15-08-15

Art of Burning Man by NK Guy

Every year the Black Rock Desert in Nevada turns into Black Rock City, a fully functional metropolis that houses over 65,000 short-term residents.

This is the site of Burning Man. A seven-day desert rave event filled with mind-blowing art installations, dust storms and free spirits.

Now Taschen has recently published an exciting large-format book gathering 16 years of the desert festival in 280 pages of spectacular photography. Named 'Art of Burning Man', the coffee-table text is created by Canadian writer and photographer NK Guy.



Pier 2, 2012, by Kevan Christiaens, Matt Schultz and the Pier Group | © NK Guy-TASCHEN GmbH

 The Temple of Transition, 2011, by the International Arts Megacrew | © NK Guy-TASCHEN GmbH


 The Temple of Whollyness, 2013, by Gregg Fleishman, Lightning Clearwater III, and Melissa Barron | © NK Guy-TASCHEN GmbH

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NK Guy. Art of Burning Man
NK Guy
Hardcover with fold-outs, 
26.0 x 34.0 cm (10.2 x
13.4 in.), 280 pages
US$ 59.99 | £ 34.99 € 39.99
More info here

To mark the publication of Art of Burning Man, an accompanying exhibition is currently running at Lights of Soho Gallery in London.

04-07-15

Amanera to open in the Dominican Republic

Aman Resorts has announced the launch of Amanera, a 25-casita luxury resort, set to open in the Dominican Republic in the last quarter of the year.

Amanera draws its name from "aman", the Sanskrit-derived word for 'peace' and "era", the word for 'water' in Taíno, historically spoken by the indigenous people of the Caribbean.

The 2,000 acre property, designed by award-winning architect John Heah, sits atop 60-foot cliffs and will be a "golf-integrated" resort.


Guests can choose from 25 casitas with organic designs realized with natural materials, such as stone from local quarries, handmade tiles, and Dominican art and artifacts. The casitas all have flat biodiverse roofs that cultivate green gardens, cool living spaces and further blur the lines between dwellings and jungle.

The resort features a variety of amenities including a spa with both single and double treatment rooms, a fitness centre, an open air-bar, a cigar bar, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining areas and an informal beach club.

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07-06-15

The Best Drives in the World

Sean Connery as James Bond in 'Goldfinger' (1964), the Furka Pass, Switzerland 

There are over 11 million miles of roadways in the world. However, only a very small number of them are worth the drive.

Here at iSuperdrive we've compiled a list of the best driving routes out there; incorporating both stunning, scenic views along with pure driving pleasure. We've even taken the complications out of it and recommended the most fitting supercars that you should rent to most fully experience each drive to.

So go and grab your passport, update your iPod with a new driving playlists and belt in for some of the best driving roads in the world:

1.) The Furka Pass (Switzerland)


The Furka Pass is a stunning high mountain pass located in the central Swiss Alps that cannot be missed. It is one of the most scenic vistas in the world, offering spectacular panoramas around almost every bend. The road surface is immaculate making it a road that you can really "drive", perfect for the abundance of sweepers and tight switchbacks that the Pass has to offer. It really is a breath-taking road with breath-taking views.

The Furka Pass was actually featured in Goldfinger, so naturally we recommend you be your very own 007 and rent a luxury Aston Martin DB5 for the experience.

2.) The Stelvio Pass (Italy)

The Stelvio Pass is one of the most dramatic mountain passes that you can experience in the European Alps. Views from the road, which at times reaches 2757m high, are spectacular with clouds clinging to the highest peaks and waterfalls streaming down the mountainside. The Pass is best experienced when approached from the North-West side. This is due to this being the only direction that allows you to drive up its famous wall of switchbacks – all 48 of them. It’s also by approaching from this side you get to run through the heart of the Stelvio National Park itself before starting the ascent. This route then takes you through several great stretches of alpine forest and many kilometres of fast/ sweeping roads before arriving at the foot of the pass and allowing you to breath.

Top Gear voted the Stelvio Pass the 'best driving road in the world' in 2008 and, as it fared Richard Hammond so well, we recommend experiencing it in the lightweight Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

3.) The Atlantic Road (Norway)

Opened in 1989, the Atlantic Road is a National Trust Route and was honoured as Norway’s Construction of the Century in 2005. The 8.3km Atlantic is a long section of Country Road 64 built on a number of small islands and skerries, and is spanned by eight bridges and several landfills. It has been the location of numerous car commercials, in part due to the roads impressive engineering but predominantly due to the stellar open sea views that are available throughout. The breath-taking beauty of the Atlantic Ocean winding its way into the Norwegian countryside as it travels below the stunning architectural marvels is an experience not to be missed.

For this one we recommend throwing the top down on a Maserati Gran Cabrio and cruising along the coastline, giving you a highly responsive yet comfortable ride as you soak up the sun.

4.) The Seven Mile Bridge (USA)

The road from Miami to Key West is truly a drive through paradise. The Seven Mile Bridge, also called the Overseas Highway, was constructed between 1909 and 1912. You’ll have the experience of being surrounded by ocean as you traverse what, for the most part, is a narrow ribbon of islands. Driving so close to the bright blue waters of the Florida Straits really is a sight to behold/ The road has been featured in many action films such as James Bond Licence to Kill, Mission Impossible 3 and 2 Fast 2 Furious, and really does look as impressive on film as it does in real life.

Here we think it's right to emulate the guys in 2 Fast 2 Furious, so rent out a superb BMW M3 for a truly thrilling yet comfortable ride.

5.) The Schwarzwaldhochstrasse - Black Forest High Road (Germany)

The Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, or "Black Forest High Road", is the oldest and one of the best known themed drives in Germany. A road that combines glass smooth sweeping sections elevated above the forest with a dramatic switchback run back through the forest to nearby Baden Baden. The drive is one the most beautiful elevated sections of highway in the black forest region, and there are fantastic views either side of you. The road always remains wide making it fantastic to drive, and hundreds of lay buys mean that you’ll never miss that perfect photo opportunity. The cherry on top with the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse is that the final stretch feels almost like you are on a race track, complete with dozens of tight switchback turns and race track barriers.

You're going to want a fast car with superb handling and control here, so it's a no brainer to rent out the classic Ferrari 458 Italia.

6.) Chapmans Peak Drive (South Africa)

Chapman's Peak Drive is a mountain around 15km south of Cape Town. Arguably the most spectacular marine drive in the world, it winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast of the south-western tip of South Africa. With 114 curves, sheer drops to the sea below on one side and towering mountains rising above you on the other, the drive is as exhilarating as it is terrifying. Locals affectionately call the route “Chappies”, and there are many areas along the drive offering 180 degree views where you can stop and take in the incredible, scenic views.

A Lamborghini Aventador was truly designed for this road. It will handle well around all of the curves, can be pushed hard on the straight and has a terrifying roar to match.

While hardly exhaustive, this list should provide some great options to add to your bucket list, and hopefully some inspiration for those planning an upcoming adventure abroad.

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12th WestLicht Photo Auction | Highlights


MARION POST WOLCOTT (1910–1990)
Roney Plaza Hotel, Miami 1939

Gelatin silver print, printed around 1970
30,5 x 22,7 cm
Signed, annotated and dated by the photographer in pencil on the reverse





RENÉ BURRI (1933–2014)
Rio de Janeiro, 1958

Vintage silver print
20 x 30,3 cm
Photographer's agency stamp. neg. no. stamp (58 19 1216 10) and several handwritten numerical notations in pencil and ink on the reverse

PHILIPPE HALSMAN (1906–1979)
Marilyn Monroe (Life Cover), 1952

Gelatin silver print, printed 1981
28,3 x 21,6 cm
Photographer's "Halsman / Marilyn, Copyright Philippe Halsman ©81, Edition Number 95 [handwritten] / 250" stamp on the reverse

FLOYD McCARTY (1913–1999) 
Warren Beatty – 'Bonnie & Clyde', USA 1968

Vintage silver print
35,2 x 27,7 cm
Photographer's stamp and “BONNIE & CLYDE” Warner Bros. stamp on the reverse


BELA DOKA ( 1969)
'Soy Cubano', Havana 1994

Gelatin silver print
c. 42 x 60 cm
Signed, and numbered by the photographer in pencil on the passepartout and on the reverse, edition no. 1/25


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WestLicht Photo Auction
 12 June 2015, 6 pm CEST
Live Bidding

30-05-15

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for LUI

Cover LUI Magazine
Model: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Photography: Luigi & Iango
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