Author Archives: Laura Bannister

Laura Bannister is a freelance writer, editor and sometimes-poet based in Sydney. She is very rarely a poet but thinks it looks impressive when cataloged alongside other biographical information.
twitter: @_laurabannister

The New Guard

“I don’t think I exploded onto the scene. It’s definitely been hard work.” Christopher Esber is something of a rising star. While the expression appears a devastating, hopeless cliché, in Esber’s case it’s very much true – the 25-year-old designer grows more luminous with each collection. At just 23 he made his Mercedes Benz Australian [...]

Advanced Style Finds the Sun

Ari Seth Cohen’s street photography has been repeatedly (and rightfully) credited with debunking ageist perceptions of who constitutes a ‘tastemaker’ in the realm of fashion. Since launching his blog, Advanced Style, in 2008, the San Diego native has captured countless members of New York’s well-heeled senior set. Wrapped in fluorescent coats, wearing all-over plaids and [...]

Michael David Murphy In Conversation

“This is a picture I did not take of the most optimistic homeless man in America, spare changing at the Fox News-sponsored ‘Tea Party’ in Atlanta on April 15, rattling his empty cup as hundreds passed-by and grimaced at the sight of him approaching, trying to avoid meeting his smiling face, clenching their car keys [...]

The Measured Anarchist

Yun-Fei Ji is a Chinese-born painter who lives and works in Brooklyn. Raised largely by his grandmother during China’s Cultural Revolution, Ji found himself enchanted by his bedtime ghost stories, later using them as devices for moral commentary. The ghostly characters of Ji’s paintings are perpetually lost; they move across scrolls of rice and mulberry paper [...]