A perfect photo consists of more than just pixels, emulsions and paper. A perfect photo has a secret. This mystery cannot be put into words and makes the perfect photo so unique and powerful. For a moment it takes the viewer out of everyday life and turns their world upside down. Therefore, a good photographer is more than just a photographer. We are very proud to have the best of these magicians among us.

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David Maurer: Porsche Macan

To hit the mark, is the first rule of every shooter. In the case of the collaboration between David Maurer and Porsche one can say that David hit the Bull’s-eye. And so, thanks to Maurer the new Macan GTS gets his big moment of fame. In the global campaign for Porsche which was shot over three weeks in different cities, the car glides elegantly through all the streets and past various localities. Here, Maurer has taken advantage of the intense lights in the cities to set the focus on the real star, the Macan. In full speed, everything blurs around the car and one can feel that nothing is able stop the new Porsche. Like a painter who plays with colors and lights, Maurer sets a mood so that the new design definitely won’t go unappreciated. After seeing this photos, a car fan or a inveterate Porsche lover won’t have another option than to fall in love with the Macan GTS. There is nothing remained to say except: Bull’s-eye straight into our eyes and hearts!

Julia Fullerton- Batten - about her Feral Children project

"My project ‘Feral Children, 2015’ was inspired by reading the biography of Marina Chapman (‘The Girl with no Name’, by Marina Chapman and Vanessa James, her daughter). Marina was 5-years old when she was kidnapped and abandoned by her captors in a Colombian jungle. She was ‘rescued’ five years later, only to enter even more unpleasant life experiences before achieving a more settled life and later on getting married and having a family. I was appalled and intrigued by this story of this young girl surviving in the wild and it inspired me to search for other cases of feral children. Some several centuries-old cases are surprisingly well-documented because of the great interest at that time of the development of speech and social behavior patterns. Other cases mentioned are even more recent from the 21st Century. Usually I take several months from start to finish when producing a project. In the case of ‘Feral Children’ it took me nearly 2 years. With this project, each feral child was a project in itself, requiring intensive research and pre-planning. Finding the locations for shooting and sourcing dogs, wolves, monkeys and a leopard took a long time. Myself and an associate found a number of suitable candidates for each child. Many of them were actors. I explained to them that they would be made up to look half-naked, dirty, bruised and scarred. Some of the children couldn't really believe the stories but found them interesting. Several of the parents found them very disturbing, and were unsure about their child’s participation. However, they were all happy to do the shoot when they heard that my reason for doing it was to increase global awareness of feral children and the suffering they experienced."

Mathilde Karrèr: Vogue

Every year, it's all about the season with the Christmas bells and gifts under the tree. We are flooded with millions of images, so that people start to get fed up looking at them. But Vogue would not be Vogue, if they had not engaged a master of still photography to photograph this common yet delicate subject. Mathilde Karrèr would not be a ray of hope this Christmas if she wasn’t able to bring a little sparkle into it. Accordingly, Karrèr’s arrangements are great to look at. She creates true Christmas 3D collages, leaving occasionally room for the kitsch, but without making it the subject. Everything is rather like a wonderful puzzle and as colorful as the gifts under the tree. Each image is lovingly chosen and arranged, just like the presents we chose for our loved ones. Some of the images are so artful that one is reminded of Vanita’s paintings or other artifices. We are happy to be inspired by Mathide’s photos and congratulate the Vogue for an excellent Christmas spread.

Bo Hylén: Range Rover

Ever since the last Maserati campaign, it is obvious that there is someone who can stage cars so spectacularly that it makes you fall in love with them. Correct. James Bond. No, wait. Of course, we are talking about Bo Hylén. So it would be wrong to get anybody else than the H.P. monster’s shooting star for the new Range Rover. This time, Bo Hylén takes his model couple to the countryside. More specifically, to a horse farm. This direct comparison with horse power is the perfect way to stage the cross country vehicle’s amenities in combination with its elegance and grace. Of course, the Range Rover is always in control of the situation. Bo Hylén knows exactly how to emphasize the idyll the couple is enjoying while planning their free time with their car. The similarities with the purebred black horse are not only self-evident. On the manufacturer’s homepage, you can read that this car comes from a unique car family. As you can see. Bo Hylén did everything right again with his feeling for wheels. Kudos!

Oliver Mark: Spiegel Campaign

In Oliver Mark’s picture series, the Spiegel magazine becomes a display window, since he was allowed to take a look at the editorial department of the magazine. If you know Mark’s works, you have probably realized that he shows things as they are. His pictures usually look unvarnished, close and often transport a kind of familiarity. As a top-notch portrait photographer, he is a great choice for finding and staging Spiegel’s journalists’ and employees’ essence because a meticulous research precedes each shooting. So he created a campaign about the various fields of journalism in which the editors are portrayed and staged with relevant quotes. Mark managed to transport the seriousness and the authenticity of the Spiegel magazine and his unadorned style perfectly emphasizes the people and the excellent work that is done there. In the end, he created an exciting picture series that turns the focus on Spiegel magazine.

Denis Ignatov: splash!

With his stylistically appealing portraits and his refined pictorial language, Denis Ignatov quickly won over the German rap-scene. Therefore, it is not surprising that Ignatov took pictures of the “splash!”, an open air hip-hop festival that is famous around here. There he did not only take numerous great people pics and crowd pics. He also met old acquaintances and, of course, he did not hesitate to stage them skillfully. From Cro to Materia, from Money Bob to Afrob, every rapper of whom Ignatov takes pictures is shining in familiar, or even in new splendor. It is especially great to see that Ignatov also captures architecture, or rather that his lens misses nothing, neither the impressive steel constructions of a stage, nor the beautiful landscape in which the open air festival takes place. Denis Ignatov’s pictures make you want to visit the festival next year and in the end that’s what they’re about!

Kilian Kessler: Kitchen Aid

As a manufacturer of kitchens, you have a clear product line and you need to set yourself apart from your competitors. If you are Baumann Küchen from St. Gall, you get a top-notch photographer from Switzerland like Kilian Kessler to do this. Kessler’s pictorial language is highly reduced but this makes it much more effective when it comes to capturing details. He does not just show the obvious but he plays with things. And here, coincidence and planning become a paradox for him, which he does not even try to break down. So he created a picture series for Baumann Küchen which absolutely meets their high standards. You can’t doubt that they produce high-quality kitchens when you get the impression that the pictures were made with respect and that they transport a certain devotion. Kessler can live out his love for details in all the small wonders which Baumann Küchen put into their productions. It is especially great to see that Kessler also shows the planners behind all the wonderful kitchens at work and that he captures a relaxed but highly professional workflow between the employees. Here, Kessler presented a subtle and effective work for Baumann.

Buki Koshoni: Hot Pants

With Buki Koshoni, the beachwear-label ÒKUN found the right photographer to present their fashion, which is marked by African prints, to the world. Buki Koshoni’s style is characterized by a distinct sensitivity, which can stretch people to the limit. He loves to catch the motif’s personality while playing all his cards with his love for details. He tends to combine physical aesthetics with sex appeal and this tendency turns him into the go-to guy for fashion photography. For ÒKUN’s new beachwear collection, Buki travels to a holiday paradise with a well-built southern-looking guy. The picture series that resulted from this trip is a lot more than just ordinary beachwear photography because it really tells a story. Koshoni takes us on a journey with his model, who cuts a fine figure in ÒKUN’s bathing trunks in every situation and he manages to transport a joy of living and energy. In every caption, we are extremely close to the model and we can almost taste the holidays and begin to wonder: why weren’t we there too? With Buki Koshoni, ÒKUN makes their fashion look lively, young and trendy because Koshoni’s pictures are completely in line with contemporary photography.

Buki Koshoni: Fashion & Cinema

Buki Koshoni sees his motifs with a film director’s eye, and that is precisely what makes him such an exciting photographer. He stages cool fashion stories with a complex, condensed atmosphere and presents both fashion and bodies in an almost sculptural way, without however making them seem artificial. Through this approach, even apparently serene motifs achieve a mysterious, sensual quality. Koshoni, who has traveled half the world with his family, studied at the University of Luton. He also holds a Certificate in Art Directing from renowned Central Saint Martins in London. Originally more inclined towards film, he developed over the course of his career a special love for photography, and today he changes playfully between the disciplines. He lives in London with his wife. In the end we are very proud to announce that Buki is a Gosee Award Gold Winner in 2015.

Kilian Kessler. The Beauty of Everyday Life.

Kilian Kessler finds warmth and beauty in people’s everyday lives. Good examples are his photo story about the abbey Appenzell or in his portrait of the gymnast Giulia Steingruber. His work varies from delicate stagings to sensitive documentaries. His photographs are modern, but not cool – rather, they are surprisingly lively and human. As a child, Kilian (who was born in 1980) wanted to become a car designer. After studying photography in Basel, he realized that people are more fascinating to him than inanimate objects. After working as an assistant to several photographers, he started working freelance. Kilian Kessler loves movies and Russian literature. That is perhaps one reason why his photographs have a second level that lends his motifs depth.

Oliver Mark: Exhibition »in Szene gesetzt« at Lindenau Museum

Oliver Mark is known for taking beautiful and touching portraits of celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Benazir Bhutto, Balthus, Richard Serra or Joachim Gauck, A selections of his favorite portraits are part of the exhibition »in Szene gesetzt« at the Linednau-Museum. The exhibition is open for visitors from the 10th October until the 3rd of April 2016.

Joel Cartier: Watchinator

Even the terminator needs to know the time while traveling through time and space. So the lifestyle brand Police was clever enough to start a cooperation with the Terminator franchise. The result is a sound timepiece with the robot’s face on the dial. For the visual realization of their image film, Police got Joel Cartier on board, who delivered more than just great work. He created a combination of a movie trailer and product placement with a difference because he perfectly manages to use every take in a way that equally blends the two sides. Again and again, he uses pieces of the Terminator trailer and transfers them to the close ups of the watches. This can be the Terminator’s red-blinking eye, which appears with the red spots on the watch, the machine’s metamorphoses which reappear around the watch in an adaptation, or effects such as fog and the like which further stage the watch. All these gimmicks turn Joel Cartier’s image film into an impressive message for Police. 1:

Peter Otto: Mercedes CLS

The new CLS generation is described in two simple words on the Mercedes Benz website: Light. Shape. And this is exactly what Peter Otto perfectly stages in his picture series for this car. One might even argue that the Mercedes is turned into a shining light of lifestyle in Otto’s pictures. We see a young couple who spends a nice day together in an urban scenery. Otto works a lot with mirror images which also emphasize the lighting. The couple is reflected and even the car reflects the couple’s mood. Light is a well-used medium which doesn’t fail to create the idea of splendour and aesthetic. The car is a constant companion and a perpetual shape in the background which strengthens the feeling of safety and security. It is obvious that the pictures of the couple inside the car are supposed to communicate exactly that. Peter Otto knows how to address a modern audience and delivers a fine campaign for Mercedes.

Sivan Miller: Adidas

What does a manufacturer of sports equipment do to turn his label into a lifestyle brand? He gets the best lifestyle photographer of the 21st century. Sivan Miller. The self-taught photographer Sivan Miller, who managed to draw attention to his talent already at an early age, became one of the most popular fashion photographers due to his omnipresence on Twitter and the like. His pictures are small enactments which always appear big and strong despite their minimalist style. It is exactly this effect and the resulting exaggeration o the mundane which fascinate the viewer. How else could you explain that a small, angry looking girl in an orange dress wearing white tennis socks and slippers does not look like the block’s most nasty bully but rather like a tough woman who has an extravagant taste?! Being crazy about details and having an eye for the perfect moment, Miller manages to make the models wearing Adidas streetwear look so glamorous that their elegance fascinates you but you still wonder whether they might go and have a beer with you. So he created a contemporary lifestyle series that almost looks like an editorial piece.

Fredric Reshew: Beauty Can Be Learned

The brush in the picture is a hint already: This is not only about a finished work of art but also about the artist behind the scenes. Here, we learn that there is more to perfect photographs than just a beautiful model and a talented photographer. Who wouldn’t want to look like the beauty icon Kim Kardashian West in this picture – a soft, matte complexion, a natural but still dazzling eye make-up, glossy and full lips. Fredric Reshew’s picture is supposed to create exactly this wish in the viewer. He photographed the media celebrity in order to call attention to the art and skills of make-up artists. Everyone who is interested can learn how to do it from Kim and the famous make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic in the course of a workshop in California. Anyway, Fredric’s picture does wet the appetite and it clearly shows that beauty can be learned

Denis Ignatov: Black Magic

Esoteric people attribute magic powers to certain objects. In photography, one could argue that some people have the gift of enticing that magic from those objects, like Denis Ignatov. People who follow Denis’ works have probably noticed that he has a special intuition for staging people and giving their character a certain refinement. Naturally, he manages to equally fascinate the viewer with his product photography. He has proven this yet again with his latest work for Dominique Labordery, a jewelry designer whose website exclusively features photographs by Ignatov. His Leitmotif seems to be one of simple elegance which helps him to create a clandestine pictorial language. As a result, there is Dominique’s cubistic jewelry, which consists of wearable objects as well as objects of exhibition that can be admired in museums on the one hand, and Denis’ interpretation of her artistry into an impressive exhibition of her works on the other hand. At the same time he perfectly manages to adapt the materials for a classic background and highlights the objects’ forms with perfect lighting and the right angle. The resulting effect is that there are no distractions for the viewer and that the fascination stems from the objects’ own essence. Despite the fact that this is not esoteric jewelry, Ignatov manages to give them a certain magic aura.

Dean Freeman: I need your love

Without words, how could we understand the world? Without senses, how could we feel it? Deeply touched and inspired by the poem “This Is My Beloved” by Walter Benton, which Dean Freeman found in in the form of a diary entry in one of his favorite books, he created a wonderful short film. In the course of the film, we are watching a very attractive young woman walking the streets of Istanbul. While walking past houses and along streets, she recites the poem, at times as a voiceover and at times directly in the film. The intensity and emotional closeness communicated by the film are dominated by Freeman’s artistic play with perspective, composition and lighting. The beautiful woman becomes a prophet of emotion and Istanbul becomes a dream world which turns the protagonist’s most simple actions into desirable experiences. The poem itself is about love, desire, and the acceptance of life in a broader sense, but exactly this broader sense is what Freeman catches and displays in the woman’s voyage. Freeman portrays intimacy with close-ups in narrow spaces and freedom when filming her in squares from a distance. The film is a constant discrepancy between seriousness and lightness, between melancholy and hope, displayed in brief sequenced images. It is not easy to convey the feeling of being deeply touched but Freeman creates an incredible closeness and thereby manages to communicate this wonderful idea. 1:

Anders Jungermark: Holiday Feeling

If you want to be where a picture was taken, the photographer did his work right. This is why the Swedish fashion label De Val can be happy to have engaged the services of Anders Jungermark for their picture series. Jungermark knows how to stage the three models, a young man and two smart ladies, in the different collections in a way that perfectly communicates the label’s image of lightness. The pictures create the idea that the photographer met three friends on vacation in a coastal town and simply took pictures of them. Each portrait, each scenery, and each setting resonates with naturalness. This idea is further underlined by his choice of motifs and effects. These pictures almost create a holiday feeling for the viewer and you are tempted to just pack your suitcase and go to Sweden

Sander Foederer – Sundial

What does reduction do? It lets you see what’s essential. Your senses are taken on a journey and you might become aware of things you had otherwise missed. That’s what Sander Foederer thought and that is what he tried to achieve with his documentary Sundial. We see different people in the streets of Den Haag who are taken away from their everyday lives and are newly staged and integrated into the city’s scenery. Here, Sander’s focus is on the lighting, the pace and the natural influences surrounding those people but also on their banal reactions which become blatantly obvious in slow motion. The city’s scenery is kept dark while the protagonists ablaze with light. It is exactly this contrast that shows what the seeing eye misses in the rush of everyday life. The people are not moving but the life surrounding them goes on. This moment depicts them completely natural while their unbridled surroundings also take their natural course. The result is a slightly irritating but also captivating insight into incomprehensible scenery. The documentary especially emphasizes the subtle facial expressions that create an interplay between a natural and a romanticized and transfigured image. An interesting artistic short film that is worth letting yourself in for. 1:

David Maurer: BMW Z4 Roadster

A car that combines tradition and modernism, this is exactly what David Maurer impressively depicts in his photos. He bridges the gap between old and new by staging the sporty protagonist in a setting that could barely be richer in tradition: In beautiful Barcelona, he shows the successor of the classic Roadster at its best. Just like the city itself, this dynamic car combines history and innovation into a harmonic picture and it invites to enjoying summery days in and around Barcelona. Due to Maurer’s special intuition for depicting the car’s dynamic details, the viewer cannot miss them in his pictures. David does not only depict a car here, but the perfect synergy of object and setting which excitingly mirrors the combination of old and new.

Julia Fullerton-Batten: Campari

Someone who manages to charm the pants off James Bond and even to steal his heart will definitely also manage to steal the hearts of Campari’s friends who can enjoy the limited-edition calendar month after month. In every picture, Eva Green cuts a fine figure in front of the camera of art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten and in dresses of Versace, Vivienne Westwood and others. The calendar’s motto, “Mythology Mixology”, tells the tale of classic Campari drinks in delicately staged pictures, the protagonist of which completely relies on seduction in her red dress. Starting with the cover that shows Eva Green in front of a huge wheel of fortune, the different months take her as far away as to the moon. The viewer shouldn’t expect a typical calendar from Julia Fullerton-Batten, but an elaborately staged tribute to the noble Campari drinks. The brand should be more than happy to not only have found someone who represents the sexy, charming Campari image but also to have found someone in Julia Fullerton-Batten who knows how to perfectly stage this moment.

Johannes Knuth: Holiday feeling in your backyard

Holidays are a feeling! And Johannes Knuth transports this feeling perfectly again with his clip for Tchibo. You can’t only see the heartily and playful gathering and the pure relaxation on screen. When you watch the clip, you will almost feel as if on holiday yourself. Refreshed by a light breeze, a family and friends enjoy being together beneath the sun. It doesn’t matter whether they gather on a wild meadow or in a well-kept backyard, the protagonists virtually radiate joy and are obviously enjoying the shooting and the party! Johannes managed yet again to stage them so naturally and candid that it seems like no camera was around at all. Of course, Tchibo’s products have to be in there as well but since they are placed almost incidentally in these scenes, you will hardly notice that you’re watching a commercial. This lively mood is emphasized by the exceptional cinematography, which is very dynamic without being turbulent – Johannes perfectly illustrates Tchibo’s family-friendly and customer-oriented image here! Despite the fact that the clip was shot in South Africa, it impressively demonstrates how easy it can be to get this holiday feeling into your own backyard – Feel free to imitate!

Denis Rouvre: "Low Tide" Exhibition at Museum Kunst der Westküste

We are proud to announce that Denis Rouvre's Exhibition "Low Tide - Japan after the Tsunami" can be visited from now on until 10th January, 2016 at the Museum Kunst der Weltküste, Alkersum/Föhr. If you want a little bit more information about his moving photographic project you can take a look at the documentary from the NDR Kulturzeit. Find the video Here

Dean Freeman: Directs Häagen-Dazs Global Campaign

Dean Freeman was commissioned to direct and shoot the new Häagen-Dazs global integrated campaign. Starring People Magazines “Sexiest Man Alive” Bradley Cooper and beautiful Model Deborah Mace. The spots focuses on the classical game of seduction. We accompany both protagonists through the commercial to find out at the end who the real star is, the ice cream itself! So it is obvious that Dean was called to direct this fun spot himself and shoot the print and posters , to be known as one to be loved and trusted by celebrities. So be our guest and take a look at the spot and exclusive Directors cut as well as the Global print and poster ads and enjoy. All in the name of real pleasure, of course!1: 2:

David Maurer & Joel Micah Miller: Twoface

The new project of David Maurer and Joel Micah Miller might be inspired by a Batman movie. For the cleaning company Kärcher, they have come up with a witty concept that seems to be reminiscent of the supervillain Twoface. Their goal was to prove the efficiency of Kärcher’s new cleaning machine in mobile application, which can remove even the most resistant soil. Both photographers chose to combine their before and after pictures in a kind of mirror image. David Maurer’s motif is a Mercedes. On one side of his picture the car is shown in front of a construction site and it is extremely dirty, while the other side of the picture shows the same car standing in front of the finished building, shining in new splendor. It is especially funny to watch him clean the rest of the car with Kärcher’s machine in his second picture. Joel Micah Miller also chose to portray a car, a BMW, depicted in a birds-eye perspective in a simulated car workshop. Here, he also contrasts the before and after pictures in a mirror image, which reconstructs the work progress and shows how clean the workplace can get with Kärcher’s machine. Both projects are brilliantly realized and the result is an exceptional poster child for Kärcher.