One Shot with Nicole Struppert

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In this “One Shot” feature, Alex Coghe speaks with Nicole Struppert, a freelance photographer, artist and photo journalist for the dpa Picture-Alliance. Q: Why did you choose this picture to share for this interview? A: Well, good question! I have to admit, it wasn’t an easy choice. I guess I chose this picture because I [...]

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Knut Kühn-Leitz: About Ernst Leitz II

Ernst Leitz II (1871 to 1956)

“My decision is final; we’ll take the risk.” This sentence spoken by Ernst Leitz II in June 1924 ended a long debate with his closest associates about launching the 35 mm camera designed by Oskar Barnack. The decision was to revolutionize photography. A biography, published by Ernst Leitz II’s grandson Dr. Knut Kühn-Leitz, now illuminates [...]

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Sebastian Bolesch: Welcome to Germany

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It’s dark in Eisenhüttenstadt. Only two windows are lit up and they have bars over them. A high fence cuts off the building. Sebastian Bolesch photographed the Zentrale Ausländerbehörde (ZABH) (Central Foreign Ministry) of the State of Brandenburg: an initial holding place for refugees, but also a place where people wait in custody to be [...]

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Peter Turnley: French Kiss-A Love Letter to Paris Revisited

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For more than four decades, photojournalist Peter Turnley has created an enduring legacy of memorable images that reveal the depth and pathos of our common human experience and history. Turnley has photographed monumental moments of historic change and revolution including the Gulf War, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Chechnya, the fall of the Berlin Wall, revolutions in Eastern Europe, [...]

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Joana Choumali: “Hââbré, the Last Generation”

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Born in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in 1974, photographer Joana Choumali is one of the winners of the POPCAP 2014 awards for her series “Hââbré, the Last Generation”, which focuses on a dying practice in West Africa: facial scarification. In this interview, she discusses the different stages of her work on these sensitive portraits and her [...]

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Sélim Harbi: Beirut Visual Itinerancy

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Sélim Harbi is a documentary photographer who lives between Berlin and Tunis, where he was born in 1982. He is particularly interested in the possibilities that digital offers for experimenting and re-inventing photographic narration. After studying at film school in Berlin, he talks here about creating the series he devoted to the city of Beirut [...]

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HB Nam: A Look Into Documenting Street Fashion Photography

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HB Nam, known as Nam in the international fashion world, is one of the leading photographers in street fashion photography. He works with the likes of ELLE France, Grazia Italy, GQ Japan, Vogue Japan and Style.com. We met with HB Nam for lunch at the end of 2014, just a few days before he left [...]

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Claire Yaffa – Thoughts of Poets, Philosophers and Dreamers, Chapter 35

© Claire Yaffa

Claire Yaffa took her first photograph 48 years ago when her son was 18 months old and it was the beginning of her journey, first as a mother, then as a photographer. She has worked extensively for The New York Times and Associated Press. Her photographs have appeared in countless influential publications and have been [...]

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Andrew Esiebo: Social Identities and Cultural Imaginaries in West Africa Through the Barbershop Lens

© Andrew Esiebo

Born in 1978, Andrew Esiebo is an acclaimed Lagos-based photographer whose work has been exhibited and published worldwide. Devoting his photo/multimedia work to urban societal issues, he recently turned his gaze to West African barbershops. Their spaces, styles and practices revealed themselves extremely rich to explore issues such as (male) social identities, collective imaginaries and [...]

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Craig Semetko: How to Use a Leica M Camera

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What makes the Leica M different from SLRs? Watch the above video to discover the capabilities of the Leica M with Craig Semetko, an American photographer based in Los Angeles. Craig’s work includes the books “UNPOSED,” which was released in 2010 and “INDIA UNPOSED” that came out in April 2014. In this video and below, [...]

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Knut Skjærven: Thank You, Mr. President, For Sending Your Secretary of State

© Knut Skjærven

Knut Skjærven met Andrew Eames, Elliott Erwitt, Will McBride, Thomas Hoepker and U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, during 10 days in Berlin. Below, he shares his story. We split up at Checkpoint Charlie. Andrew Eames went right. He needed to go back to the hotel to prepare for an article on the tunnel system [...]

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Meet the Leica Meet: Gavin Mills, Invisible People

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This interview is part of a series in which Olaf Willoughby talks with Leica Meet members about their photographic projects, their stories, goals and learnings along the way. This month’s interview is with Gavin Mills, an international DJ and behind-the-scenes music industry photographer. Gavin’s strength lies in developing a deep rapport with the homeless people [...]

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Alexander von Wiedenbeck: Après le Grand Déluge

© Alexander van Wiedenbeck

A compassionate photographer documents the grim but hopeful aftermath of the Great European Floods of 2013. Q: We last interviewed you in March 2014 for your work “OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM.” What have you been up to photographically and professionally since then? A: Oh, a lot has happened in the meantime: some productions in fashion and [...]

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Boubacar Touré Mandémory: Militant Photographer and Urban Senegalese Colorist

© Boubacar Toure Mandemory

Born in 1956, Boubacar Touré Mandémory is a Senegalese photographer whose work has crossed borders and been exhibited internationally. Highly instrumental in garnering recognition for both photography in his country and the status of Senegal’s photographers, he and other colleagues established the country’s first private photo agency in 1989 and the Dakar Photo Month in [...]

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Ramon Zuliani: Documenting the Wild, Gritty and Dynamic World of Skateboarding

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An emerging photographer who lives near Venice, Italy, Ramon Zuliani has an abiding passion for two things: photography and skateboarding. Both are clearly evident in this masterfully executed portfolio of compelling black-and-white images he shot on film with his Leica M6. Here he shares the story behind his latest work, “Depth and Speed,” taken with [...]

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