David Beckham

Striking Black and White Celebrity Portraits

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Founding creative partner of digital photography/production/video arts’ studio The New Cruelty James Bareham has captured a wide range of famous subjects for his black and white portrait series, which he shot over a span of 15 years (1997 to present). Actors, directors, musicians, and sportsmen populate his portfolio — screen star Daniel Day-Lewis, director Richard Attenborough, and Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry amongst them. Check out Bareham’s striking photo collection in our gallery past the break — or just contend with his choice for “loudest band in the world” in the comments below.
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Strange and Intricate Pinned Skin Collages by David Adey

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Multimedia artist David Adey, whose wonderfully detailed art we first noticed over at Colossal, creates incredibly intricate collages from tiny pieces of printed skin cut out from the pages of magazines, pinning each fragment individually to his canvas. In some works, like the below image of David and Victoria Beckham, he reconstructs the original photo but turns the skin into a tapestry of whimsical shapes, creating a new kind of portrait. In his less figurative works, he creates large shapes and textures from hundreds and hundreds of individual pieces — as in “22 Footer,” which looks like an enormous, coiled worm from far away, but at a closer look is revealed to be hundreds of cut out lips pinned together like scales. Click through to see some of our favorite of Adey’s collage work, and then be sure to head over to his website for even more, or check out his current solo show at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

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1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon brought in another $47 million at the box office this weekend, making it the highest-grossing film so far this year at $261 million. What’s possibly even more depressing: Zookeeper managed to take in $21 million during its debut weekend. Shame on you, America. [via TV Guide]

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What Celebrity’s Memoir Would You Like to Read?

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There’s nothing juicier than a celebrity memoir. And according to this article in New Statesman, the genre is a big part of what has been keeping the UK’s publishing industry alive while everyone holds their breath for the next Dan Brown book. But here’s what I find interesting: a quick look at some of the buzziest celeb tell-alls last year in the US (Chris Ciccone’s Life With My Sister Madonna; Valerie Bertinelli’s Losing It; George Hamilton’s Don’t Mind If I Do; Tori Spelling’s sTori Telling; Kirk Cameron’s Still Growing) suggests that this kind of book doesn’t have the same clout Stateside — unless you factor in Barack Obama’s Dreams from My Father, which didn’t come out last year, but certainly became increasingly relevant.
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