NEW ARTIST - apricotberlin: From Berlin with Love.
Apricot Berlin’s motifs are reminiscent of the pictorial worlds of social media, the visual universes of instagram and snapchat. The duo—Jessica Schwarz and Tiago da Silva—stages short, immersive moments that are sometimes almost melancholic and contemplative, but always poetic and sexy. They have an extraordinary skill in casting. Their models are contemporary icons, simultaneously likable and distanced.
Berlin-based artists Jessica Schwarz and Tiago da Silva originate from completely different worlds. Schwarz initially studied business administration, but even then was always looking for a way to express her creative talents. The proudly self-taught Da Silva has roots in textile design. After both discovered photography as their medium, they’ve been devoting all their passion to it, but still find time for extended excursions through Berlin.
Mathilde Karrèr: Gives a Pool Party for Vogue
It is always nice to see when good concepts are being adopted. The fact that the Dutch Vogue has hit the bull’s eye with Mathilde Karrèr cannot be denied. Her fantastic pictures got a place in the latest June-issue again.
And true to Karrèr’s form, she came up with a lot of great compositions that perfectly stage the summer collections of various different designers.
Throughout these pictures, there is always a golden thread and, if you will, they also tell a little story. At times, they seem like hidden object games because you constantly discover something new and interesting about her work.
Anyway, everything points to Karrèr staging the pool accessories of well-heeled bathers in her picture series. She places the items with reckless abandon in her very own esthetic, which the viewer can feel. All these minute details make it pleasant and imperative to look at these pictures just a little while longer.
Oliver Mark: Takes personal portraits of Elīna Garanča
Oliver Mark, the guy whom everybody trusts, has everything a good portrait photographer needs and more. First and foremost, he had enough (and well-deserved) luck to be hired to photograph the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano singer Elīna Garanča for the Gluck Opera Festival 2016.
Considering the fact that she only gets her pictures taken every two years, Mark dealt with a real rarity here.
Any possible diva-like attitude aside, the timbre between the two was just right from the beginning and we see a very relaxed and photogenic soprano singer.
People just easily open up to Oliver Mark’s much-extolled aura, which proves advantageous to his job.
What also plays into Mark’s hands is the fact that he was allowed to take the pictures in the old National Gallery in Berlin, which he can definitely register as a win and a fantastic setting.
Oliver Mark managed to sweeten the pill of having to wait another two years until we see something of Elīna Garanča again.
Florent Petitfrère: Gun
The fashion magazine “Gun“ sees itself as an art and fashion magazine and not as an arms lobbyist. So it’s not surprising that they requested Florent Petitfrère for an editorial series!
If you are surprised, be sure that Florent delivers a perfect mix of all his former works. Again he completely satisfies the viewer in various ways, despite the fact that this series is less reduced to his specialty, black-and-white-photography.
His pictures, which depict a wonderfully chosen male model, are absolutely to the point. His use of black-and-white pictures, as well as colored pictures, definitely deserves the title “art”.
All these pictures are not only taken brilliantly, they are also post-processed in a very distinctive way. Petitfrère creates a collage of various levels, plays with perspectival distortions and a lot more. What really distinguishes him, though, is his eye for the big picture: The picture within the picture which does not only depict fashion but which also creates a certain commitment for and appreciation of it.
Petitfrère makes something of his talent and is as enchanting as ever.
Maeve Stam: Raising a smile for Coca Cola
If you’re ever in a bad mood, do this: take a look at Maeve Stam’s website and scroll yourself happy. Because that’s the first thing you notice on the website, the joy, the fun and the happiness that Stam perfectly manages to catch in her pictures. Besides, her gift for perfect timing becomes obvious.
Of course, Coca-Cola engaged the young Dutch woman for their campaign with the slogan “Choose Happiness”.
It is great to see the same contentment and happiness in the faces of her pictures for the campaign that you also see in the pictures of her portfolio. This is indicative of the fact that she can also summon the Stam-magic under the stress and pressure that working for such a huge client surely comes along with.
Maeve Stam is a photographer to keep in mind, especially if you want to smile from time to time.
Anders Jungermark: Juicy
Nobody likes to do a blind bargain. Thus, it is nice to see when companies pay attention and really fill the packing with what’s on the label. And this is exactly what the Swedish company Brämhults does, which produces 100% NFC Juice and bottles it with a serious promise of freshness.
The company engaged a fellow countryman in order to communicate this message beyond the packaging: Anders Jungermark.
Jungermark’s photography is coined by its liveliness, its esthetic and the fact that it is so invintingly constructed.
For Brämhults, he follows a food truck, or in this case rather a juice truck, and catches whatever happens around the juice with his camera.
The result is a picture series that convinces the viewer by means of great colors, interesting perspectives and, of course, his talented way with the shutter.
Anders Jungermark’s pictures definitely whet the appetite for Brämhults’ products!
Denis Rouvre: LeClerc campain with a spark
If you get the feeling that you know a stranger very well and that you know a lot about him just by looking at a photograph, you are probably looking at the work of an extremely talented portrait photographer.
Denis Rouvre, who created an image campaign for the French supermarket chain LeClerc, is a photographer like that.
This series is supposed to put the regional suppliers and their products at the heart of the campaign and presents each one of them. It seems to be very important to the company to create a relationship between the customer and the producer. Luckily, they hired Denis Rouvre: Hardly any photographer knows as well as him how to find this certain chemistry.
Rouvre’s pictures seem to depict the essence of a person. And in this case, we really mean the essence in its deeper meaning. Rouvre manages to create an environment and a spark that just electrifies the viewer by means of sharp contrasts, special coloring and the positioning of the subjects. And he manages this in every single photograph. Just like the people he depicts, Rouvre is a man who knows his ropes.
Sander Foederer – Exhibition *Private life / public space*
Die niederländische Kunstgalerie „Seelevel Gallery“ hat kürzlich eine Ausstellung zum Thema Menschen im öffentlichen Raum gezeigt und dazu vier verschiedene Künstler gewinnen können. Einer dieser Künstler war Sander Foederer, der, wie man auch seiner Internetpräsenz bereits entnehmen kann, auf dieses Thema spezialisiert ist.
So ist es auch bei diesen Arbeiten nicht verwunderlich, dass er wieder einen ganz besonderen Zugang zu Geschichten aus dem öffentlichen Raum gefunden hat.
Ins besondere haben ihn dieses mal Gesichtsausdrücke verschiedener Menschen interessiert, die in einer Versammlung jemandem oder etwas lauschen, anschauen etc.
Wie es bei Foederer oft der Fall ist, entstehen dabei ganz stille, intime Bilder, die dennoch einen Ausdruck haben, der stark spürbar ist.
Sein Können liegt darin, aus der Distanz heraus für den Betrachter eine gewisse Nähe aufzubauen.
Demnach kann man sich die ausgestellten Bilder zusammen mit den Gästen gut vorstellen. So wurde lustiger Weise ein Raum geschaffen, in dem sich Menschen treffen, die etwas betrachten: nämlich Menschen, die etwas betrachten.
Knotan: Stranded! Sandqvist's new campaign
The fact that Sandqvist hired Knotan again for their summer collection 2016 proves that he is perfectly right with his unconventional way of viewing the world.
This time, his models aren’t placed in the forest or the mountains, blinded by a car’s headlights or chased by an armed hunter, this time they find themselves on a ship graveyard. Simply Knotan.
It is great to see that Knotan still loves uncommon poses and that he sometimes still puts the model aside in order to stage the perfect product picture.
His pictures pour on this particular Knotan charm and hover somewhere between private shots and fashion shootings, artistic photographs and commissioned work. Between those poles…he performs a real balancing act.
Julia Fullerton-Batten: The Curtain Rises
If Julia Fullerton-Batten tackles a project, then it is with full commitment and planned down to the last detail. For her picture series “The Act”, she did extensive research, which is added to the films and texts of the project.
The goal of the project was to fully examine the lives of the 15 sex-workers whom she interviewed in order to present their stories to the world.
While working on the project, Fullerton-Batten realized that these women are living their lives as if on a stage. She decided to turn this into the Leitmotif of her picture series.
Each model is staged on a carefully built scene which corresponds to her profession and which is emphasized by the lighting. The lighting is deliberately cinematic and helps to create an enigmatic interpretation of their everyday lives.
Julia Fullerton-Batten’s picture series is fantastic in its use of color and its composition. Despite the fact that the women strike extreme poses in some pictures, they always look esthetic and artful.
Fullerton-Batten just has this unmistakable way of giving a face to tough topics. On the one hand, the extreme is exhibited, on the other hand these works always have something smooth about them, which emphasizes the fact that they aren’t judging. It is always fun to look at her new works and to be inspired to reflect.
NEW ARTIST - Maeve Stam: The Eye of Youth
Maeve Stam’s photographs immediately enchant us, because this young photographer’s eye is so youthful and innocent. In her work, Stam articulates a lightness and ease that have become rare. Her pictures smell of endless summers und unbridled life. Perhaps that’s partly due to the fact that she often involves friends in her projects to capture real life in her works.
Stam grew up in Utrecht, where she first studied graphic design for one semester. That’s where she discovered the craft of photography and decided to study it in art school. Before graduating, she moved to Amsterdam, where she still lives and works.
Sebastian Artz: On a love trip with a young couple
A photographer who already managed to tame various rock stars in front of the camera and who made an outstanding contribution not only to photography but also to moving pictures, seems to have a magic touch for people and their personal expression.
Artz is such a prestigious people photographer who moved from Germany to Los Angeles and who has found his source of inspiration in the city of angels.
With his free series “Youth Couple”, he tells the story of a young couple in front of beautiful landscapes but also in funny situations that create a delighted smile on our faces.
All these pictures are very close to the people they present and despite them being staged, these pictures depict pure naturalness and they seem wonderfully candid and playful.
Tillmann Franzen: Honoring Boewer's objects
It is highly important to have a feeling for forms, colors and light when photographing objects. It is the combination of all these elements that makes for a perfectly staged product shoot.
All of this can be easily found in Tillman Franzen’s works, which is why it was a masterstroke by the Boewer company to hire Franzen for honoring the objects of Eric Degenhardt.
Degenhardt’s concepts of furniture contradict classic forms we know of tables, chairs and lamps, which makes it a challenge to highlight exactly these peculiarities.
This surely must be one of the reasons why the pictures and their configuration and staging are so perfectly adapted for the interior that they make you want to touch and try what you see.
Kilian Kessler: Captures employees for RIBAG
Considering the fact that RIBAG is a firm that sells innovative lighting concepts, it is hard to stop oneself from imagining how light dawns on Kilian Kessler while working on the realization of their employee portraits.
In contrast to common portrait techniques, he uses a simple technique, or rather a very reduced form. What he does is thinking one step ahead.
The company works with light. Thus, he decides to work with black and white pictures in front of a dark background. He uses only one light source which highlights the person’s face and the upper half of the torso in the dark. The resulting effect inevitably provides relevance, believability and depth.
Kilian Kessler wonderfully relates each person’s importance for the company’s success and the connection to the company’s products.
David Maurer: One man and his BMW 3
One man and his car – with no frills, but with rough edges. This is what the viewer gets to see in David Maurer’s picture series. The car and its driver are definitely the core of these unvarnished, straightforward pictures. What is fascinating here is the way Maurer manages to make both protagonists radiate with power and pride in such a quiet setting and with so minimalist forms. Not only the driver seems confident and calm. David also patiently got to know this exceptional setting in order to catch the perfect moment of the interplay between light and shadow in the end. This does not only make the pictures very esthetic but also a little rough and manly and the contrasts turn even the smallest details into something special. Like the story of two infamous Western heroes, the pictures of this team already cast their shadows.
Schall & Schnabel: Concept, object design and gifs for BMW Zukunftslichter
Schall & Schnabel have proven themselves yet again to be second to none when it comes to creative work. In the context of BMW’s exhibition “Lights of the Future”, they have created and staged an interesting exhibit.
The resulting pictures remind the viewer of looking into a well-known toy: the kaleidoscope. It seems to be indicative that the word kaleidoscope comes from the Greek and means “to see beautiful forms” and it can be interpreted as an analogy to the basic idea of BMW’s Lights of the Future.
But before we get bogged down in interpretations, it can be said that Schall & Schnabel perfectly managed to depict the alienation of typical car lights and that they skillfully implemented the exhibition’s basic idea.
The resulting photos, gifs and videos show a wonderful play of colors created by light reflections that gain a mysterious air in front of the warm blue mist.
Schall & Schnabel’s works are and will remain exciting.
Atli Thor Alfredsson: Makes the invisible moments visible for Realdania
How do you make the invisible visible? How can you defend yourself from something you can’t see? The Danish organization Realdania is seeking to answer these questions and informs people about the radioactive element radon.
They managed to win over Atli Thor Alfredsson for supporting their campaign. Alfredsson is a man who likes to integrate mysticism and fantasy into his pictures. For this sensitive topic, he proves that his photography can be diverse and intelligent at the same time.
Alfredsson does not use Photoshop to make the danger visible. He likes to go deeper and so he starts where fear lives. In the subconscious.
It is one of the primal fears of people that death may catch up with them in their sleep. So Alfredsson depicts people who sleep peacefully and who aren’t aware of any danger. This looks like a campaign for bedlinen, but the fact that radon settles in houses with bad air gives the campaign a morbid turn.
Two brilliant parties have come together to sensitize people for this difficult topic.
Joel Micah Miller: Shoots everyday hereos for Hekatron
It almost seems like the company Hekatron can’t help but to play it safe: For their self-staging, Hekatron, the partner for fire prevention solutions, got no other than Joel Micah Miller on board. He is the photographer for corporate images.
Miller did a great job for Hekatron. He knows perfectly well how to stage people and objects. In various different pictures, he depicts people in situations that have something to do with fire prevention and with people who depend on it.
In Miller’s typical aesthetic, all pictures appear open, friendly and they create trust. They are perfectly planned down to the last detail and have been wonderfully reworked during post-production.
Damien Vignaux: Intensive Puzzle for NAKID
What do you get when several crazy people combine a couple of crazy things under bizarre circumstances in a weird environment? The solution: An impression of the NAKID magazine.
Their own members say that the NAKID magazine is always on the lookout for new creative people who are worth being presented to a wider public. And because of this it is not surprising that, sooner or later, they came upon the talented couple Damian Elroy Vignaux and Jacqueline Vignaux aka Damian Vignaux.
Damian Vignaux are known for putting a love for detail into their works and especially for creating extraordinary art during post production. This becomes clear again in their picture series Moonlit for the NAKID magazine.
The result is an extremely sensual nude shooting that basically shows a woman on the beach. Due to the moonlight, the model is engulfed in a wonderful blue light which caresses her naked body and makes her glow seductively. In order to artfully disguise the obvious, Vignaux use fragments of these photos and put them together in a new way like a puzzle. The resulting collages appear very surreal and perfectly match the NAKID concept.
Denis Ignatov: Throwing a lucky punch with Wladimir Klitschko
It’s a lucky punch for Denis Ignatov to have taken photos of the former World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko before his title defense fight.
The result is a well-made campaign for Warsteiner’s non-alcoholic beer. And it was great timing for advertising Klitschko’s body performance program and his matching sports equipment.
Through hard work Ignatov established his reputation as a guarantee for high-quality pictures when it comes to advertising products and people. Each of his pictures is notably detailed and sticks out because of the models’ perfect body language. His feeling for brilliant compositions is a feature inherent to all his pictures.
It is known that beer producers wish to integrate their non-alcoholic beverages in the area of fitness-products.
Pictures like Ignatov’s subtle but concise works might actually convince the viewer that there is a point to this trend. This is what makes for a great photographer.
Sebastian Artz: A Lust for Light and Life
Sebastian Artz shows the bright side of life. Whether it is family, leisure activities, or work: his photographs always put us in a good mood! But nonetheless, his portraits of modern individualists in settings bathed in light are beautifully authentic. You can tell from his motifs that he also works in film, because during the shootings he often creates little photo stories with captivating narrative elements.
Sebastian Artz was born in Romania, but grew up in Dusseldorf. During an exchange program, he ended up in the renowned film department at UCLA in Los Angeles. The city and its world-famous light awakened his love of photography—a passion that quickly earned him money. He has photographed celebrities, for example musicians like Green Day and the Beasty Boys, but he also realized his own projects that are regularly exhibited in art galleries.
Oliver Mark: Boris Becker
People trust Oliver Mark – and by people I do not only mean his clients. Apparently everyone feels like they can just be themselves around Oliver Mark, which is what makes him one of the best people-photographers in the world.
The man from Berlin simply traveled to Wimbledon in order to meet Boris Becker for the new magazine Zeit Golfen.
Of course Becker, who discovered a passion for golfing after his active tennis career, is a highly coveted motif since he is a man of the public and a real society-guy.
The resulting pictures are not surprising but all the more amusing. Each picture shows an obviously relaxed and cheerful Becker, either while teeing off or while striking his winning pose. In every picture you can see his slightly roguish, boyish charm. The result is a very well-made cover and several other great pictures.
Oliver Mark managed to prove yet again that he just knows how to win people over.
Mathilde Karrèr: Pinky Rose Lemonade
Pinkyrose, a Dutch label with a flamingo in their logo pride themselves on being the first producer of hand-picked syrups. They engaged the services of Mathilde Karrèr in order to visually live up to that promise. She is the number-one photographer of hand-picked product photography.
She basically absorbs the esthetic world of the syrup producer and adds her very own Karrèr-touch.
As a result, she created pictures which whet the viewer’s appetite for the product and she definitely dug out some fine tricks here.
On the one hand you can instantly recognize Pinkyrose’s thumbprint due to the squeezer and on the other hand the composition of fresh products and the way they are effectively staged emphasize the freshness.
In addition to a well-made brand image, the result is a fantastic picture which reminds of a Dutch still life.
Karrèr took her chance to playfully create a crazy new still life for Pinkyrose. With a flamingo, of course! In any case, it’s an eyecatcher which stays on your mind.
Fredric Reshew: Sweden Selected
Photographer Fredric Reshew did a fine job for the Swedish lifestyle magazine SWEDEN SELECTED: If you want to put the multifaceted Scandinavian lifestyle in a nutshell, there is no other way than Reshew’s.
The internationally renowned fashion and lifestyle photographer just has a way with lighting and colors.
The wildly decorated model is perfectly presented in front of a blue background. He tickles this certain northern mysticism out of her. At least that is the impression you get when looking at the seemingly elfish model in the pictures.
It doesn’t matter whether she is looking directly at the camera or is dreamily staring into the infinite. Reshew puts the protagonist into a crazy fashion-pastiche that is extremely impressive.
Their interplay is more than successful and so is the series for Sweden Selected.
Anders Jungermark: BOLON
For his interior shots par excellence, the Swedish photographer Anders Jungermark is on everyone’s lips. And this is why even the third generation of the Swedish label BOLON counts on him: He gives their firm’s flooring materials the gloss that a modern design needs nowadays.
Jungermark’s photographs stand out due to the fact that they radiate with vitality despite being reduced to their objects.
The way he plays with light and shadows, with angles and positions of the picture’s elements, gives the respective arrangements plasticity and space for development.
Each of the materials he depicts for BOLON instantly opens up to the eye of the beholder and triggers off a desire for haptic experiences.
The pictures make you want to take off your shoes and do a little dance over BOLON’s carpets. This must be every carpet producer’s dream!