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One from the archives: when we spoke to @KarolinSchwab, our first Best in Show winner at the inaugural LPF in 2011! #photography

It’s been some time now since I have been part of the fantastic London Photo Festival, but my memories of it are still quite vivid. I heard about the LPF from one of my teachers at University in Germany, where I used to study for a Teacher’s degree in Fine Art at that time. Since I was planning to spend a semester abroad in London anyway and now found out there would be a chance to exhibit my work, I didn’t hesitate a second and booked my space.

So finally the big day of the private view came and I remember walking around the exhibition thinking “damn, there are some really good photographer’s in this show, who really know how to use their camera.” A little bit embarrassed about my own photo I tried to look at the positive sides, like that I got to meet a lot of interesting people and generally the whole experience of exhibition practice was very helpful. So, as I was in company of nice people and good wine, you can imagine how I surprised I was, when suddenly my name was called out for “Best in Show”.

I didn’t expect it at all I can’t emphasize this enough!) and I think it actually took me a few days to realize everything. Also the fact that my picture got sold straight from the show seemed very unreal at first. It was all too good. I’m still in touch with the collector who bought my piece and it’s such a nice thing to know my photo is now hanging miles away in somebody else’s living room.

Still, what was even more important to me – That night, after winning the award, my boosted ego decided to take my career as an artist seriously, quite my studies in Germany, stay in London and finish my Fine Art degree here. Looking back, there isn’t much to say other than: It has been the best decision I’ve ever made. After two wonderful years full of art, putting up and taking down many more shows and finally graduating from Uni, I am know back in Germany, Berlin dividing my time between working for a gallery and concentrating on my own art work.

Nothing left to say than life is good. In fact, it’s great and I really have to thank everyone from the LPF, without whom all this might have never happened.

www.karolinschwab.com

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We speak to Sabine von Breunig 1st runner up in our #architecture #photocontest #photography #London

I am a Berlin-based photographer.  From 2008 – 2011 I had the privilege to join the Masterclass of renown Professor Arno Fischer and in November 2012 my book ‘GEISTERSTADT’ (Ghost Town) was published by Edition Braus /Aufbau Verlag Berlin, which received a nomination of the German ‘Fotobruchpreis’ 2014.

In 2012/2013 I had the opportunity to photograph in the former Headquarters of the American Forces in Berlin Clayallee.

FINAL WALK HEADQUARTERS OF THE AMERICAN FORCES IN BERLIN 1945-1994

The headquarters of the American Forces in Berlin was one of the most important centres of the Cold War. Here, the most important decisions were made, Presidents were welcomed and negotiations with Diplomats took place – and the Luftbrücke was commanded. After nearly fifty years of residency, the USA handed the headquarters back to the Germans when the troups left Berlin in 1994. The main parts of the area have been lying idle since 1994. In 2011 the area was sold to an investor and transformed into luxury flats. Nearly nothing reminds of the presence of the Americans in Berlin.

 

I entered the competition because I think the London Photo Festival is the place to be right now and I am so very happy being 1st Runner Up of the architectural competition. Thanks to you all and especially to Johnny Kerr – I very much appreciate his comment on my work.


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We speak to Frank Machalowski @framafo winner in our #architecture #photocontest #photography #London

I’m Frank Machalowski, born in Berlin and live and work in Leipzig today. After studying Economics in Berlin and applying myself to various trades I work as a freelance photographer and artist since 2011. I first got into photography as a hobby and at the beginning I was mainly into digital photography, but then I started shifting back to film as I found the charming characteristics and atmosphere of film photography to be more fascinating. Today i even develop and print the most of my photos by my own. My major area of interest is the city and its immediate surroundings.
About the image ‘Hanover’:
This photograph is a part of my ongoing series ‘multiexpo’. For this series I photograph landmarks and architecturally interesting buildings as multiple exposures. It launched 2012 in Berlin, my hometown for 40 years, but then I extended this kind of photography to other German and European cities. For this series I use exclusive analogue film material in both dimensions (35mm and 6×6) and only b&w. The building on the picture is the administration building of a major German bank in the inner city of Hanover.
This is the third time that i submitted a photograph to a LPF competition. I love the city of London and I love photography. I travelled last October to London and take some pictures for my series there. A beautiful place for architecture photographing. I think London is becoming more and more important a place for the international photography scene.

You can see more of Frank’s work here.

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We hear from @framafo winner Abstract/Fine Art #photocontest May 2016 #photography #London

About the image: stadtbaum#8
It is part of my long term project ‘multiexpo’ especially a part a side-project called ‘stadtbaum’. ‘stadtbaum’ means tree in the city.  In this series I show analogue multiple exposures of European city sightseeing hotspots photographed from several positions on one frame. The buildings, structures and sculptures are taken from different perspectives, as well as the different visitors they look. The multiplication and intensification of positions and fields of view appears to distort the structures and reduce them to their core. They literally vibrate under the attempt to capture the time even in the pictures.
Frank Machalowski a photographic artist and photographer, born in Berlin who lives and work in Leipzig. After studying economics in Berlin and applying himself to various trades he worked as a freelance photographer and artist since 2011. He first got into photography as a hobby and at the beginning he was mainly into digital photography, but then started shifting back to film as he found the charming characteristics and atmosphere of film photography to be more fascinating. Today he develops and prints some of his own work. His major areas of interest are the city and the countryside, these two opposite fields with all their major differences and their potential for a perfect interaction become more and more attractive to him.  Some photographs of his series ‘monster’, ‘multiexpo’ and ‘tierwald’ were shown in Germany, France, USA, Spain, UK and Italy at renowned galleries and festivals. He is part of a permanent collection of the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris.
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