Contemporary French Photographer Jean-Francois Rauzier Debuts New Series of Hyperphotos at Waterhouse & Dodd New York

Waterhouse & Dodd, founded by international art dealers Ray Waterhouse and Jonathan Dodd in 1987, is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of French photographer, Jean-Francois Rauzier, featuring the artist’s new ‘Hyperphotos’ opening October 26th (through November 18), at the gallery’s temporary pop-up space 1070 Madison Avenue in New York City.

Babel Kircher, New York, C-Print 2015

Babel Kircher, New York, C-Print 2015

Jean-Francois Rauzier (b. 1952) is an internationally acclaimed photographer, who has exhibited in museums and art fairs worldwide. Depicting fantastical versions of landscapes and iconic architecture is central to Rauzier’s artistic exploration and mastery as a photographer. His work transforms reality; fascinating us with its scale, and taking the viewer on a journey through the visible world. Thousands of high-resolution close-ups views are stitched together into his large compositions, maintaining the focus of the smallest detail. Each work is carefully composed of images collected over many years – working in some ways more like a painter than a photographer, Rauzier creates his own supernatural man-made world. Using digital technology, he creates buildings, gardens, animals, and many other objects as he strives to transform the world according to his dreams and anxieties and to recreate the magic and secrecy of ancient legends and stories using 21st-century media.

Cuba Veduta [Detail], C-Print 2017

Cuba Veduta [Detail], C-Print 2017

In this new body of work, Jean-Francois Rauzier: Hyperphotos, Rauzier continues in his signature style combining iconic cities such as New York into compositions referencing art historical imagery. This show debuts a selection of works Rauzier has just completed on Cuban themes. In these ‘Hyperphotos’, he uses the stunning architectural and historical landscapes of Cuba, combined with his extensive knowledge of art and cultural history, literature, and humor, to create unique and unforgettable images. Continue reading

Celebrity Cruises to Offer Legal Same-Sex Marriages Onboard

The Historic First For The Brand Was Made Possible Following A Monumental Vote In The Fleet’s Country Of Registry

Celebrity Cruises is proud to announce that same-sex marriages performed onboard are now legally recognized, marking a historic first for the modern luxury brand.

Celebrity Cruises Logo

Celebrity Cruises Logo

The motion follows a transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, which passed the country’s parliament 66-1. The long-awaited referendum opens the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard, and have the fleet’s captains officiate the ceremonies.

Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion. I am absolutely thrilled to announce that starting today, we welcome same-sex couples to marry on our ships while in international waters,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “This is one for the history books!

The Celebrity Weddings program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings for lovebirds. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator’s services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, bottle of Champagne, a bouquet and boutonniere, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony.

Celebrity Weddings has already hosted many same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where legal,” said Barbara Whitehall, Managing Director, The Wedding Experience. “We are ecstatic that this new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters.

To learn more about the Celebrity Weddings program and The Wedding Experience, visit www.celebrityweddings.eweddingcalendar.com.