–CONTRIBUTOR’S BIOS:JO WILLS
Born in 1962 and grew up in Bournemouth, Dorset, where she went on to do foundation studies at Bournemouth School of Art.
After getting a BA in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, she turned her hand to jewellery designing, selling her mad earrings to Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Barney’s New York. However, a chance decision led her into retouching. In 1992 she was offered the job which would determine her future and has not looked back since. Working across the board, Jo has contributed to Vogue,Harper’s & Queen, Tatler, ID, Marie Claire, Lush, Amica,Lush, Arean,10 and Cosmo. Ad campaigns have included Max Factor, Illamasqua, FCUK vanity, Boots, Herbal Essences,Pantene,Dove,Wella and Urban Retreat.
“I am looking to create a new niche within retouching – the possibilities for beauty have only just begun”
INDIRA CESARINE first discovered her love of photography aged 15, while taking a summer school course at Parson’s School of Design in Manhattan. By the time she had graduated high school Cum Laude from Choate Rosemary Hall, she had exhibited 4 one-woman shows of her photographic work at the esteemed Paul Mellon Arts Center. She was the recipient of Choate’s prestigious Kaufman Award in “Photographic Art”. While completing a triple major in Art History, French Literature and Women’s Studies at Columbia University in New York and Paris, France, she began shooting for a variety of top modeling agencies including Elite, Ford, and Wilhelmina Models. Once she finished her degree, she went to London to pursue her interests in photography and journalism. Within a year she was appointed Editor at Large of the British magazine “Don’t Tell It”, and began shooting for many magazines and clients in England, the US and Europe. She is currently represented internationally with agents in New York, London and Milan.
Her photography has been published in numerous international publications including British Vogue, British GQ, British Marie Claire, Tatler, Flaunt Magazine, British Esquire, Elle, L’Officiel, French Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, In Style, The Times Magazine, Grazia, Oyster, Out, Lush Magazine, Surface and Arena. She has worked commercially with clients including Cerutti 1881, Nino Cerutti, Charles Jourdan, Christian Dior, Kenzo, Seven Jeans, Agent Provocateur, Wonderbra, DIM, Passionata, Harvey Nichols, Neiman Marcus, Harrod’s and The Body Shop. She has photographed celebrities for such titles as In Style, Tatler, and Esquire including Alicia Keys, Collin Farrell, Dakota Fanning, Macy Gray, Amy Winehouse, Anna Paquin, Lauren Hutton and Jimmy Fallon among many others. She also has collaborated with record labels such as Sony BMG, Jive Records and Virgin Records.
Aside from her photographic work, she began her career as a director with the short film “City of Love”, which was featured at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival 2007. In January of 2008, she was appointed Fashion Editor at Large of Lush Magazine. In 2009 she launched the online magazine “XXXX Magazine”, now The Untitled Magazine, showcasing multimedia based conceptual films, documentaries, photography and contemporary art. Other upcoming projects include “The Goddess Manifesto” a documentary, book and installation project, and “Inspiration, Organisation” a multimedia based non-profit group.
Indira and her work have been featured internationally on TV shows such as MTV, E! TV, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, HBO’s Special “Ford Supermodel of the World”, “Make me a Supermodel” UK and US.
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Born in Estonia and raised in Norway, Ford model Polina Barbasova began her career as a teenager in Oslo. After participating in various fashion events throughout her hometown, she traveled to New York in pursuit of further success. Upon her relocation to the Big Apple, Polina began working with many acclaimed photographers within the fashion community, including Thierry Le Gous and Morten Qvale. Additionally, Polina appeared in coveted editorial in publications such as V Magazine, French Magazine, Italian Elle and a 10-page editorial in Bon Magazine shot by Stefan Zschernitz. Polina was also featured in a Japanese campaign for Tommy Hilfiger and exclusively booked for the Givenchy runway show in Paris.
Edward Jahn is a multimedia artist living in New York who never seems to settle on a single form of expression. Originally trained as a vocalist and musician, he has made much use of rhythmic concepts and harmonies as inspiration for dreamy film and video installations at many of the hottest fashion shows, clubs, restaurants, and private events for clients such as Ralph Lauren Beauty, 50 cent, P.Diddy, Flux Magazine, Sundance Film Festival, the French Embassy, and Ian Schrager Hotels. His work has been shown at Milk Studios, The Knitting Factory, Tao Restaurant and Nightclub Las Vegas, Lavo Nightclub at the Venetian Las Vegas, Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, the Paramount Hotel, Sun Studios, new year’s in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in countless other venues. From the opening until the end, he held a Sunday residency at New York’s notorious and celebrated Pangaea Lounge.
His original music has appeared on Rhythm love Records’ vinyl and CD release “Turntables on the Hudson Volume 3”, and he has played electric bass on stage and in recordings with Luaka Bop artists Ivan Benavides and Andrew Blanco, Phish drummer Jon Fishman, and numerous other musicians from the East coast scene.
Edward also ran a multimedia and computing department at Barnard College / Columbia University until early 2009, where he worked with students and faculty developing web, video, and database technologies.
In a new venture, he and partner Mark Maurice have developed New York’s first Swiss “La Bleue” style Absinthe since the infamous liquor was banned in the early 20th century. Information about Edward III New York Absinthe can be found at http://www.edwardthethird.com.