DAN LAUSTSEN

DAN LAUSTSEN

 

Through his extensive career, Dan Laustsen has worked within many genres, and both contributed to Nordic and American feature films. Many of which have both been nominated and won some of the most prestigious awards within the film industry.

Along with his cinematographic work Laustsen has up kept a fine art practice, which testifies to the many travels that have brought him around the world. These monochrome pieces establish a hidden narrative, which not unlike his films are both atmospheric and captivating.

DAN LAUSTSEN  (b. 1954) is primarily known for his highly appraised work as a cinematographer. graduated from the Danish National Film School in 1979. He has collaborated with directors such as Ole Bornedal and Guillermo del Toro, last and notably on the Oscar nominated for 2022 film Nightmare Alley.

STEEN LARSEN

STEEN LARSEN

Steen Larsen is one of a small group of artists using the mimetic approach in their work – meaning they reflect reality through precision in both detail and expression. Conceptually his work with urban settings center the tracks mankind leave behind in nature.

While driving and traveling in the USA and Europe, Larsen mounts a camera on the windshield on his car and shoots thousands of photos that later serve as sketches for his oil paintings. His photo-based paintings are narratives mimicking a road movie on canvas. Speed is captured at its essences as well as other present-day scenes.

 

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Recent exhibitions, recidencies and fairs:

Solo Exhibition,

”Shapes of Rain”, Ramfjord Gallery, Oslo, 2022

”Nevertheless” Gallery NB, Viborg, 2021 Denmark

Scope Art fair Miami, 2021

Group exhibition selected at Vertical Gallery, Chicago, Hangar Seven, Salzburg, 2019, and Van Der Plas Gallery N.Y.C.

Ramfjord international recidency, Oslo, 2019, 2021,2022

Artist Residency at ESKFF located at MANA Contemporary Art Centre, NJ, USA, 2016

MARKUS KLINKO

MARKUS KLINKO

 

Markus Klinko is an award-winning, fashion/celebrity photographer and director, who has worked with many of today’s most iconic stars of film, music, and fashion.

Klinko has photographed the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Will Smith, Eva Mendes, Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, and Iman. His editorial clients include Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Interview magazine. Brands such as Lancôme, L’Oréal Paris, Nike, Hugo Boss, Anna Sui, Pepsi, Skyy Vodka, and Remy Martin have hired Klinko to create advertising campaigns. His campaign for Keep A Child Alive raised over one million dollars for children with AIDS in just 3 days.

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Born in Switzerland of French, Italian, Jewish, and Hungarian descent, Klinko spent his early years training to become a classical harp soloist. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Later, Klinko signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics, as well as a management contract with Columbia Artists Management. He received the Grand Prix de Disque for his recording of French harp music, with members of the orchestra of the Paris Opera Bastille. Klinko performed in recitals and as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras around the world. He was also regularly featured in such publications as Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New York Times, Madame Figaro, Stereo Review, and Ongaku no Tomo.

After a hand injury, Klinko decided to become a fashion photographer and retired from his international concert and recording career. During that time, he met Indrani, who later became a regular collaborator in her role as his studio’s digital post production artist and photo editor.

Isabella Blow discovered Klinko’s work while at the London Sunday Times and commissioned cover stories from the emerging photographer. Around the same time, Ingrid Sischy, at Interview magazine hired Klinko for various shoots. Iman and David Bowie followed, giving the up and coming photographer a chance to photograph them for their respective book (I am Iman) and album covers (Heathen).

From there, he went on to create some of the most iconic album covers of his time, including Beyonce’s Dangerously in Love, and Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi.

Many of Klinko’s famous celebrity photographs can be seen in his coffee table book ICONS (Perseus). Lincoln Center in New York presented an art exhibit showcasing many prints from the book and since, art galleries and museums around the world have featured his work.

  • Klinko has appeared on E! News, Access Hollywood, Fashion Television, CNN’s Showbiz Tonight and Larry King Live and has been the subject of the reality show Double Exposure on the Bravo network.

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SØREN SOLKÆR

SØREN SOLKÆR

Søren Solkær is a Danish photographer best known for his “Black Sun” series and portraits of musicians.

Black Sun​ is a project capturing one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena; the large murmurations of starlings. The countless birds puts on an incredible show of collaboration and performance skills twice a year when they migrate from one destination to the next. Growing up in Southern Denmark, where this breathtaking scenery unfolds, Søren always had a fascination for the starlings that naturally lead to the start of this project.

He is also recognised as the man responsible for various iconic images of Amy Winehouse, Björk, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, David Lynch, Arctic Monkeys, R.E.M. and U2.

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Concurrent to his work with musicians, Solkær furthered his specialisation in portraits by undertaking an eight-year project. Photographers Posed comprised 45 photographers from 15 countries, including Arnold Newman, Duane Michals, Pierre et Gilles, Anton Corbijn, Jan Saudek and Jeanloup Sieff. The collection featured Solkær’s portrayals of the style associated with each of his subjects and was exhibited in galleries in Chicago, Copenhagen, Cologne, Prague and Odense.

Solkær was contributing photographer for Q Magazine, Rolling Stone and GQ. He has also moved into the world of cinema, photographing James Franco, Danny Boyle, Tim Burton, David Lynch and John Waters.

Solkær has released three photography books. Solkær’s works are also featured as part of the permanent collection in the Royal Danish Library and The National Portrait Collection in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark.

Solkær’s photography is characterised by finding a tension point between intimacy and edginess. His portraits are often regarded as cinematic in tone with a distinctive colour palette. He cites the inspirations for his style as ranging from filmmakers David Lynch and Wong Kar-Wai through to the works of photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia and painter Caspar David Friedrich.

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DAVID DREBIN

DAVID DREBIN

 

David Drebin´s epic photographic works animate the senses and the phantasies. Collected around the world, they combine voyeuristic and psychological viewpoints and offers the viewer a dramatic insight into emotions and experiences that many of us have doubtlessly felt at some point of our lives.

In a unique and opulent way, Drebin also stages femme fatales against the gigantic backdrops of cities such as Hong Kong, New York, and Paris.

 

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The panorama of the big cities, which, due to their format, are a tribute to cinema, serve as cinematic settings. With their impressive skyscrapers, they provide the viewer with a nearly infinite surface for the imagination.

David Drebin was born in 1970, Toronto, Canada, lives and works in Manhattan, New York. After successfully completing the Parsons School of Design in New York City in 1996, he rapidly made a name for himself as internationally successful commercial and fashion photographer.Drebin´s intention is to liberate the viewer from the system of rules of everyday life and restore his faith, emotion, and humanity. The distinctive tension and depth in his pictures arise from the free combination of such differing topics as humor and sex, melancholy and sex, and melancholy and humor.

JACOB GILS

JACOB GILS

Whether turning his eye to iconic structures and landscape sceneries or to the female body, Jacob Gils creates fragmented, draped and deconstructed visual puzzles, with a strong attention to both aesthetic expression and technical detail.

The project Movement gives visible shape to the relationship between the concrete physical movement, taking place in the production phase and the established environment chosen as content. Through the use of multiple exposures Gils generates engaging interpretations of iconic structures and landscape sceneries.

At first glance these multi-point images appear out of focus or shaken, but in fact they consist of many different very sharp photographs of the same motifs, which are carefully combined to offer an illusion of being on the go – in movement. The technique invites the onlooker to come closer and discover the details, which do not fully reveal themselves from a distance. The hazy, translucent shapes created by the technique make for a photographic style that resembles impressionistic painting while still retaining all the detail of modern photography.

Transfer is a further development of the sophisticated multi-exposures of the Movement series, which is already known for its spacious and picturesque qualities. In this new extension of the series, the works undergo another transformation. 

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As polaroids they are further transferred onto watercolour paper. Through this technique a particularly atmospheric and dreamy mood arises, which lends a certain abstract expressionistic layer to the images. Upon closer inspection, however, the eye begins to decode that in these works there are real places depicted, all with their special characteristics. In this way, the viewer is left in a state of both presence and the chance to disappear deep into the works. Transfer opens up the idea of landscape photography as a form of portal to a deeper emotional scenery.

In the series Limit To Your LoveGils presents images that offer a subtle contrasting vision of the depiction of the iconic and timeless subject matter of the beautiful female. The distinct visual quality and aesthetics of the images result from a unique artistic technique, which involves the transfer of multiple Polaroid images onto watercolour paper. The paper’s textured surface makes it difficult to completely control the process thus adding an element of chance to the final image. The random distortions seen as white areas on the surfaces ensure that the field of one image is never identical to that of its neighbour.

The tactile, disrupted surface of the works creates a distance to the motif, shifting focus from the specific woman depicted to the woman as multifaceted idea, making these works come across as emotive statements with natural imperfections.

Jacob Gils lives and works in Denmark. He graduated from The Copenhagen School of Photography in 1990 and his art has gained recognition in the form of prizes at the PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS (PX3) in 2012 and 2015. He has exhibited in solo and group shows across the globe and his works are represented in the Danish Royal Collection, Nanjing Art Museum, China and at Maersk in Denmark as well as in private collections all over Europe, and in USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Australia.

More info on the artist: www.jacobgils.com

Some articles about Jacob Gils

https://wsimag.com/art/27789-movement
http://www.galeriebettina.com/articles/jacob-gils-le-revenu.pdf