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SONYmusic: «KLEIN braucht ein echtes Herrenportrait!»

16 Apr

Die Band «klein» – damals bei SONY unter Vertrag
Fotos von Andreas Baier

«Es ist nicht immer ganz einfach, eine Band adäquat zu fotografieren – müssen Sie wissen», so empfahl sich Mitte der 1990er Jahre unser heutiger Redaktionsfotograf gegenüber der Plattenfirma SONY für den durchaus heiklen Job, der damals mit dem Siegel kultverdächtig bestempelten Kultband «klein» ein brauchbares und multifunktional verwendbares Fotoalbum anzufertigen.

Es war der Unerfahrenheit des damals verantwortlichen Produktmanagers zu verdanken, daß unser heutiger Redaktionsfotograf den Job nach dieser verbalen und eigentlich unentschuldbaren Entgleisung dennoch bekam. Was folgte, das waren drei Tage Stubenarrest, quatsch, Fotografieren, ca. 200 belichtete Rollfilme und ein fettes Bilderpolster von mindestens 50.000 Kalorien: Ein schlanker Fuß sieht anders aus. Besonders auf dem Aufmacherfoto. Nachfolgend das CD-Cover:

CD-Cover des «klein»-Albums «kriminell»

Einige aus dem Kontext des «großen Ganzen» gerissene Textzeilen: «Ein Fußtritt durch die Kissentür, was kann ich denn da dafür?» Wobei, quatsch: Für diesen Zweizeiler zeichnet die atemlose Helene Fischer verantwortlich. Aber vielleicht: «Was macht die Hand im Automaten, wo die Geldscheine schon braten?» Wobei, schon wieder falsch: ist ja diesmal von Alice Schwarzer. Tja, es ist halt nicht immer ganz einfach, eine Band adäquat zu zitieren – müssen Sie wissen.

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Review-Magazine: «QVED 2015»

12 Mar

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Liebe Leserinnen und Leser,

daß es genügend erstklassige Magazinmacher überall auf der Welt gibt, die es verstehen, hochwertige Zeitschriftenkonzepte zu realisieren, die am Markt Bestand haben, davon konnten sich die Teilnehmer des dritten «Quo Vadis Editorial Design – QVED» – Kongresses ausgiebig überzeugen. Die durchweg sehr hohe Qualität machte uns schlicht sprachlos, weshalb wir uns im Rahmen unserer Berichterstattung auf das Publizieren einer überüppigen Bildstrecke beschränken. Hier können Sie in unserem digitalen Review-Magazin «QVED 2015» entspannt blättern.

Herzliche Grüße
Ihre Meerschweinchenreportredaktion

Sneak Preview: «QVED 2015»

3 Mar

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In der «Little Met of Munich», wie unser Redaktionsfotograf die «Alte Kongresshalle» in München liebevoll nennt, fand vom 26. Februar bis zum 28. Februar 2015 die Veranstaltung «QVED 2015» (Quo Vadis Editorial Design?) statt. Um es vorwegzunehmen: Es war mit Abstand der beste Kongress, den wir in den letzten Jahren besuchten. Unser kompletter Bericht wird noch so zwei, drei Wochen in unserer Fertigungsstrasse verbringen – bis dahin bitten wir höflich um Geduld.

Die zentrale Frage lautete: «Editorial Design, wohin gehst Du?» Aus der Sicht des Coverjunkies Jaap Biemans bewegt sich das Editorial Design sowohl immer der Nase nach als auch diametral, wodurch ein emotionales Spannungsfeld erzeugt wird, in dem sich besonders polarisierende Titelbild- und Heftgestaltungen wohl fühlen und nur noch darauf warten, von ihm publiziert zu werden.

Ralph Gibson: «Newest body of work MONO»

25 Sep

Ralph Gibson: «LampNude»
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The Leica Gallery Los Angeles presents for the first time in the United States photographer Ralph Gibson’s newest body of work MONO shot exclusively with the M Monochrom Camera. This new exhibition of 50 black and white digital prints focuses on structures, shapes and lines. Gibson will also be signing his new book MONO at the gallery and will giving a talk on his artwork on Sunday, September 28, 2014.

Jeff Dunas and Ralph Gibson
pendant «Les Rencontres Internationales à Arles» –
photo by Andreas Baier

Ralph Gibson was born in Los Angeles and first studied photography in the US Navy and at the San Francisco Art Institute. He started assisting famed photographers Dorothea Lange and then with Robert Frank, one of his greatest influences. He is well known for his love of the book arts and producing photo books. To date he has produced over 40 monographs. Ralph was hired by Bottega Veneta to photograph supermodels in Milan, Italy for their Fall 2013 ad campaign.

via L’oeil de la Photographie.

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New York City: «Cars»

13 Aug

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Photographs by Andreas Baier

The only rule which was established by our staff-photographer Andreas Baier was that all images of this project were to be done within only 24 hours. He used a Pentax 928 loaded with films processed in C 41. He remembers that it was an inspiring feeling just to walk around and snap, snap, snap, snap without any futher intention than to create some emotionally loaded widescreen photographs of cars cruising around through the streets of New York City.

It started as a personal project; eventually it was nicely spread over a couple of sheets in der German magazine Geo.

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Ansgar Nierhoff: «cielo et terra»

11 Aug

Ansgar Nierhoff: «Cielo et terra» (Himmel und Erde), 1986,
 vier Streckungen, ein Schwert, ein Würfel, Stahl, Höhe 450 cm

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Auszug aus einem Nachruf über Ansgar Nierhoff: «‹Nicht die Masse darf bestimmen, was Kunst ist›, sagte Nierhoff damals. In Lüdenscheid rettete ein Lokalreporter der ‹Westfälischen Rundschau› 2002 eine Edelstahl-Plastik Nierhoffs vor der Verschrottung – das Kunstwerk baumelte bereits in den Zähnen eines Schrottbaggers, als der Journalist den Vandalismus bemerkte.»

Die Arbeit «cielo et terra» des KŸünstlers Ansgar Nierhoff auf der INSEL im Salzgittersee ist fester Bestandteil des Kulturprojektes «KUNSTŸüberall» der Stadt Salzgitter, das von Alexander Baier bis 2003 initiiert und verantwortlich geleitet wurde.

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Vera Ršöhms «Ergänzung» auf der INSEL im Salzgittersee

31 Jul

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Eine Stele der Künstlerin Vera Röhm aus ihrem Zuyklus «Ergänzungen» auf der INSEL im Salzgittersee. KUNSTüberall ist ein Kulturprojekt der Stadt Salzgitter, das von Alexander Baier bis 2003 initiiert und verantwortlich geleitet wurde.

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Stephan Kern: «1988, Stahl, Marmor, mehrteilige Arbeit»

30 Jul

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Ende 1988 war die Bundeswehr im Rahmen einer Übung mit ihrem Heeres Lastenhubschrauber dabei behilflich, auf der INSEL im Salzittersee eine sechsteilige und ziemlich schwere Arbeit des Künstlers Stephan Kern aufzubauen. Repräsentiert wird Stephan Kern von der Galerie Wittenbrink. Initiiert und verantwortlich geleitet wurde Projekt KUNSTüberall der Stadt Salzgitter von Alexander Baier.

Die Bundeswehrübung war beendet, der Hubschrauber packte seine Sachen und flog zurück zu seinem Standort. Vorne rechts eine Arbeit aus Carrara-Marmor des Bildhauers Michael Schoenholz.

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Travelling back into 1988: «Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie à Arles»

29 Jul

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All photographs by Andreas Baier

The most exciting party pendant Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie à Arles is the one given by Luc Hoffmann’s family out there deep in the Camargue.

The atmosphere is hot, dry and somewhat cool. And so is the music: The Gipsy Kings, living in Arles anyway, sit in the shadow and play their guitars as if nothing special. Everything and everybody is completely relaxed. Music, food, dance, music, food, dance, and so on:

If someone of our readers could figure out the Chinese photographer’s name we would be more than just happy! All we remember is that his work which was exhibited during the «Rencontres» was simply stunning.

The two photographers Guy Le Querrec and Franco Fontana were celebrating nothing but pure happiness. Was Franco kindly asked to leave his hands above Guy’s belt? Both have been freshly recognised as trusted holiday representatives and were featured on L’oeil de la Photographie.

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Thomas Höpker: «Ansichten eines Reporters»

29 Jul

Photographs by Andreas Baier
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On October 31st in 1987 Thomas Höpker’s exhibition «Ansichten eines Reporters» had its vernissage in the famous Rubens-town Siegen. Our staff-photographer Andreas Baier could not resist documenting this event with his camera. We have already featured one picture of this series here; including some information about Thomas Höpker’s CV and where to purchase prints of his fantastic work best as well. Thomas Höpker is still the only German photographer who joined the legendary photo-agency Magnum Photos based on a «full membership», which he also ran from 2003 until 2007 as its president.

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Bogislav von Wentzel: «Walter Stöhrer»

26 Jul

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Der DüŸsseldorfer Galerist Bogislav von Wentzel präsentierte auch auf der Art|Basel im Jahre 1990 beeindruckende Arbeiten des KüŸnstlers Walter Stšöhrer.

Walter Stöhrer im Mannheimer Kunstverein (1981)

Ganz zu Beginn seines beruflichen Werdeganges, also noch zu Schulzeiten, machte sich unser späterer Redaktionsfotograf Gedanken über das «lästige hin und her mit dem Schafstellen» und wie man diesen Vorgang «in seiner Komplexität reduzieren oder am besten gleich beseitigen» könne. Bei der Entwicklung seiner These, daß man bei der Aufnahme auf das genaue Schafstellen verzichten könne, weil sich dies «später im Fotolabor am Vergrößerungsgerät bequem nachholen ließe», war ihm eben jene Beobachtung im Fotolabor, wonach dort das bereits entwickelte Negativ in der Vergrößerungsbühne auf das Fotopapier «ja auch schaf gestellt wird», behilflich.

In dieser glücklicherweise nur sehr kurzen Schaffensperiode, in dem unser Mann fürs grobe Korn sein «Prinzip der vereinfachten Fokussierung» leidenschaftlich zur Anwendung brachte, entstand im Jahre 1981 auch das vorstehend abgebildete Portrait des Künstlers Walter Stöhrer anläßlich einer Ausstellung mit seinen Werken im Mannheimer Kunstverein.

Ein Blick in die Vita Walter Stöhrers zeigt, daß er 1961 seine erste Ausstellung in der Mainzer Galerie Baier hatte. Die Überschrift der Kritik zu dieser Ausstellung lautete «Stöhrer mit Störungen». 1984 wurde er dann auch von Adrien Maeght ausgestellt.

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Jørgen Brynhildsvoll’s magazine «Signatur» features Erik Spiekermann

24 Jul

Erik Spiekermann photographed by Andreas Baier
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The Norwegian designer Jørgen Brynhildsvoll introduces in his magazine «Signatur» a couple of famous typographers including Erik Spiekermann as well.

Erik Spiekermann photographed by Andreas Baier

Jørgen Brynhildsvoll found Andreas Baier’s photo portraits he took from Erik Spiekermann here.

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Elisabeth Biondi: «Banana Armada»

23 Jul

Banana Armada – flashlight painting by Andreas Baier

Having seen the remarkable arte-reportage about the German photographer Martin Schöller recently, it became transparent that former «The New Yorker’s» picture editor-in-chief, Elisabeth Biondi, was responsible for his international breakthrough due to the fact that she assigned him regularly – before anyone else did. You can find some of Martin Schöller’s marvellous work here, here, here, here and here.

Since we live in a time, however, in which people are mostly interested in other people who only show interest in oneself, it should be bright and clear and understood that we have decided using this unique opportunity to only feature our one and only staff-photographer Andreas Baier who used to work for Elisabeth Biondi as well during her time as picture editor-in-chief of the magazine stern in the 1990s.

When the Berlin wall came down Elisabeth Biondi gave Mr Baier a ring and said that East Germany’s major request for bananas was about to drive the whole nation into pure craziness and that whenever the term «craziness» crosses her mind she could not help thinking of him and that he was perfectly adviced to help her out with a somewhat stunning interpretation of this whole strange situation – see result above. She saw the picture, had a smile and gave him the next job.

Like it too? So, you better might consider also taking a full visual bath in his passionate portfolio Just For Fun.

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Remembering Nicholas DeVore III

20 Jul

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Our staff-photographer Andreas Baier remembers Nicholas DeVore III:

The first time I got in contact with Nicholas DeVore III was when I was collecting the tutorial magazine «fotopraxis» which was published weekly by MarshallCavendish Ltd. These lectures were divided into different sections such as working in a photo studio, how to create a perfect black and white print, a photo-competition between an amateur and a professional and – for me of greater interest: The world of photography. In this drawer world famous photographers were introduced such as Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Arnold Newman, Ansel Adams, Jay Meisel, Yousuf Karsh, Ernst Haas and Nicholas DeVore III as well.

According to the article in «fotopraxis» and contrarily to that what is been written about him in Wikipedia, Nicholas DeVore III’s leap from an Aspen chair lift to retrieve Robert Gilka’s camera which the photo director of National Geographic had accidentially dropped was initially not responsible for Nicholas DeVore III’s assignments he started to realise for National Geographic only a couple of months after that. When Robert Gilka was visiting the photo class Nicholas was also part of it all students were supposed to present their portfolios as well as writing an essay about their future as a professional photographer. Gilka teased them and said that the best of all would face the unique chance to do a test job for National Geographic. And so did Nicholas. He was challenging him with a portfolio about the Galapagos Islands and – maybe much more importantly – he finished his essay with «I want you job!» Nicholas was convinced that this one line at the end of his essay gave him his breakthrough.

When I was studying the careers of famous photographers in «fotopraxis» I was 16 years old and this one line from Nicholas had influenced me very much. From now on I was planning my own career with nothing but the pedal to the metal knowing that doubts about oneself aren’t helpful at all. Nicholas DeVore III’s message was simple and clear: Just go for it and the rest will come!

Nicholas DeVore III et David H. Lyman dans la Camargue pendant les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie à Arles

I am not saying that Nicholas did not leap from an Aspen chair lift to retrieve Robert Gilka’s dropped camera. Since I was allowed to enjoy the luxurious advantage of having spent almost one week with him in Arles during the «Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie» I came to the conclusion that this guy is something very special and so I think it is most likely that he jumped. My parent’s were running an avant-garde art magazine called «Magazin KUNST» and a lot of famous artist were passing my parents’ office, sometimes they stood overnight, so I was already a little bit experienced in dealing with extraordinary characters but Nicholas managed it easily to even stick out of this portfolio of creative minds. Gosh, what was he crazy!

Maybe Ted Conover describes him in his obituary with this little happening best: «As I understand it, the magazine (National Geographic) began using him less following an incident in which he shot a pistol through the ceiling at a fancy party that he was photographing while on assignment». What I will probably never understand is that most of the people are complaining all the time that life is sooo boring and that nothing happens but when fate means good and has decided to be gentle and nice to them; and surprises these whining creatures with an outstanding present called Nicholas DeVore III they are not happy, no, they try to hide and to stay away from it instead. In my eyes he successfully managed to remain child with a constantly growing reservoir of adult’s experiences. I had one great and completely sober week with him, he taught me a lot about business structures, how to attract attention unconventionally, and, and, and …

It is said that Nicholas was 54 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday, May 16, 2003. According to Wikipedia he struggled with depression and alcoholism. His soul mate and muse Maria Izabel Bedini Correa de Sa thought and dreamed of him till her untimely death in 2010 from a self-inflicted gun shot wound: the magic power’s effect of having loved the right guy.

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An Evening With Sir Peter Ustinov

20 Jul

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When Andreas Baier was asked by the magazine MAX to portray Peter Alexander, Baron von Ustinow (the label he was born with) both came to the conclusion that reenacting parts of his program «An Evening With Peter Ustinov» would be the best way to show what it means to be an actor. The photograph displayed above shows Sir Peter Ustinov imitating one of his aristocratic friends, saying: «He lived in the constant anticipation of being belittled.»

More portraits of Sir Peter Ustinov are to be seen in Andreas’ portfolio «Corporate Photography Means Executives Look Good».

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National Arts Club: «Two Golden Lions Enjoying Themselves»

19 Jul

«Two Golden Lions Enjoying Themselves» (1999) –
flashlight painting by Andreas Baier

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The artist Andreas Baier created inside of the National Arts Club in New York City a flashlight painting of one of its stunning rooms. The two lions are an impressive Chinese sculpture which had been made from just one single piece of wood. Normally, Andreas’ artwork enjoys strictly uniqueness but here, in this case, he made an exception: only four Cibachrome vintage-prints exist – three of them are part of private art collections. One print, however, belongs to the collection of the National Arts Club.

The results of Andreas Baier’s amazing flashlight-painting-technique might look as if his images were digitally manipulated, however, they are not. They are nothing but purely analogously manufactured photographs. Consequently, all of his flashlight-painting-transparencies having passed the E-6-process look precisely the way they look. From time to time the artist releases a digital booklet from which collectors can choose from. «Flashlight Paintings – Volume 9» is out now.

Should you wish to see how this room inside of National Arts Club looks in a more realistic manner, you can do so here.

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Andreas Baier: «Bill Gates»

19 Jul

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When Winston Churchill stepped out of the Canadian Parliament (December 1941) in order to be photographed by Yousuf Karsh he generously said to him: «You’ve got 30 seconds». Karsh took Churchill’s cigar immediately out of his mouth and activated his camera’s aperture.

When Winston Churchill became aware of his sourish face on the picture he was completely pleased: «Excellent. Now, my enemies will fear me more than ever».

When our editorial-photographer Andreas Baier had the opportunity to photograph Bill Gates he remembered what Yousuf Karsh once did to Churchill’s cigar and decided to do something similiar – if necessary. The circumstances were on his side: as the interview with the magazine «stern» was about to end Andreas Baier grabbed his microsoft-mouse and let it dangle in front of Bill Gates’ face, teasing him: «Billy! Mousy, mousy!» He fortunately accepted this unexpected offer – and Andreas’ day was made.

At that time (1991) Andreas Baier did not know Bill Gates’ famous quote: «I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.» May be that’s also the secret behind creating great portraits: to realise them as efficiently as even possible.

The portrait of Bill Gates is part of Andreas’ portfolio «Corporate Photography Means Executives Look Good».

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Robert Mapplethorpe by Robert Mapplethorpe

8 Jul

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via: Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

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Robert Lebeck (1929 – 2014): «Alfred Hitchcock»

5 Jul

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Dem Fotografen Robert Lebeck wurde nachgesagt, bei einem Sechs-Wochen-Stern-Job die ersten fünf Wochen vor Ort in der Hängematte verbracht zu haben, um in der letzten Woche wie ein Berserker zu rackern und zu schuften. Am 14. Juni diesen Jahres war für ihn endgültig Feierabend. Das schreibt der stern, das Freddy Langer und das die FAZ.

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Thomas Höpker: «Grabbing The Lens»

25 Jun

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Our staff photographer took this spontaneously created portrait of Thomas Höpker in the German Rubens-town Siegen in the year 1987 during the vernissage of his exhibition «Ansichten eines Reporters».

At that present time he was the art-director of the magazine stern. He later became member of the legendary photo-agency Magnum which he ran from 2003 until 2007 as its president as well. Recently, he was patron of the Fotogipfel Oberstdorf. He lives and works in Big Fresh Pond close to Southampton on Long Island, in Berlin or in Santiago de Chile. In New York City he took one of his most discussed photographs.

Should you wish to collect some original prints of his impressive work the Berlin based gallery Camera Work provides you with a great opportunity to do so.

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