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Lea Lund & Erik K.

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Runtime - length of the film: 09m06s
Language: french with english subtitles
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In this FotoTV. interview Lea Lund and Erik K. talk about their meeting and their photographic long-term project.
 
In July 2011, the two met by chance because Erik, a guest at a wedding, smoked a cigarette outside on the street. This encounter turned into the first photo and that into a love affair - since then Lea photographs Erik. She does this every day, all over the world and from every angle.
 
Erik always remains the motive, but the real theme of the pictures are the places where they emerge. The two pay very much attention to the local setting and to special picture elements.
 
Lea's background as a designer leads her to draw all pictures with drawings. She doesn't betray us, what exactly and how she does it. "It would be careless," she says with a smile.

Bruce Gilden

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m30s
Language: english
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In this FotoTV. interview Bruce Gilden from New York presents his photographic work. Gilden is a photojournalist and paticularly known for his work on the New Yorkers.
 
In 1969 he made the first photo that was - in his eyes - credible. It happened on the beach at Coney Island where many famous photographers made great pictures.
 
There he created his first big photo report that dealt with the visitors of the beach. He chose those people who didn't fit into societies norms, for example because of their physique.
 
The claim to find people that stand out from the mainstream runs through several decades of his work.

Oliviero Toscani

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m27s
Language: english
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Roger Ballen
Pieter Hugo

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Oliviero Toscani is best known for his polarizing work for Benetton commercial campaigns in the 1990s. Most people will remember the pictures of a soldier´s bloodstained chlothes or an anorextic fashion model. But he does not want to be mistaken for an advertising photographer. Toscani sees himself as a witness of his time, he wants to show beautiful pictures of overlooked things. He creates photographs that demand courage to look at.

Further he is frequently working on his project "the human race". He already portrayed thousands of people all over the world in front of a white background, and there are still thousands to come.

Raghu Rai

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m41s
Language: english
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Photographer Raghu Rai from India originally worked for the Government as a civil engineer. In 1965 he decided to follow the example of his elder brother and step into photography.
 
One year later his career began when he worked with Indian magazine "The Statesman". In 1984 Rai attained special recognition for his photos of the Bhopal gas tragedy.
 
In our FotoTV. Interview he talks about his attitude to photography and photojournalism that determined his commercial career. He also talks about his personal projects in which the workaday life takes a high priority. And of course the interview is about his home India, to which he has devoted 50 years of photography.

William Wegman

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m29s
Language: english
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The American William Wegman originally wanted to become a painter but then opted for photography. Today he is known internationally. His name is associated primarily with his photographic compositions in which dogs play the leading role.
 
From the beginning of the 1980s he exposed his own Weimaraner in various costumes and poses. During his teaching at the California State University he got his first dog, Man Ray. Man Ray was so well known that 1982 the Village named him Man of the Year.
 
In addition, he is active as a children's author, his work Puppies was a New York Times bestseller. He is also known for his videos: We already saw some of his video sequences for example on Sesame Street.
 
In this FotoTV. interview Wegman recalls of his animal origins and lets us participate in other anecdotes of his photographic life. We see images of his dog photography collection and even watch him "live" at work.

Phillip Toledano

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m34s
Language: english
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Phillip Toledano was born in London and lives in New York. After many years in the advertising field, he totally committed himself to photography in the last 15 years.
 
He describes himself as a conceptual artist. For him photography is one of many media to express and convey ideas. These ideas include age and mortality, plastic self-renewal or deception and lies.
 
Projects that carry these topics have titles such as "Days with My Father", "A New Kind Of Beauty" or "Phonesex". In this FotoTV. interview Toledano speaks about these and other works and his artistic and personal vita.

Tyranny of the Moment

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m14s
Language: english
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Duane Michals

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In this FotoTV. interview Duane Michals reflects on perspectives of photography.
 
For him, there are two fundamentally different perspectives: One can consider photography as a "tyranny of the moment" and wait passively for an event which deserves to be photographed. Or one can take the reins and convert photography to an art that is not dependent on perfect moments.
 
In Michals' opinion not all types of photography can be seen as art. He gives examples for inartistic work, and for those that he admires.
 
He also speaks about his own art wich is partly insired by cinema and supplemented by additional texts.

Laura Letinsky

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Runtime - length of the film: 7m43s
Language: english
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Laura Letinsky is a professor and head of the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Chicago. Her work was shown in the Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Netherlands Photo Institute and published in the New York Times. In her current work she merges the traditional Still life with contemporary photography.

In our FotoTV. interview she explains her imagery. She also focuses on how she has found from a rather voyeuristic earlier style of photography to her Still life projects.

Michele Borzoni

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m13s
Language: english
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Michele Borzoni is an Italian photojournalist. He has been to Nepal, Kashmir and did stories about his homeland.

In 2006 he founded TerraProject to collaborate with photographers. Borzoni covers subjects ranging from social to documentary. He provides insight into strange cultures and past times, for which he travels the world.

A review on his work shows his fascination for the medium.

Laia Abril

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m29s
Language: english
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Rena Effendi
David Farrell

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Laia Abril comes from Barcelona, she studied journalism and then switched to photography. As a photographer she specialized in the representation of intimate women's issues.

Since 2010 she was working on a long-term project on eating disorders. In it she lit this topic in three major chapters each from a different perspective but always close. In the last chapter, The Epilogue, she documented the indirect victims of eating disorders on the basis of family Robinson who lost her daughter Cammy because of bulimia.

In our FotoTV. Interview Laia Abril reports about this project. She shows us a few pages from "The Epilogue" and explains the design and her artistic understanding.