NEW ARTIST: Sunny Lau - The perfect moment
For Sunny Lau’s camera, the world is a continuously changing atlas of mystical places. His pictures are passages to mysterious stories just before their climax. This creates a visual tension that is frequently reminiscent of the best moments in film. Whether in the urban canyons of Hong Kong or on a garbage dump – Sunny Lau turns the world into the most interesting place of the universe.
Sunny Lau, born in England, initially studied design, but then turned to photography and the moving image. He is interested in the many different cultures that share this planet. He creates photographs that are both cool and personal, with a sometimes rough charm. In his work, he is strongly inspired by his surroundings, by people and trends that he encounters, but also by film. “I love to travel and discover places that are far away from my own background, my own culture, and even from nature. Most of all I love Hong Kong and Japan. For a while I even lived in South-East Asia.” When he’s not taking photographs, he devotes his time to reading and philosophy, where he often gets his ideas for his photographs.
Oliver Mark: Amour fou
As one of five photographers, Oliver Mark caught his personal and intimate version of Berlin with an instant camera for the exhibition “Berlin is for Lovers”.
His choice of topics ranges from Hollywood stars to models and separate intimate body parts. Mark just released the shutter whenever he felt like it. As a consequence it is not only the pictures that portray intimate motifs but the moment when the shot is taken is also a very intimate one.
The pictures are mysterious and, besides showing a loving Berlin, they reveal recurrent structures that remind the viewer of snow crystals. At times, they are mere footnotes and at times, they cover up whole areas of the motif.
The question that remains is whether these structures are a result of the process of taking the pictures or whether there is an actual intention behind these occurrences.
Anyway, Oliver Mark’s picture series portrays a slightly profligate, but at the same time a very tempting Berlin and it gives us moments we had not seen if it wasn’t for this series.
Joel Cartier: New work for Police
In our age, an age where every other person is trying to become the next influencer by means of smartphones and social media channels, being a creative pioneer has become an art again.
One of the photographers who knows how to stay at the top is Joel Cartier. And he has proven it yet again for the brand Police.
For Police’s accessories, he managed to create a perfect staging and a great color interplay in each single picture. Despite the fact that you might get the impression that an amateur has taken inspiration from his secret heroes, pros like Joel Cartier stay unparalleled in their quality.
Cartier gives Police’s sturdy- looking products a distinctive industrial charm which makes them look very weighty. At least the composition does not convey the idea of presenting simple elegance. These still lifes perfectly transport the character of a status symbol.
Joel Cartier managed again to excellently present the Police character.
David Maurer: Gone wild with the Audi S3 Sportback
A car as fancy as the Audi S3 Sportback really belongs on a smooth race track. Wrong! Rough and bumpy terrain is just the right kind of surface for the car’s powerful four wheel drive to prove what it can do and even the driver can really live it up here. Though this is a dirty matter, not only for the car, but also for David Maurer, the photographer, the result is nothing to sneeze at. The shiny red paint is barely visible through the dirt, but the red spots make for a colorful contrast to the bleak surroundings. This does not only highlight the fancy car, it actually seems to become something completely new because of the dirt and the stains. The sportster masters mud, water, gravel and soil and in David Maurer’s pictures, it always cuts a fine figure.
Knotan: A late night rendezvous with Sandqvist´s bags and items
Mathilde Karrèr: Into the desert with Ace & Tate
Damien Vignaux: Unchained reality. Explosive collages for HANUY
Anders Jungermark: Getting comfy with Svenska HEM
Fredric Reshew: Everlasting glamour with intraceuticals
Julia Fullerton-Batten: It´s all about the girl for Untitled Magazine
Rafael Pinho: Surreal allusions to Dali for HA magazine
Brazilian fire meets Nordic esthetics. What sounds like it could melt the polar ice caps turns out to be a very stylistically confident and wonderfully creative work by Brazilian photographer Rafael Pinho.
By order of HA magazine, Pinho was granted the chance to contribute a picture series to the third issue that you’d rather expect in an art magazine than in a magazine for Icelandic architecture.
The pictures have a touch of Dalí in them due to their surrealist allusions and their small details. Each picture portrays its own world where, next to the often inverted perspective, the motifs themselves pose riddles.
Despite the fact that the basic idea behind these pictures is one of reduction, they depict complex structures which make the viewer curious and which are fun to unravel. Rafael Pinho intertwines man and design and thereby creates new connections. Often, you get the idea only at second sight and you catch yourself enjoying the observation. The only thing that creates kind of a common thread throughout Rafael Pinho’s wonderful journey of discovery is the background colors.
apricotberlin: Down to earth - New motifs for American Apparel
The esthetics of American Apparel’s promotional pictures have always been a controversial subject: maybe they’re too revealing, too indecent, too sexist. There definitely was enough negative press.
All this, however, cannot be said about the picture series by the two photographers Jessica Schwarz and Tiago da Silva, aka apricotberlin.
Connected to American Apparel’s esthetics on the one hand, they also add a breath of fresh air on the other hand. The duo, who has been working for various prestigious clients under the name of apricotberlin since 2015, has a knack for snapshots. Perfect snapshots.
The viewer is on eye level with the model who enjoys a day on a beautiful beach somewhere in the world and this creates a feeling of closeness and intimacy. Feelings on which the brand has depended since the year one.
Of course, there will always be critics but hopefully, the people who enjoy apricotberlin’s great work are the majority.
Peter Otto: Time Machine - Meet the futuristic Nissan Maxima
If the comic character Flash was a car, then he would surely be the latest Nissan Maxima model. And if someone is able to catch the car-Flash with a camera, then it can only be Peter Otto.
But this doesn’t explain how he got back to 2016 from the future. The amazing pictures of the Nissan Maxima just look fantastic with their futuristic urban sceneries. Where can they have been shot, if not in the future?! Obviously, Peter Otto digitally edited the pictures. Most of the pictures even make you wonder whether they have been made with an airbrush rather than with a camera.
If it was Nissan’s wish to present the Maxima as a pioneering car, they managed to engage the visual creator of this fantasy with Peter Otto.
Everything about Peter Otto’s picture series just makes you want to get in the car and drive towards the future.
Buki Koshoni: Million Dollar Winnetou for H&M
You can’t help but get the impression that Buki Koshoni did an Eastwood marathon before his shooting for H&M and got the inspiration for his protagonist from anything between Western films and Million Dollar Baby.
The wildly made-up, very sporty woman, who is definitely seeking a quarrel, gives free reign to her energy.
The resulting video and the accompanying pictures are characteristic for Koshoni. Bursting with vigor, wild, loud, but above all, they’re eyecatchers.
Koshoni’s seems to have a talent in general for surprising the viewer with his pictures and there is barely anyone else who manages to do this as brilliantly as him.
If you want to hit the bull’s eye, you call Koshoni. And this seems to be getting about. All the better for us, since this way we get to enjoy such great pictures like those for H&M again.
Of course, Koshoni definitely aims for the right target group. It is hard to imagine that there is a young woman out there who doesn’t want to be this bundle of energy in the pictures. At least from time to time.2:
Schall & Schnabel: Hello darkness my old friend
Eileen Huhn and Pierre Horn from Schall & Schnabel do not seem to be in as dark a mood as the title “Hello Darkness my old Friend” suggests. At least their internet presence and their previous successes prove a rather illustrious lifestyle.
But Schall & Schnabel are a creative studio and the magazine Neverlazy is a demanding platform for creative activities. Of course, the duo came up with something special for the summer edition. In the end, and in contrast to summery feelings, the sun was packed away and melancholy was unpacked. The result is a dark fashion series that manages to depict splendor despite all the melancholy.
The model Marlene, who perfectly communicates the vision of a sad soul with her expressive performance, is in the center of the glamour. The weakness she shows is her strong suit. The lost, the wistful. She fits almost perfectly into the montage technique that is used by Pierre Horn and Eileen Huhn in this series.
The result is an exciting mixture of colors, collage and authentic pictures of Marlene. But also the setting, the styling and the makeup perfectly add to this project.
Kilian Kessler: Skyfall - Aesthetic machenerie photos for FERAG
It is absolutely incredible that a photographer manages to make an industrial facility look sexy. Not only does the transportation machine Skyfall by FERAG have the same name as the second-to last Bond film, but the pictures of the Swiss photographer’s product presentation show similar esthetics.
Before your inner eye you can see the rolling suspension, which looks a bit like clothes bags, glide past you while you can almost hear Adele singing softly in the background and you can almost taste the Martini on your tongue. Daniel Craig would also look great swinging from the suspension.
Kessler definitely appealed to a very specific emotional sphere with his pictorial language. You get the impression of looking at a powerful, precise machine that doesn’t make any mistakes and is extremely exciting to look at.
One of the reasons for this effect is the fact that the pictures are rather held in black and white tones and therefore there are only a few color statements but those are wonderfully chosen for their interplay with the overall impression.
The close-ups of the chrome rails, the reels and other mechanical elements create the impression of looking at real design objects.
With his presentation of the transportation machine SKYFALL, Kilian Kessler finds a perfect balance between the objects’ aestheticization and the emphasis of their qualities. It is all about the details!
JehleWill: Always at home with Carado motorhomes
The people of Ravensburg must be a funny lot. The city is not only the origin of one of the most renowned manufacturers of table games, but also of two great photographers who deliver exciting pictures under the name of Jehle Will.
For those two creative geniuses Benjamin Jehle and Steffen Will, no motif seems to be too simple to find something unique and special about it.
So it is not surprising that a topic as plain and dry as a shooting for motorhomes can suddenly become a very aesthetic eyecatcher for Carado, the motorhome and caravan manufacturer. But that’s not the end of it. Due to the skill of the artists the two protagonists, a couple in their prime of life, gain a dynamic, friendly and playful air in front of the camera.
Thanks to Jehle Will, the light flooded caravan becomes a camping oasis and the whole appearance of the pictures can definitely compete with popular campaigns for vehicle bodies.
You can feel that a young and extremely promising duo was at work here and it makes you curious about what will come next.
Atli Thor Alfredsson: On the road with Thor and Atli
Atli Thor Alfredsson delivers an interesting and well-executed fashion shooting that perfectly stages the model.
These observing photographs, that alternate between black-and-white pictures and colored pictures, all obviously bear Alfredsson’s slightly rough but warm hallmarks.
Like nobody else, this man knows how to weave a little magic into his stories and thereby to give these snapshots great space.
It is fun to watch him putting his personality into his motifs and getting a little bit of Atli out of even well-known motifs and perspectives again and again.
Everyone we know would take this picture series with the greatest pleasure.
Tillmann Franzen: Tea Time in India for Tea Enterprise
The commissioned works of Tillmann Franzen are pictures that carry his very own thumbprint. He has a special talent for finding just the right moment even in his art. What looks like mere coincidence at first sight is in reality an expression of precision and the vision of a goal.
With his free work “Tea Enterprise, India”, Tillmann Franzen takes us to his source of inspiration and on a journey through the lens of his camera.
We become witness to a perfectly normal work day in a tea manufactory, but with Franzen’s perspective, the scenery seems dreamy.
Each picture radiates with an incredible tranquility and we discover what Franzen discovers, we see what seems important to him and we become aware of the small details.
The warm colors of his pictures and his reduced use of light sources create a certain magic. Tillmann Franzen’s works make you feel connected to the places depicted.
NEW ARTIST - apricotberlin: From Berlin with Love.
Apricotberlin’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!