Choose Category  

Reportage

  gold  

Todd Antony

about the artwork
'Climbing Cholitas', the Aymara indigenous women who are breaking stereotypes The women depicted in this series by photographer Todd Antony are the ‘Climbing Cholitas’ or ‘Cholitas Escaladoras Bolivianas’ – a group of Aymara indigenous women who are breaking stereotypes and shifting perceptions. In January 2019, they summited the 22,841ft peak of Mt Aconcagua, the highest mountain outside of Asia. And did so eschewing traditional climbing clothing in favour of their traditional, vibrant, billowing dresses, and using their traditional shawls to carry equipment rather than backpacks. The word 'Cholita' has previously been used as a pejorative term for the indigenous Aymara women of Bolivia. But these women are reclaiming it as a badge of honour. "In the very recent past, as little as 10 years ago, Bolivia’s indigenous Aymara women were socially ostracised and systematically marginalised," explains Todd. "Known as 'Cholitas', these women, easily identified by their wide skirts, braided hair and bowler hats, suffered racial discrimination and could be refused entry to certain restaurants, using public transport and entering certain public spaces such as the capitals central square, Plaza Murillo. "While they have been advocating for their rights since at least the 1960s, their movement was further invigorated by the 2005 election of Evo Morales," he continues. "Bolivia’s first Amerindian president. Since then the majority indigenous population have seen greater recognition and autonomy."

 
  silver  

Ruben Riermeier

about the artwork
Auf der Suche nach dem roten Faden.

 
  bronze  

Making Pictures

about
Whether working in a studio or out on location, Paul Calver captures authentic moments and creates crisp, distinctive images that linger long in the memory.  Born in Suffolk, Paul’s first love was skating, but in 2002 he dislocated his knee on a trip to Germany, picked up a camera instead and hasn’t looked back.  He is well-known for his beautifully shot sports photography, whether it’s runners snaking through snowy mountains or surfers riding waves off the west coast of India. Personal projects push the parameters of his work and these experiments feed back into commissions for brand giants like Nike and Adidas. But there is much more to Paul’s portfolio than sports imagery and he is adept at shooting atmospheric real life reportage and documentary projects too. Recent series capturing intimate family moments form strong narratives and deeply personal moments.

about the artwork
Paul Calver continues to document his family in his ongoing personal series.

 
  bronze  

dougie wallace

about
Dougie Wallace is internationally recognised for his long-term social documentary projects and a distinct direct style of expressive street photography. He has won prestigious awards, exhibited as a solo artist or in joint exhibits in world-renowned institutions and photographic festivals, authored a number of books, all critically acclaimed. London-based, his assignments and personal work take him around the world.
 
To coincide with BBC Season of Photography, in March 2017, BBC4 broadcast a 30-minute programme about Dougie, as part of the What Artists Do All Day.  series, providing insights into the lives of outstanding artists. The programme follows Dougie on the streets of Knightsbridge, as he completes the photographs for the book Harrodsburg. Available here to watch.
 
More recently, Dougie was commissioned by Sky Art 50 to create a series of portraits of dogs and their owners with the focus on the dog, as a prognosis of the British public at large in the light of the EU referendum, which was showcased at The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Barbican and on Sky Arts Channel broadcast on the night of the original leaving date.
Dougie attributes his unique vision to his Glasgow up-bring and experiences lived or perceptively witnessed over two decades of residing in east London, from the uninhibited party days, when the area was a cultural wasteland through to its on-going urban regeneration, turning this district into a fashionable destination and tourist Mecca.
 
'Living in Shoreditch has helped me develop an eye for the tragi-comic, messy side of uninhibited human behaviour. My Glasgow upbringing has shaped my style, which has been described as 'visually exaggerated' and 'hard-edged'.
 
'What motivates my pictures is human behaviour. People’s interactions and emotions fascinate me. My stories are thematic. They have similarities of expressions running through them. My work is informed by societies’ trends and incongruities and translating what I see into wit, criticism and humorous vignettes. I’d like to think that my photos convey a point of view that believable and absurd.'
This idiosyncratic point of view comes to life in his books, which have all equally generated critical attention and viral buzz. His books Stags, Hens and Bunnies, A Blackpool Story (Dewi Lewis Media, 2014) and Shoreditch Wild Life (Hoxton Mini Press, 2014), each a distinctive spin on hedonism and excess, turned Dougie into a household name among taste-makers. Road Wallah (Dewi Lewis, 2016), which offers a unique insight into the world of Bombay cab drivers has been exhibited at numerous photo festivals and gallery shows and was short-listed for 2015 European Book Publisher’s Award. Followed Harrodsburg, which won the inaugural 'Magnum Photography Award 2016'. Well Heeled (Dewi Lewis, 2017) is an observation about the cultural shift among dog owners (Dewi Lewis, 2017). Goan to the dogs is to be published by (Dewi Lewis, 2020).  East Ended is a reflection on gentrification and its the ambiguous and fraught relationship with street art and local communities. Recently published by (Dewi Lewis).
 
Dougie is sought after for opinion, project assignments, editorial features and ad-hoc opportunities. His work has been featured in assignments and publications for magazines and newspapers, including, The Sunday Times Magazine, D Repubblica, The Economist, Le Monde, The New Yorker, Stern, The Guardian, NYTimes, The Independent, International New York Times, Observer, GQ, Dazed, Hunger, Vice, BBC, CNN, Itsnicethat, Marie Claire, Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung, El País, Der Spiegel, Macleans, NZZ, Die Tageszeitung, Neon, dS Magazine - De Standaard. As well as numerous photography magazines, BJP, GUP, Amateur Photographer, Professional Photographer, F2, Fotografia Magazine, Lens Culture, Leica LFI, L’Oeil, Fotomagazine, European Photography and Photo International.
Dougie continues to shot fashion for the likes of Tatler, ES Magazine and Dazed.

about the artwork
'EASTENDED' REFLECTS ON GENTRIFICATION AND HOW THIS PROCESS TRIGGERS AN AMBIGUOUS AND OFTEN FRAUGHT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FREELY EXPRESSED STREET ART AND COMMERCE, PUBLIC SPACE AND BILLBOARD, LOCAL COMMUNITY AND GLOBAL CAPITAL.   THE TRANSFORMATION OF LONDON’S EAST END FROM URBAN DECAY TO FASHIONABLE IS THE ULTIMATE EXAMPLE OF THE POWER OF STREET ART TO REGENERATE A NEIGHBOURHOOD TO MAKE IT ATTRACTIVE TO THE EMERGING CREATIVE CLASS.   BEFORE IT BECAME A RECOGNISED ART FORM, STREET ART WAS CALLED GRAFFITI, A SIGN OF DECAY THAT LOWERED PROPERTY VALUES. FAST FORWARD TO THE TRANSFORMATION OF LONDON’S EAST END AND IT BECAME COOL. SEEN AS ‘GRITY’ AND ‘EDGY’, STREET ART GENERATES INTEREST IN AN AREA. REFASHIONED, AND MADE ACCEPTABLE, IT TRANSFORMS PUBLIC SPACE AS AREAS BECOME HIGH-PRICED, TRENDY AND DESIRABLE. ITS ‘EDGE’ AND SENSE OF ‘AUTHENTICITY’ BECOME A MEANS TO SPEED UP THE GENTRIFICATION PROCESS. BUT AS PROPERTY PRICES RISE, THE COST OF LIVING FORCES OUT BOTH THOSE ARTISTS, WHO CREATED THE ART, AS WELL AS THE LOCAL RESIDENTS, WHO CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO LIVE THERE. NEVER WAS THIS TRUER THAN IN SHOREDITCH, WHERE THESE IMAGES WERE SHOT– BRICK LANE, REDCHURCH STREET AND SCALTER STREET – AN OPEN-AIR CASE OF URBAN ART, GENERATING CONSIDERABLE TOURISM.   ONCE CONSIDERED AS SPRAY-PAINTED VANDALISM, GRAFFITI NOW APPEARS IN GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS WORLDWIDE. ARTISTS, WHO WERE HOODED, HIDDEN AND NOCTURNAL, ARE OUT IN THE OPEN, PRODUCING THEIR WORK IN BROAD DAYLIGHT FROM CHERRY-PICKER PLATFORMS. COMMISSIONED BY CORPORATE BRANDS, SUCH AS ADIDAS AND GUCCI, THEY OFFER CREATIVE INTERVENTIONS INTO THE URBAN LANDSCAPE, IMAGES OF COOLNESS AND AFFLUENCE – MURALS DESTINED TO BECOME INSTRAGRAMMABLE PROPAGANDA. YOU SEE EVERY CODE OF COOL FASHION AND ATTITUDE, ALONGSIDE SCENES OF POVERTY AND PEOPLE TRADING ON THE STREETS IN ANYTHING BUT THE COOL. GENTRIFICATION HAS BROUGHT NUMBING SAMENESS, YET LOOK CAREFULLY AND YOU’LL SPOT THE CHEEKY PROTEST POSTERS – POLITICAL CRITIQUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE REBELLION – PURPOSEFULLY PLASTERED OVER AND DEFACING THE ADS, AS IF THE VOICE OF THE STREETS IS RECLAIMING ITS WALLS.   WHILE THIS MAY SOUND LIKE A FAMILIAR TUNE OF THE CYCLIC PROCESS OF PROPERTY DECLINE AND REBIRTH, WHAT MAKES THIS PROJECT TIMELY IS THE BACKDROP OF THE UK HOUSING CRISIS, WHICH HAS REACHED A CRITICAL POINT. IN A SUBTLE NOD, GLOSSY REPRESENTATIONS OF AFFLUENCE ARE UNDERCOATED WITH HUMAN STORIES, THUS GIVING VOICE TO THE UNHEARD: THE FORGOTTEN LOCAL RESIDENTS, ON THE ONE HAND, AND THE EMERGING GRASSROOTS RESISTANCE, ON THE OTHER. EACH DETAIL PERCEPTIVELY CAPTURED BY THE CAMERA CAN BE INTERPRETED BOTH AS AN ART FORM AND A CALL TO ARMS.

 
  public voting  

MIRJAM KLUKA

about the artwork
 osaka diary 2019

 
  merits  

NARÈNTE // Lucio Aru + Franco Erre

about
NARÈNTE is a visual language molded by indestructible roots, natural frontiers and desire of evolution.
We created a virtual bridge between an island in the middle of Mediterrenean Sea, Sardegna, and the most contemporary metropolitan city in Europe, Berlin. We listen, very carefully, the sound of our island and we bring it elsewhere, in a place where, eventually, it mixes up with multiple urban entities and where it has to become image in order to be universally perceived.
 
NARÈNTE is a duo as well as the connection point of many different paths told as they were part of the same reality.
 
NARÈNTE is the story teller who translates to content, it's a creative will.
NARÈNTE selects, samples, summarizes and portrays.
NARÈNTE, 1+1=1

about the artwork
SANT'EFISIO, Cagliari The festival of Sant’Efisio in Cagliari. The historic city of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, is home of the Festival of Sant’Efisio (Sagra di Sant’Efisio). This traditional festival is celebrated each year from 1st to 4th May and has deep historical roots, and celebrates the saint to whom the people of Cagliari turned after a devastating plague in 1652.

 
  merits  

Tom Senn

about
Tom Senn is a passionate writer and photographer at the same time. Historical vehicles and motorsport events are his home. He works for magazines, manufacturers and especially for his fans. Because he is a fan himself. Located in Hamburg, Germany.

As the great-nephew of the famous motorsport photographer Kurt Wörner, he always had one thing in mind: "Write with your heart and photograph with your Leicas."

about the artwork
Rallye Monte Carlo Historique, TT Races Isle of Man and the Goodwood Festival of Speed are three historic events that in 2019 attracted hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts to their traditional venues. Perhaps for the very last time. Here we see Tom's report of the famous TT Races on the Isle of Man, published in 2019 in the German Rally Magazine. Politically correct without motorcycles. ;-) Photographed by Tom Senn with Leica M and Leica Q.

 
  merits  

Leopold Fiala

about the artwork
I had the opportunity to shoot the 2019 winter campaign for the German TV station ZDF, alongside the TVC crew. All images shot with available light in Slovenia. Production: Czar Local producion: Comradfilm Client: ZDF & WDR

 

Andreas Stephan

about the artwork
Where there was no happiness, happiness should be created. And it decayed. 

 

Viviane Wild

about the artwork
Durch meine Ausbildungszeit zur Fotografin, weiß ich wie wichtig eine Ausbildung ist. Ich finde es schade, dass immer mehr Handwerksberufein Deutschland durch Technologisierung und Digitalisierung verschwinden. Für mich geht dabei ein Teil unserer Kultur verloren. Meine freie Arbeit ist ein Herzensprojekt für die Wertschätzung des Handwerks. Es ist eine Spurensuch nach Berufen, die selten geworden sind. Berufsbezeichnungen unter denen sich viele Menschen nichts mehr vorstellen können oder nicht wissen, dass es diesen Beruf überhaupt gibt. Mir ist es wichtig die Menschen hinter diesen Berufen zu zeigen. Welche Leidenschaft sie zu ihrem Beruf verbinden und wie in diesem Beruf gearbeitet wird. Die Fotostrecke zeigt Erhard Djuren bei der Arbeit. Er ist Reusenkrabbenfischer und der Letzte seiner Art in Deutschland. Die Fotos sind Teil meiner freien Arbeit, die noch nicht abgeschlossen ist.  

 

Bernd Opitz Photography

about
Having gained experience shooting mostly artist´s portraits
for the music press, Bernd started his career as a
photographer at the age of 22. He started to explore the
field of still photography soon after, in which he worked
successfully for some years before feeling the urge to
strive for new borders. Interior and architectural
photography seemed just as challenging as a new vital
approach to people photography, and since he never was one
to fear the battle, he just went for both. Fortunately the
industry saw his often unconventional results in frequent
publishings – and liked it. Today after a good thirty years of
peak performance already, Bernd holds the respect of many
an art critic and numerous clients, who trust his great
creativity, his fast grasp of every subject, his unbeatable
humour, his precise eye and his extremely sensible balance of
light and media. „The light is your friend – you have to treat
it kindly and give it room to breathe“, he often says. „It will
reward you then.“
His work takes him from the most secluded and breathtaking
spots to rural and suburban environments all over the
world, he constantly seems to be living out of suitcases. He
loves it. Just as much as he enjoys the next challenge that
awaits him with every new assignment.
Movement is everything.

about the artwork
Cherry blossoms allover   The transience of the blossoms, the exquisite beauty and volatility, has often been associated with mortality and graceful and readily acceptance of destiny and karma.   During a trip to Tokyo, I felt almost staked by cherry blossoms. Maybe too much karma.

 

Frank Kayser

about the artwork
Die R Gruppe a merry bunch of Missfits berühmt berüchtigte Porsche Bruderschaft....mache nennen es Club oder Geheimloge aufgenommen wirst Du nach 5 jähriger Postulanz .....wenn Du Glück hast und man dich für passend empfindet es gibt immer nur 300 aktive Mitglieder sicher könnten es 3000 sein Die Atmoshäre bei den Treffen ist einzigartig es geht um Spaß , Lebensfreude und Zusammengehörigkeit Die großartigen alten Porsche ,oft individualisiert und sicher in Deutschland nicht street legal , die fantastischen Landstrassen auf denen man stehts unterwegs ist bilden den passenden Rahmen In vielen Reisen nach Californien habe ich mich dem Thema genähert den Spirit genossen und entschieden ein Buch über den Club zu machen.Von der Gründung vor 20 Jahren bis heute nähern wir uns der Geschichte der R Gruppe ein großformatiges 480 Seiten starkes Buch erscheint Anfang 2020      

 

Stephan Schmick

about
Photography has always been an important part of my life. I fell in love with it as a teen, playing around with my dads analogue SLR camera and already started working as a photographer whilst going to school.
 
I love controlling light, regardless wether it’s about the flashlights in the studio or the available light on location.
I don’t like the “let’s fix it in postproduction”-mentality that is unfortunately common in business these days. For me the raw photo should already look like being ready for usage. If that’s ensured, the results after retouching and color-correction are even greater!
 
Within the last years I’ve been able to win the trust of great clients and agencies and I’m still approaching every opportunity to take images with the same passion as my very first assignment. It’s the craft of creating that always drives me.

about the artwork
This series takes you on the jorney to the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Los Angeles with the team of Mercedes AMG. 

 

Julia Luka Lila Nitzschke

about
Julia Luka Lila Nitzschke, born in Leipzig, has been living in Berlin since 2002. She graduated at the well known Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. Working as a freelance photographer her portfolio displays a colorful diversity of humans through portraiture, journalism and lifestyle photography. Her dynamic photos imply a high degree of authenticity and show a great appreciation of the people in front her camera. Furthermore, Julia loves to capture moments and scenes from Berlin’s city life, she is a visual artist who makes the costume of this city glitter in a variety of different collections.

about the artwork
This is the beautiful-wild life of my sweet daughter Cléo.

 

Jan Eric Euler | Jan Eric Euler

about
Jan Eric Euler is a German director / dop and photographer working primarily in advertising. He is specialising in outdoor, sports and people/lifestyle imagery. Born and raised in Germany, Jan has has grown to be an accomplished visual storyteller, an experienced traveller and passionate athlete with love and dedication for everything outdoors. 
 He is currently based near Frankfurt,Germany - but he's rarely home and likes to travel a lot when he is not on set. 

Fascinated by the fleeting moments of honesty, spontaneity and confidence, by the way light moves and leaves traces inside of us and by the sheer pleasure of being alive, Jan sees and captures life around him in all its facets. He brings a light hearted, yet thoughtful and well planned approach together with a fine tuned feeling for authenticity, emotion and visual aesthetics in order to create a one of a kind atmosphere for his projects.


www.janericeuler.com

about the artwork
SKI FOR FREEDOM  This project is a documentation of an interesting joint venture between two NGOs in Austria and Pakistan.  The idea is to collect used ski equipment as donations in Austria, ship it to Pakistan and bring mountain guides from Austria and Pakistan together to educate a wild mix of children from all over Pakistan in mountain knowledge and skiing. While the main idea is to teach skiing, the fundamental philisophy behind it is bringing children together, make them have an experience they would never have otherwise and connect individuals from different religions and parts of the country. In this project boys and girls are allowed to experience everthing together, which is a rare sight in the stronly religius parts of northern Pakistan, up in the Karakoram mountains where the ski camp is situated.  After travelling gruelling roads for days up north from Islamabad and gathering everybody and the Equipment in Shimshal, a quiet mountain village known for its strong high altitude workers, everybody was handed a heavy load of gear to shoulder and the group ventures off into the mountains in search of snow. Equipment, food and shelter were all carried by the group into higher altitudes because road access does not exist in this fairly undeveloped and rugged, yet extremely beautiful area of the country.  Base camp was set at over 4000m of altitude with temperatures rarely rising above 0 degrees during daytime and often droppping below minus 20 degrees celcius by night. Everybody was sleeping in tents and although there was no infrastructure and every run down the snow was to be well earned by waling up first, spirtis were high and the two week trip resulted in many lessons learned for everybody, friendships formed and adventures had.   

 

Antonius | emotional artwork

about
Antonius - American with German passport - was born in Berlin and grew up in New York, Metz (France) and Berlin. It is impossible to fix him on a job - he is a painter, creative director, photographer and artist at the same time. His photographs, which he describes as "photographic choreographies", have been exhibited around the globe.
 
Antonius spent some years in the theater and show business in the 1970s. engagements as  DJ, dancers and actor, ia. in the musical "HAIR" and in commercial theater plays on stages in Vienna, Zurich, Berlin and other cities.
Eventually tired of everything, the search for something new led to painting and above all to photography. First awards, prizes and magazine covers rewarded hard work and efforts.
In the further course Antonius crossed the styles and genres and started with fashion, still life, architecture and nude photography. So he photographed in the fashion capitals of Paris and New York and made reportages for Cosmopolitan in South America. Later he became creative director for Digitalvision, the first company for computer animation in Felix Austria.
Back in Germany, lecturer for Minolta and Agfa Gevaert, for whom he led camera seminars, workshops and incentives . Created ads and fair motifs for Leica-Camera.
After exhibitions and publications in Japan and Australia Antonius was for about 1 year on the board of AWI (working group of advertising and industrial photographers in Germany). Images are  represented in national and international  photo agencies, such as "Picturepress" or "DPA-Picture Alliance" in Germany.
Via "Avenso" (Lumas / White Wall) archive images are distributed. Conceptual artwork for marketing brochures and calendar productions , a trailer production for the "Berlin-Asia-Filmfestival",
As well as a book project about the Berlin subway with the title "Unter der Erde geht das Leben weiter" completes the versatile talents of the artist Antonius.
The passion for film and video led to own small film festivals in Berlin u. Hamburg;                                                                " Digidata-die lange Nacht der kurzen Filme". (2005)
 Award winner “German Photo Oscar” 2013.
Opening Exhibition Zingst 2014”Magic Garden”
Invitation to the “Art Visuals& Poetry Film Festival” Vienna 2017and 2019.                                                                       Award winner VideoPoetry Festival,Leipzig, 2017 and 2019

about the artwork
from the series:Heartlandmoods-                             NYC condition humain

 

Jules Esick

about the artwork
Last year i shot a little story about Yasin and Dominik. A gay couple living in Berlin together.  I wanted to photograph them in a very private moment, so we went to the lake and this series was created.   

 

Stink

about
MAR+VIN is a duo of Brazilian fashion photographers Marcos Florentino and Kelvin Yule. Marcos and Kevin had a desire to unify their different visions and thus revolutionize fashion photography. This mission led them to become one of the rising stars of the Brazilian creative scene.
Marcos was born in a small village in the northeastern region of Brazil. During his childhood in the Brazilian desert, he developed his aesthetic and creative skills. There he also explored his passions in handwork, from drawing, oil painting and sculpture to sewing. His strong visual identity and eye for the small details contribute greatly to the duo’s works.
Kelvin was born on the coast of Bahia, also in the Brazilian’s northeastern region. He formed his inquisitive personality mainly during college, where he studied journalism. He stands for the increasingly political aspect in the duo’s fashion photography, which is sophisticated and polished, but at the same time evokes important questions and meanings.

about the artwork
MAR + VIN (composition)

 

Uwe Merkel

about
Gerne möchte ich mich vorstellen: Mein Name ist Uwe Merkel und ich bin Fotograf mit Sitz in Deutschland.
Meine fotografische Karriere begann ich bereits 1991, als ich als Fotojournalist arbeitete.
Neben dem journalistischen Teil meiner Arbeit beschäftigte ich mich auch mit Porträt- und Stilllebenfotografie und betreibe heute ein eigenes Studio für Stilllebenfotografie. Auch meine ausgedehnten Reisen in viele Länder und verschiedene Kulturen hat meine Fotografie inspiriert.

about the artwork
Cuban people

 

Manu Agah

about
ABOUT MANU AGAH

After several years of assisting, Manu Agah started his own career as a photographer, shooting editorials for magazines such as "Max", "Stern" and "Die Zeit"… his focus nowadays is on advertising.
Having spent more than 20 years in the business, Manu Agah's portfolio reveals a wide variety of different themes, from classic portraits to people photography, car shoots, still life and landscapes.
He has been working for many different clients in Europe and the USA and has done productions all over the world.
Manu is a member of the BFF (Berufsverband Freie Fotografen und Filmgestalter) and a full member of the British Design & AD. He has won many national and international prizes.

about the artwork
MANNU AGAH PHOTOGRAPHY - "GET READY - PULL UP!" Manu catches the spirit of a traditional danish beach racing. Personal work, shot at the Rømø Motor Festival, Denmark, summer 2019.