Oliver Rath

Ever since some creative know-it-all came up with this widespread witticism, saying “One Picture is Worth Ten Thousand Words”, the necessity to say anything about Oliver Rath is basically obsolete. Year of birth (78), place of birth (Heidelberg) – who cares about it anyway? His mover/shaker-mentality, his DJing-past, his talent to translate boredom of one thing into a passion for another one – it is all nice things to say about him, but you actually don’t need to know. His DIY-enthusiasm, that built up the whole technical foundation of his existence as a photographer, his mindscape that no school in this world could have teach him, his creative lunacy that’s hidden beneath this Frankish and easy going surface – they are all pretty ornaments for writings like these, but still: anything you could say about him doesn’t come close to the impression of his pictures.

Those are pictures of a maniac. His imagery is infiltrated by codes of urban hedonism, yet ruptured by sometimes prankish, sometimes caustic humour. It is a hard and rough picture language, a language without diplomatic attachments or compromise, but fuelled with unchecked temper and elegant to subtle sense for semantics. He takes everything in that makes a good picture: geometry, contrast, perspective, arrangement. But more than that, he’s a master of those little things, that push a good picture to become an outstanding one. He is the advocate of maximizing impacts. He’ll find the big talk even in the smallest gestures. He might just slam you in the face with a picture. But he might lick your wounds with the very next one. His sense for the right sentiment is without comparison, be it on national or international scale. Call him man of the moment. What do I say? Call him a depicting chronicler of the Zeitgeist. Well, why do I say so much anyway? Just find one of his pictures and call him your new favourite photographer.

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Lida Chaulet

A Dutch photographer having lived in the Netherlands for most of her life, while travelling abroad, from time to time. At age 10, she received her first camera as a first prize, resulting she carried her camera everywhere, becoming professional some years later.

She studied chemistry, math, computer sciences and programming languages. Her career has encompassed: chemical analyst, technical support engineer and as manager of an international computer help-desk. Recently she commenced a senior position for the Publicity & Promotion of a Lighting firm.

In 2004 she was asked for a few photography projects and this made her decide to study photography at the Fotovakschool in Apeldoorn (NL), specializing in Portrait and Fashion.

Horst P. Horst, Ruth Bernard, Jeanloup Sieff, Elliott Erwitt, André Kertész, Herb Ritts, and Robert Doisneau, amongst others, have influenced her professional views.

2007 was her start for capturing nudes, working with light to emphasize the beauty of the human form.

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Katsuji Fukuda

 

Born 1899 in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Fukuda moved to Tokyo in 1919 to work at Takachiho Seisakusho (now: Olympus Corporation). Following the Great Kanto Earthquake, he moved to Osaka. In 1926, he won the Ilford Diamond Prize at the “First Japanese Photography Art Exhibition.” The following year, his attempt to establish a photography museum in Sakai (Osaka) failed, but Fukuda continued to take photography such as still life and compositions under the influence of Bauhaus aesthetics. His series “Camera Diagnostics” (published in “Asahi Camera”, 1936) was well-received, and Fukuda thus compiled “How to Photograph Women,” and other instructional books on photography. After the war, he focused on nudes, publishing “Shell of Light” (Hikari no kaigara) in 1949.

While realism became the dominant current in photography, Fukuda never gave up on his own, unique approach. In 1955, he received funding from the Canon Photo Competition to travel to Italy, and published his photographs from Italy in the next year. Books on Kyoto, Ginza and Sumidagawa followed. Since the late 1950s, Fukuda also engaged in experimental photography. In 1970, his solo exhibition “Flowers and Nudes: Fukuda Katsuji Exhibition” was held at Takashimaya Department Store in Nihonbashi (Tokyo). Fukuda passed away in 1991, aged 92. His works are held at the Yokohama Museum of Art, the Kawasaki City Museum, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art and others.

Stefan Rappo

 

Stefan Rappo is the photographer of emotion. He creates refined and understated images free of embellishment or sophisticated staging. A return to the natural state and the primacy of emotions. With a cinematic allure, his images are like short films, silent and poetic – odes to women. Most striking is the calm and serenity. The spectator, although held at a distance, infiltrates the intimacy of the play, a huis-clos where the palpable tensions play off each other to create a narration.

At 30 years of age, Stefan Rappo left Switzerland and his job as a designer and constructor of heavy forestry equipment to pursue studies in a photography school in the south of France. He worked as a photo assistant for Camilla Akrans and Bruno Aveillan, and then for Peter Lindbergh, with whom he has worked for more than five years now. In parallel he works on his personal projects including staged cinematic photo-stories, female nudes, as well as more commercial work.

His shoots are meticulously planned, but once on set he gives free reign to spontaneity and liberty. Thus the essential elements and the emotions coalesce, creating life.

Philippe Guédon, Normal Magazine

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Emotions à Nu, Joana Choumali

 

“Being naked this is nothing to hide, It is not even need words because the body speaks for itself. “Victor Lévy Beaulieu “Emotions à nu ” is a serie of female portraits without a face. As the “naked truth”, human, beautiful unadorned, without makeup. Women are plural, fragile and strong. This work is an intimate journey, an emotional state to another, a quiet quest towards physical self-acceptance and serenity.

EMOTIONS A NU – 2013

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Marc Lagrange, 1957, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Although his pictures remind us of the great works of Helmut Newton or Peter Lindbergh, Marc brings a finesse to his pictures like no other. His photographs are stylish, well composed and iconic.

 

Perla Nera, Eddy Van Gestel

 

 

 

Photographer Eddy Van Gestel lives and works in Belgium and Africa. He gained international fame through his coffee table books “A Continent in the Picture”, “To the Rhythm of the Sun”, “Africa XL”, “Terra Africana” and “African Queen”.

Over the years his style has become more serene and restrained, stripped of any excess, complex perspectives and difficult angles. The portraits he is shooting have one thing in common: they draw their graphic strength from their simplicity. To him photography is a quest for a magical and mysterious world, where there’s a very fine line between reality and impression. This is certainly true for this collection of photographs, which highlights the unsurpassed beauty of African women.

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Dennis Mecham

I am, for the most part, self-taught. I can be very focused and can be very patient. I have a strong sense of perseverance which has helped immensely. The art form in which I had more formal training was music. I have found it to be a great asset in the photographic journey. Music requires a devotion and discipline which helps me daily in my photography.

Music, too, requires the merging of artistic expression and musical craft. You have to be both an artist and a technician. Photographers have a distinct advantage over musicians.

If you don’t practice your instrument every day, your skills can diminish noticeably. That doesn’t happen if you don’t take photographs for a few days. Because of the necessity for that mind/body interface, music is more demanding.

Describing my work through words seems rather crude compared to images. Words always qualify an experience that always falls short, with the exception of poetry. I think my work expresses what we are all doing. Finding our place in this life and to experience it on the fullest level possible. We are all searching to discover who we are, which I believe is the main purpose of existence.

With many of my images the concept is fixed in my mind as to what I want to achieve; the composition is there. I always leave room for spontaneity and surprises. I’m not very good at taking snapshots. Though I can take advantage of spontaneity, there has to be some main idea of what I am trying to achieve before I work on it or I burn up a lot of film and never achieve anything.

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Erez Sabag

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José Manchado

La fotografía es mi mayor pasión y también mi mayor enemiga, es lo malo de lanzarse de pleno a algo, tu vida se vuelve un caos y sólo piensas con el objetivo, ya sabes obsesionarse con algo no es bueno y lo mío es fotosfotosfotosfotos…
“Lo que mas me llama la atención es la expresividad de la foto o los elementos que se usan así que no tengo un rumbo fijo al cotillear pero claro, tirar de clásicos como Helmut Newton o Bitesnich te da una perfección técnica y de luz que no te da nadie, así que intento mirar siempre para arriba a ver si se me pega algo bueno. Cuando copio algo de algún autor normalmente le escribo comentándoselo a ver que le parece, en los dos últimos años que lo he hecho sólo uno me ha respondido diciendo que no le ha gustado, el resto o les ha parecido bien o me han comentado como les ha parecido interesante ver la misma pose con una configuración diferente de luces o con otros elementos…
“Que es el estilo? Repetir lo mismo una y otra vez? Por dios no, que aburrido! Intento hacer cosas diferentes en lugares diferentes porque si nó abandonaría, me veo limitado por la técnica y por los medios que tengo a mi alcance (confieso que un par de flashes adicionales no me vendrían nada mal para mejorar la iluminación en exteriores). Lo peor que me pudieron hacer el año pasado fue compararme con un fotógrafo que sólo hace un tipo de fotos y con cuatro tipos de encuadre y composición, yo normalmente al mes hago media docena de sesiones de desnudo unas cuatro carreras de motos, alguna sesión de bebés y algunos trabajos para empresas de publicidad. Si sólo hiciese las fotos de una manera no podría hacer ni la mitad de lo que hago ahora, cada tema tiene sus formas de hacer el trabajo, la originalidad está en intentarlo hacer diferente a lo habitual…

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Joakim Karlsson

Joakim Karlsson was born in a small town in Sweden, 1979. When he grew up he was mostly into music and played in various rock bands. His first photo interest he got in 9th grade when he had a short photography course. There he learned to shoot with film, manual focus and cameras that had no automatic functions. The real photo interest never started until 2006 when he got very interested and portrait and fashion photography. He never had any photo training and learned everything the hard way by himself. The good thing about this is that he made all the mistakes himself and developed his own shooting style. Joakim mostly shot fashion until about 2 years ago when he got more interested in sensual art and nude photography. About the same time he started teaching and workshops

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Thomas Schweizer


 

Passionate freelance photographer and artist born 1965 in the german town Duesseldorf within a family of artists, father painter and sculptor, mother writer. Worked as assistant for many photographers, before started own career with the age of 25. Travelled world wide for international clients and magazines. Artistic nude photography he startet in the early 90th and became renowned as artist. His work is published in books, shown in exhibitions and has enthusiastic collectors. Playboy Magazin count him to the 50 most important nude art photographers, beside names as Man Ray, Herb Ritts, Albert Watson. Helmut Newton etc.
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Ren Hang

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Steven Lyon

Steven Lyon is an artist hailing from the beaches of California.. For over three decades, Steven has engineered a creative legacy both in front of and behind the camera. The start of his career saw Lyon as the face for designers such as Gianni Versace, Claude Montana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Cerruti, and Trussardi .

He bought his first camera in 1998 and moved to Paris to re-immerse himself in the Paris fashion world, this time behind the lens. Using film as his medium and drawing inspiration from cinema and the iconic photographers of the ‘80’s, he developed his own signature style and established himself as an irreverent, borderline rebel in today’s homogenized fashion world. He quickly developed a rich, intimate and cinematic aesthetic and contributed to publications such as Vanity Fairy, GQ, Vogue, S Magazine, Treats and 25, amongst many others. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries worldwide.

In 2012, Steven founded a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization called Lyonheartlove. For the past 3 years, Lyon has been filming a full-length feature documentary in Africa called,
“Something that Matters.” The documentary takes a raw, first-hand look at the escalating crisis of poaching and corruption, which threatens extinction to the entire Rhino species. “Something that Matters” is the inaugural project under the auspices of Lyonheartlove. Lyon is also currently at work on producing and directing a book and documentary called, “Kings of the Catwalk: Project 80’s” – a project highlighting the top male models of the 80’s and how HIV effected their lives and changed the industry at its most glamorous time in history. This marks another project under the Lyonheartlove banner. Proceeds from the book will go to AIDS research.

Lyon’s directorial work has been noticed by a variety of international film festivals. His music video “Fire” for the band The Winery Dogs was the official selection for both “New York Film Week”, “The Mexico International Fashion Film Festival”and the “Los Angeles International Film Festival.” It garnered top prize in “Hollywood International Motion Picture Film Festival.” His sultry sexy short film “Remember Cuba” has recently been selected for the “Los Angeles CineFest.”

Steven currently resides in NYC and Paris with his legendary, man’s best friend – Rudy.

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Malcolm Pasley

After studying photography at Art College and serving as an assistant for two years, Malcolm embarked on a career as a commercial fashion & beauty photographer in the 1980’s. After spending ten years doing this, and coinciding with a move to Los Angeles, he changed direction and became passionate about platinum printing, an early photographic printing process which involves hand coating papers with platinum salts to produce a completely permanent photographic image composed of metallic platinum. Having returned to Great Britain, he continues to work on personal and commissioned projects and exhibits in galleries in Europe, Japan and the United States.
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