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The Dunk to End All Dunks

For the launch of the Super.Fly4, we reunited longtime collaborators Warner Bros. and the Jordan Brand. The film ‘The Dunk To End All Dunks’ featured Blake Griffin and Marvin The Martian. Watch as ‘Steak Griffin’ and Dr. Drain take on Marvin in Venice in an Earth shattering dunk contest. Executive Creative Directors: Jaime Robinson, David … Continue reading



Zandvoort – near Amsterdam in The Netherlands – reminds me of Far Rockaway in Queens. A larger Coney Island, minus the Wonder Wheel. Same vibe overall, but a little different. A long sandy beach bordered with coastal dunes. People drinking rosé on the terraces of the many restaurants along the beach. Bronzed flesh and tattoos. … Continue reading


Reign Supreme

To celebrate FC Zenit Saint Petersburg’s fifth Russian Premier League title and 1st star, we saluted the new Tzars of Russian Football by doing a team photo a la Nicholas II with players and Andre Villas-Boas fully decked out in traditional Russian military and aristocracy attire. The work was shot in St Petersburg by renowned photographer Tim Bret Day, … Continue reading

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Lion Territory

Turkey’s Galatasaray became Spor Toto Super League champion for a record 20th time last weekend. Both Galatasaray and arch-rival Fenerbahçe had won 19 titles prior to this season and the 20th title allows Galatasaray to add a fourth star to the team shirts. They are now the reigning undisputed champ in the country and Istanbul … Continue reading


unite all originals

Here’s a summary of the 2013 adidas Originals – Unite All Originals –  global campaign. You can watch the Case Study video or read about it for more details after the jump. Spring/Summer’13 saw the launch of Originals’ global campaign. Unite All Original was a rallying cry for the diverse and myriad tribes worldwide to collide … Continue reading

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originals neighbourhood

One of my latest project at Sid Lee was developing the strategic and architectural approach to adidas Originals’ new global retail and experiential concept, rolling out in flagship stores around the world from Berlin, London to Shanghai. Five years after the launch of the Originals atelier, Originals needed to revamp the worldwide retail concept to remain … Continue reading



Habitat is a project initiated by Stéphane Missier and Kris Manchester. Habitat is an instinctive observation of our urban environment, and a celebration of the unpredictable moments and fleeting creativity in everyday life. In December 2013, we had the pleasure to kick-start the quadrilogy at Miami Art Basel, followed by a pop-up exhibition at Espace MASSIVart … Continue reading


Raw Havana

Trapped under tropical socialism, Havana is a city of numerous contradictions and paradoxes. Havana juxtaposes cultural richness and necessity, colonial splendor and dilapidated beauty. It’s a vibrant place where joie de vivre collides with hopelessness, and where resourcefulness hide out the flagrant lack of infrastructures. I’ve spent 7 days in La Havana and this is … Continue reading


Havana Boxing Dreams

Dreams are pretty much all you can have in Cuba and boxing allows Cuba’s youth to do just that. Cuba’s rich olympic legacy is a strong source of inspiration for young fighters all around the country. Ambitions of a successful career a la “Kid Chocolate” fuel determination and focus in La Havana’s numerous neighborhood boxing … Continue reading


Last Days of Summer at Coney Island

The landscape of New York keeps on changing, but Coney Island is cruising through time with the same vivid and dissolute charm, against its own “transition.” As summer wraps up, the gritty seaside amusement district is effervescent, the boardwalk filled with bronzed and tattooed flesh and grinning characters, chasing and squeezing in the last bit … Continue reading

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100 Days of Summer

I’ve spent three summers pacing up and down the boiling blocks of Brooklyn and the Bronx trying to capture the playful festival-like energy of these New York City streets, and fire hydrants are what best exemplify this energy. When the valves are open, they release an incredible amount of happiness, pride and mischievous ingenuity. Water … Continue reading


The Soul of Summer

Block Parties are the quintessence of the summer season in New York where youngsters and geezers mingle together in an outburst of freedom and shared happiness. I still remember my first experience with a block party back in 2007. I had just moved to New York on a beautiful block in the heart of Bed-Stuy, … Continue reading


Eerie Lunar Landscape In Queens

Man-made sand pyramids await replacement on the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park in The Rockaways, Queens. The dunes are made out of sifted sand from the surrounding area, by workers who shoveled the sand from the streets after Hurricane Sandy’s passage. Polished by the cold winter wind, these artificial cones formed an eerie lunar … Continue reading


Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath

Here are some distressing photos of the Rockaways, a few days after hurricane Sandy’s devastating passage. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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Orchard Beach

The Bronx Riviera

By the time I got to Orchard Beach, I was jet-lagged and needed a moment to adjust and cope with the environment. It took me almost two hours to get there from Brooklyn. I first got on the G train, then the blue line for a few stops, then hopped on the 4 uptown express … Continue reading


The Freedom Tunnel

Under Manhattan’s Upper West side, runs the “Freedom” Tunnel. Built in the 30’s by Robert Moses, the passage boasts legendary graffiti murals and piles of debris remaining of the past homeless city era. After using it for only a couple of years, Amtrak discontinued the line and left a massive cavern which later became a … Continue reading


Hasidic Brooklyn

Walking in the Hasidic portion of Williamsburg in Brooklyn is a bit of a surreal and anachronistic relish. I found this isolated neighborhood, home of the ultra-orthodox Satmar community, particularly photogenic as it seems suspended in time and contrasts heavily with the continuous metamorphosis observed in adjacent neighborhoods. On Saturdays, during Shabbat, bearded men wearing … Continue reading


The Ruins of an Empire

Motown has ran out of gas. The city looks like a ghost-town or a place that has been hit by a typhoon. Some areas even look like war zones. As I drive around downtown Detroit and in the adjacent neighborhoods below the infamous 8 mile road that defines Detroit’s northern border, I have post-apocalyptic visions. … Continue reading


The Atrium: Abandoned Palace in Downtown NY

After reading that this magnificent 9-story abandoned building will soon become a luxurious hotel called the Beekman Palace, I have decided to contact the developer to see if he would eventually let me in…which he did, after throwing him a couple of bucks. I have to say that legal urban exploration is definitely not comparable … Continue reading


Le Ciel de New York

I paid the Lady Finger a visit yesterday with the idea to capture “The Sky of New York”. The rooftop of the south elevator tower is the highest point in South Brooklyn and probably gives the best 360-degree view of the big apple. From there, you have a full frontal view of Lady Liberty, the … Continue reading


Wings (with me)

I had the opportunity to follow my friend Chris Arnade this summer during his favorite pastime: chasing pigeons and meeting pigeon keepers. Getting up on the roofs was quite a journey, but once up-there, it was an astonishing spectacle. It encapsulates everything I love about street photography. Poignant stories from raw characters, splendid urban sceneries … Continue reading


Romantic Reflections’ photo-shoot & behind-the-scenes

Two years after Audiocentric, Jason Minnis and I collaborated again earlier this month on his latest musical project: Romantic Reflections. Jason is a Brooklyn based producer & classical pianist and he asked me to take the lead on the visual concept of his classical piano EP. We did a ghost-dog style photo-shoot on a roof-top … Continue reading


The Grain Terminal

On the far side of Red Hook Park’s soccer and baseball fields, locked-up behind a fence made of enormous concrete blocks, lays the last vestige of Red Hook’s industrial grandeur: The New York Port Authority Grain Terminal. This massive 429-foot long and 12-story high beige-colored fortress was built in 1922 for the purpose of washing, … Continue reading


Lavender Lake

The Gowanus Canal is located in the heart of Brooklyn, bordering the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Red Hook. When the canal opened in 1866, it quickly became the nation’s busiest commercial waterway and also the most polluted. The resulting growth of foundries, oil-storage facilities, dye works, printing plants, cement factories, tanneries, coal yards, chemical … Continue reading


The Iron Triangle

Willets Point is a chaotic little piece of land on the outskirts of Queens, adjacent to the Citi Field, the New York’s Mets new home. This is where you go if you need to get your car fixed, get shiny rims or change your windscreen. Also known locally as the Iron Triangle, it is the … Continue reading


Glenwood Power Plant

Between the Glenwood Metro North station and the Hudson River lies the abandoned Yonkers Power Station of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, a massive building which was constructed between 1904 and 1906 to hold electrical generators to provide power for the electrfication of the railroad nearby. The plant ran into the early … Continue reading


Bushwick Industrial Train Tracks

Here are a couple of shots of the old industrial train tracks that zig zag through east Williamsburg, Bushwick and Maspeth in Brooklyn. I teamed-up with Billy on a cold and sunny Saturday morning to visit what used to be a thriving freight and commercial passage. Images by Charles le Brigand
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Deep Down In ‘The Hole’

The “Hole” is a bizarre place. It is the kind of spot that Joe Pesci would choose to stab a fella with a butcher knife. I am not familiar with southern USA, but this is how I would picture rural Alabama. Flooded fields, reeds, empty lots, abandoned houses, old cars and broken-down trucks. Few blocks … Continue reading


West Side Tennis Club

The West Side Tennis Club is a private tennis club founded in 1892 in Forest Hills, Queens NY. In 1923, when the United States Lawn Tennis Association National Championship (known now as the U.S. Open) moved to Queens, the club constructed a 15,00 seat – horseshoe shaped – stadium that still stands today. The club … Continue reading


The Adler Hotel

Sharon Springs, located in the Mohawk Valley in central New York, was once a highly fashionable bath resort town for wealthy New Yorkers, as well as European and Judaic visitors. During the 19th century, this tiny village became world famous by virtue of the therapeutic benefits of its mineral springs, which contain high levels of … Continue reading


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