INTRODUCING ALI BOSWORTH
I grew up in Victoria, Canada. I have lived here since I was about 10 so I am very comfortable here. I’m 27. A little bit after high school I started taking a lot of pictures of our family cat, a bit obsessively I guess, and then I took pictures of whatever was around me. Then in the summer of 2006 I spent a lot of time with two friends and took lots and lots of pictures of them all the time, just doing whatever. Thousands of photos. Those photographs happened kind of automatically. Then when I met my girlfriend Sinead I started to take a lot of photographs of her and of our house and life, etc. When we went away to Greece and Turkey in the summer of 2008 I took a lot of photographs, around 3600 by the end, which really isn’t that many because we were away for about 100 days, so if you think about it as only a roll a day it doesn’t seem like much at all. It has always felt pretty natural and automatic, sometimes the photos just kind of take themselves. I like the idea of taking pictures ‘to remember’ because sometimes I worry that I have a bad memory. I feel like it is a good hobby to have, to spend time on, to leave for periods, and to come back to. Many of my other interests are quite technical, so I like the ‘soft’ side of photographs. I have a lot of cameras, but most of them are old and inexpensive. Last year I bought a Ricoh GR1 which is probably the closest to a fetish camera that I have, just because of it’s cost. It was in such good condition that I covered it with tape so I wouldn’t mark it up. I also recently bought a cosmetically perfect (but broken) Olympus OM-4 and had it repaired. I am still quite protective of that because it is in such nice shape. This is a picture I took in an apple orchard on a small island called Saltspring Island near Victoria (which is on a really big island). We were visiting as part of the yearly apple festival, where you can go around and see all the orchards and farms. Saltspring has over 300 varieties of apples, and they have been growing apples there since 1860, which is quite old for Canada. Nemanja Knezevic is someone i’ve only recently found because he emailed me, I like his pictures so much. I can never explain why I like photographs.
INTRODUCING DAVID ZILBER
I was born in Toronto Ontario, and currently reside in Vancouver British Columbia. I moved here for my current job about a year and a half ago. Vancouver has its merits, but it’s not my favourite city. I find it a little… small. I’m 26 years old. When I broke my old shitty point and shoot digital camera in a mosh pit in late 2008, I never replaced it, but rather, switched to film disposables after that happened. It was then that I learnt that you had to consider the photo you were taking, or it just wouldn’t turn out. Let’s say that was the point I started taking pictures seriously. I suppose most humans have an attraction to documentation and record. The sense of sight gets primacy. I’m no different. Sure, I enjoy a lot of different mediums, painting, sculpture, design, but photos seem the most visceral. My goals? Man, if I knew what my goal was, I think I’d be ‘finished’. Whatever that means. I don’t like saying that I’m stumbling around in the dark in terms of my art work, but I feel the longer I do it, and the more I self curate, I find my self chipping away at a style, shedding the dead weight of visual aesthetics, and getting closer to core of whatever it is that propels me to make photographs. For a long time, I’d never wanted to be called a ‘photographer’. I was a chef first, and also happened to enjoy making photos. But when people start putting your art in magazines or asking you to participate in gallery shows, it’s a little hard to deny. I’m so grateful I have photography as this other THING in my life. I feel it makes me a richer person to have two wildly different pursuits on the go. Without photography, I wouldn’t have gotten to fly to New York last month for my second show! It just finished up, but it was called ‘Good As New’. And I got to display work alongside the 5 photographers alive today that I actually truly admire. The people who influence me artistically. I’ve never dabbled with medium format cameras, but I think the Mamiya 7’s pretty cute… This is a picture of the only camera I use. It’s a Canon Elan 7. It’s a fucking tank. And super reliable. I’ve learned to use it, and it’s learned to use me. I carry it with me everywhere. So ya, like I said, after I broke my digital cam, I started on film. I shot on disposables for about a year, and it was fun, but, speaking about it with my dad one day, he reminded me of the old family SLR (a Canon 3000) he still had kicking around the house. He was kind enough to hand it off to me, and it was then I’d say, that I really saw the potential of images. The better your camera gets, the more it eggs you on to make better images I find. Or at least consider the possibilities thereof. God help me If I ever lay my hands on a Mamiya 7… I have a huge crush on all the guys over at Je Suis Une Bandes De Jeunes but I swear, every time I see a photo by Nico Poillot I’m kinda blown away. I’ve said this before about photographers I admire, but when you see someone’s work, appreciate it, and more importantly, can get inside their head by doing so, that’s huge. Not to mention he’s funny.
INTRODUCING JON ESTWARDS
INTRODUCING FRANCOIS COQUEREL
I’m from Paris, which feels okay. I’m 31. I started taking pictures when I was around 13 with a waterproof camera during my summer vacations. This is not an easy way to start photography. I was very curious about a huge bug in the grass. I really wanted to be able to watch it from a very very close distance. It kind of worked actually. The picture is still somewhere. From this first photograph since my today practice, what better describes it, is this quote from Robert Adams: “A photographer wants form, an unarguably right relationship of shapes, a visual stability in which all components are equally important. The photographer hopes, in brief, to discover a tension so exact that it is peace.” My life has changed just like anybody who would have started doing something when he was 17 or 18 and would still do it 10 or 15 years later. You still do the same thing but you’re not exactly the same person anymore. Saying that, photography is a medium that helps you being enthusiastic about things you can see around. Each corner is an opportunity. This is a picture from a series inside a very old Parisian theater. The owner was a very old man who had been a familiar of Sartre, Truffaut, and many other writers, film makers or whatever from the 60’s. He was now living alone in a flat under the roof of the theater. The place was filled with painting, letters and drawings, most of them gifts from many great artists of the past century. He was literally living in his theater, surrounded by treasures and posters of plays offered to him 30 or 50 years ago. Faces of dead actors on every wall. I started visiting him every week to take pictures and listen to his stories. Apparently, he used to have a walk in the building at night when the place was completely empty, sitting alone in the performance hall in front of the stage. Well, the man died before I could finish the series and before I could even take a portrait of him. Estelle Hanania puts a lot of magic in everything she makes.
INTRODUCING PAUL PAPER
I was born in small and strange country of Lithuania in 1985. I grew up during turbulent times and was taken to the village during the tragic events of January. Otherwise I had a very happy childhood, spending most of my summers at my grandparents, getting lost in their garden, visiting forests with mushroom encyclopedia and climbing, what at a time looked, extremely tall cherry trees. My teenage years were marked by enthusiasms of a restless young country bursting with new opportunities. Late 1990s and early 2000s were times when people who had ideas were very welcome to fulfill them. Some crazy things were produced during this time. My aunt gave me her old Ricoh when I was 14 and I started taking pictures with it. Two years later my mother bought me an SLR and I got more into it, started looking at other’s works and experimenting with printing/processing. I liked photography because it was seemingly effortless and for one who doesn’t have too much patience it seemed like an ideal medium. I was interested in banality of everyday and the miracle of that banality. I guess my life changed in a way that I am at the part of the road where I am very conscious about an act of photo-taking. I am conscious of scenes I deem to be “photographic”, so my looking have changed. Therefore my interests have shifted a little bit, now my newest projects are not photography so much as about photography. The most amazing thing is to be able to meet so many great people. I also feel lucky to curate some of my favorite photographers and friends works. I enjoy working with people I like and it gives me pleasure and stimulus. This picture was taken when I was visiting two of my good friends: Nerijus Rimkus and Ugne Straigyte in Marijampole, Lithuania where they used to live. It is much more spontaneous than it looks like, we were outside Nerijus’ house and the ball with funny face was lying on the ground so we started playing with it a bit. There’s so many photographers I love. Most of them are part of Sraunus project.
INTRODUCING HANNA PUTZ
I was born in Vienna, Austria in 1987. I left Vienna by the age of 17 through my work as a model and moved to Paris after I finished school. Since then I mainly lived between Paris, London and New York. Growing up in Vienna ment a lot to me and it still does. Vienna has a rich cultural history and I find that Viennese people have a very dry sense of humour, and they’re usually quite grounded. The simplicity of my photographs often reflects the honesty with which I was raised. I just turned 24. Working photographically for me is essentially ‘talking’ in my own visual language, thus becoming an exploration of both the inner self and exterior surroundings, so the goal of my work has always been to try to clarify that visual language to such an extent that I would eventually reach an understanding between the two, or at least set up an interesting dialogue.. This is my close friend A. and her family. I shot them in paris were I stayed at her place and spent a wonderful time with her..as allways when im with them. I especially admire the works of the Artist Roni Horn aswell as Philip Lorca di Corcia, Rineke Dijkstras and Taryn Simons. Within my close personal sourroundings I really like the works of photographer Thomas Lohr aswell as Daniel Sannwalds, Amira Fritz´s and last but not least Jork Weissmanns photography.
INTRODUCING JON AUSTIN
I’m from Leeds, United Kingdom. It’s a nice city. Apparently it’s 25ºc (77 F) outside today, but it’s usually just above freezing point. Apart from that, it’s a lovely place. Yorkshire people are very friendly, and there is a certain charm to northern England that I love. I’m 25. 26 in a month. 26 sounds a lot older than 25. I started taking pictures about 6 or 7 years ago. I went on a walk with my family around this castle. My older sister had a digital camera. I put it in black and white mode and thought I was dead arty. It all spurred from there. I just started to enjoy it as a hobby. You know taking pictures of flowers and trees and all that boring stuff. I remember the turning point was when I was at a friends house. His house mate had a copy of Martin Parr’s The Last Resort. My perception of photography changed from that moment. The colours were so vibrant! and the images were of real people and real situations. I started realising there were all these amazing photographers that I wasn’t even aware of for the past 18 or so years of my life. So I started buying lots of books and just appreciating it all. I don’t think I have any goals. Not consciously at least. Maybe to make people smile. I think I take photos from quite an optimistic viewpoint. I am attracted to bright colours and humble situations. I mean I just feel like certain moments or objects need to be captured, or i’ll never see them again, and that’s sad. My life hasn’t dramatically changed since I started taking pictures. It Just turned me into a freak who is always looking around for photo opportunities. And it’s turned me into a social retard. I made a little book last year. Just a small run. But I’ve sold them, and that makes me feel good. So I guess that would of never happened if I didn’t take pictures. I studied music at university, so if i weren’t taking photos i’d probably be a rapper or something. But in terms of photography for me, it’s still early days. The past years have just been a play around of sorts. I’m starting to think a bit more seriously about it all now. I want photography to make me loads of money so I can buy my mum a house in Spain like I always promised. That’s the materialistic side of me. Other than that, I just want it to take me places and give me the chance to meet and photograph new, interesting people. I have always liked 35mm. I currently use a contax g2. But i went through a couple of rangefinders before I settled with that. I am getting into digital now. Why not hey? I love love love film, but i’m willing to give digital a go. People think too much about the equipment (including me) and forget about the more important things. But, this would be my fetish camera - Leica m7 Hermès edition - The brown one obviously. Wouldn’t use it though. Would just frame it. I took this picture in a small town in Provençal France, called L’isle sur la sorgue, just outside of Avignon. They were doing this jousting on the river in these special converted boats. You know what jousting is right? Traditionally it’s two guys on horses who run at each other with a massive spear thing and whoever gets knocked off is the LOSER! Think it’s from medieval times, but google it if you want. Anyway.. they were doing this, but on boats. There was quite a big crowd watching, I was pretty excited, but it was a major disappointment. The boats were moving at a snails pace and rather than the impact of traditional jousting, the guys were just prodding each other off into the river. So my camera turned to this couple. They were enjoying the event, and they were enjoying each other’s company, and they had similar hairstyles which was cute. The light and the colour was crazy that night, I just instinctively took this. Jacob Lillis, another chap from Northern England who captures his surroundings so well. For people who didn’t know, this is what Yorkshire looks like. Jake’s images have such a sense of nostalgia to them. When I look at them I can almost smell the yorkshire air. Really talented guy and a true gent. He’s based in London now, but he hasn’t let them southerners douse his northern charm. I’m a sucker for American photographers too. Emiliano Granado's work is so good! The images are oozing with charm and bursting with colour and I love his choice of subject matter. He also seems to have quite an optimistic viewpoint on his subjects. Photos that make you smile.
INTRODUCING MARNIX VAN UUM
I’m from The Hague, in The Netherlands and I think it’s a lovely city with a village kind of feeling to it. There’s not much to do here though except for hanging out with friends and maybe go to a party now and then. I’m twenty years old and I started taking photography more seriously when I was around seventeen, when one of my best friends introduced me to film photography. Luckily for me, my mom had an old Minolta XG 1 somewhere hidden in a closet, so I could start right away. I was hooked immediately, because it felt good creating something out of ‘reality’. I have some great memories of me and my friend wondering around The Hague looking for something to photograph. I want to make a living from photography, that’s my main goal. A particular goal would be an exhibition at the MoMA, New York. That would be awesome. I think my life would be boring and pretty much useless without photography, since I’m not very good at most things. Thanks to photography I’ve met some great people and I became aware of the good friends and girlfriend I have, since I document most of the things we do together. It’s always a pleasure to look through my archive and see some funny and awkward moments we’ve encountered. Because of photography I was published in a book that was published by a publisher that I love. That’s a lot of ‘publish’ in one sentence. I love my Rollei Compactline 350! It just makes me giggle when I’m taking photographs with it. I wouldn’t say that the above is my favourite photograph, but what I love about this one is that some things aren’t controllable. When I came home after shooting this, I was already pleased with the outcome, but after staring at it for a while I noticed that the left shoe of the subject was covered in dog shit (sorry, I love to exaggerate). This unpredicted detail gave the photograph much more meaning, so I was happy with the never to be traced dog. A photographer that I admire would be Paul Kooiker. He’s really good at creating atmospheres that can be both provocating and aphrodisiac. He creates realities out of something that isn’t real or didn’t really occur.
I come from a number of places. I was born in Orlando, grew up in New York City and then moved to Virginia. After school I decided to move back to New York, and since then I’ve been traveling around quite a bit. I spent the last year of my life living in China, and traveling around Asia, but now I’m back in Virginia. I feel like everyone needs a home, and the more you travel the more you learn to appreciate where you come from. I’m 22. I remember shooting old polaroids as a kid, disposables, and goofy panoramic cameras my parents used to buy. Then when I was about 15 I took my first real interest in Graphic Design… At the end of high school was probably my first leap into photography. I think it was a purely selfish interest. I was interested in most all art mediums.. but while traveling it was a personal diary of everything around me. After I really started looking at my work I realized how much I wanted to continue making photographs. Both my main series Lately Its Been Late, and Cheat Death are very personal. To have people appreciate the photographs I make, is enough for me to keep making them. I think I’m constantly finding things I want to make photos of. During high school, I took a big interest in this girl, I was so captivated by her beauty that it made me want to photograph her. Now we’re together. In general I am really happy with almost all Contax products. The new one in my bag hasn’t seen much yet. This is one of my favorite photographs. I took it at the great wall when I was in Beijing, china. The father is wearing the yellow, mother in pink, and she is holding her child in green. It’s a very eerie photograph to me that’s very interesting to look at. Yurie Nagashima is one of my favorite photographers. The way she assembles her series and books is simply perfect. She was a really influential photographer in the history of Japanese photography and her work is definitely up there with my favorites.