Dr. Martens opens in Milan, between street art and the ’90s

Dr. Martens opens in Milan, between street art and the ’90s

Giulia Guido · 5 months ago · Style

There is a strange wave of nostalgia that seems to have settled over everything. The ’80s and ’90s are becoming increasingly fashionable again, both among those who lived through them and for the younger generations who are attracted by a period that is not so distant, but so different that it sometimes seems impossible that it really existed. 

Those were the years when freedom of expression came in all forms: music no longer knew any rules, new looks in which Dr. Martens boots ruled the streets, which in turn were covered in writings and drawings made with spray cans. Acts of healthy rebellion by an increasingly aware generation that have created a link between distant places, a fil rouge that has united London, New York, Paris and many other cities. Milan too began to be populated by urban artists ready to leave their tags everywhere.

It was in this climate that Prosa Bang, an Italian street artist who took his first steps in the world of writing, was born and grew as an artist. 

After collecting national and international successes, participating in various festivals and being active in the dissemination of “graffiti culture”, Prosa Bang now closes a circle that began almost twenty years ago. 

In fact, on the occasion of the opening of Dr. Martens’ first Milanese store in via Torino 49 today, 22 December, the artist was chosen to create an artwork that unites and celebrates both the world of graffiti and that of the English brand, and without even realising it takes us back to those years that we miss so much.
Prosa Bang’s wall recalls the world of Dr. Martens in every single detail and will be the backdrop for all the silhouettes that have been part of the brand’s history since 1901 and that will always be available in store.

From the timeless Boot 1460, which at the end of the last century became the protagonist of all those cultural, musical and artistic movements that revolutionized society from below, to the most modern sandals and loafers that maintain a well-defined character, but adapt to changes and new needs and styles.
With this new Italian opening – which follows those in Rome and Verona – Dr. Martens presents itself as a guide for all those who are not afraid to dare, who express themselves and their values through fashion and what they wear. 

We at Collater.al had a chat with Prosa Bang, who sat down in front of our cameras and told us more about what inspired him to do this work. Don’t miss the video interview below and stop by the new Dr. Martens store in via Torino to see his artwork. 

PH: Cristina Sinelli

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The book that tells the story of San Francisco in 500 photos

The book that tells the story of San Francisco in 500 photos

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Photography

San Francisco is one of the most fascinating cities in the United States; over the course of two centuries it has experienced the entire evolution of American civilization firsthand, fostering the birth of artistic and cultural currents that have marked the ages.
The history of San Francisco and the Bay Area more generally is now told in a beautiful volume published by Taschen and entitled “San Francisco. Portrait of a City.” Through 500 photographs it traces the early years of industrial development and the stories of the free spirits of the 1970s through the lights and fervor of the Roaring Twenties.

The volume contains images from archives and private collections, taken by some of the most celebrated photographers, who over the course of their careers have been inspired by the California city. Inside are portraits of the many innovators who have contributed to the development of the city, a place that represents “a crystal ball in which to see a preview of what will come to us in a few years,” as Michele Masneri had described it in The Passenger magazine’s recent volume devoted to the city.
The 480-page collected shots also show a city skyline far from the one we know today, dominated by the Golden Gate Bridge of which construction work from the 1930s is visible. In addition to the Bay Area’s unique climate, “San Francisco. Portrait of a City” also shows areas the multicultural soul of the city, with images of the huge Chinatown district or Fillmore, the one historically home to Jews and Japanese.
You can purchase the book on the official Taschen website.

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Japan as seen in infrared

Japan as seen in infrared

Tommaso Berra · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Hashira Yamamoto is a photographer, but he also describes himself as a traveler and researcher. Over the course of his career as an artist, he has visited 41 countries and 161 cities around the world, in which he has shot some of his photo series, to tell stories i cultures and of all the incredible people he has encountered. Over the years he has had a close look at his home nation of Japan, cultivating a passion for traditional landscapes along the Silk Road.
Yamamoto in his Asuka series has reinterpreted the tradition of historic Japanese buildings through an infrared lens, creating a dialogue between ancient and contemporary Japan to an effect that immerses traditional temples and gardens in a glitchy, vaporwave world.

The saturated colors of the photos alter the perception of a solid tradition that in some respects has remained intact over the centuries. Cultural references are not altered, architectures are not emptied of meaning, but rather taken in a new contemporary guise. Hashira Yamamoto had precisely the goal with this infrared lens to enhance even more the quiet and contemplative magic that testifies to the inherent spirituality of the places photographed. 

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week, we have selected your 10 best proposals: @polae.jpg, @laurasole_79, @claudiabellati, @carolinalecce, @eli_rmn, @_eleonoram_, @teresa_scafa, @noemily_ph, @matti_b9, @ele.naus.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @zenzeroelimone_, @feebelli, @simeingolo, @davidecannavo, @_barbarac__, @valerycia, @sararotola, @saracamporesi.it, @il_salvo_, @_eleonoram_.

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