Atli Thor Alfredsson - Catches a ballett of magnificent trinkets for Marlene Birger

Atli Thor Alfredsson, a northern light, shines again in his latest work for Marlene Birger’s jewelry collection. Alfredsson became a talking point by following unconventional paths. All of his works have something mystical about them and his pictures, both his minimalistic shots as well as his great scenes, bear a light glint within them which just waits to be discovered. All of this can be seen in his brief presentation of Birger’s jewelry. This spot is extraordinary. It starts with whirling shapes and glistening colors and sounds that instantly captivate the viewer. Though the spot is supposed to present Birger’s jewelry, it looks more like an impressive industrial production in the beginning. Especially the close-ups of the whirling and swinging trinkets look like cogs in a gear. Like they were small machines, each with its own purpose. But Alfredsson goes one step further than just presenting their function and makes the jewelry come to life: The viewer sees a ballet of magnificent trinkets which creates the feeling of having just witnessed something extraordinarily beautiful. An artist who is able to create such a want for more and especially a longing for the product is a real whiz.1:

Sivan Miller: Riding the wave with Billabong

The Australian enterprise Billabong, which is known for making sportswear for surfers, skaters and snowboarders, got Sivan Miller on board for a shooting for the female section “surfcapsule”. Or rather, it got him on the surfboard. Anyway, the self-educated Sivan Miller, who is from Cape Town, seems to be fully in his element and delivers a great shooting with the pro surfer Tanika Hoffman, who is also from South Africa. Tanika Hoffman is not only an awesome surfer, she also cuts a fine figure on the board and she can definitely compete with any model. Lucky Miller. This makes the job a lot of fun! The combination of these elements resulted in a wonderful advertising shot that perfectly showcases Billabong and the surfcapsule suit which Tanika Hoffman is wearing. The sun and the beach are conductive to the effect but Sivan Miller’s eye and his finger on the release is what makes this advertisement for Billabong really successful.

Anders Jungermark: Dreamy Interior Photos

The swedish photographer Anders Jungermark takes pictures you just want to hug. Every single one of his photos has a certain charm about it that you just have to like. So it is not surprising that all photos in his picture series “Interior” are in perfect harmony with each other. No matter what job he took the pictures for, each picture bears the hallmarks of Jungermark. His way of working with light, colors, composition and so much more makes you feel like you truly understand the matter in a way that couldn’t be better. It doesn’t matter whether he makes a series of clean high-definition pictures or whether it’s a series of more coarse, slightly dreamy pictures, they always offer up an invitation. It must surely be a pleasure for the photographer when his pictures are this appealing. And these pictures definitely are.

Joel Micah Miller: Playing it safe for AOK Campaign

We could make a joke about the fact that insurances always play it safe but that wouldn’t do justice to Joel Micah Miller’s talent. It is undeniable that Miller is an extremely talented advertising photographer. So the AOK insurance company chose exactly the right guy for their new campaign “Live Balance”. Miller focuses on people in their work environment and contrasts them with slogans about work-life-balance which formulate their needs. For example, there is a well-dressed manager in a gray suit who is perfectly aware of the fact that his employees’ performance suffers if they aren’t healthy. Another picture portrays an attractive young woman who needs to take a break from time to time before starting again well-rested. Lastly, we see an equally attractive young man who needs to recharge his batteries in order to be productive again. All in all, it’s a great package of portraits set in a lively surrounding. They are expertly staged and Miller’s use of contrasts between acuity and blurring emphasizes the impression that everyone matters and is appreciated. Of course, it’s a high-end picture series that is well-edited visually. It’s a successful campaign for AOK and it was a great idea to assign it to Miller.

Schall & Schnabel: Splinters of light

In its work the studio “Schall & Schnabel” processes the world into a kaleidoscope of pixels, skin, hair, and cubist shapes. Schall & Schnabel are chroniclers of continuous change and permanent deconstruction. Everything is always on the move, and visual background noise keeps entering the images, lending the sometimes rigorous compositions a fascinatingly strange aesthetics. In the way they use light and shadow, the works remind us of a combination of Man Ray, psychedelic drugs, and the color spectrum of an extraterrestrial insect. The label “Schall & und Schabel” consists of Eileen Huhn and Pierre Horn, whose works have appeared in numerous magazines, including Vision, Material Girl, Blonde, Superior und Woman's Health. The two photographers master a broad spectrum of disciplines: from fashion photography and moving images all the way to installations. Their conceptual strength challenges clients to be creative. Their motto: the more unsual things are, the better!

Florent Petitfrere: Fashionable Demons.

The styled figures in the photographs of French photographer Florent Petitfrere look as if they came straight from the world of Greek mythology. In his cool compositions, elegantly dressed angels meet seductive demons and other demigods. Even though he strives for a reduction to what is visually essential, Petitfrere always succeeds in constructing amazingly emotional stages for his models. He creates dramatic contrasts of light and shadow, almost reminiscent of the Baroque style of Caravaggio. After his international career as a model, Florent Petitfrere grabbed a camera. Ever since that moment, he’s been inspiring the fashion world with his visual dramas. This is how the passionate globetrotter describes his daily routine: “eat/drink/sleep/photography.” He uses his spare time to study books from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as texts on sociology. People wanting to treat him to something special are well advised to take him out to a good Italian restaurant. Having recently lived in New York and Hong Kong, Petitfrere now spends most of his time in Germany.

Oliver Mark: Power & Money

In theory, the headline says it all: power & money. In theory, there is not much more to say about a picture series that shows rich and powerful people. In theory. Only in theory because this picture series was created by Oliver Mark. His portraits have the most powerful pictorial language of the genre and hardly any photographer comes as close to the rich and powerful as he does. And why is that? Because they trust him. So Oliver creates pictures that show you the person behind the public figure in a way in which you’ve never seen them before. His pictorial language creates a fascinating and extremely long-lasting attraction you just can’t shake off. Almost every portrait makes you smile or lets you freeze in awe for a moment. None of them is boring and they all tell a story which you want to retell, or rather show others. Above all, you wish there were more of them and that is what makes a great storyteller, pardon me, portrait photographer.

Mathilde Karrer: Azami Opticians

It is not easy to take still lifes. However, if you are as talented as Mathilde Karrèr, they gain sort of an optical lightness and even a certain playfulness at times. She proved her artistic talent yet again for Azami Optiek, a firm that distributes spectacles of various kinds in the Netherlands. One of her strong suits is the artful way she stages the desired objects. The elegant and well-shaped spectacles are scattered on, above and below surfaces and edges of various colors in a way that emphasizes their contrasts but at the same time they are placed in a perfectly symmetrical way. As a result, each model, each form and each color of the spectacles gets its own unique presentation. In the course of the picture series, the viewer is on the one hand guided and on the other hand left alone with the object’s effects. With Karrèr, Azami opticians have found a brilliant photographer for perfectly staging their spectacles and making them look sexy.

Nick Ballon: Space Agency for Monocle Magazine

“Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are!” Whoever doesn’t know this song can still go on reading because it is obvious that we people have been looking towards the universe for a long time. Anyway, Nick Ballon visited the European Space Agency and watched the people there through his lens for London’s Monocle Magazine. What’s exciting about the picture series he created there is that the viewer doesn’t know whether Nick took pictures of the ESD, or of an art exhibition. This is because the way in which he catches buildings and sculptures remind the viewer of a show for a somewhat spaced exhibition. Ballon plays with the ESD and turns every form and structure into a little installation. When assuming something much more mundane than what the viewer actually gets, the resulting impression is remarkable. In any case, Nick Ballon knows how to expertly stage objects and Monocle gets a unique documentation of the ESD.

Knotan: Sandqvist AW 2015

If you know the swedish fashion label sandqvist, you know the label stands for high-quality outdoor fashion and accessories. Always a straight line. Reduced but high-quality fabrics. But all of a sudden, the fall/winter collection calls patterns into play. It’s getting lively during a rather quiet season. And as if that wasn’t innovative enough, they break fairy tale rule no. 1 and send Knotan into the woods with a couple. If you know Kotan’s works, you know what’s coming now. “Fear and Loathing in Sweden”, or romanticism à la Jack Wolfskin meets “Knotan in Wonderland”. The result is, of course a wonderful picture series because despite all the absurdity, Knotan is still an artist. So the models don’t get around being photographed with deer heads on their heads or being chased onto a raised hide. At times, he literally leaves them out in the woods, at times he photographs them in the spotlight in front of creepy barns. If you think this is all a coincidence, you’re wrong. So Knotan dared to explore unknown territory for sandqvist and together they created a campaign that makes you want to go out and experience nature. While wearing sandqvist, of course.

Dean West: Playmation

Dean West – Playmation Everything develops, even toys. So Disney created something new to help kids get away from the computer and back into reality. The result is an interactive toy that works digitally and analogously. Dean West was commissioned to transform this into pictures. West has an extraordinary talent for creating great pictures. His works are brilliantly detailed and some of them even create magical worlds. Of course, a photographer like this knows how to translate Disney’s idea into pictures. The resulting pictures show the first two Playmation toys which are based on the comic universes of The Avengers and Star Wars. West uses a simple but efficient trick to portray the link between virtuality and reality. He shows two kids who obviously play on the street and mirrors their fantasy avatars in a puddle. This explains what the Playmation toy does and the viewer’s fantasy does the rest of the work. The pompous coloring definitely makes you want to try the toy and it wakes the ludic drive even in an adult author.

David Maurer: Porsche Service

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!

Sander Foederer – Sunseeker

If you have experienced the change between summer and winter in Germany in 2015 and wondered where autumn has been all the time, then you are qualified to write a comment on Sander Foederer’s new series “Sunseeker”. Foederer is known for being able to catch the world around him in an extravagant way. He has a very special way to contrast people and objects with their surroundings and especially with “Sunseeker”, he created a tribute to light and shadows again. The focus clearly lies on the sun’s effect and the shadows it throws on our everyday life or on the sunrays with which it lightens up our world. It’s a question of perspective! This perspective is what Foederer wanted to show the viewer. Thus, we see people who flee the sun in their shadows at different places, or people who half step out of the shadows to catch the last sunrays. Their posture actually reminds the viewer of sun worshippers. The result are definitely interesting constellations and the viewer gets an idea of how attentive Foederer must go through life in order to be able to give something so marginal such an enormous impact.

Sivan Miller: African Alien

If a photographer who likes extraordinary models with an alien charm and stages futuristic photoshoots and an African designer who creates similarly unusual and exciting fashion, come together, they become a perfect mix of splendor and oddity. We are talking about the designer Gavin Rajah, who was born in Cape Town and who commissioned the talented photographer Sivan Miller for a fashion shoot. The result is a fabulous picture series which shows a seemingly African model with full-bodied hair who presents fantastic dresses. In contrast to the expectations of two creatives who live in Cape Town, the set was transformed into an ice landscape, like a crystal cave. Miller emphasizes the arrangement’s fantastic air by means of fog and wind effects, which definitely make the magic surrounding the dresses and the model more effective. Despite the fairylike ambience, the pictures transport strength due to the model’s exotic looks. The dresses are extravagant and they flatter the model as well as the camera which perfectly captures them from all angles. With those two, the right couple has come together to create this fashion campaign.

Johannes Knuth: Don’t worry, be healthy

Can you see that a person feels safe? Until now, I would have skeptically answered this question in the negative but Johannes Knuth convinced me that it’s possible. Because this is what you can see in the protagonists of his pictures for Hanse Merkur: they literally radiate safety and security. Usually, the actors you see in advertisements seem insincere and stiff. This is why Hanse Merkur was really lucky to get Johannes Knuth to make their commercial. Hardly any photographer manages to get as close to his actors as he does – and this is not about physical proximity but about their personalities and feelings. And this is exactly what Johannes is able to catch with an extraordinary closeness in the most diverse situations. In the end, you get the feeling that you know these people already, just by seeing them through Johannes’ eyes. And this is probably what the commercial is supposed to communicate: Closeness to the client, pure love of life and the feeling of safety. No one could have caught this jauntiness on film better than him.

Denis Rouvre: Des Français

Denis Rouve, who lives in France, is a worldwide renowned portrait photographer. His pictures can be found in numerous prestigious publications and the prizes he has won make his vita truly impressive. The reason for this is probably his powerful pictorial language, which on the one hand always seems to entail something mysterious but which is open and unadulterated on the other hand. As a consequence, it is not important whether Rouvre takes pictures of famous people or of the guy next door. All his models seem to be put on the same level by his pictures. This is what makes his latest project, which is titled “Des Français”, so exciting. Rouvre traveled to remote areas of France in order to find what French is, or to find traces of the French roots of people he met on the way. He gives them a voice in their pictures in order to catch the deepest moments in his pictures. He manages to give every person he takes pictures of an air of renaissance reminiscence by use of the black background and the poses he puts them in, no matter what ethnic background, gender or age they are. The pictures are intense and expressive. Most of all, he manages to catch the people’s whole personalities and all their charm for us. Rouvre himself says that the bright looks he got had a hidden intensity which made him visualize his own identity and maybe even mirrored it. It is not only us who learn something about the people and their lives, Rouvre also seems to have caught something very special for him.

Damien Vignaux: Landscape

Since restlessness can even get to you during fall, and at times you just want to take a walk to clear your head, you only have one choice. You’ve got to put on some heavy clothes. Tim Labenda, who titled his fall/winter collection “Wanderlust”, also wants the people who wear his clothes to be fashionable. For the right visual execution he commissioned Damien Vignaux to transport his vision. Damien does not only continue Tim’s theme by calling his film “Landscape”, he also adds a very own artistic note to the scenes. Already right from the beginning of the film he is fully in theme. It starts with a tracking shot through industrial architecture in which he follows the lines and geometry of the buildings in a way that lets the static elements be interrupted by clear surfaces, just like Labendas’ style does. This becomes especially clear at the end of the tracking shot, when he captures a woman behind a column. She is wearing a white suit which seems to be a geometrical piece of art. Visually, Damien works with distortions, disturbances and proportional imbalance, which can also be found in Labendas’ fashion. Music, poetry, filmic art and fashion blend and in the end there is the sentence: “Time is a great architect”, which adds a certain grandeur. Labenda, who takes his inspiration from everyday life and considers his fashion to be in a state of flux, must be delighted by Damien Vignaux’s visual execution.1:

Joel Micah Miller: Hot Waves

Sand as far as the eye can see, one car and lots of fun. This sounds like a kindergartener’s fantasy but in truth it’s the preconditions for the sensational shoot of the new Landrover. Joel Micah Miller, who was accorded this honor, is a man of beauty and again and again also a man of playfulness. Thus, it is not surprising that he got two professionals for his spectacular stunts in the South African desert, a tough snowboarder and a dynamic race driver. Miller himself describes this day on his homepage as follows: “They had fun. We got sandy. Everybody’s happy!” What more could one want? And so he created a picture series which shows crazy pictures of the snowboarder in the dunes and the driver in the car, next to the obligatory romance- and off road shots. This is obviously a comparison between the sportsman’s skills and the car’s performance and sportiness. With this concept Miller definitely scored a hit for depicting the new Landrover’s power and its flawlessness in any terrain and situation.

Christian Brecheis: Birkenfashion

Birkenstock goes fashion. A few years ago, only tree huggers would have worn the eco-shoes. Nowadays, the growing health-consciousness and life-extending measures, sports and vegan fans, turned them into the Instagram IT-item and into the center of hashtags. Birkenstock’s cooperation with designers and artists from all over the world is one reason for this. This also explains why a 2013 cooperation between Birkenstock and jewelry designer Patrick Muff is renewed in 2015. And for depicting it adequately, Christian Brecheis was invited into the artist’s studio to make a picture series. Brecheis is known for countering the more and more artificial sports and fashion photography with a much more natural way. Muff’s love for his handicraft and his cheerfulness come across in every single one of Brecheis’ shots. The pictures of the products also prove his unimitable feeling for a natural but refined product. The sensitive Brecheis stages a very intimate and beautiful picture series for the charismatic Muff.

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!