Photographer, Graphic Designer, Skater, Musician: Christian Neuenschwander, Age: 32, Base: Zürich, Switzerland for now, is known for: ‘People don’t know.’
On top of your to-do-list? Today, it’s getting my bills paid. Then doing a layout for an architecture book. And tonight, I’ll work on a new song. Oh, and I’ve got to pick up a film I had developed. Looking forward to seeing what’s on that one. It always feels like Christmas. Sometimes the gifts are awesome and sometimes you open up all of them and there’s just nothing interesting in them. My photographs kind of reflect my life, that’s why I often have a great time when I take my camera with me, cause my good old Leica only wants to capture epic stuff, haha. Your last meal? If I had one last meal, it’d be a Cheese Fondue with all my best friends and family. My last meal was a Crèpe though. You are addicted to? I’m addicted to many things… but once I start playing guitar, I can hardly stop. My bandmate Alban sometimes has to pull the plug out of the amplifier so we can call it a day. Or when skateboarding, I often wish the session would last forever. Where do you find magic? In epicness, in special personalities and in nature. You are hopeless at? It’s all a matter of interest and dedication. Guess I’m really bad at playing Soccer and Ping Pong. Analog or Digital? Analog comes first, but digital can be helpful. Last record you played? The new Tame Impala stuff is on repeat right now, I think it’s genius. Favorite piece of musical equipment? Guitars. However, I realized, I can only bond with old instruments. There is just so much more character in them. Your biggest fear? I don’t fear anything and surely, I don’t want to manifest a fear by writing it down. Ok, I would probably run fast if Mr. T would be looking for me, cause he’d be mad at me for some reason… Famous last words? I try not to spend too much time in front of the computer. Life is more than 3-dimensional. We are blessed with so many senses to live it and create great things. If we end up being chained to a workstation, we will sooner or later all look like the ’Hunchback of Notre Dame’, and we will have to google how it felt like, when life was still awesome. It’s all about love. Listen, see, touch, think, taste, move and feel.
Christian Neuenschwander and his bandmate Alban Schelbert, whose back sides are featured in the last photograph, will be shredding on boards and guitars in New York this fall. Check out their tour dates and latest record release at Zigitros.com.
(Photos: © Christian Neuenschwander 2012)
This Swiss Bernese late bloomer is rocking the catwalk in Paris this season. With her crewcut hair, her raw beauty and slender look, she embodies a young Grace Jones. We love Tamy!
Photo: Tamy @ Ford Models Paris by Imaxtree.com
Photographer: Sam Ashley, Age: 33, Base: London, United Kingdom, is known for: ‘Photography, I hope.’
Your latest Tweet? Tumblr: It’d just be easier to say “Me too”. On top of your to-do-list? Back up hard drive, boring. Your song of the moment? Cat Power ’3,6,9′. Your next meal? I’m hoping for Curry at Cafe Bangla. Do you remember your first ollie? It kind of didn’t work like that… In between not being able to ollie, and being able to ollie there’s usually a grey area where you’re not sure if you’re off the ground or not. Bookmarked anything lately? Trilogy Tapes (Will Bankhead) on Soundcloud. You are addicted to? Magic. Where do you find magic? Lying in the gutter. You are hopeless at? 360 flips. What would this last question be if you were the one asking? Q: Are You That Somebody? A: Nope
Photographer Sam Ashley is the author of the new blog project ‘The Skartorialist‘, a series of skater portraits shot in Amsterdam, Beirut, Copenhagen, Malmö and London among others. The name of the blog is a bit of a red herring really, Sam says, although the clothing aspect is important.
(Photos ttb: © Sam Ashley 2012; Vaughan Baker, Dalston; Dino Da Silva, Kennington; Ian Massry, Beirut; Igor Fardin, Isle of Man; Rory Milanes, Malmö; Shaun Witherup)
Photographer: Claudia Grassl, Age: 35, Base: Munich and Dallas, Texas, is known for: ‘Being curious and enthusiastic.’
On top of your to-do-list? Developing LesBellesCroix. Your song of the moment? Rodrigo y Gabriela – Tamacun. Your last meal? Lemon chicken. What’s always in your pocket/purse? iPhone, lipgloss and my hairbrush. What did you bookmark lately? Hannah Modigh. You are addicted to? Nothing. You secretly admire? Jane Goodall. You are hopeless at? Caring too much about others, and maybe being too emotional and honest once in a while. Where do you find magic? In authentic people and moments. What would this last question be if you were the one asking? When was the last time you felt truly happy?
The above photo series ‘Who Is Gonna Safe My Soul Now’ was shot in Dallas Texas. Photographer Claudia Grassl got her inspiration from director Harmony Korine’s work and from the song with the same title by Gnarls Barkley. Enjoy her latest online project Les Belles Croix, a visual diary exploring the beauty of growing up. Check out tumblr for daily Les Belles Croix updates and contact Claudia to contribute and be featured.
(Photos: © Claudia Grassl 2012)
Back in art school Swiss photographer Peter Hauser published his first photo zines. He called his publications „Püré Bildmagazin“. After his graduation from the Zurich University of the Arts in 2010, he continued releasing mini books of his work. He’s recently been printing issue number 10 along with a limited edition series of photographs from negative available for order on his website. Start your collection here!
(Photo: Peter Hauser, FAI BABA, silver gelatin print, 24 x 30.5 cm, limited edition of 20)
‘On Going‘ introduces 13 young Brazilian artists curated by Mariana Azevedo. All artists represented in the group show came to New York between 2010 and 2011 to develop and deepen their work. Among them Swiss-Brazilian former friday and annabelle photo editor Morena Buser. Linked by their common cultural background and experience away from home, these young artists engaged in an on going discussion on the challenges of living and working in a foreign culture. Most works presented in the show were conceived in New York and reflect the artists creative evolvement and growth while exposed to the daily hassle of life in New York.
The show includes works by Patricia Bomeny, Morena Buser, Ana Carranca, Dan de Carvalho, Janina Clara, Sylvia Jorge, Paula Lobo, Samuel Mendes, Dani Moura, Flavia Palladino, Gustavo Prado, Verena Smit and Helena Wolfenson. The exhibition ‘On Going’ will be on show June 13-17, at FB Gallery in New York.
(Photo: Shades of My Own Rain, 2011 by Morena Buser)
Photographer: Mikael Kennedy, Age: 32, Base: Brooklyn, New York and a 1995 Chevy G20 Van, is known for: ‘My Polaroids.’
What’s on your mind? Wildness. Your latest tweet? A Kerouac quote: “I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution, thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around”. On top of your to-do-list? “Columbia” with a “?” after it. Your song of the moment? “Coming Los Angeles” by Arlo Guthrie. Bookmarked anything lately? “nope”. Your latest discovery? Andrew Wyeth. What don’t we know about you? There’s a lot, the lines are pretty blurred. You are addicted to? Travel & Coffee. Where do you find magic? In the light. What would this last question be if you were the one asking? I suppose “where to next?”
This short interview with photographer Mikael Kennedy was lost in digital translation for many months and could finally be recovered. Mikael and I met in Spring 2011 at Little Skips in Brooklyn New York. To be continued soon with more of our talk on photography in the digital age.
(Mikael Kennedy’s work ‘The Odysseus‘, a series of American landscapes taken during the years of 2007-2010, will be on view this February at Studio Christensen in Philadelphia. Opening Reception, February 10, 6-9pm.)
(Polaroids © Mikael Kennedy 2012)
4800 Photographs, 637 submissions, on view at the Swiss Photo Award Preview Day, February 8-9, at ewz.selection
Switzerland’s largest photo exhibition ewz.selection will open its yearly series of events with the Swiss Photo Award Preview Day next week. The exhibition showcases photo work produced and published over the past twelve months. It is Switzerland’s most comprehensive photo work show and provides the spectator with a representative overview of contemporary Swiss photography. The 14th Swiss Photo Award is honoring excellence in photography in the following categories: Advertising, Fashion, Editorial, Architecture and Fine Art. Among this year’s jury members are, museum director Madeleine Schuppli, photographer Henry Leutwyler, creative director Michelle Nicol, photographer Diana Scheunemann, and publisher Angelika Taschen.
Swiss Photo Award Preview Day – ewz.selection, February 8-9, 12-9pm, at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau, Selnaustrasse 25, in Zürich. Admisson: CHF 15
(Photo: ewz.selection Swiss Photo Collection, Friendly Fire, Peter Tillessen, 2003)
Photographer: Motza Ramón, Age: 20, Base: Kingston, Jamaica, is known for: ‘Being my dads’ son, having the weirdest music taste & eating the most pizza.’
Your latest Tweet? cheese>>?????<<noodles. On top of your to-do-list? Go to NYC. Your song of the moment? Special Erbs by @10iller. Your next meal? Donut & an Arizona. Where will you spend tonight? Probably by a pool, then in a kitchen. Bookmarked anything lately? deanfreeman.com. What’s your screensaver? A wall of truffles. You are addicted to? Milkyways. Where do you find magic? In my camera. What would this last question be if you were the one asking? Your last combo? Bbq chicken & pineapple XLP, a Ting & garlic bread from Dominos.
Student, foodie, blogger and photographer – enjoy more of Motza Ramón’s delicious daily Jamaican meals documented on his tumblr food and photo blog. After only ten months online, his blog ‘Kid from Kingston’ was nominated for the 2011 Jamaica Blog Awards.
(Photos © Motza Ramón 2012)