There once was a time, before camera phones and Instagram, where photography was considered novel. At least legendary street artist Ron English thought so, which is why in the early 1980’s he took up the craft. “At the time I perceived it to be a younger art form, so I thought my odds of creating something original were greater,” said English.
Cosmetic giant MAC put their in-store makeup artists to the test this Halloween to create the most compelling looks. Artists from stores in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York will be judged by MAC’s facebook followers for their annual “Halloween Face-Off.” The portraits, which range from glamorous to macabre, were shot by photographer John Midgley. “The passion of each of the artists was a lot of fun, and it was infectious,” says John. They lived for it—they lived for the look. They lived to have their picture taken. It took it back to the simplest form of photography, which is flattery and escapism.”