All posts filed under: Portrait

Todd Antony photographs Cholitas on top of the world

Earlier this year, photographer Todd Antony headed to El Alto in Bolivia to shoot a personal, two-part project featuring a unique community of indigenous Aymara women who are breaking stereotypes and shifting perceptions. These women identify themselves as cholitas, a term that has historically been used pejoratively to describe them, but which they today wear as a badge of honour.   As recently as 10 years ago Cholitas, easily recognizable by their wide colorful skirts, braided hair and bowler hats, were socially ostracized, systematically marginalized and discriminated against. They were refused entry to some restaurants, on public transport or certain public spaces. While these women have been advocating for their rights since at least the 1960’s, their movement was further invigorated by the 2005 election of Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first Amerindian president. Since then the majority indigenous population have seen greater recognition and autonomy. That’s the context in which a particular group of Aymara women who, until a few years ago, worked as cooks and caretakers for mountaineers from around the world, decided to become …

Body language and rich texture blend in Dayron Vera’s dramatic portraits

Dayron Vera is a Cuban fine art photographer based in Barcelona. He is also a professional ballet dancer, having worked as Principal Dancer in the National Ballet of Cuba and moved to Spain to join Angel Corella’s dance company. In fact, he started as a photographer by taking pictures of his dance colleagues backstage, where he became fascinated by the idea of capturing their movement and body language in an artistic way.   When I stopped working as a dancer around 5 years ago, I wanted to find another way to express myself. Photography came to me by chance and I clung to it as my new medium to create art and build a passion. One of the elements I brought from my dancing career into photography is the driver for making art: anything I create needs to come from somewhere inside of me. No matter if a project is personal or commissioned, it has to feel real, it has to feel human. “The Queen” editorial for Lucy’s Magazine inspired by Queen Elizabeth I, created …

Defining beauty in photography

For the relaunch of IQ4 Camera Systems, we collaborated with photographer Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk on a personal project she had been thinking of for almost two years. This is the story of these striking images, and how they came to be. About beauty “I think everyone is confronted daily with the absurd pressure to fit within a societally-expected standard, and asks themselves if they are good enough as they are. We forget that being satisfied with who you are and finding your passion are much more important in this life than an absurd societal image of the ideal.” “My definition of beauty is not the judgment by skin – the outside package – but the beauty of a person, with all of their talents big or small. Beauty is the unique way of creating your standards, and most importantly, the standard of who you want to be, instead of what the world expects you to be. Letting go of the pressure of what the world expects, instead of chasing unrealistic standards, is way more loving to …

Leif Steiner’s creative transformation – from consumer advertising to soulful art

Leif Steiner may be a relative newcomer in photography, but he is a seasoned professional in the creative world. Having left his 20-year career in advertising to pursue photography with the mindset of a cultural anthropologist and the heart of an avid traveler, Leif invested in a Phase One Camera System to accompany him to some of the most remote tribes in the world in an attempt to preserve the culture and the people for future generations. Intrigued by his change from corporate consumerism to soulful art, we caught up with Leif to hear his story. What skills from your career in advertising have you brought with you into photography? I worked as a creative director in the advertising industry for 20 years. It was my job to help our clients sell as many widgets to as many consumers as possible. It’s problem-solving. Photography is also problem-solving. More photos are captured every 24 hours than were captured in the entire 20th century. Out of the billions of images created every single day, what makes certain …

Andrea Belluso on vulnerability, light and commitment

We sat down with Andrea Belluso to talk about studio photography, gear, and the commitment necessary to really, truly succeed as a high end photographer. How do you define yourself as a photographer? I don’t. I try to be as undefined as I possibly can, and I actually encourage other photographers to do the same. If you define yourself as a photographer, you fall into the trap of defining your style, who you are, everything you do and deliver – and this is the opposite of being creative. So by being totally undefined, I am opening up to whatever possibilities there could be on any given shoot. Because the thing about photography in general, and especially people photography, is that every shoot is an entity in and of itself. And you have to treat it as such. Otherwise, it is as if you are treating people all the same way. Imagine talking to your banker the same as your butcher. If you talk about steaks to your banker, he is going to think you are …

Documenting the conditions of coal miners

Swedish documentary photographer Sebastian Sardi is innately curious. After reading an article about coal mining accidents in China in 2008, he decided that he wanted to see this first hand and to document the workers’ side of the story – shedding light on the lack of workers’ rights. From this beginning, his curiosity grew. Starting in China, he expanded to Russia, Kazakhstan, and eventually, India. In India, he discovered coal mines that had grown around, and sometimes into, local villages, covering everything with a thick layer of fine dust. His photographs eventually turned into a book, titled Black Diamond, documenting the lives and conditions of those living alongside the coal.  We sat down with Sebastian to learn what he finds important in documentary photography, and his workflow in capturing these coal miners and their environment. What interests you most about documentary photography? People, their lives, and their stories. This series is focused on a very sensitive subject. When capturing difficult and sensitive subject matter, what do you take into account? I approach people with respect …

Figments – A visual story of one room through time and residents

Phase One asked Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk to tell us the story behind her series titled Figments. Read her story below. The Figments project is a project that was on my wish list for a long time. It’s a story about one room through different time periods and with different residents. For this project, I started building a set in my studio based around a room with a window – inspired by the window Vermeer used in his paintings. Because I was financing everything myself, the set was completed with the help of a fellow photographer to keep the costs low. The pressure was tremendous due to the short amount of time I had to capture it all (3 days!), but there was a lot of fun on set. Figments is split into 3 chapters- Figments Aurum, Figments Alba and Figments Nigrum. Figments Aurum For the first chapter, the residents live in the present, and are a family with a little blonde girl who loves art, and is always in thought. I wanted to capture a daydream from …

Bastiaan Woudt travels the world with his XF Camera System complemented by the Schneider Kreauznach 80mm f/2.8, 110mm f/2.8, and 150mm f/3.5 lenses.

Exploring the world with a compact lens kit

Bastiaan Woudt works in a wide range of photographic disciplines: landscape, still life, and portrait. He travels the world with his XF Camera System complemented by the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8, 110mm f/2.8, and 150mm f/3.5 lenses. We caught up with him between assignments to ask a few questions about his inspiration, tools, and his minimalist lens approach. The right lens for the moment “Having the right lens is essential to my work. When a photographer starts to determine their signature style and workflow, they will start to find their favorite focal lengths to work with. In many cases, the choice of focal length and lens can really define the style of the photographer. For me, it doesn’t matter what my subject is. Landscapes, still life, or people, they all combine to form my body of work. “I love to shoot portraits and work with people, but I don’t like to be labeled as a portrait photographer.” A unique expression with a compact lens kit “The focal length of the Schneider Kreuznach 80mm f/2.8 gives …

Ken Hermann and Joel Tjintjelaar using the IQ3 100MP Achromatic, Schneider Kreuznach 45mm LS f/3.5 Blue Ring and XF Camera System to capture architecural and portrait photography

From portrait to architecture – versatility of the 45mm lens explained

Ken Hermann is a portrait photographer. Joel Tjintjelaar specializes in architecture photography. Two very different genres, yet both photographers prefer the same lens: the Schneider Kreuznach 45mm Leaf Shutter Blue Ring lens. This lens is an extremely high-quality wide-angle lens with an impressive flat-field performance. The focal length is perfect for almost any application with edge-to-edge performance and almost distortion-free results. These qualities ensure that the versatility of the 45mm lens is guaranteed. Read on to learn how and why a portrait and an architecture photographer use this lens in their work and what it adds to their photography. Architecture photography with the 45mm Blue Ring lens Joel Tjintjelaar explains how the 45mm lens benefits his photography: “Having the right lens can make all the difference. When it comes to architecture photography, the 45mm focal length is especially useful when you’re aiming to shoot skylines or want to focus on specific elements of architectural objects.” “I even used it for still life photographs. It is a very versatile lens, and the quality is beyond any …

Photographer, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen is the partner and co-founder of Norm Architects, used the Phase One IQ3 100MP to capture "Close Contact" for Sørensen Leather with Kinfolk

Close Contact with Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen

Spheres are everywhere, a natural form that is omnipresent in the universe, from planets to the human eye, and in concepts like a circle of friends. Close Contact explores the human form and the sphere. It looks at how spherical shapes and the human body co-exist and intertwine on a conceptual level, captured in the physical on large print photographs. The texture of leather against skin Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen is the partner and co-founder of Norm Architects in addition to his work as a photographer. Together with the creative direction of Nathan Williams, co-founder of Kinfolk, they collaborated using spheres by Sørensen Leather to juxtapose the texture of leather against skin and explore the sphere-body concept. Big prints of the photo shoot The decision to use a 101-megapixel medium format camera system to make prints was a conscious decision. The camera needed be able to capture an extraordinary amount of detail not possible in other camera systems, since tactility of the subjects being photographed was at the heart of the project. The exhibition comprised of ten …

Portrait photographer, Jay Brooks, shooting celebrity portraits by Stanley Tucci with Phase One IQ2 50MP Digital Back

Finding theatre in portrait photography

Images of celebrities are ubiquitous. When you see a portrait picture that captures a still moment of a familiar face, it speaks in a unique way. There are some portrait photographers that have a gift for realizing that special ‘look’ that catches a wordless message in an intimate moment. It’s in these captures that fleeting gazes, eternalized in photographs, captivate audiences. For Jay Brooks, it started with a passion for theatre and a college interest in the magic he found in darkrooms. He originally intended to be a set designer for film and theatre, taking a degree in the subject, until his interest in photography took over. He finished his studies and began working as a photographer assistant, and so began Jay’s career. A career that still reflects the lessons and disciplines learned in theatre. “There is a kind of theatre that goes on in every portrait session, a kind of dance between the photographer and the subject. I like dancing, and I like faces, I don’t think I could shoot anything that doesn’t talk …

Tom Lindboe is a US-based Danish advertising photographer, who has worked through many genres of photography, from fashion, beauty, architecture, interior, lifestyle, to industrial photography using Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Camera System

Using both DSLR and medium format

Tom Lindboe is a US-based Danish advertising photographer, who has worked through many genres of photography, from fashion, beauty, architecture, interior, lifestyle, to industrial photography. His clean, graphic Scandinavian style is the signature of his work. Like most photographers, his camera bag contains more than one camera. We sat down with Tom and asked him what’s behind his camera choices. What drives you and your photography?  “I think what drives me is a curiosity for photography and its impact, as well as the constant evolution of technology and self-development that lies in that craft. Trying to discover new areas of photography and getting out of my comfort zone is also extremely interesting to me. I have many clients that give me jobs I would not normally do, but they understand my image language and appreciate it, often wanting to have something different than they usually get. I have been shooting on Nikon, Canon, Mamiya, Sinar, Fuji, Leica, Hasselblad and Sony cameras, but it was only with the XF Camera System that I experienced upgrades that …