Oct 11, 2018
Carsten is a German photographer and designer who bases his work on portraiture photography. With serene and neat images Carsten reveals the true personality of his sitters, letting them act naturally and express their feelings and emotions. In this way, these are also spiritual images that invite us to reflect on our inner-self.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
CS - First of all, I want to thank you for the opportunity to be part of this project! I live nearby Leipzig, Germany and work as a graphic designer and photographer in a publishing company, which publishes CDs and books.
am - How did you start in photography?
CS - After the fall of the Wall, I bought a movie camera for my first trip abroad to Italy. The mere capture of holiday impressions quickly became a passion for me, that still continues today. In the beginning I was more interested in landscapes, now it's the people with their very different characters and sides.
am - We can see that you specialise in portraiture, what attracts you about this? What do you want to capture in a portrait?
CS - I am interested in the human being in front of my camera. What do they want to reveal to me, what do they feel in the second the photo is taken? I hardly ever give instructions regarding poses or movements. Everything should be as natural and authentic as possible. That's why I also enjoy working with non-professionals models a lot. I only give a frame in the form of a picture or a location, everything else grows out of a feeling or an emotion.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
CS - I love the work of August Sander, Walker Evans, Sebastião Salgado and Vivian Maier.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
CS - I don’t have any specific. But I like to watch the movies of the Nouvelle Vague.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
CS - At the moment it's "Sibylle - fashion photography from three decades GDR".
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
CS - I have to thank you for the interest in my work. I appreciate this very much!
All images © Carsten Schenker