An Italian photographer, a Hollywood cinematographer, a film from Australia and a Print campaign by a Paris agency are recipients of a new set of image awards presented as part of the 2009 Mobius Awards.
Fulvio Bonavia of Milan, Italy, was selected Photographer of the Year.
The award represents the competition’s intent to document and celebrate the image qualities that make a photographer’s body of work able to push the boundaries of the possible in advertising imagery.
Bonavia started out as a graphic designer and illustrator of film posters before becoming an advertising and editorial photographer both in his native Italy and worldwide. His work has been honored by Communication Arts, PDN, the Italian Art Directors Club and the International Photography Awards.
He provided the unexpected, such as a series in which he created apparel and accessories using flowers. A bike helmet was made of fuzzy purple flowers, A perfume atomizer boasted creamy white petals. Bonavia’s book A Matter of Taste nudges audiences to consider how they look at ordinary things. It’s a collection of jewelry and accessories that he composed out of edibles.
Bonavia’s work consistently pushes the boundaries of the possible in advertising imagery,” said Lewis Blackwell, an author and editor and former executive with Getty Images who was instrumental in selecting the photography awards.
“Although Bonavia is represented in many award-winning advertising campaigns in Europe and the U.S., his personal portfolio indicates the potential for new departures. All of this adds up to a model for what we want in Mobius Photographer of the Year,” Blackwell said.
Bonavia is represented in the U.S. and Asia by Stockland Martel of New York and in Italy by Soldie Donadello, Milan.
Selected as Cinematographer of the Year is Lance Acord.
Since founding his bicoastal commercial production house Park Pictures in 1998, Acord has soared to the top of the A-List, serving as award winning Director/DP on commercials for global brands such as Nike, Acura, Audi, Mercedes, Gucci, Coca Cola, Adidas and Lexus. His cinematography work on commercials, music videos and feature film for directors such as Oscar-nominated Spike Jonze (“Where The Wild Things Are,” “Adaptation,” “Being John Malkovich”), Vincent Gallo (“Buffalo 66”), and Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola (“Marie Antoinette,” “Lost in Translation”) earned him major International recognition including BAFTA and Chicago Film Critics Association Award nods.
In commercials, Acord has landed three Cannes Gold Lions, plus multiple Clios and a DGA Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials. He serves as cinematographer on all of the commercials he directs. In the music video realm, Acord has directed and or shot music videos for top recording artists such as Sheryl Crow, Bjork and Elastica.
Acord has elevated some of recent cinemas sumptuous visual storytelling, including "Where the Wild Things Are," his latest feature project. Lauded as one of the most visually engaging and beautifully imagined films of 2009, the film was his third feature collaboration with director Spike Jonze.
A native of Northern California, Acord studied photography and filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. This award recognizes the individual who best demonstrates an artistic approach to the visual style of a commercial. The winner did not have to have participated in the Mobius competition.
Kodak Cinematography award went to two entrants. “The Train” from bpg, Los Angeles, for MovieTickets.com, was selected in Cinema/In-Flight. The entry depicts the race against time as a man runs to catch a receding train. Joshua Hess was the cinematographer on the project. More information about him can be found at www.joshuahessdp.com.
The Kodak Cinematography award for Television was awarded to Zoom Film & TV, Brisbane, for “Come Play,” done for the Football Federation of Australia as part of an effort to bring the FIFA World Cup to Australia. Mark Toia was the cinematographer on the project.
Best Photography of Mobius went to BETC Euro RSCG, Paris, for its “Months” Campaign, which was a Mobius Award winner in Print and a Best of Show nominee. The campaign was done for Petit Bateau clothing.
“We have long wanted to do more to recognize images and the professionals who deliver them. These awards are our first step,” said Lee Gluckman, Mobius chairman who has spent his career in film and video production.