NYC Roommates Turn an Apartment Quarantine Into a Hilarious Photo Series

On March 15th, an absurd, tongue-in-cheek image of three women mimicking a 1980s Walmart photo studio stopped us in our Instagram scroll with the following caption:

“Does it look like we are messing around? We aren’t. We are quarantined in our apartment, living off puzzling, Succession, and sourdough, and now we will be entertaining ourselves by taking photos in the COVID-19 Studio. Keep your distance, we don’t want to see you.”

It was the beginning of self-quarantine and almost every professional photographer we knew was getting nervous about their future and potential loss of work. But Luupe Photographer Liz Devine, cooped up with her two roommates in a Brooklyn apartment began making a kind of creative lemonade. The photographer – who’s made her name shooting travel and lifestyle for brands and magazines like WWD, Nylon, Luna Bar, and WeWork, setup “COVID-19 Studio,” hilariously recreating images from art history and pop culture to pass the time and sharing them on Instagram. She immediately garnered press from The NY Post, Gothamist, and ABC News, and continues to bring some much-needed levity to our uncertain days. We caught up with Liz to learn more.

How Naima Green Makes Editorial Photography Assignments Personal

Naima Green has made a name for herself in editorial and commercial spaces by sticking to the vision and process she created for her personal work. Her recent portraiture series “Jewels from the Hinterland” and “Pur·suit” – prior to COVID-19, was scheduled to be on view at Fotografiska NYC this year in the exhibition “Brief and Drenching.” While these exhibitions are on pause, the artist still takes time to consider her work. At once the product of intimacy and trust, Green’s images are thoughtful and forward-thinking, filling the gaps created in our visual language by the absence of communities whose members are far too often underrepresented.  

The Luupe spoke with Green about the lines between editorial and personal work, opening oneself up to photographic challenges, and developing visual intimacy. 

From Designing Textiles to Collaborating with Nike, Harrods, and Lego – The Extraordinary Path of Designer Camille Walala

With a career beginning in textiles, Camille Walala’s colorful and inspiring journey has seen her collaborate with some of the world’s biggest brands. These include Nike, Harrods, Lego and Converse.

“I didn’t really know what I was doing,” recalls Camille Walala, a London-based multidisciplinary designer, of a time before establishing her namesake brand in 2009. 

A “purveyor of positivity”, Walala was raised in the South of France in a Provence village of 300 people. “It was nice to grow up there, but I really hated school,” she adds, continuing to explain how she had failed her GCSEs and A-Levels, and that she wasn’t quite sure which direction to take in this part of her life. “But then my dad eventually told me to go to London to learn English when I was 23,” she says, and what was meant to be a three-month residency soon turned into 20 years. 

Fantastical Images Cast Migrants as Heroes

During a time of global crisis due to COVID-19, we can be reminded of the dangers of xenophobia, particularly towards vulnerable, displaced immigrant communities. Popular media often portrays immigrants seeking a better life as victims or criminals, rarely recognizing them as heroic figures blazing new paths through foreign lands. That’s where the work of artists Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer begins. 

Between These Folded Walls, Utopia, their new series of elaborately staged photographs and videos reveals the noble and courageous aspects of immigrant and first-generation narratives.

Portraits of Powerful Women by Powerful Women Photographers

To celebrate Women’s History Month and add some brightness to our socially-distant world, we compiled portraits of powerful women from The Luupe’s community of women and nonbinary photographers.

To us, being “powerful” goes beyond the traditional notion of celebrity. Political influence and media presence are part of it. It also means being on the front lines to care for the sick. Using one’s voice and supporting one’s family or community. Ultimately, it’s about contributing goodwill to the world and fiercely pushing forward.

Let’s applaud these women together.