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Ryan Brenizer

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m19s
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The Brenizer Method

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"Brenizer" should be a familiar name in the world of photography. It's a novel photo technique we've introduced in a previous video. Ryan Brenizer is the pioneer of this method and one of the most famous wedding photographers.
 
We met the New Yorker in Italy for an interview. Having started in journalism, he eventually found into photography and combined it with his passion for weddings.
 
He and his wife Tatiana are an experienced team. Ryan shares what's important to him in photography and what kind of response he tries to achieve.

Larry Towell

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m26s
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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.

The Art of not Pushing the Button

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m37s
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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.

Ragnar Axelsson

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Runtime - length of the film: 13m46s
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We've visited photographer Ragnar Axelsson in Iceland for an interview. He reports on his books "Last Days of the Arctic" and "Behind the Mountains" that took many years until completion.

"Last Days of the Arctic" documents the life of Greenland's natives, the Inuit. Ragnar describes the human impact on the Arctic and the risks he had to face.

"Behind the Mountains" tells the story of an Icelandic shepherd. Ragnar followed him since adolescence. He documented his work in the mountains of Iceland and his gradual changing life.

Observe Ragnar's world of snow, ice, nature and its danger

Susan Meiselas

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m54s
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American Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas guides through her exhibition "Carrying the Past, Forward".
 
Meiselas is known for her visual storytelling in documentary style. Her photographs are often mixed with other media, for example interviews or handmade books. She has received numerous awards for her artistic work.
 
"Carrying the Past, Forward" deals with the issue of migration in the 70s, 80s and 90s. In her major works "Crossings" and "Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History", which are combined in the exhibition, Meiselas inspects the movement of refugees in Central America and the Middle East. She illuminates the individual lives of those who had to leave their homes and lost their loved ones due to political circumstances.
 
In the face of today's current affairs Susan's works are as topical as ever. They happened in other places and by different causes, but the needs of the people are exactly the same.

Michele Borzoni

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Runtime - length of the film: 10m13s
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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
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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.

Jamel Shabazz

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Runtime - length of the film: 9m03s
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Jamel Shabazz grew up in the 1960s in Brooklyn. His father was a professional photographer. The presence of photography at home inspired Jamel also to develop a passion for it.
 
In our FotoTV. interview he talks about the crack epidemic in Brooklyn early 80s and his strong desire to educate his people about the dangers of drugs. He recounts how he was taught with camera technique by his father. And the audience learns about Shabazz's career in the correction department, which in turn motivated him to use his photography as a visual medicine for helping people in prison and on the street to think and giving them hope.
 
In his view artists have responsibility for the world. They should strive to creatively serve the truth.

Robert Polidori

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Runtime - length of the film: 05m25s
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Robert Polidori shares his passion for rooms and what its interior reveals about the inhabitant.
 
Polidori considers his work as a kind of portrait photography.
 
He documented the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster and Hurricane Katrina, in contrast to glorious castles and galleries.

Bill Perlmutter

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Runtime - length of the film: 12m40s
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Bill Perlmutter was born in 1932, he lives and works in New York.

After his photography studies he worked as a press photographer for the U.S. Army in Germany. In his spare time he photographed places and scenes in Germany, France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. His photographs reflect the European post-war period, which is characterized by deprivation but also confidence and affirmation of life.

In the summer of 2013 Perlmutter's work was first exhibited in Germany. FotoTV. was there and could win him for an interview.