Jose Frances tightly curates a unique, affordable online gallery of fine art photography. Drawing on years of experience in NYC’s interior design industry, Frances has identified a much neglected area in the home decor marketplace. +598 so named after Frances’ native Uruguayan country code, offers limited small edition, fine art prints tailored and selected for the discerning buyer. Frances’ exclusive stable includes artists whose work covers compelling and mutually distinct visual realms.
Jill Peters has garnered international renown for her anthropological portraits of the world’s undiscovered, disenfranchised gender variants and has been published in Rolling Stone, Look, GQ to name a few. Recently, Peters has turned her lens to the majestic and crumbling facades of Miami’s storied past and, in an effort to tell all sides of the story, has also taken to the air to execute stunning graphic documents of the area’s natural beauty.
Marco Ovando’s arresting B&W images of NYC celebs and glitterati by night, offer a completely different exploration of yet another irreplaceable metro-environment. Ovando’s photos have been featured in a number of magazines, including Maxim and Next, and cosmetic’s company Sephora, commissioned him to do a video for a major campaign in 2009.
Rounding out this select group and further expanding the visual territory encompassed by +598, is the beautiful and inspirational imagery of Dean Isidro, who explores the interface between nature and the human body, Isidro identifies the endless source of romantic beauty. A successful fashion photographer whose work has appeared in global ad campaigns for companies such as Ann Taylor, Avon, Bloomingdales, and Guess; Isidro brings his unfettered creative eye to the work featured in this collection.
As founder and curator, Frances has managed to fuse fashion, design and art in this distinguished and highly useful resource. +598 can already point to a prestigious list of clients including design luminaries, such as Samuel Amoia Associates, Peeples Rionda, Rene Gonzalez, Robert Stillin, and Miles Redd. The beauty of the whole concept, beyond the amazing imagery itself, is that +598 is available to all lovers of art and design, at early collector prices, in editions that are limited to assure current uniqueness and future value.