Rankin is not only one of the world's leading and most sought-after portrait photographers but he´s also made a name for himself in publishing by launching magazines >Dazed & Confused< and >Hunger<. His instantly recognisable work, which includes portraits from Kate Moss, Madonna, Queen Elizabeth II and David Bowie, has defined decades of portrait and fashion photography.
Synonymous with compelling portraiture, Rankin’s lens captures, creates and unveils icons.
As both a photographer and director, Rankin has created landmark advertising and editorial campaigns. His body of work features some of the biggest and most celebrated publications, brands and charities, including Nike, L’Oreal, Dove, Pantene, Diageo and Women´s Aid. He has shot covers and editorials for the likes of Elle, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone and Wonderland. His photography has also been exhibited internationally, including at museums such as The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and MoMA, New York.
Bruno Bisang (b. 1952, Switzerland) is one of the most celebrated fashion photographers alive today. After growing up in Ascona, he studied photography in Zurich at the School of Applied Arts. Since then, he has worked in cities across Europe, and he is currently based between New York, Milan, Zurich, and Paris. His clients have included Givenchy, Chanel, and Guerlain, and his work has been published in international fashion magazines such as Cosmopolitan, GQ, and Vogue.
Bisang has described himself as a “bathed in a feminine universe,” and in his photographs he strives to capture the multifaceted essence of female mystique. While these works are odes to the sensual beauty of the female form, they are also intimate portraits that give us a glance into the complex personalities of his subjects. He has worked with some of the world’s most celebrated supermodels, from Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Cambell to Iman Bowie and Tyra Banks, showing audiences a hidden side to these women that is rarely seen.
The photographic work of the internationally well-known Austrian photographer Andreas H. Bitesnich (b. 1964) is captivating by its beauty and aesthetic sensitivity. His nude photography does not bring eroticism to the foreground but transforms the naked bodies of his models into sculptures.
Bitesnich leaves out anything redundant in order to intensify the balanced aesthetics of his work. Poses are elegant and appear leight.
In 1988, Bitesnich began to deal with photography as a 24 year old. Thus began his ten year long autodidactic training-on-the-job process. During this time he gained profound knowledge of photography and as a consequence set new standards in the genre of nude photography.
Bitesnich opts for reduction and models the body like a sculpture by using light and shade. He composes his photographies geometrically and develops very balanced image structures. Nonetheless, they do not come across in a harsh manner but are fully of emotion. Sometimes, it is a look or a gesture that indicates subtle signals.
Apart from nude photography and portraits at his studio, Bitesnich has a passion for street and travel photography. Both of these different genres complement each other in Bitesnich's work. He uses reduction in both cases, at the studio he reduces form while it is colour when travelling. Shadows have become increasingly deeper over the years and shades increasingly darker. The inspiration for Bitesnich’s travel photography does not result from photography itself but from the aesthetics of 'film noir'.
Patrizio di Renzo (b.1971 in Zug, Switzerland) is a Swiss photographer, filmmaker and creative director, known for his strikingly stylised images that draw the viewer into a world of fantasy.
Di Renzo pours himself into his work: his dreams, his desires, his unique vision. The resulting works are not only instantly recognisable, but are also, by the photographer’s own admission, something like self-portraits.
Clean lines, strong contrasts, dynamic patterns of light and shade: di Renzo’s work is bold and unashamed, whether there are models in haute couture or remote beaches and mountain ranges in front of the lens. Yet there is also a subtler side to his work; these are photographs tell stories that are sometimes joyful, sometimes eerie, and often surreal.
Di Renzo’s work has been featured in magazines, publications, and advertising campaigns across the world. He has published two photographic books, Portraits of Illusions and Merlin’s Dream, both of which incorporate fiction, myth and storytelling. He’s currently working on a third, set to be called Invisible, which will challenge societal notions of beauty.
Seductive stories of his journeys are told by David Drebin. Glamorously staged scenes allow the viewer to partake in longing and dreaming. Drebin succeeds in portraying intimate moments into impactful scenes.
Drebin lends cinematic aesthetics to his melancholic photography. The panoramic view of large cities is staged Hollywood style, impressive rows of buildings make the viewer experience the modern grandeur of large cities as well as their diversity in thoughts and longings.
Breathtaking colours and dramatic light settings are characteristic of Drebin's atmospheric photography.
David Drebin (*1970 in Canada) lives and works in New York City. He grew up in Toronto, until he moved to New York to study at "Parsons New School of Design". After successful graduation in 1996, he quickly attained strong reputation as an international advertising and fashion photographer. Part of his customer base included American Express, Mercedes, Nike and Sony, his work is published in magazines like "Elle", "GQ", "New York Times magazine" and "Vanity Fair".
F.C. Gundlach (b.1926, Hessen) is one of the most celebrated fashion photographers of the 20th century. His work combines stunning natural settings with iconic designs from Europe’s largest fashion houses, as well as intimate portraits of some of the biggest names of the day.
Since the age of 10, Gundlach has dedicated his life to photography. Going professional in the immediate aftermath of WW2, he captured the mood of post-war Europe in his unique reportage style.
In the 1950s he began to focus on fashion photography, incorporating cinematic influences that drew on old-school Hollywood glamour but with a distinctly European twist. Over the next decade he continued to cement his place as a heavyweight fashion photographer, bringing the spirit of the Swinging Sixties to life on the page.
From the 1970s onwards he travelled the world as a fashion and travel photographer, as well as in a number of other roles: gallery owner, professor, curator, and arts patron. He has presented hundreds of exhibitions, both as a photographer and as a curator.
Tom Jacobi, born 1956 in Bonn (Germany), started photographing when he was fifteen years old. After a short escapade into studying law, he joined the renowned photo agency Sven Simon in 1976, at the age of twenty. His main focus laid on taking portraits of leading German politicians, Willy Brandt, Ludwig Erhard, Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl being among them.
Archaic and seemingly raw landscapes, rugged cliffs, magic vastness, graphic structures of water, desert, clouds and ice. For four years former Stern art director Tom Jacobi travelled through seven continents and created a view of the world in its essential materiality with his large format landscapes.
With his trilogy composed out of his series »Grey Matter(s)« (2014–2015), »Into the Light« (2015–2017) and »The Light Within« (2018) »Grey Matter(s)« (2014–2015), »Into the Light« (2015–2017) and »The Light Within« (2018) Tom Jacobi has created an homage to nature and planet Earth, his style and approach are putting him in the tradition of landscape photography by Ansel Adams or Sebastião Salgado. The trilogy distinguishes itself by being photographed in colour, even though colour ismostly excluded from his work. Jacobi finds countless nuances within the spectra of grey, white and bronze to form an achromatic cosmos, which he himself describes as the “absence of the juggler colour”.
Silke Lauffs (b.1969, Hanau, Germany) is an analogue photographer who creates striking black-and-white images that capture an ethereal, timeless beauty.
Lauffs originally trained as an interior designer, and though she only worked in that field for a few years, a designer’s eye for clean lines and striking composition has certainly remained in her photography, which she has dedicated her life to.
Another constant thread throughout the self-taught photographer’s work is a pervasive sense of calmness and stillness. Lauffs has travelled the world, visiting places known for their vibrant colours, crowds, and noise: India, China, South Africa, south-east Asia… Yet her works capture an extraordinary monochromatic serenity, from empty streets to rolling hills –an effect often achieved by rising before dawn or going far from the beaten path.
This calm beauty, combined with Lauffs’ analogue techniques and her tendency to favour long exposure times, lends these photographs a timeless air. They look almost as if they could have been taken any time during the last century, both in style and in subject matter. Yet there is a contemporary edge to the works, Lauffs insists: in capturing the beauty in the world around us, she hopes we will be encouraged to show more care for it.
Since 2009 Peter Mathis (b 1961) he has been specialising in large sized landscape photography.
As the only Austrian photographer so far, he received the well-respected award of “Hasselblad Master” (2007). In 2008 he was awarded the “Master of European Photography”.
Peter Mathis' landscape photography catapults us into another world. The experienced mountaineer often waits for the perfect moment for several days; when light, weather and the scenery exactly reflect the motif that he has been creating in his head. The landscape appears before us in a familiar way and yet his pictures always present something unknown, something we did not realise before.
In doing so, he does not simply represent the mountains, lakes and nature, but illustrates their dignity and beauty. About his approach he states: “For almost forty years I have been going to the mountains, but now as a photographer, I see things differently. I consciously attempt to take a step back. Only with distance one can really appreciate the true dimension of the mountains.”
The German-American fashion photographer Horst Paul Bohrmann, known as Horst P. Horst (1906-1999) is considered one of the most important fashion photographers of the 20th century. He gained widespread acclaim with his work for renowned fashion journals such as French Vogue, where his work was first published in 1931. His play with light and shadow is unmistakable, giving his photographs a mysterious and seductive air. Throughout his life, he was inspired by art movements such as Surrealism and Dadaism. This can be seen in his most famous work, the "Mainbocher Corset", which was created in 1939 in Paris. The 1940s were his most productive years, during which time he created many fashion photography collections and numerous magazine covers. As a photographer of the rich and beautiful, Horst P. Horst portrayed the most dazzling personalities of the 20th century, including Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Henry Cartier-Bresson, among many others. Horst P. Horst achieved international attention with the radicalism and elegance of his photography and is still one of the greatest photographers of all time.
Through his iconic work on the America’s most successful advertising campaign „The Marlboro man“, Swiss artist Hannes Schmid (*1946) holds a unique place in the history of contemporary art and photography.
His visually sensitive style of reduction - obscuring of faces, dramatic contrasts within a limited colour palette and the use of the silhouette - added new drama to one of the most global advertising campaigns and ensured the continued longevity and global identity of the cowboy as the Marlboro man.
Originally approached because of his renowned works within the fashion industry and during the 70s and 80s with numerous rock stars like Elton John, Sting, ABBA, The Queens. His extraordinary eye makes his style of photography very distinctive.
Today, Schmid dedicated his life to an enormous and ever-expanding development project in Cambodia with the goal to aid 100’000 people to live independently by 2025. In its capital Phnom Penh alone, tens of thousands of children live on the streets.
They suffer from hunger, illness and abuse. Schmid is pioneering a new way of bridging true needs in society that would be both sustainable and profitable. He donates 10% of all sales proceeds to this project.
Tony Kelly (b.1975, Ireland) is a fine art and fashion photographer and director. He began his career as a photojournalist, documenting Dublin’s developing cultural scene, before moving on to Barcelona in search of sunshine and blue skies. It was here that he learned to embrace his inner “street voyeur”, developing a signature style that has been compared to Helmut Newton.
While travelling the globe and working for newspapers such as Independent Newspapers and News International, he made a name for himself thanks to his unique take on the daily and cultural lives of the places he visited. He also worked on advertising campaigns with international brands such as Louis Vuitton, BMW, and the television network TNT, for which he won a Clio award.
Kelly has now settled in Los Angeles. It is little surprise, then, that his fine art photography explores a playful, high-gloss, hyper-stylised world. Yet under this shiny veneer there are subversive currents that enact role reversals, challenge stereotypes, and break taboos.
Gabi Trinkaus (b 1966) splices images from an industry that produces photos of the “woman perfect” and rearranges them in an intricate and tedious patchwork style that exploits the vulnerability of such illusions. Thereby creating a hybrid of classical portraiture and her critical discourse upon further inspection.” – Alexander Viscio, artist.
Alberto Venzago is known as the most important Swiss photo journalist. The winner of the ‘Robert Capa Awards’ has been working for globally renowned news magazines such as Stern, Sunday Time Magazine and Life, for more than forty years. Even critics grant that the 66-year old Zurich man has the ability to capture people with his lens in such a way that they don’t even notice it. This way intimate portraits and historical documents are created – from Voodoo-ghost healers to the Japanese Mafia and the Pentagon. As an artist, Venzago has been celebrating international successes for years.
Karina Wiśniewska (b. 1966, Venice) is a Swiss-Polish artist and general renaissance woman. After a childhood spent travelling the world with her diplomat family, she became an internationally celebrated concert pianist, winning awards for her performances with national and philharmonic orchestras.
From the year 2000, Wisniewska moved towards visual art, showing equal prowess in painting, sculpture, and photography. She is also a highly-regarded author and editor, having contributed essays and regular columns to a number of cultural and philosophical publications.In 2010 Berteli Verlag published Bewegte Stille/Silent Dynamism, a monograph of Wiśniewska’s art and writing.
These enviably diverse skills and interests manifest themselves throughout Wiśniewska’s visual art, all of which practically pulses with vitality, movement, and music. Sometimes as monochromatic, ordered, and geometric as a musical score, sometimes organic, vibrant and flowing like a gentle melody, all her works share a harmony that comes from the artist’s intuitive connection with the world around her. There is a tactility there too, and an invitation that seems to draw the viewer into this compelling world of emotions, colours, and textures.
David Yarrow was born in Scotland and is currently based in London. David Yarrow is known for travelling the world’s remotest regions to capture compelling images of nature as we‘ve never seen it before, and is redefining wildlife photography in the process.
His monochrome photographs are bursting with life, vitality and movement, yet the majority of Yarrow’s subject matter, from rampaging bull elephants in Kenya to Inuit hunters and Bornean orangutans, is living on the brink of extinction. This is nature at its most majestic – and its most fragile.
Yarrow’s unorthodox camera angles and unique shooting methods transport the viewer right into the heart of the action; with split-second timing, he crystallises a single instant of drama into an image so immersive that it cannot be viewed in just a few moments. These are photographs to linger over.
Stefano Zardini (1943 - † 2019) hails from a long line of photographers, stretching back to the medium’s earliest days in the late 19th century. Given this auspicious heritage, it is unsurprising that Zardini turned to photography from a young age, both as a livelihood and as a means of self expression. He has hardly been parted from his camera since.
Zardini started out working in the fashion industry, shooting for heavyweight publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast Traveler. He went on to travel the world, documenting wars, disasters and momentous events in more than 60 countries, including shooting a series on human rights for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.
While grateful for his early introduction to the medium of photography, Zardini chooses to eschew conformity, dedicating his whole career to experimentation in an effort to develop his own unique, ever-changing, undefinable style. The result? A freshness and vitality that travel throughout his images, regardless of the subject matter.
More recently, the prolific photographer shifted his sights to fine art photography, which he has since dedicated himself to wholeheartedly.
Lars Zech works and lives in the Black Forest, Germany. Observing Lars Zech dealing with his sculptures and wall objects, it becomes clear that he is driven by questions and views – similarly to a white canvas – around the log, which are followed by differentiated and complex decisions which finally lead to a real, present and authentic piece of work. It is reflected through the material, the craftsmanship, the thoughtful Identification with it and the resulting forms and contents. Lars is interacting very intensively and passionately with his works and so forms a dynamic unite with them, which results in an authentic, unique and powerful style.