Monday, May 18, 2009

The Originals - Robert Maxwell

There is a beautiful full page portrait of the surfer Clay Marzo by photographer Robert Maxwell in Sundays, NYT's Style Magazine. Summer Travel 2009.

Clay Marzo Aqua Man
While the rest of us surf the Web, Clay Marzo hangs ten off some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Tahiti, El Salvador, Micronesia, Spain, Bali — the world is Marzo’s tidal wave. ‘‘My favorite place to surf is Fiji,’’ he says. ‘‘There is a surfing island called Tavarua that is like paradise.’’ In search of the perfect break, he always comes prepared, typically taking four or five boards with him; he’d like to visit the coast of Western Australia next. Although Marzo has the developmental disorder known as Asperger’s syndrome, it’s never slowed him down: he got his start riding on the front of his father’s long board at the age of 1; now 19, he is one of the most lauded beach bums in the world. ‘‘I get most inspired by seeing photos of faraway breaks and sick, slablike waves.’’

Clay Marzo by Robert Maxwell

New York Times Style Magazine, May 17, 2009
More from Robert Maxwell's Originals Series

Wes Anderson - by Robert Maxwell

Gordon Parks - by Robert Maxwell

Michele Oka Doner, Artist by Robert Maxwell

The lone hunter in the Akira Kurosawa film ''Dersu Uzala'' inspired Michele Oka Doner to rethink her own clutter. ''That's when I began to want things to be more elemental,'' she says. Doner tossed the extraneous but kept a firm grip on all things functional -- and beautiful -- even in her well-known public art projects. The tiled floors she designed for Miami International Airport include celestial depictions of saltwater plants and invertebrate creatures; for the Herald Square subway stop in New York, she gold-tiled the walls to add ''radiance and reflectivity'' to a tedious commute. She's also conscious of beauty in the little things, from her sculptural jewelry (including a collection for Christofle) to her line of crystal objects for Steuben Glass.


  1. Loved looking at Michele Doner's site. Thanks for bringing her to my attention. I am enjoying your blog.