“The Story of Dunk”, Nike’s documentary in 6 episodes

“The Story of Dunk”, Nike’s documentary in 6 episodes

Andrea Tuzio · 8 months ago · Style

It was 1985 and Nike was a little more than 10 years old, the Slam Dunk Contest at the NBA All-Star Game had been born just one year earlier and had seen Larry Nance Sr. win against Julius Erving aka Doctor J.

Basketball was beginning to become more and more popular also thanks to the push given by the “meteorite” Micheal Jordan who had hit the NBA planet in the 1984 draft. Few had understood the real impact, except a certain Sonny Vaccaro from Nike, the man who will forever change sneaker marketing and who will make the fortune of Beaverton’s company.

Until Jordan’s arrival, Vaccaro had always managed, with extreme success, to manage relations with the coaches of the American college basketball teams, who had the power to sign partnership contracts with companies for the supply of shoes for their athletes. 

1985 represents for Nike one of the fundamental turning points in the history of the company, basketball is ready to become the main American sport and Nike launches the Dunk. Conceived thanks to the restlessness of a group of young designers, the Nike Dunk basketball sneaker took very little time to become a cult even in the streetstyle world. 

The design of the sneaker itself has consolidated Nike’s role in basketball and reinforced a concept, that of wanting to create a product that improves athletes’ performance.

Basketball shoes, however, had made the “leap” into the world of fashion coming out of the parquet. The debut of Nike Dunk in 1985 with an evolved silhouette compared to her older sister, Air Force 1 born in 1982, gave a boost to basketball culture in a totally unexpected way.

Originally designed by Peter Moore, the Nike Dunk were a mash-up between different shoes: the sole was similar to the Air Jordan 1 launched a few months earlier, while the upper was a mix between the same J1 and the Nike Terminator. 

By the 1980s, college basketball had achieved widespread popularity and rivalry between universities is still one of the most exciting and spectacular things in American sport. 

Just during the summer of 1985, Nike launched the Dunk with a campaign whose slogan was the memorable “Be True to Your School”, creating 12 colorways inspired by the most important teams of the college basketball scene. That launch was the centerpiece of Nike’s College Colors program, the first campaign with strong colors associated with basketball shoes.

The teams selected were: University of Nevada Las Vegas, Arizona State, University of Iowa, Georgia Tech, Siracusa, Georgetown, University of Kentucky e University of Michigan. 

Dunks have gone beyond basketball and mod, becoming an integral part of the skate community. Thanks to lateral support, cushioning and a low profile midsole, they were perfect for skateboarding because of their incredible versatility and comfort that still make them an icon for skateboarders around the world with the Nike SB line.

To tell the legacy of this iconic sneaker, Nike has produced a 6-part documentary that will be released through Nike SNKRS entitled “The Story of Dunk”, in which we will find interviews with characters like Jeff Staple, Chris Gibbs and Luca Benini, each of whom will tell their relationship with the Dunks.

An iconic and timeless sneaker that shows how much, in a sneaker game dominated by hype, it is fundamental and essential to continue to tell history and legacy behind a pair of “simple shoes”.

Uou can take a look at the trailer and the first of the 6 parts of which the documentary is composed.

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Humans and Landscapes, Ekayyne’s project blends nature and the human body.

Humans and Landscapes, Ekayyne’s project blends nature and the human body.

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Brussels-based artist and graphic designer Ekayyne uses his Instagram profile as a stage to show the works that make up the Humans and Landscapes project. As you can imagine from the title, the artist’s graphics blend in an original way landscape, from white and endless beaches to flowering meadows, and body parts. 

The process of creation begins with the phase of searching for images that take place on the Internet, especially on Tumbler. Only once this first part has been completed does one move on to assembling the images, looking for common elements such as lines or textures. 

The peculiarity of Ekayyne’s graphics is that the union of the two images is not hidden, on the contrary, it is often made even more evident by the contrast between shapes and colors. 

In any case, the result is always surprising, in which the lines of the sand dunes become those of a woman’s body, the skin turns into sand and a nightdress turns into frothy waves of the sea. 

Discover some of Ekayyne’s works in our gallery.

Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
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The glamorous and elegant portraits by Tom Mitchell

The glamorous and elegant portraits by Tom Mitchell

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Tom Mitchell is a Scottish director and photographer based in London. His female portraits are perfect, glamorous and elegant compositions.

His photographs skilfully integrate subjects, lighting and scenery and, although his models pose with precision and accuracy, they are always spontaneous, genuine and natural.

In Tom Mitchell’s portraits, glances stand out, they call the viewer, hypnotize him and seem to invite him into their colourful and spectacular world. In his work beauty is the undisputed protagonist, it is refinement, charm and timeless seduction.

Tom’s are intimate and intriguing snapshots in perfect balance between technique and instinct.

Tom Mitchell is also very active in the fashion industry: he creates look books, editorials and photographic campaigns for clients such as Superdry, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing and Passionata.

See a selection of his work here, follow him on Instagram and on his personal website.

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The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Photography

Calypso Mahieu, class 1993, is graduated from ECAL/University of Art and Design of Lausanne and now she is working between France and Switzerland as a freelance photographer.

Her work is both elegant and erotic and the light is the heart of her photography. Calypso first discovered photography through women’s magazines — she was fascinated by the light, the bodies, and the attitudes rather than the fashion itself.  

The light is her secret weapon and nudity and eroticism has become essential to her aesthetic. She is passionate by the light because it can destroy or sublime a picture very easily. It’s like a game for her to build the light around the person or the object she’s shooting. Cinema’s lights, romantic sunset light of the South of France, desk light and many others can be a source of inspiration and are important in her process of photographing.

A selection from her best works below.

Text by Giordana Bonanno

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IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

There are images that, more than others, manage to tell what is happening in the world. Some have become emblematic, are included in school books and are part of the cultural heritage of each of us. These are the shots taken by photojournalists, reporters who, thanks to a passion comparable to a vocation, have for years been bearing witness to wars, political and social changes, inequalities and the violation of human rights. It is by looking at their work that we fully understand the power of photography, which goes where no other medium can go, touching us to the core. 

WHAT:
IMP 2021- International Festival of Photojournalism
WHEN:
4 – 27 JUN
WHERE:
PADUA

To underline the importance of photojournalists, especially at a time when communication passes especially through images, the first edition of IMP, the International Festival of Photojournalism, was held in Padua in 2019. In the wake of its success, the Culture Department of the City of Padua and the University of Padua have been working on the second edition of the event, which opened last week and will remain open to the public until Sunday 27 June. 

“The idea behind the IMP Festival is the conviction that photojournalism today is the quickest access to stories and international debates capable of connecting the four corners of the world, a way of making everyone aware of their fundamental role even in the most controversial and geographically distant issues.” – RICCARDO BONONI, Photojournalist and Artistic Director of IMP

The works of 30 international authors will be exhibited in the city’s most prestigious museums and, in order to learn more about their work, the festival programme also includes a series of workshops, readings and meetings with guests such as journalist Domenico Quirico, who survived a five-month kidnapping in Syria. 

One of the main exhibitions will be the MAGNUM Photos exhibition, featuring the work of some of the world’s most renowned photojournalists, from Miguel Candela, who shot the latest protests in Hong Kong, to the famous Italian photographer Tony Gentile, author of the portrait of Falcone and Borsellino. 

The IMP also gives space to young talent by presenting an exhibition of some of the year’s best work. 

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© Tony Gentile

“We are proud to reaffirm, also in 2021, Padua as the international capital of auteur photojournalism, through a festival that already in its first editions has become an essential reference point for professionals and enthusiasts.” – ANDREA COLASIO, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Padua

See below some shots of the photojournalists on show and visit the IMP website for all the details. 

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© Tony Gentile
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© Annalisa Natali Murri/CAPTA
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©Laura Liverani/Prospekt Photographers
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© KRZYSZTOF MILLER
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©Lorenso Meloni/MAGNUM Photos
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©Giulio Piscitelli/Emergency
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© Nadia Shira Cohen
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©Fulvio Bugani
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©Valentina Piccinni/Jean-Marc Caimi
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© Raffaele Petralla/Prospekt Photographers
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© Antonio Faccilongo/Getty Reportage
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