Project 12: Mirko Krause

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The library of the Viennese Arbeiterkammer (Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour) is quiet, well stocked, has a sensible policy on water in the reading room and comes with a garden, so on most days this is where I work – and so does Mirko. He is an architect and writes his Ph.D. on Peter Eisenman and Rem Kohlhaas (which is a a funny coincidence because I am writing on Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas). Most of the time we share the better parts of our days and in the past year we went from being just library-buddies to being lunch-buddies, too.

A while back I had made a mental note about a lovely spot in the Arbeiterkammer lobby/waiting area and had hoped I could use it for a portrait one day. With the extraordinary architecture (by NMPB-Architekten) surrounding it, what better subject could there be than an architect who even happens to spend most of his working hours in that very building? So for my April portrait for Project 12 I am grateful that, despite his super busy week, Mirko was willing to sit in the gorgeous sunset light for me....   READ MORE

Bright Field Trinity

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Re-reading Light – Science and Magic and coming through the glass department, I thought I’d give bright field and dark field a try. I picked non-coloured bottles with different contents (brownish, clear, air) and am quite pleased with the bright field result. Dark field was an utter fail due to several reasons, two being a) lack of proper dark material and b) bottles having stuff on them like labels and print and me being unable to remedy that.

So here’s my Austrian-Scottish-Swedish bright field trinity:

The Tricycle

A week or so ago Christian Bazant-Hegemark said he had an idea for a picture involving himself, a children’s trike and one of his paintings. Was I interested in helping him shoot it? Of course I was – he is very easy in front of my camera and I knew it was going to be fun.

He wanted to combine a photo of himself with a painting he is currently working on. The painting shows a boy on a children’s tricycle and my job was to place Christian so that his position would resemble the trike-boy’s as much as possible and at the same time keep the background relatively easy to edit out....   READ MORE

Fuji Finepix

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When I am out and about I usually don’t take the DSLR but use an old Fuji Finepix. It accompanied me to the summit of quite a few mountains, to the beaches of several seas and preserved the memory of the odd pique-nique, too. The wear is starting to show and it is nor ever was perfect, but as the second worst pictures are the ones never taken, she’ll do. The worst are of course the ones taken and then lost because some Northumbrian bog-pixie steals the camera (which was the fate of the Samsung I used before, hence this one is kept on a leash).

I wanted to try a light-tentish setup for a while and thought the battered old piece would make an appropriate subject – and it also gave me a chance to practice with my old 100mm ƒ/2.8 that unfortunately lacks the autofocus.

Projekt 12: Schlosserei Alex Stahl

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Shortly before Christmas I visited Alex, who is a metalworker. He kindly paused building a motorcycle to turn my old cymbal boom stand into a light stand. I took the opportunity to take some welding and grinding pictures of him, his friend Lippo and his little apprentice.

At this occasion I also completed my »Project 12«: Alex is my final portrait for 2012 (with Lippo adding a nice touch through sending some flying sparks up and down the room).

Inspiring Photographers

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To keep track of inspiring photographers I started this list – because nothing else worked.

Irene Andessner


Austrian fine artist. Collaborates with various photographers for »self portraits done by somebody else«. »Ursula K.«-series is especially interesting, also »Donne Illustri« and »Maternoster«. »Ida – Artemis – Merian« is my favourite, though (one, two).


Zack Arias

Websites: ·


Laura Barisonzi


Photographer from New York, good shots of wushu, yoga, and parkours.


Nick Brandt


Beautiful animals in black and white. See »elephant drinking« and »elephant with exploding dust«.


Joachim Brohm


Architecture and Landscape.


Gregory Crewdson


With Crewdson each picture is a meticulously planned, large scale project – all of them fantastic. There is no proper website, but the google has many of his images. Benjamin Shapiro just finished a film on Crewdson ( and vimeo has onetwothree clips (hat tip to the Strobist).


Imogen Cunningham


»If you don’t like it, it’s your problem, not mine.«

Meg Partridge made a film »Portrait of Imogen«.


Peter Dench


Many of Dench’s projects have a focus on the UK in common and remind me of my time in Northumberland – some in a good, some in a…uhm…different way.


Mitch Dobrowner


Storm- and cloud-chaser.


Philippe Echaroux


Great pictures, interesting ideas. There’s a youtube channel, too.


Rosa Frank


For me a personally important inspiration on people photography with a focus on the fine arts (dance, opera, theatre, music).


Sacha Goldberger


Sacha focusses mostly on his grandmother and does the most amazingly themed shoots with her. To me he is an inspiration both in the conceptual department but also in his approach on age and the expectations that come with it.


Philippe Halsman


Monroe, Nixon, Dalí, Duke and Duchess of Windsor: Halsman made them all jump. Smithsonian has a portrait gallery and a piece on him by Owen Edwards: When he said »Jump«.


Peter Hapak


Moving portraits of »The Protester« for Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. There’s a behind-the-scenes video on youtube.


Natsumi Hayashi


Flying self portraits. A bit of a one trick pony, but still nice.


Gregory Heisler


Portrait Photographer. Youtube has a bunch of videos on him. Three are fairly recent, more should be coming according to David Hobby. His »50 Portraits«-Book is fantastic.


Lewis Hine

Website: Sorry, no websites back in the days…

Sociologist and photographer with a focus on child labour.


Fan Ho


Hong Kong street photography spanning from 1950s to present day.


David Hobby


David Hobby’s take on off-camera flash. His flash-course is a gem and comes in two pieces: Lighting 101 and Lighting 102. He also keeps an »on assignment« category, where he shares in-depth background information on some of his real live shoots.


George Holz


Setup video on (eight light) Beyoncé shoot. Video on Jack Nicholson shoot.


Jasper James


Fascinating City Silhouettes series.


Chase Jarvis


Regularly broadcasts Chase Jarvis Live.


Erik Johansson


Photographer and retoucher with a clear inclination towards the the latterer.


Gertrude Käsebier

No websites back then, but at MoMA.


Herlinde Koelbl


Famous for her long term projects. Check out »Targets« and August-Sander-inspired »Kleider machen Leute«


Mark Laita


Inspiring still life and food. »Created Equal«-project is overwhelming.


Sara Lando

Website:     Blog:

Ms Lando is the Strobist’s Correspondent to Europe and has a series »On Photographing People« (pt. 1pt. 2pt. 3) over there. Also My week with Heisler (pt 1pt 2pt 3)


Dorothea Lange

No websites then, but at MoMA.


Neil Leiffer

Website: Wikipedia:

Sports photographer who took the stunning overhead shot of Ali after knocking out Cleveland Williams atthe Astrodome in Houston, Texas on 14 Nov 1966.


Victoria Ling


Fascinating still lifes (something I don’t usually get too excited about). Her portraits from pencil shavings leave me speechless. She also keeps a blog.


Gerd Ludwig


National Geographics’ man in Eastern Europe. Check out his Chernoyl project (exclusion zone and victims).


Vivian Maier


As full time nanny, part time street photographer, Maier over the years has gathered a portfolio that allows an intimate insight into USA street life and culture. Watch the »Finding Vivian Maier«-trailer.


Fabrizio Maltese



Steve McCurry

Website:     Blog:

Famous National Geographic shooter (»The Afghan Girl«). He got to shoot the last roll of Kodachrome ever made (documentation here). From 19 January – 16 June 2013 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg hosted the exhibition

Steve McCurry: In the Flow of Time. Photographs from Asia 1980 – 2010 and I have never before and never after seen prints that actually radiate with light!


Scott McClellan


Portfolio sectionphoto section –  behind the scenes video.


Andreas Meichsner


Great architecture shots, lovely project on TÜV-experiments called »the beauty of serious work«.


Eric Meola



Arnold Newman


»People photography is 1% inspiration and 99% moving furniture«

Long interview on youtube where he talks about his approach (and blows cigar smoke all around live on telly in 1981).


Walter Nürnberg

Website: none back in the days

See Getty for instance for his industrial masterpieces.


Erwin Olaf


The grief-series.





Martin Prihoda

Website:     Blog:

Prihoda does mostly advertising and editorial shoots for fashion magazines in India. He also keeps a blog on photography, life, and all the rest.


Andreas von Reiswitz


Black and white portrait photography of man and beast. My favourite is his Family Constellation Project where he asks random and unrelated strangers in the street to come together for a family portrait.


Corey Rich


I like his »Dedicated«-film, featuring Dave Black, Robert Beck, George Karbus.


Claire Rosen


Her Fairytales.


Denis Rouvre


Winner of Hasselblad Masters 2012 »Portrait«.


Christoph-Martin Schmid


Funny and at times uncanny conceptual pictures. His »Storytelling« series (»Scream«, »Trouble in Paradise« and »Pursuit of Happiness«) has many great moments.

Strobist’s correspondent to Europe Sara Lando has an article on Schmid.


Martin Schöller


There’s not much to see on his website, but there are several collections of his images elsewhere: at livejournal some of his famous portraits and at imention more portraits and a fun with stars series.

»Behind the Cover« at Time magazine.


Yohei Shimada


Strobist correspondent Irwin Wong had an article on him.


Taryn Simon


I am a bit reluctant to call it »political photography«, even in the best sense of the term, but it is definitely concerned photography on the highest aesthetic level. Recent talk at TED (and an earlier one).


Matthew Jordan Smith


In conversation with Matthew Jordan Smith. On Tyra Banks shoot.

Matthew also operates a Photography Help Store.

Connecting with Models


Alfred Stieglitz

No websites back then, but at Met-Museum.


Hiroshi Sugimoto


Interesting takes on a broad range of subjects like water, architecture and the colours of shadows.


Christian Tagliavini


»Waiting for Freud« and »1503« series (the latter won Hasselblad Masters 2012 in »Fine Art«).


Winkler + Noah


Mostly pretty standard (high class) advertising with cars taking up a lot of space. What I like are some of their kids and grans.


Dan Winters


He has a whole variety of approaches, ranging from gangs over bees to celebrity shots. I especially like his Brad Pitt series, my favourite is the one of Brad and Quentin in the cinema. His book Road to Seeing is praised everywhere but hard to get.


Peter Yang


»Peter’s best travel advice is to get a neck pillow and eye shade. He says you will look like a fool but sleep like a king.«

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