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Portrait photographer, Mark Seliger shooting with the IQ3 100MP Achromatic Digital Back

Mark Seliger: The Power of Black and White Photography

Portrait photographer, Mark Seliger, shared his thoughts on black and white photography. What the absence of color adds to his photography, and why he keeps returning to the form. The IQ3 100MP Achromatic was developed as a tribute to the art world. Phase One makes cameras, but the people behind our devices are the reason we do what we do. We wanted to create a camera system that captured the timelessness of black and white photography in never-before-seen detail. Thinking back to where photography began for you; was black and white always your passion? “My first start as a photographer was in 1972 in the darkroom when I was 13 at a Jewish Community Center. I took an introductory darkroom class in black and white. That’s where it all began for me.” What does black and white photography do for your images? “Black and white was always my passion in terms of print making, but I found my way into editorial from being able to shoot color. I keep going back to black and white, …

Emmanuel Bournot shoots using the IQ140 Digital Back mounted on a 645 DF. The lenses he uses include the Schneider Kreuznach LS 80mm f / 2.8 and Schneider Kreuznach LS 55mm f/2.8.

The Visual Strength of Athletes

Emmanuel Bournot is a sports photographer. When he points his lens at athletes, he doesn’t just capture their figure; he sees works of art in their trained physiques and the drama of their sports careers. He spoke with Phase One about his career, his camera, and his passion for sports photography. The Fascination of Sports Photography “I am fascinated by sportspeople. The aesthetics in general and the photogenicity that emerges. Some athletes, including swimmers of very high level, have very harmonious bodies –you can see their very defined musculature. They are like works of art. Sport touches me. I find a lot of drama and emotion. It has become the focus of my career. I have the chance to understand the sport, which allows me to analyze the scenes of action without thinking, and to concentrate on the aesthetics of the fraction of a second that I will immortalize.” “When I look at a file at 100%, even raw, it does the same thing as when you put on glasses for the first time. We …

Bastiaan Woudt for Phase One shooting with Phase One XF 100MP Camera System and Schneider Kreuznach 80mm, 28mm, 110mm, and 150mm lenses.

The Meteoric Rise of Bastiaan Woudt

Bastiaan Woudt is a self-trained photographer, developing his craft and signature style through immersion in the history of photography, and studying the masters in museums and fairs. By immersing himself in the world of photobooks and exhibitions, Bastiaan developed from his early Pictorialist style into something wholly more abstract yet sharp, and with a strong focus on detail. His portraits and nudes transform the subject from mere humans into unreal (and ideal), giving a contemporary twist to the classical form. Origin and inspiration “I am always looking for things that draw my attention. People, objects, landscapes. I guess I’m not one kind of photographer. When my eldest son was born, I bought my first ‘real’ camera. From there my interest in the medium exploded and resulted in a career in photography. Much later I found out that in primary school, one of my first essays was on photography.” “My inspiration comes from many forms of art, but in particular, the old masters of photography. Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Man Ray, Bill Brandt, all amazing minds …

Andrea took the photos in this series using the Phase One XF 100MP Camera System and Schneider-Kreuznach lenses.

The Woman Behind the Lens: Andrea Zvadova’s Shimmering Photography

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8th March, Phase One is highlighting the work of fashion and beauty photographer, Andrea Zvadova. About Andrea Zvadova “I was born and lived in Slovakia until relatively recently. A couple of years ago I moved to London. I got interested in photography from quite a young age, and have grown with cameras since my teenage years. Back then I was still shooting on film. Through my interest in the modelling and fashion industry, I slowly transformed my work into fashion, portrait and beauty photography. Currently, my work focuses mostly on beauty photography.”   Have you any advice for women who are thinking about pursuing a career in the professional photography industry? “The presence of women in the photography industry is rising. And I think the professional industry reflects that already. If you want a great image, you don’t consider if the photographer is a man or a woman; you always look at the portfolio to get the best results. Women have been proving they are more than capable of …

Portrait photographer, Ken Hermann shooting with the XF Camera system and I used the Blue Ring 35mm, 45mm, and 150mm Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Lenses

Ken Hermann’s atmospheric portraits

Ken Hermann’s images are pathways, connecting us to micro-worlds and challenging us to rethink ideas of photographic representation. He is passionate about individuals and their unique stories and explores the fragile balance between people and their environment. His blending of documentary and cinematic portraiture, as well as his combination of artificial and natural lighting, results in dreamlike visions of everyday people. Beginning a career with a Phase One camera “I invested in my first Phase One camera the day after I finished my education as a photographer. It was an easy decision to make because the quality of Phase One medium format is way beyond any other 35mm camera.” The Amber Project For his Amber Project, Ken wanted to tell the story of some ‘hunters’ of amber: “Within the last few years, the price of amber has gone up by 4-500%. This has caused an ‘amber fever’ and has made it a popular thing to hunt for. People are literally waking up at three in the morning to collect these pieces of ‘Nordic gold’. My …

Michael Wicander Phase One 'Hygge' competition

How do you Capture ‘Hygge’?

How do you capture ‘hygge’? We invited Phase One photographers to participate in a contest by capturing the essence of the Danish phenomena ‘hygge’. The Danish concept of ‘hygge’ loosely means a feeling of pure coziness and content. Needless to say, the entries were as different as the photographers themselves. Here are some of the pictures that we received from all over the world. Gustavo Marx captured a happy scene that radiates the warmth of the day and has a sense of carefree contentment. “The afternoon was magical. We had spent hours at the margin of a glistening lake in Brazil and were ready to wrap up and go home. This image almost shot itself without my intervention. One of those overpowering instinctive reactions one just can’t avoid. I’m just grateful for having captured this instant in time. ” Congratulations to Gustavo, who was the winner of our ‘Capture Hygge’ contest, who won a Schneider Kreuznach 35mm Blue Ring lens. “I wanted to capture a cold winter evening sitting inside making a warm cocktail to enjoy …

Jason Bell for Phase One shooting with the 100MP XF Camera System

Jason Bell on location for Vogue UK

“I wanted to shoot the Poldark cast on location, as an obvious reference to the show they are all starring in. But I didn’t want to have it look like the show, more a Vogue nod to the show.   Behind the Scenes for a VOGUE shoot “I knew there would be low light, and I love working with daylight as much as possible. It was a dull grey day and we were at times inside or in a forest, so there was not much available light. The higher ISOs you can you use with XF 100MP Camera System and still get crisp, noise-free images made it the obvious choice for me.” “When on location, I try to keep the setup as simple as possible so that we can concentrate on making images, not technical arrangements.” “Shooting directly to a laptop with Capture One on set is great, as it’s small and portable. It allows us to keep the subjects enthused in the process by occasionally (but not too often) showing them some of the …