George Holz was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (aka “the Secret City”), graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and assisted for Helmut Newton, whom he credits with guiding his career. As a fledgling photographer, he lived in Milan and Paris, where he shot beauty and fashion for major European magazines such as Italian Vogue and French Elle. Afterward, he moved to New York City, where he set up his famous studio on Lafayette Street, traveling frequently to Los Angeles and Europe to shoot fashion, advertising, and portraiture for major publications such as Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar. His fine-art nudes have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. His shows have included “Original Sin” and “Three Boys from Pasadena – A Tribute to Helmut Newton” with fellow Art Center alumni Just Loomis and Mark Arbeit. Holz has collected a variety of prestigious industry awards over the years including a Grammy and a Clio.
Holz works as an adjunct professor and lectures internationally at museums and universities, mentoring young photographers and passing on his photographic aspirations to “always begin and end with light, ” to “do it all in-camera,” and to “bring modern photography back to the level of the artful burn and dodge of the past.”
Holz continues to travel extensively for his commercial work, fine-art shows, and lectures, and is currently working on several projects, including his upcoming book of nudes. He presently bases in the rustic Catskill Mountains of New York, where he lives on a farm with his family, two dogs, and flock of East Friesian sheep. When not exploring remote locations and photographing his muses, George’s favorite pastimes include traveling the American backroads in his ’58 Airstream and conversing with his chocolate lab, Ruby.
“Iwase Yoshiyuki was born in 1904 in Onjuku, a fishing village on the pacific side of the Chiba peninsula, which encloses Tokyo Bay on the east. After graduating from Meiji University Law School in 1924, he took up lifelong pursuits, heading the family sake distillery and documenting the receding traditions of coastal Japan. In the late 1920’s Yoshiyuki received an early Kodak camera as a gift. Since the main livelihood of the town came from the sea he gravitated there, and soon found a passion for “the simple, even primitive beauty” of ama – girls and women who harvested seaweed, turban shells and abalone from beneath the coastal waters..”
This way of life has now completely disappeared but Yoshiyuki’s photographs provide a stunning visual testament to these fascinating women. His total output is of a very hight standard but it is his photographs of the ama divers which are truly iconic.
Eric Kellerman is a Briton who has lived near Nijmegen in the Netherlands for just over half his life. In 2008, he retired from academic life to spend even more time on photography.
He works almost entirely in the studio and uses digital equipment from camera to print, although image manipulation is limited to darkroom-like processes. Specialising in the nude, he has a regular team of female collaborators, most of whom have a serious interest in movement (dance, drama therapy, athletics, martial arts). Sometimes, when there is no model available, he photographs vegetables and fruit out of desperation. He is doing more fashiony things these days too.
Kellerman used to consider his work to be distant, abstract, melancholic, ‘unerotic’, despite its subject matter. Now he’s not so sure. He emphasises line, geometrical form, texture, implicit movement, and above all, chiaroscuro. He likes to create ambiguity in his photos, so that the viewer is sometimes unsure what part of the body is being looked at. In this way, he attempts to free the female body of its conventional associations.
He has been influenced by surrealism (Dali, Magritte, Delvaux’ nudes and railway stations) and the Canadian ‘magic realist’ painter Alex Colville, whose occluded bodies in essentially intimate scenes can create a surprising sense of alienation. This partial view, the ‘privileged peep’, fits in with Kellerman’s particular aesthetic very well.
Occupation: Project Manager, photographer
Location: Moscow, Russia
I want to share with you the view through my camera and the great results that I accomplished in the last few years.
David Bellemere was born and raised in Paris. He discovered photography during his high school years, which led him to study visual arts after his Baccalaureate. While in college, David caught the eye of various French magazines that commissioned him in his early 20s. After graduation David decided to combine his 2 passions, photography and Asia. Over the next 2 years he traveled throughout Asia regarding his time there as the most influential in his photographic style to this day. David is recognized for his unique light, colors, and composition, always celebrating beauty. The adjectives most often used to describe his pictures are sensual, delicate, and feminine. David currently contributes to the following magazines: Marie Claire Italy, Vogue Paris, Vogue US, Vogue China, Nippon Vogue, Vogue Spain, Elle US, GQ UK, Playboy, LUI, Porter Magazine, MUSE, Teats and Harpers Bazaar UK.
His commercial clients include: Hermes, Lanvin, Chanel, Maje, Eres, Charles Jourdan, Zadig & Voltaire, Free People, La Perla, Net-A-Porter, Mikimoto, Lord and Taylor, Marks and Spencer, Guerlain, GUESS.
«I think nude is always a special challenge, in the sense that it is a discipline that is more susceptible to criticism for personal and moral values. In addition to portray a person, we’re exposing their bodies, hence there has to be much more careful by the photographer. There is also the fact that the nude has been portrayed even before the advent of photography, hence it is a discipline in which it is very difficult to innovate …»
«In addition to lure the beauty of the female body, I like the challenge of portraying differently than usual in this discipline. I like to show a strong and powerful woman, not the usual fragile and sensitive woman.»
Mick Waghorne is a photographer based in Wiltshire, England. As he wrote: “Whilst I was interested in photography as a teenager this largely waned until the onset of digital photography.”
In the last years has focused in shoot of nudes in studio environment.
“I like the blank canvas that I have before me and the challenge of creating something in tandem with the model with whom I’m working. The creation of the image is a two way thing.
Hi, I’m Igor Amelkovich. I live in Chelyabinsk, which is in southern Ural mountains in Russia. I studied radio engineering at the South Ural State University. From 1985 to 1987 I served in the Soviet army, near Vladivostok on the Pacific coast by the Chinese border. Photography has been my focus since 1999.I didn’t held a camera in my hands before and I’m self-taught. My work is film-based and I use Hasselblad 503CW and three Carl Zeiss lenses, Planar 80/2,8 and Sonnar 150/4 and Distagon 50/4.
I have two photo passions: landscapes and nude. For me woman is a nature’s concentrated form of beauty. I like to photograph self-assured subjects, ones who are comfortable sharing their beauty.
Jo Schwab is a German photographer born 1969 in a small town near Frankfurt. He studied at the State Academy of Photograpy in Munich, and now lives and works in Berlin.
It is a widely recognized artist in the world of photography primarily for his portraits of nudes. These images are pure, direct and without artifice. A neutral background and a model of torso or full body exhibiting their authenticity in front of the camera of a photographer skillful enough to catch it.
My work is a combination of disciplines, such as portrait, editorial and reportage, among others.
Constantly trying to capture fascinating moments that could be translate into beautiful, elegant pieces of art,
tell stories and make them last forever.