31 May 2010

Jonathan Leder

To talk about Jonathan Leder means to talk about intimacy, voyeurism, youngsters and sweetness, all kind of things we could easily associate to Nabokov's novel Lolita. But also perfectionism, as we manage to understand that what looks like an easy point and shoot picture is really a well studied position to make us believe he was just passing by with his camera. Our recommendation: take a look, maybe twice or even trice, then think about what you've seen and how subtle Jonathan really is when thinking on how the picture should look like.

You'll find more about him and his work at his website.

28 May 2010

Ana Kraš

Intimacy, spontaneity and dynamism are some of the adjectives that come to our minds when thinking of Ana Kras work. She is able to create infinite sceneries, and thus let us enter a world of joy and intrigue, where one can almost breathe and touch the special mood captured on every image. Her black & white pictures may take us to a fictional realm as cinema does, since her photography recalls some of Antonioni or Fellini’s work.

We: Where are you from and what do you do?

Ana: I was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and i still live here tho i move around quite a lot. I like to work on different projects but lately i am mostly focused on furniture design, tho i also draw, and take photographs.

W: Why
A: There's not a strong reason. I have a friend called Lele and i used to call him Ukulele. So he did the same with my name, calling me Ikebana instead of Ana. Since i like the word itself, and the meaning, i adopted it as a pseudonim for photo-albums i am making.

W: What does art mean to you?

A: I don't know and always get anxious with that word. It's not a precise word and i alway wonder what it means.

W: Where do you find inspiration?

A: I am not aware of my inspirations, but i guess emotions inspire the most. I get strong emotions with ugly things too.

W: Which are your favourite artists?
A: Michelangelo Antonioni and Caspar Friedrich David.

W: Future plans?
A: My secret plan is to go to the seaside next week, after that i have no plans. I am very bad at planning.

You'll find more about Ana at her website and flickr.

25 May 2010

Mark Peckmezian

Looks like time travelling when staring at Mark's pictures, but we must say this Toronto raised photographer was born in 1985. His analogue works are superb, full of high controlled lightning, greatly exposed, lovely black and white pictures and different moods are usually seen through his photostream.

We: Where are you from and what do you do?

Mark: I'm from Toronto, Canada and I'm a photographer.

W: What does art mean to you?

M: I'm still trying to figure that out, really. I'm just sort of following my intuition in the meantime. Maybe I'll discover it's all a lie someday, but until then...

W: Where do you find inspiration?

M: The library, usually. I make a habit of just going to the local reference library and picking up an armful of photo books, almost at random. I always try to expose myself to a lot of photography that isn't what I already know I'm interested in. I sort of use the content of these books as seeds for thought, and just do a lot of thinking and writing about photography during these sessions. I'd say most of my ideas are generated this way. I think it's important to treat the "thinking phase" very seriously and give it a lot of space and time of its own.

W: Which are your favourite artists?

M: Maybe these aren't strictly-speaking my favourites, but some photographers on my mind lately: Stephen Shore (he's an actual "master," I'd say, he gets photography like few others), Viviane Sassen (impeccable colour work, rich mood), and, always, William Klein (he is probably the closest thing I have to a god).

W: Future plans?

M: I graduated from university a few weeks ago and I want to work commercially and editorially, while working on my personal stuff on the side. I signed to a new agency recently (stashartists.com) which is just about to launch formally, so I'll be working through them. I have a monograph coming out through Pogobooks in a few weeks. And some friends and I are shooting for a group show of our photo work this fall or winter, here in Toronto.

You'll find more about Mark at his website and flickr.

24 May 2010

Katarina Sopčić

At first sight Katarina's work looks like a bright gold nugget shinning between black pebbles. Everything is so intimate and for so we believe that maybe there will be a portrait of us in the next page (of course you'll have to be lucky enough to make that happen).

We: Where are you from and what do you do?

Katarina: I am born in Serbia, but lived in different places, I got my b.a degree in Visual Design in Florence, IT and I am currently living in Munich, trying to make it as independent artist.

W: What does art mean to you?

K: To me art is a mean or a tool to express oneself in so many different ways you know or learn. Currently my tool for expression is photography, but I would not say that is my only interest.

W: Where do you find inspiration?

K: I am always looking for inspiration,Inspiration is everywhere. For example I find it in people I know or don't know, people interest me the most, all of us have different backgrounds and stories so If you just bother to look around - someone must come as truly inspiring.

W: Which are your favourite artists?

K: Robert Dosnieu, Juergen Teller,Federico Fellini...

W: Any future plans?

K: Dunno, all is good as it is now.

You'll find more about Katarina and her work at her web and flickr

21 May 2010

Spike Jonze

Born as Adam Spiegel, Spike's a multifaceted audiovisual artist. From video clips to films and commercial ad's we can find really fine work through his creations. His last published works? A film on Maurice Sendak's picture book Where the wild things are and I'm Here a short film for Absolut Vodka. Emptiness, solitude, happiness, these are just some references used to describe his work, but we believe adjectives make no justice to something which goes further away from words.

Sit, relax and judge it yourself.

20 May 2010

Lina Scheynius

We've been following Lina's work for the past few years and every time we look back to it we find it even more addictive. Fashion and personal work joins together to create wonderful atmospheres were shades and light become one with all the things we see in her images.

You'll find more about her at Lina Scheynius

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