Erwin Olaf Interview: A Retrospective of Waiting, Images Caught Between Stillness & Collapse

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“Something so animal-like: hunger, lice, slime, these crazy sounds … something horrible, but nonetheless something powerful … under no circumstances could I miss it!”

Over the past ten years, Erwin Olaf has won some of the most prestigious awards in art, including a Johannes Vermeer Award, a Lucie Award, and a Photographer of the Year selection by International Color Awards. He has also had his work exhibited in many of the world’s top galleries: the Annenberg Space for Photography; the FNAC Collection in Paris; and the Hague Museum of Photography in the Netherlands.

Selections from his entire work are now on view at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York City until February 15th. The images were pulled as celebration of his most recent publication with Aperture, Olaf: Volume II (2014). They form a retrospective of Olaf’s stellar career and also showcase Olaf’s attention to capturing unnerving subtractions of life, moments freed from having to begin or end.

In this brief interview, Olaf talks about how he got his start, explains his debt to Otto Dix, and reveals what a photographer should do to stay true to his or her voice.

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Damien Lovegrove Interview: How to Build a Confident Brand

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Before becoming one of the most well-known photography educators in the world, Damian Lovegrove started as a trainee at the BBC. A little time after that, he was operating one of their cameras. A few years later, he was directing their lights. In the fourteen years at the BBC, Lovegrove says that he learned all that he needed to keep him working to this day.

After the BBC and some years doing commercial work, Lovegrove, together with his wife, Julie, began a hectic period that had him shooting over four hundred weddings throughout Europe in ten years. Eventually, their photographs caught the eye of Martha Stewart. Buzz quickly spread. From there, Lovegrove maneuvered to where he is now: one of UK’s best photographers, with clients around the world, a thriving business, and time to spend perfecting his craft.

In this interview, Damien talks about how he transitioned from the BBC to teaching photography, explains how he approaches boudoir and nude photography, and reveals how he’s able to remain so positive all the time.

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Louise Parker Interview: A Model Photographer in Her Own Words

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A devil’s bargain—do all you can to get everything you ever wanted and see at the end that all you ever wanted isn’t what you gave your life for. Ask for eternal life and get a life remembered in pictures. Your image will outlast us all, the bargain goes. You will be eternal. You will always be here. And that’s the moral of it. Nothing is as it seems.

Take what you see in Louise Parker’s photographs for example. Of course, you’ll see a world most of us will never know. You will see beautiful people and beautiful lands. Everything you could ever dream about, yes. But if you look closer, and if you really give a damn about what’s being shown to you, you’ll see the other side to the bargain. You will see frustration, loneliness, and pain.

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Why Instagram Works + $30 Discount on Nick Saglimbeni’s Newest Video

I’ve spent a lot of time on Instagram recently. I hadn’t planned on doing this. Far from it, actually. Like all great events in my life, I had just found myself there. I didn’t know how, but I was logged in. So I spent the next two hours peeking about.

Eventually, I was doing what everybody does. I would like a few photographs, then a few more, and when I found a photographer I really liked, I double clicked as many as of hers or his as I could. Satisfied with myself, I logged off and went to bed.

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Interview with Nick Holmes: Getting intimate with Portrait Photography

When it comes to famous images The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most recognized in the world. All the ballyhoo regarding it made me read about it too extensively. I never got a chance to visit the Louvre myself, but I saw many videos, clippings and read many experiences of the people seeing the image in actual. This was the 1500’s but now, as I am more focused into photography, I wonder what was it that made the image so eye grabbing? What should a Photographer learn from this portrait?

As a photographer you have to take a lot of things into consideration – Composition, Poses, Lighting and the list goes on… But, as a Portrait photographer you have other important and often overlooked challenges as well. Focusing more on the subjects, you face challenges such as poor light, hectic work schedule and much more! How should a photographer deal with those?

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(NSFW) An Interview with George Pitts: A Classy Affair with Art

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Not everyday you have the chance to meet one who has been a director of Photography at popular magazines like Life and Vibe. My luck has been jammy with meeting prodigious photographers like George Pitts. I was in awe of his writing and artwork. His works have appeared in “S Magazine (Denmark), The Partisan Review, The Paris Review, Big magazine, One World, Vibe, aRude, Juxtapoz, Next Level: a critical review of Photography (UK), Parenthesis, and other publications.

This was enough to get cracking onto more in his life. His popularity is directly proportional to his humility, I feel. He was kind enough to patiently answer all my questions. This classy, classy gentlemen has been the in the painting bailiwick since 20 years. Let’s learn more about this life, current trends in Fine Art Photography, some tips, gear knowledge and much more from him.

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Phillippe Diederich Interview: Revolutionaries, Mexico, and a Photographer

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We all have ideals. I had a friend, in high school, whose sole dream was to be a punk—or be nothing at all. I also had a friend who dreamed of being a writer—and nothing else. And there were a few who would have settled with no less than having one good poem to their name. Of course, I had friends who actually did do nothing. We all have ideals–what matters is when you lose them.

Art is inviolable. Art never falls for those who really don’t love it. Because we were too scared or too lazy or too comfortable, we started thinking about other things. That’s not bad. It’s growing up, I guess. Phillippe Diederich isn’t one of us, though, and that’s why I’m here writing about him. Phillippe Diederich is a writer and a photographer who stuck it out.

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Michael Ernest Sweet Interview: Capturing the Human Fragment on NY Streets

If you know little about Street Photography then you would know that, in Street Photography the primary subject of the picture maybe completely devoid of people. It can be an object or environment where an aesthetic human character can be projected. Well, human or not, the idea is to capture pictures at a poignant moment! This candid photography is currently quite respected all over but has also been an issue of conflict. Even with these issues, it did not stop Michael Ernest Sweet from jumping with his 28mm in this field!

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Nigel Grimmer Interview: Self-Portraits Done in Art Drag

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It’s almost a guarantee, a universal fact of life. If you have a family, you also have, somewhere deep in your pocket of history, a family portrait that looks just like every single one that has ever been made. If you’ve seen one family portrait, you’ve seen them all. But why do family portraits end up looking the same? Who said this genre of photography had to include what it does?

Nigel Grimmer makes photographs that expose the pressures placed on photographic genres. Putting his family in dunce caps, or having them take selfies as roadkill, Grimmer has previously explored what gets included in a family photo album. In his most recent project, Art Drag, he takes a shot at one of photography’s principal illusions — depth. Just as flattening the world to a map creates distortions to shape and size, a photograph also distorts a 3D world into a flat fantasy. The paintings highlight that — within a photograph —  what you see isn’t always what you get.

In this interview, Grimmer talks about his start, explains more about Art Drag, and reveals how you can participate with him by sending your own photos.

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Joana Choumali Interview: Capturing the Grace and Beauty of Africa

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Chunky jewellery, impish smile and a camera in hand – Joana Choumali has a face of a saint, with eyes that twinkle. I wish this interview would have taken place in the Africa’s sleekest cities, Abidjan from where she belongs, but for now I have to put right with this.

Behind those twinkle in the eyes, lies a face which has seen the harsh reality of living in a city of political crisis, young people subjected to discrimination and rejection from their surroundings. Joana’s projects deal with many intense topics like facial scarification (a fading practice carried out in the Ivory Coast), young men and girls who want to become independent and reintegrate into society, razed shantytowns and slums of Abidjan and much more. A graphic artist by education Joana was working with an advertising network giant, McCann Erikson group.

Winning the prestigious POPCAP’14 award for her project Haabre, The Last Generation, this famous photographer believes in highlighting equality of men and women in her photos. When I was randomly reading about offbeat works of photographers, Joana’s name flashed out and I decided that I want to know more about her life. Just as I was amazed by her normal but divergent approach to photography I am sure you would too. Let’s jump on to more about her life revealed in the interview.

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