Terry O’Neill, Irene Kung, Dylan Don, Anke Schaffelhuber, Sebastian Copeland, André de Plesselv
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Terry O’Neill (1928-2019) was the 60s. Omnipresent. Everywhere. He knew everyone, was invited to everything, and always in the loop. Because he had that certain je ne sais quoi that made him a friend of the musicians, movie stars, or politicians he photographed. He became one of them, and with that, one of the world’s most celebrated photographers. His works are a part of some of the most important art collections globally, even at the National Portrait Gallery in London. No other photographer has ever managed to seize as many images of the jet-set as Terry.
His photographs capture his subjects candidly and unconventionally. In 1971 he caught Brigitte Bardot unsuspectingly, with a cigar between her teeth. And in 1975, Bruce Springsteen before his days of fame; he was standing under a billboard promoting his either I make it or don’t ‘Born to Run’ album.
Terry was born Terence Patrick O’Neill in 1938 in Romford, East London. His career began while working for a photographic unit at London’s Heathrow airport, where, by chance, he photographed Rab Butler (Home secretary at the time). He then secured a job on Fleet Street where he worked with The Daily Sketch in 1959. His first subject was Laurence Olivier. There followed the likes of Judy Garland, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones not forgetting striking images of the British royal family. And the rest, as they say, is simply history.
Elton John became one of his favoured subjects, about whom he also published a book in 2008 – ‘Eltonography’. He spent more than 30 years taking photos of Frank Sinatra as his private photographer. And there are images of Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Nelson Mandela, Muhammed Ali, … to name a few. His book ‘Terry O’Neill’s Rock ‘n Roll Album’ is a force to be reckoned with. It’s a compelling account of a life led among the stars, and his images of Faye Dunaway (who later on became his wife) are amongst his most iconic. He photographed her lounging at the Beverly Hills Hotel swimming pool the morning after she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the movie ‘Network’.
His works have graced the covers of Life, Rolling Stone, and Vogue, amongst others and his intimate snap-shot-like style has become synonymous with the 60s and 70s.
In 2019 he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to photography.
“I’m a reportage photographer, and I just like fading into the background. The more discrete you are, the better off you are”. Terry O’Neill.
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The first time I became aware of Irene Kung and her work was through a series she had produced for the Porsche Automobile company. It was featured in a magazine I grabbed by chance on a flight. I was deeply impressed with the Zen-like-energy that her work radiated. Clean, light, and still with an incredible eye for every visible detail. Her name anchored itself in my mind, and I began following her through the usual social media outlets that merely served to increase my interest.
Her extremely calming and beautiful photographs presented a novice style of handwriting in my mind. After only a short time, I gathered the courage to contact her about an art-car project that I was in the process of preparing for Monaco in 2021.
As once in a while may be the case, one thing led to another. Today I find myself writing about a unique artist who by a phone interview on June 7th answered a few of my questions.
When did you start taking pictures, and what motivated you to pursue this?
I was a painter for many years and some time ago decided to add a camera to my tools. I used it with a painter’s mind, listening to my intuition and emotion. As soon as I started taking photographs, I realised how wonderful it was. I brought my subjects back to the studio instead of always being there alone. To me, working with a camera is a more extravert way of creating images, and this corresponds more to my character.
Were you influenced by other fine art photographers or painters?
Painters like Caravaggio mostly influenced me. His way of using light is very contemporary; Piero della Francesca is an inspiration – for his painting style whereby his subjects appear realistically. Still, at a second glance, you discover that he converts everything into an abstract shape, and Paul Klee is the master of colour! Photographers such as Sugimoto also inspire me by expressing silence and peace that I am also searching for. I could mention so many other artists that I admire and who influence me … especially the up and coming young photographers who create amazingly surprising works.
What are your favourite subjects for your shootings?
My first subjects were monuments, undoubtedly because I was living in Rome. I find joy in photographing buildings that are significant symbols across history. I brush out the unnecessary and replace it with endless shades of grey, hoping to transform these poignant buildings into magical images. I wish to give them immortality, and myself a little bit of peace.
My second Project were trees. They constitute a break with the rigid lines of architecture. Then, of course, there is a more in-depth explanation: trees are the symbol of nature, a sacred icon. I try to express the power of life without distortion or distraction and noise. Here is our plant, nothing else. A ‘portrait of the tree’ is exact and faithful, yet it is oneiric – that is what I imagine.
What is your next big Project?
I am working on the Project of photos I took three years ago during trekking in Yunnan and – mainly – Tibet: the earth’s highest ecosystem. An exciting project for me.
Irene Kung was born in Switzerland and studied graphic design before becoming a painter. She has always been interested in photography which is now her main form of expression. Her works have exhibited in London, New York, Beijing, Moscow, Milan, and Rome. International magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, The Sunday Times, AD, The Economist, and Il Sole 24 Ore have published them. Her book ‘The Invisible City’ won the PDN Photobook 2013 award. In 2015 the EXPO Committee commissioned a series of photographs of fruit trees for the ‘Fruits and Legumes Cluster’. In 2018, working for Porsche, she immortalised the new Porsche 911 in the Timeless Machine project. Irene Kung continues to live and work in Switzerland.
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It is indeed an immense pleasure when one sees how children of friends grow up and step into their fathers’ footsteps. Surely this is the case with Dylan Don. I have known him since he was a young teenager who was inspired by the film and photography success of his father Movie Producer Karel Dirka.
Dylan is a top tier fashion and advertising photographer who has worked successfully around the globe. All noteworthy fashion cities such as Milan, Paris, London, New York, and Los Angeles etc. on his list. His works contain an incredible eye and phantasy, surprising his subjects and viewers alike.
He immersed himself in international campaigns for fashion houses such as Dolce & Gabbana, Joop, Vionnet, Trussardi, and Tom Ford. He created global advertising campaigns for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Sony, Nike, Adidas, and Jimmy Choo. Dylan then decided to use his incredibly sun-inspired colourful reverie to start producing portraits and fine artwork with his camera.
Born in the fairy-tale-like landscapes of Bavarian palaces and castles,
the lush tones and bright colours of Los Angeles naturally seduced him, providing a basis for many an iconic work to be produced. The city’s incredible architecture and typical Americana landmarks, as well as the towns plush and funky design hotels complete with infinity pools and Alice in wonderland style decors, are the subjects of his magnificent photographs.
Often Dylan’s work is inspired by some of his visual heroes such as the incredibly creative American film director Wes Anderson with his funny, weird, bold, and phantasy-like film sets. This influence is visible in many of the celebrity portraits that he had the pleasure photographing. Stars like Giorgio Moroder shot in a chauffeur-driven Bentley, or Cara and Poppy Delvigne depicted in deck chairs on a hotel rooftop in L.A.
As one of his fans once said: “His images have the rare intimacy of selfies, except that they are curated by an opera like phantasy”. A perfect description!
His works published in:
Vogue IT, Vogue UK, L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, GQ UK, GQ Style UK, Interview Magazine, L’Officiel Hommes France, L’Officiel France, Style.com, ID Magazine, Variety, Flaunt, and Blackbook
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Anke Schaffelhuber was born on July 30th 1968 in Iserlohn, Germany, and grew up in Deggendorf, a town situated in the middle of Bavaria. From an early age, she felt the strong desire to explore the world and to revel in its diversity.
In her early twenties, enthused with youthful curiosity, she was drawn to what, at the time, seemed to be the most exciting metropolis in the world. New York City. Anke was astounded by the ‘Big Apple’ and the opportunity to channel her creative interest at the Art Students League. After a time of academic pursuits, the ignition of her curiosity and travel lust followed an invitation to join a two-month photographic journey across the USA.
Inspired by her experiences on this adventure and equipped with a diversity of images and impressions, she returned to Germany. Here she furthered her education by attending the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich to study economic administration. Upon completion of her business studies – unwilling to put aside her art – Anke enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich. She spent her time fueling her passion.
During a visit to Africa in 2003, she once again combined her two great loves by experimenting with digital photography. Little did she know what this visit would have as an impact on her future. It combined a vast array of photographs that captured the unique African beauty, its landscapes, animals, and people with an overpowering love for the Dark Continent.
By 2011 she had travelled to Africa a staggering 22 times and to the present day carries on exploring the beauties of Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, and Kenya. While Africa may have captured her heart, the western capitals of Paris, London, and New York continue to thrill and excite her with every visit. Her drive of discovery ever-present. Then there is the uniqueness of Buenos Aires, Bangkok, Berlin, and Stockholm. Or St. Tropez, the Mediterranean coast, the Maldives, Seychelles, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Marrakech, Bhutan, Mauritius, Turkey, and Sicily. All serve as a vital source of inspiration for her as an artist.
Her art conveys elemental polar differences, creating a striking contrast between two incoherent but recognisable perspectives. Her work tells tales of the first and third world, the past and the future, the calmness and frantic bustle by throwing together the beauty of nature with the stark reality of urban industrialisation. Images that are instantly familiar emerge from the translucent foggy skyline of New York City towers above the timeless sandy desert of Botswana. And yet, they are images that create a struggle and inner discomfort of stark contrast. Turn around, and the four giant feet of the Eiffel tower straddles the silent beauty of a Patagonian glacier. Another 360, and you find yourself drawn down a beautiful avenue. A path that leads out of a 21st-century city rushing through the bustling people, their lives, and material possessions flooding out into the remote and barren landscape of a Namibian desert. The end of the line, a life, a dream?
Through Anke’s photo art, you gather perspectives of our world which on the one hand are part of our day-to-day life, yet on the other so unfamiliar that they appear surreal. It is the combination that in the end, reminds us of how alien we risk becoming in our world. The art of Anke Schaffelhuber creates bridges between the gap of what is known to the human eye and what the mind is capable of imagining. The prerequisite of craftsmanship is interpretation, and this attribute, combined with its belief structure, transforms her photography to art.
Today Anke is based in Munich, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland.
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He is a British-French born world Traveler, award-winning Movie-Director, Fine Art Photographer, environmental advocate and Ted-Talk-Speaker. The feathers of various prizes this multi-talented artist has received would burst any hat.
Sebastian Copeland’s photographic oeuvre is not only mind-blowing in its beauty and uniqueness but also communicates messages of urgent global significance. Copeland was twice named Photographer of the Year: in 2007 (IPA) for his first book Antarctica: “The Global Warning” (Earth Aware 2007), and in 2016 (TIFA) for his latest “Arctica”. Copeland has led expeditions across the Arctic sea, Greenland, and Antarctica, and has reached both poles on foot—North and South. With over 8,000 kilometres travelled under his skis, Copeland holds various records and polar ‘firsts’ across the polar region. In 2017, Copeland was named one of the world’s top 25 adventurers of the last twenty-five years.
Sebastian has addressed audiences at the UN, The World Affairs Council, and the Green Cross International’s General Assembly on climate in New Orleans (President Gorbachev in attendance). He presented at the George Eastman House, the Google and Apple headquarters, and was interviewed by Larry King live on CNN. His internationally held speeches on the climate change crisis are renowned for over a decade. He has warned many fortune 500 companies of the systemic transformations taking place in the polar regions from anthropogenic activities, and their geopolitical consequences.
From September 15, 2018, to January 13, 2019, an estimated four million people visited the exhibit “FROM POLE TO POLE – A VANISHING WORLD” on the Gates of the Luxembourg gardens in Paris. The 82 large panels displayed Sebastian’s stunning polar images with an urgent message of warning: from the North Pole to Greenland and Antarctica, the ice is melting at an accelerated rate. We will be re-drawing the maps of our world within this century.
Involved in his book projects, are celebrities such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Richard Branson, David De Rothschild, Orlando Bloom, and Mikhail Gorbatchev. They are also close friends as well as avid collectors of his incredible images.
Sebastian offers us a unique vantage point from which to appreciate the loneliness of this location. Admittedly, this is the last true wilderness on the planet – and its demise should ring the alarm for lower latitudes. Copeland’s authority on the subject is unparalleled and, in his books and global exhibits, his passion for this place truly shines.
Copeland’s awe-inspiring images of the frozen continent capture the beauty of the glaciers, biodiversity, and wide, wild seas of the Drake. Although the vision presented in these pages may be poetic and beautiful, the book’s aims are pragmatic – to seduce and inspire the world to help foster a market transformation towards a sustainable future. This alone is a more than worthy goal.
Sebastian lives in Munich, Germany with his wife and two children.
André de Plessel
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“Women are angels” – the credo omnipresent in André de Plessel’s life and works.
He sees women, his photography’s main subject, as ‘strong angels’ and he calls them his most important companions. The special relationship that André de Plessel establishes through his lens with his ‘angels’ is a very personal yet respectful and provocative one. His photographs are seductive and intimate and have significant aesthetic power filled with sensuality and in many cases a unique glamour of the past.
With immense pleasure, we have worked with André for almost two decades. His works exhibited and sold in London, New York, Milan, Munich, Frankfurt, and in Cap d’Antibes, South of France. Prestigious galleries display his black and white fine art photographs.
André provides his viewers with feelings of voyeurism, a look through the keyhole, introducing them to the tremendous explosive power only a fantastic picture exposes. In de Plessel’s art photos women are powerful, proud, and erotic beings. He has worked together with Helmut Newton and photographed beauties like Laetitia Casta and Naomi Campbell.
He was born in Frankfurt Airport to an Italian mother, French father, and Russian grandmother – anything else but an international career not even taken into consideration by André de Plessel. After studying art and photography, he lived in Frankfurt and Barcelona, in Milan, London, Paris, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. The passion for photography is his life-drive and remains to-date, after more than 30 years in this business.
Frankfurt has never felt like home to him. It is in his eyes, too narrow and dreary. Instead, his photography settings around the world have become his home. But how is it that a young man brought up near Frankfurt would decide to dedicate his entire life to photography? The answer is simple; photography enabled him to invent and develop an international language that he made his own.
He shows the unadulterated dignity of female eroticism, bows to their beauty. He inspires them to reveal their deepest secrets to us and to unleash women’s powers. In the process, we are magically taken by him, and his erotic angels, often like a voyeur to a world that without him, would have stayed hidden forever. It is the captivating world of his extraordinary and artistic eye.
Miami (the ‘Magic City’) has become his home – or rather the base for his travels for over 30 years now. It may be an on- and off-premise that is a constant subject to creative change, but it is, at least, a stomping ground.
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