April 23 . 2024

Victoria Foster

Editor of Aleim Magazine
For Aleim Magazine Victoria interviewed Chad Muska

Victoria Foster holds an M.F.A. in film directing from the U.S.C. School of Cinema-Television and a B.A. in History from Stanford University, where she got her first taste of journalism by writing for the Stanford Daily. She later taught and lectured undergraduates in the Gender Studies and History programs at U.S.C., and since 2004 has worked in development on feature film and commercials. Foster was involved in the development of SEASON OF THE WITCH, PATHFINDER, and most recently, in the packaging of the indie feature SHRINK, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Williams, which debuted at Sundance in 2009. In addition to serving as Senior Editor of AM, she writes and directs commercials and short content independently, and is VP of Development & Production at Voyage Media in Santa Monica, a company that helps filmmakers develop, market, and sell their projects.

Julia Stiles

For Aleim Magazine Julia interviewed Julie Delpy

Julia Stiles received an Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nomination for her work on Showtime’s hit DEXTER opposite Michael C. Hall. She will next be seen in THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK opposite Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jennifer Lawrence, and Chris Tucker. Other film credits include the BOURNE trilogy, MONA LISA SMILE, THE OMEN, O, SAVE THE LAST DANCE, and 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU.

Melodie McDaniel

For Aleim Magazine Melodie photographed Julie Delpy

Melodie McDaniel is a still photographer and director who works with equal fluency between the worlds of fashion, music, fine art and commercials. To date, Melodie has helmed over 200 spots for a diverse clientele including Nike, Target, Miller Genuine Draft, Wrangler, Yahoo, Zune and Sony, for whom she created the pioneering digital short, Joy. Most recently, Melodie teamed up with Weiden+Kennedy for Levi’s “Go Forth” campaign, for which she produced not only a spot, but also a series of photographs shot with local talent on location in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Melodie continues her work as a fashion photographer, and her ground-breaking images can be found in magazines such as Dazed and Confused, Interview, Vogue Homme International, GQ, Spin, Arena, L’Uomo Vogue and Another Magazine, for whom she recently completed an experimental film portrait of musician/actress/style icon, Charlotte Gainsbourg. She is currently editing a retrospective book of her photographs, as well as exploring opportunities to develop her first feature film project. Her photographs can be found at: www.melodiemcdaniel.com.

Clyde Mason

For Aleim Magazine Clyde interviewed Dallas Austin

Clyde Mason graduated with an honors degree in English Literature from Harvard University. He has published fiction, non-fiction, and photography in a variety of magazines. He also holds an M.F.A. in directing from The American Film Institute. One of Clyde’s articles was republished by Temple University to be used as part of their coursework. In addition to writing, Clyde has also directed festival winning films that have been broadcast on BET.

Dana Lixenberg

For Aleim Magazine Dana photographed Dallas Austin

Dana Lixenberg (born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands,1964) lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She studied Photography at the London College of Printing in London and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.In 1993 she was awarded a project grant by the Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) for a series of portraits at the Imperial Courts Housing Project in Los Angeles, California. She was soon getting commissions from a wide variety of magazines such as the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Vrij Nederland and Vibe, amongst many others. Many of these collaborations continue to this date. All the while Lixenberg continued working on long-term personal projects, mostly focused on individuals and communities on the margins of society. Several of these projects have been published in book form and have been exhibited at museums and galleries in Europe and the United States.She was the subject of a documentary titled: Dana Lixenberg, thru dutch eyes in 1999 and in 2005 she was featured in an episode of the documentary series Hollands Zicht (Dutch Vision) both for Dutch television.

Qiana Mestrich

For Aleim Magazine Qiana interviewed Lorna Simpson.

Qiana Mestrich is a fine art photographer who uses the camera as a way to connect spiritually. Her work is largely autobiographical and explores themes of fear, cultural identity and family history. In 2007, the desire to mesh photography and her professional experience in the web content development and social media lead her to launch Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography History, profiling photographers of color who have been “dodged” from the art scene and “burned” in art history. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son and is currently pursuing her MFA in Advanced Photographic Practice at ICP-Bard College.

George Pitts

For Aleim Magazine George photographed Lorna Simpson

George Pitts is a Fine Art photographer, painter, and writer. His paintings, drawings, and photography have been shown in numerous museum, university, and gallery exhibitions in the United States, including in New York, Los Angeles, as well as in Montreal, and Tokyo. Mr. Pitts is Director of Photographic Practices at The Parsons The New School for Design, in The School of Art, Media and Technology. Previously, Mr. Pitts was Director of Photography at LIFE Magazine from 2004-2007. And from 1993-2004, he was the founding Director of Photography at Vibe Magazine. In 2006, he received the Lucie Award for Picture Editor of the Year.

Amy Routman

For Aleim Magazine Amy interviewed Sebastian Errazuriz

Amy holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University and a BA from Barnard College where she majored in Architecture and minored in Art History. She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art in OH and at the National Academy School of Fine Arts in NYC. She has trained in plein air painting in Buonconvento and Montalcino, Italy. Drawing as a method of communication drew Amy into architecture. She has worked in film set design, exhibition and gallery design. For many years, she has worked closely with the artist Denise Green developing installations for her work in the US, Europe, and Australia. A licensed architect, Amy is currently working on residential projects for an architectural firm in Soho, New York.

Stefan Ruiz

For Aleim Magazine Stefan photographed Sebastian Errazuriz

Stefan Ruiz studied painting and sculpture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Accademia di Belle Arti, Venice, before turning to photography in 1994. In addition, he has taught art at San Quentin State Prison and was the creative director for COLORS magazine from 2003 to 2004. His work has appeared in magazines around the world, including the New York Times Magazine, Details, and Rolling Stone, and his advertising campaigns for the likes of Caterpillar, Camper, Diesel, and Air France have won numerous awards. His photographs have been exhibited at the Photographers’ Gallery, London; PhotoEspaña, Madrid; Les Rencontres d’Arles, France; New York Photo Festival; Havana Biennial; and the Contact Photography Festival, Toronto. In 2012, Aperture published his monograph, “The Factory of Dreams”, a book on Mexican Soap Operas.

Tarell Alvin McCraney

For Aleim Magazine Tarell interviewed Katori Hall

Tarell Alvin McCraney is an award-winning American playwright and actor. He is a member of Teo Castellanos/ D Projects Theater Company in Miami and was a RSC/Warwick International Playwright in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In April 2010, McCraney became the 43rd member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble. His Brother/Sister trilogy are set in the Louisiana Projects and explore Yoruba mythology, and Wig Out, which is set in New York drag clubs, explores McCraney’s experiences as a gay black man. Tarell was featured in the premiere issue of Aleim Magazine.

James Graham

For Aleim Magazine James photographed Katori Hall

James M. Graham specializes in portraits, fashion, erotica and narrative imagery. He has shown in national and international juried exhibitions. His first monograph, “Some of This is True” has just been published by Luxxus Press. He is also featured in the Taschen book, “The New Erotic Photography” (first and second editions). Working as a filmmaker over the last twenty years, his current practice is primarily in still photography. He is from Raleigh, North Carolina and lives in Brooklyn, New York. www.jamesmgraham.net.

Aaron Peasley

For Aleim Magazine Aaron interviewed Chris Ely

Australian born Aaron Peasley is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City. He constantly travels the world uncovering the latest in fashion, travel and culture and contributes to a range of international titles including Elle Decor, Harper’s Bazaar, Luxe, Vogue Living and Wallpaper.

Aeric Merdeith Gajjun

For Aleim Magazine Aeric photographed Chris Ely

Aeric Meredith-Goujon was raised in southern Indiana but has been a New Yorker for the past decade and a half. In 1999 he received an MFA from Pratt Institute and his photographic attentions tend to center around music, erotica, portraiture, dance and fashion. Aeric lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Austin Irving

For Aleim Magazine Austin photographed Chad Muska

Born and raised in New York City, Austin Irving received her BFA in Photography at TISCH School of the Arts at NYU. Her work has been published in The International Herald Tribune, Architectural Digest, A Man’s World, D La Repubblica, Paper Magazine, Brides Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. Irving’s fine art photography will be included in MOCA’s 2012 FRESH Auction and her solo show entitled PORTALS can be seen at CURIO Gallery in Los Angles.

Cara Trump

For ALeim Magazine Cara Trump Interviewed Sally Horchow

Cara Trump is a journalist/editor living in Los Angeles, CA, with a B.A. in Mass Communications, Magazine Journalism from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is currently an assistant editor for Gayot Publications and has contributed to online and print publications such as IGN.com, Tampa Bay Metro magazine, Tampa Bay Weddings magazine, Gayot.com, Creative Loafing (Tampa) and USF’s AlumniVoice magazine.

Naj Jamaï

For Aleim Magazine Naj photographed Sally Horchow

Photographer Naj Jamaï was raised in Paris before moving to the States to pursue photography. His skillful use of lighting captures an often surprising, spontaneous vitality and beauty that emphasizes the tactile nature of his subjects. He collaborates with international magazines including Vogue Japan, Vogue Spain, I-D and recent works have been published in the latest Gucci book titled “The Making Of” as well as Rick Owen’s upcoming book by TASCHEN.Naj is currently based in Los Angeles, CA.

Shirine Saad

For Aleim Magazine Shirine interviewed Serge Becker

Shirine Saad  lives in Brooklyn, where she writes, cooks, drinks fair trade coffee and rides her vintage pink bike. She has covered art, cinema, fashion, design, architecture, music, travel and food for clients such as MTV, The New York Times and Jalouse. This year Saad published Boho Beirut: a Guide to the Middle East’s Most Sophisticated City. When not working, Saad likes to laze by the beach, read, sail, ski, practice tree pose, dance and listen to Bob Dylan.

Therese + Joel

For Aleim Therese + Joel photographed Serge Becker

Therese Öhrvall and Joel Jägerroos are a Swedish-Finnish photography team. They live and work in New York City. The work of Therese + Joel has been exhibited internationally, including The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia, Krasnoyarsk State Museum in Siberia, Milk Gallery & F.L.O.A.T. Gallery in New York City, Gallery S. Bensimon in Paris, France and Ricoh Ring Cube Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. Their clients include TIME Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, S Magazine, Ivana Helsinki, Bullett Magazine and New York Post, amongst others.

Jonah Aimz

For Aleim Magazine Jonah shot and edited Dallas Austin video

Jonah Aimz is an actor and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. His work ranges from viral videos, commercials, and films. Jonah’s clients include Apple, Panasonic, Motorola, Hotmail, and FunnyOrDie.com. In his spare time, Jonah enjoys skateboarding, photography, movies, and being outdoors.

Guilhem de Castelbajac

For Aleim Magazine Guilhem shot and edited Serge Becker video

Guilhem de Castelbajac is a designer who created “Off Duty No More,” a unique lamp collection which has gained international success, selling in boutiques worldwide and has created a rug collection inspired by Toys called “OG22.”He resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Brian Andrew Mendoza

For Aleim Magazine Brian shot and edited Chad Muska video

BAM (Brian Andrew Mendoza) is a ultra low-budget filmmaker. He grew up in Lake Tahoe and is now based in LA. He lives in a 1965 airstream. He worked with Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson on project in Los Angeles. 20 photos from the project were in his 3 volume retrospective “Outside/Inside”. His current project is a feature film with actor/director Jason Momoa titled “Road to Paloma”. They have a company together called Pride of Gypsies which is a group of artists who all work together. He blogs his photos and other art at bamtography.tumblr.com.

Taryn Cox

For Aleim Magazine Taryn photographed and interviewed Jean Noir

The Belle American, Taryn Cox, was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. She currently resides in Los Angeles becoming a top curator of extraordinary lifestyles, convincing the world that living well is an art form. There are endless possibilities to her glittering fututre!


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