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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.

Small Model in Wide Scenery

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m11s
Language: english
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Bert Stephani and his model Jennifer are back in the Belgian countryside. This time Bert dares something unusual:
 
In portrait photography, whether in studio or outdoors, the model should play the central role in the picture. Usually photographers work with short distances and blurred backgrounds. Bert does it differently: he combines portrait and landscape photography in such a way that the model becomes part of the landscape and still stands out.
 
This is not an easy photographic exercise. On one hand the model should be noticed by the viewer, on the other hand she should not fall out of the picture. The photographer has to consider many things at the same time: eye-catching poses are important to make the small model visible in the wide landscape.
 
Visual accent, lighting, colors, lines and shapes are all important elements of a picture. Even experienced professionals like Bert have to look out for these.

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.

 

Tyranny of the Moment

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Runtime - length of the film: 08m14s
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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.

Massimo Vitali

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Runtime - length of the film: 18m17s
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The Italian photographer Massimo Vitali is known for its contemporary and large-format art photographs of beaches.
 
In this interview he talks about how he's ever come to photographic art and his motives. His current project "Natural Habitats" shows scenes of people on beaches. Typically, his pictures are very bright, shining and equipped with many details.
 
Specifically, he discusses three pictures from his exhibition, tells how they were formed and what are the characteristics of them.

David LaChapelle 1

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m 01s
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David LaChapelle is one of the most popular fine-art photographers. He met late Andy Warhol in his time at Interview magazine and even took his last portrait.

Since his youth he worked mainly for galleries and magazines. When he's not shooting Lady Gaga for the cover of Rolling Stone, he pursues own projects.

His series "Landscapes" and "Gas Stations" critically reflect industrialism by showing handmade models of unusual material. Look and substance are always equally important for LaChapelle.

Eric Tcheou

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Runtime - length of the film: 8m19s
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Eric Tcheou lives and works in Brussels. He studied art history and both chemical and mechanical engineering.

In our FotoTV.interview he talks about "The Cicada’s Song”, his first photo book published in 2014. Inspired by a japanese haiku the book is about how we can deal with our impermanent nature and how to deal with the pain one could feel when surrounded with fundamental questions without answers. A sentence which Eric carried with him to make this project is "What does the wind do when it is not blowing?"

Eric’s photo book is like a vanitas: Through repeat reading the viewer is encouraged to meditate on impermanence and to understand the emptiness of appearances.

 

W.M. Hunt

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Runtime - length of the film: 16m03s
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Photography collector W.M. Hunt tells how he got into collecting and how his enthusiasm increased over time. He desribes the inception of his archive up to a key moment, when he considered his collection to be complete.

Remarkable is his affinity to pictures that include concealed faces.

Arno Rafael Minkkinen 2

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Runtime - length of the film: 11m19s
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Arno Rafael Minkkinen

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"Stay on the Bus!" was the statement in the first video with Arno Rafael Minkkinen.
 
It means to stay true to your own work and to be independent from other opinions. In this second part he illustrates this statement with the help of his own body of work.
 
In his exhibition at Arles 2013 he demonstrates the contract he made with his camera over four decades ago. Since then the contract permanently extended. The first point was a role reversal: Arno Minkkinen became the model, the camera became the photographer. Nudity, sculpture and transformation became further contract elements.

photokinaTV - broncolor: Gen NEXT

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m28s
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With "Gen NEXT" broncolor supports ambitious photographers by providing professional lighting equipment. Benjamin von Wong is one of those young stars who benefit from it .

Von Wong produces surrealistic, color-rich images that look at first glance for a pure Photoshop work. But with every shoot arises also a making of, by which he proves: There are real pictures made with broncolor equipment.

For that is the deal - The "Gen NEXT " photographer shall talk about it and show that they operate their art with broncolor products.