Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Arms exhibition IDEX 2013 in Abu Dhabi


A visit to IDEX, the largest arms exhibition in the Middle East, is a paradise for photographers: Abaya-clad women and even some children are happily playing with the latest gun toys, while generals and politicians are discussing latest weapon technologies with arms experts from all over the world. A remarkable gun model I have found at the Caracal stand: A pink pistol - even complementing the finger nails and lipstick of the lady!

Monday, 14 November 2011

World's largest photobooth at Abu Dhabi Art

















French photo-artist JR has set up an oversized photobooth for the upcoming Abu Dhabi Art, taking place from November 16-19 in the UAE capital. Every visitor has a chance to pose for the camera and to take a giant paper print home.

Monday, 21 March 2011

The Long Shadow of Chernobyl



11 hours to go: Your last chance to support this important photo project by Gerd Ludwig, a National Geographic photographer. Gerd is currently in Chernobyl documenting the aftermath of the disaster from April 26, 1986. Car and driver alone cost 600 USD per day in the contaminated zone! Check out this video or go directly to kickstarter for more info.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

10 Years Mercedes-Benz Regional Logistics Center Middle East


10 Years Mercedes-Benz Regional Logistics Center Middle East - Images by Martin von den Driesch

Last Thursday, the Daimler logistics center in Jebel Ali celebrated its 10th anniversary. Our studio provided 4 large-format Dubai-themed photographs. The prints were adorned by beautiful Mercedes cars standing next to them (or the other way around? In any case - we liked this combination a lot!). As a birthday gift, we presented prints of our "Bastakiya" and "Burj Kahlifa" motifs. But to whom? Find out by clicking through the slide show.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

photo-of-the-month August 2010: Olya on Red Square, Moscow






















This month's motif leads us back to Yeltsin's Russia (1998). I took this portrait with a Kiev 88 camera - the "Ukranian Hasselblad". Very challenging to use by hand. But in this case I didn't have much of an alternative: if you use a tripod on Red Square you get stopped by militsia within seconds. You can download your personal copy here

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

online now: photo-of-the-month July 2010!















We've just uploaded our new photo-of-the-month and invite everyone to download a free copy (for personal usage, please mind the copyright). Originally set up as a project exclusively for our Facebook fans, due to popular request we have decided to make it available to a wider audience. Here we go. How to get your personal collector's item? Log into our webpage with pw "collection" and you'll find all info and the download links. And if you really hurry up, you can still get the JUNE photo-of-the-month before we'll take it offline by midnight!

Monday, 17 May 2010

Starting today: FREE online workshop for Apple Aperture 3















I am looking forward tonight to tune into the world's first live, FREE creative classroom. Scott Bourne will teach the fundamentals of Aperture 3 (today is a part 1 of a 3-part class). This is a great workshop for anyone interested in a smooth, efficient workflow, which allows you to edit and manage your photos with one piece of software. Creativelive.com classrooms were invented by innovative photographer Chase Jarvis. Past workshops included a hands-on session with Vincent Laforet on HDdSLR movie-making (note: the only thing topping such online seminars is to attend the real workshop, as taught here in Dubai recently!). For beginners there's a 10-week "Fundamentals of Photography" course by John Greengo that covers all the basics, from cameras and gear to composition, technique, and how-to. All creative classroom live streams are free; you have to pay to download the sessions, which allows you to watch them later on your iphone, ipad or notebook.

Monday, 10 May 2010

One year later: a look back on an exciting week in Tehran (I)








As we are nearing the 1st anniversary of the controversial presidential elections in Iran, I want to dedicate June’s “photo of the month” to this part of the world. And you are welcome to help me making a selection! Until the end of May I’ll post 1-2 times per week images from Tehran – simply leave a comment and let me know which one you like best (the one with the most votes will become the next photo-of-the-month). Not all photos are politically charged – I also spent many hours at street corners photographing the courageous motorbikers in the capital. About “photo of the month”: it’s a project currently running exclusively on my Facebook fanpage. Each month we are offering on FB one archive image for download and free (personal) usage. Just connect to my FB-fanpage and become a photography collector! And hurry up, as each photo-of-the-month is only available until the last day of the month.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Winner of our 1st photography auction announced!

















Mr. Christian Gmuer, a Dubai-based financial adviser, is the winner of our 1st photography auction. Christian is now the proud owner of a limited-edition print, which depicts one of Russia’s leading ballerinas, Svetlana Lunkina, moments before entering the stage. Julia Kim, studio manager at Martin von den Driesch photography, hands Christian the photograph and the edition certificate.The image was taken 2008 at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, where the Bolshoi Ballet gave sold-out performances of “Swan Lake”. After this success, the Bolshoi returned the following year to give critically acclaimed performances of “Giselle”. For summer 2010 our studio is planning a coffee-table book entitled “Backstage with the Bolshoi”, with images from these performances.

To take part in future photography auctions, or simply to download our free photo-of-the-month, connect to our Facebook fanpage “Martin von den Driesch photography”.