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Adam Fuss 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 14m10s
Language: english
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Adam Fuss 2

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Adam Fuss was born in 1961 in England.
 
After his father died early, Adam lived with his mother in Australia until the age of twelve. When he was 19, he returned there and did an apprenticeship as a photographer. Since moving to New York later, he has gained an international reputation with unusual themes and compositions.
 
In recent decades, Fuss has created images of babies in the water, drops of water, christening gowns, snakes, rabbit guts and human skulls. For his very early work, he used a pinhole camera, which gave him the idea of using no camera at all and making daguerreotypes and photograms.
 
In the first part of our two-part interview with him, he focuses on his pictures of snakes and the complex symbolism inherent in a snake.

Exploration of Childhood

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Runtime - length of the film: 19m23s
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New Zealand photographer Niki Boon talks about the photographic documentation of her children.

Since Niki and her husband decided to teach their children at home, Niki takes pictures of their everyday life.

Publishing her black and white photos on Facebook brought her much fame, but at the same time a lot of criticism. She has learned to deal with it and continues to make daily pictures to leave something to her children. This is something, Niki does not have from her own childhood.

William Ropp

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m35s
Language: french with english subtitles
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FotoTV. met french portrait photographer William Ropp for an interview in Arles.

Three decades ago he was slowly changing from theatre to photography, but the stage still represents an important photographic aspect for him. Ropps pictures do not show people, but their present fantasies.

William Ropp likes to work in the studio. He appreciates the protective atmosphere and does not want to be perceived as a disturbing photographer. Ropp is working in darkness, while his models hardly can see his camera.

Larry Towell

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m26s
Language: english
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Larry Towell is a photographer and also operates as a musician and storyteller. He lives with his family on a farm in Canada. He was the first Canadian member of Magnum. Since the mid-80s photography is his source of livelihood.
 
Through the for him very impressive time as a volunteer helper in India in the mid-70s his work is characterized by the gap between rich and poor. Main subject in almost all works are the "landless people" which means the rural population without land.
 
Towells first projects in which this motif already took place originated in Central America and dealt among others with the Counterrevolutionaries in Nicaragua, the civil War in El Salvador and the "Disappeared" in Guatemala. He later documented the Mennonites in Mexico and even his own family in Canada.
 
After he was a strong defender of the black and white film his recent works have given way to the changing times. In those younger works there are color photos als well as multimedia influences such as video or music.

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.

Jock Sturges

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m01s
Language: english
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The American Jock Sturges studied perceptual psychology and photography. Today he is known internationally for his recordings on Californian, Spanish and Frenche nudist beaches. His intention lays not in eroticism. He is concerned with the representation of beauty, fragility and especially of "truth" that runs through his entire work as an internal claim.
 
For Sturges a true image arises when the model can be totally herself. Without instructions - and at the beginning also without camera - a situation can be quite natural and produces interesting moments that have to be catched very fast.
 
In our interview the photographer reports on his way to this extraordinary genre. He also introduces his latest book "Fanny", which was published in 2014 by Steidl Verlag. It is named after a young woman that Sturges already photographed as a five years old girl.

Alex Webb

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Runtime - length of the film: 15m55s
Language: english
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In the nearly 50 years of his photographic work Alex Webb realized numerous large photo projects and won as many international awards. The California native first studied history and literature, but then also photography. His first professional experience was gained as a freelance photographer, who sold his pictures to magazines such as Life, Geo, National Geographic, or New York Time. Since the late 70s, he is a full member of Magnum.
 
His projects, which mostly extend over many years - on one he worked 26 years - and overlap in time, deal with different places in the world. For his first book "Hot Light / Half-Made Worlds" for example he photographed for years the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Mexico. Some places, such as Haiti, fascinated him again and again.
 
An exciting station of his work is the collaboration with Rebecca Norris Webb who is not only his wife, but also his creative partner. The two traveled to Cuba many times in over eight years, actually to pursue separate projects there. One day they had the idea of ​​combining their work in the same book. This was the beginning of a new period of continuing cooperation.

Art Wolfe

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Runtime - length of the film: 05m19s
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The culture- and wildlife photographer Art Wolfe was born 1951 in Seattle, USA. He published several books. The latest curated work, "earth is my wittness", was also exhibitet in Iserlohn, where we met him for this interview.

Art Wolfe talks about the love for nature and cultures, which made him become the photographer that he is today. He is not just taking pictures, he sees himself as a man on a mission: To document and to preserve the beauty of this earth.

 

The Art of not Pushing the Button

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m37s
Language: english
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Frank Horvat explained his quote "Photography is the art of not pushing the button" in this way: "If someone photographs it is constantly a negative decision: Today the weather is too bad, I won't use a tele ... The difficult thing is to do it as little as possible. The mystical answer would be that a certain force is accumulated through this non-shooting photos. This is a bit like tantric sex." (German fotoMagazin 06/2012)
 
This attitude is the result of 50 years of photographic experience. The Italian came to international prominence as photojournalist and fashion photographer. However, he says that he was never a fashion photographer. Horvat was too shy for this business, as he always found it hard to give instructions. The best pictures always happened without instructions.
 
In our interview he tells us about his initial experiences with magazines, his love for trees and his love-hate relationship with New York City to which he has devoted much of his photographic work.

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.