art calendar, under the motto "Complementing Moments". Displaying her unique creative and artistic flair, well-known German photographer Ellen von Unwerth has put together a striking series of images featuring Oscar winner Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") and top model Toni Garrn. ZEISS SLR lenses were used in the photo shoots.