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The Creative Class of MMXIV – Stefen Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister was born in 1962 in Bregenz, Austria. He is a New York-based designer and typographer an co-founded the globally renowned design firm Sagmeister & Walsh with Jessica Walsh. Sagmeister has won an accolade of awards and was a long-standing artistic collaborator with musicians David Byrne and Lou Reed.

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About ‘Creative Class’

The Creative Class of MMXIV is our selection of today's influential people within the creative industry, sharing their thoughts, musings and opinions on their own creativity, the industry and how technology is changing it all.

In 2002 Richard Florida wrote about a group, named The Creative Class, that would form the driving force for the social and economic development of our post-industrial cities. A group of people made up of knowledge workers, designers, intellectuals and various types of artists. This group and their work represents an important shift in the way our world is developing.

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Artifox is a free-formed design team dedicated to reinventing the way we use everyday items.  We imagine our products in a world where technology and craft intersect. Our team values the technology explosion with the same enthusiasm as they do their vinyl record collection. A student drafting their latest project, an entrepreneur building a company, a designer illustrating a storyboard – Artifox's passion lies everywhere humans and technology interact. 

The Dude Abides on the Other Side of the Lens

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Watch the short 7 minute interview

Since 1984, Mr. Bridges has documented the sets of most of his movies, compiling a large collection of wide images that give an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at movie making. He has received special recognition from the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards for his photography work.

This is not the first time Mr. Bridges has been honored: he has been nominated for six Academy Awards and received an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as Otis Blake in the 2009 film “Crazy Heart.” But he says it is “wonderful to be recognized by people who love photography.”

Mr. Bridges uses a Widelux camera for almost all of his photos because he says its ultrawide images are close to how the human eye really sees. It’s a quirky camera that allows photographers to emphasize both foreground and background. In the introduction to his book “Pictures,” published in 2003, Mr. Bridges wrote about his favorite camera:

The Widelux is a fickle mistress; its viewfinder isn’t accurate, and there’s no manual focus, so it has an arbitrariness to it, a capricious quality.
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The Widelux has a lens mounted on a moving turret. As the lens moves, a slit shutter sweeps across a wide plane of film, creating a sometimes blurry cinematic effect. It can take two and a half seconds for a normal exposure (at one-fifteenth of a second). This gives the photographer less control of the result, because when one starts taking a picture, it is hard to know exactly what will happen two seconds in the future on the far side of the frame.