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Film

Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, 2006)

When Frank (Steve Carell) moves in with his sister’s family, it’s clear that something terrible has happened. It’s the beginning of the movie
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Food

Ivan Carvalho’s Grocery List

We asked Ivan Carvalho, Milan correspondent for Monocle magazine and wine passionate, to share his grocery list with us so we could get to know him better.
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Art

Cooking Soul: Rene Mesman

The Amsterdam based photographer Rene Mesman creates clean still life images starting from food to end up with the most unusual combinations.
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People

Sharing table with Licia Florio

We shared a table with Licia Florio and with her positive vibes towards beauty and lifestyle. Milanese adoption and yoga lover
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Books

Food on Shelves: Les Dîners de Gala by Salvador Dalì

Apparently, artist Salvador Dalì was very passionate about food and had wanted to be a Chef ever since he was a child.
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Drink

A drink at 7pm: Luca Arnaboldi’s Moscow Mule

Luca Arnaboldi is a Senior Partner at Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato in Milan and has been with the firm since the beginning of his career.
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Art

Cooking Soul: Nicholas Barclay

Nicholas Barclay is an art director and graphic designer working in Sydney. He has made a name for himself in the world of art and illustration with his clever and catchy designs.
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People

Sharing table with Maurizio Galimberti

We shared a table with Maurizio Galimberti who told us about his obsession for photography and fragmentation.
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Places

Best Pizza: Martino Gamper’s Margherita Integrale at EF Bakery, London.

Martino Gamper is an Italian designer, now based in London.
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Food

Paola Clerico’s Grocery List

We asked Paola Clerico, curator and art consultant for projects such as Case Chiuse, Lira Hotel and Art at Work, to share her grocery list with us so we could get to know her better.
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Film

Food on Screen: taste of Western Part. 1

In 1903, the American frontier was officially closed and the western genre arrived in cinemas with the film The Great Train Robbery (Edwin S. Porter).
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Drink

A Drink at 7pm: Nathalie Jean’s Klinec

Anybody who hangs out on Via Solferino in Milan will be familiar with Nathalie Jean’s boutique.
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Drink

A Drink at 7pm: Dimitri Russo’s PIMM’S

Dimitri Russo is a private investigator. He has been part of the Pisacco family for a long time now, so we asked him to share his story with us and tell us why, of all the drinks, he goes for PIMM’S.
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Books

Food on Shelves: The Gourmand

The Gourmand is a biannual food and culture magazine founded in 2011 by David Lane and Marina Tweed.
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Art

Coming Soon: StraightUp@ExtraDry

ExtraDry is an exhibition of video art born from the desire to draw contemporary art out from its usual expositive spaces and onto the walls at Dry, Via Solferino 33, and the new Dry, Viale Vittorio Veneto 28, in Milan.
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Art

Cooking Soul: Carl Kleiner

Swedish photographer Carl Kleiner has a real passion for rational, still-life imagery.
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Art

Cooking Soul: Nico Therin

Nico Therin is a Los Angeles based visual artist who specializes in advertising photography.
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Cooking Soul: Carl Kleiner

Swedish photographer Carl Kleiner has a real passion for rational, still-life imagery. His shots sublime the subject without recourse to the usual tricks of the photography trade, such as styling. He goes straight to the point, merging his beautiful compositions in a world of colours and lines. Occasionally he and his wife Evelina enjoy playing with food, creating funny characters out of all sorts of fruit and vegetables.

How did you start working as a photographer? 

I used to shoot my friends skateboarding when I was a teenager. Later I studied graphic design, where I made collages and three-dimensional work that needed to be documented and so I started to use the camera for that purpose. That slowly lead me into the world of still-life photography.

Do you remember the first photo you ever took?

I do remember my first “conceptual” photograph. It was a photo of a friend whom I arranged in a chair and dressed up with stuff I had in my room. Five pairs of sunglasses layered on top of each other. Soft nunchakus, a synth, an electric guitar, teddy bears and other cool stuff. We were 12 years old and the Dookie album by Green Day was playing in the background.

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How would you define your approach to photography?

A mix of planning and spontaneity.

You are most known for your still-life photography. How do you conceive your compositions?

I try to find balance and tension in the compositions, usually with the help of some basic geometric ground rules.

The use of light is fundamental in your work. How do you work on your set?

Early on in the process, I try to work fast and somewhat chaotically with a "broad brush” to get a sense of how the subjects react to different light situations, and also to see if anything unexpected happens. After the experiments, I decide on a direction and adjust everything more carefully until it looks right.

Your still-life work can either be very funny or very minimal. What’s your favourite approach? 

Geometry & colours outrank humour in my brain. So when I work on personal projects they tend to be more abstract. Evelina – my partner and wife – is often the one who brings the fun to the images.

How do you create the “characters” in your food series?

The characters published here are the first set of food characters we ever made. There wasn’t a lot of planning involved – we bought lots of veggies and tried out different things on set. These days we plan the characters in advance and sketch them out.

What’s your favourite food?

Mexican food.

And your favourite restaurant/bar in Stockholm?

La Neta!

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Credits

Photographs by Carl Kleiner