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10 Questions: Bob Sala

Meet Bob Sala. You might have come across his work - cinematic 60s-70s ambient stills that remind you of your mother’s childhood (or for some, your own). His (portrait) images go beyond making a fashion statement on a particular era; they tell a story of society and culture.

10 Questions: Vittore Buzzi

Milan based photojournalist Vittore Buzzi's photography is fuelled by the search to understand and accept reality - which translates into an exceptional eye for capturing moments and stories.

10 Questions: Meg Umberger

When you view Salem based Meg Umberger’s work, you can’t help but to feel the warmth, and the tingling feeling of her passion for creativity.

10 Questions: Alex James

Alex James' work brings drama and cinematic atmosphere into life - making ordinary moments and landscapes extraordinary.

10 Questions: Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones' work is both honest and surreal to me; it evokes emotions that hit you deep down and leave an imprint.

10 Questions: Darina Stoda

Darina Stoda was born in Estonia - a place of forests and rivers straight out of folklore, and has since lived for many years in Norfolk (UK) surrounded by large wild spaces and ocean. Even though I’ve never been to Norfolk or most parts of the UK, when I see Darina’s work, I can almost smell and feel the crisp air - her dreamy approach to incorporating nature in her story telling is inviting.


10 Questions: Jakub Fabijański

What is very inspiring is Jakub Fabijanski’s work, which brings a kind of dreamy cinematic take to photojournalism that you can’t help but to fall in love, along with the people in his photographs.

10 Questions: Don & Helen Bringas

Based in Spain, Don & Helen document weddings all over the world. Don & Helen’s work speaks humour, spontaneity and most importantly, the emotional connection to a moment captured in their frame forever.

10 Questions: Jesus Caballero

Portugal based photographer Jesus Caballero, traded in a career as a biologist for photography. Trained professionally in photojournalism (even mentored by a Magnum photographer), Jesus skillfully combines lifestyle with photojournalism to give wedding a fine art visual voice.

10 Questions: Susann and Yannic

Berlin based photographers Susann and Yannic created a food blog “KrautKopf” 2 years ago to share their love on making good food during the off Wedding season (Winter months) and have not looked back since.

10 Questions: Danelle Bohane

Auckland based New Zealand photographer, Danelle Bohane, started photography when her grandfather bought her a camera when she was still young. From there it has been a journey of discovery inspired by her love of people, art and connections.

10 Questions: Jessica Tremp

Australian photographer Jessica Tremp shoots Weddings to pay her bills whilst also being an accomplished fine art photographer. With no formal training in photography, Haunting, poetic and mesmerising - with a strong narration and fluid energy - Jessica’s work draws you in, hungry for clues; wanting more.

10 Questions: Thierry Joubert

French photographer Thierry Jourbert blends childlike openness, and philosophical ideas of trace and sign, with a skill for telling other people’s stories. Unafraid of dreaming big - Thierry’s work showcases his mastery of light and the depth of human emotions.

10 Questions: Junebug

For those in the wedding industry, Junebug Weddings is a familiar name. Based in SeattleJunebug was formed in 2006 and is now one of the leading international wedding blogs. In this special interview with Junebug Weddings, we reveal what it takes to be the world’s leading wedding resource, and where Junebug predicts the Wedding industry will be in 10 years’ time.

10 Questions: The Eagle Hunters with Sasha Leahovcenco

Sasha Leahovcenco’s passion for documentary photography is evident through his personal work. Sasha’s Eagle Hunter work provides a striking sense of what it must be like living in those amazing landscapes and harsh conditions, and you feel their pride in keeping with their long standing traditions. Come read our special 10+4 Questions interview.

10 Questions: Yoris Couegnoux

Yoris Couegnoux's work showcases great skill in capturing light, combined with sensitive narration. His work transports you to a cinema set, as if you were watching a modern interpretation of a classic film.

10 Questions: Lilli Waters

Melbourne based photographer Lilli Waters' photos are widely exhibited and published. Her practice draws inspiration from nature; there’s a rawness and openness centred around female themes, and strong narration that leaves you wanting more.

10 Questions: Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd is well known in the photographic industry for his ‘prisming’ and ‘lens chimping’ techniques - and epic portraits series (of celebrities). Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflects a sense of experience, skills and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it that is charismatically attractive.

10 Questions: Niki Boon

Niki Boon’s work marries fine art and photojournalism so delicately that the energy and spontaneity captured in her work transports you as if you had lived it yourself, viewing it now almost nostalgically. It’s a testament to what life should be when growing up.

10 Questions: Gary Lashmar

Gary Lashmar's work, commercial and personal, especially his street photography, is the proof of Gary’s passion in life, his unique point of view and approach to life - a style that he alone defines - and he shoots from his heart.

10 Questions: David Heidrich

David Heirdrich’s work reminds you of fairytale stories - art and emotion evoked by out-of-this world settings in ethereal light that David so perfectly and intricately captures.

10 Questions: Victor Hamke

When you look at Victor Hamke's work, you feel his sensitivity - his storytelling vision marries surrealism with documentary - a style so unique and poetic that it completely mesmerises you.

10 Questions: Clare Barker Wells

Clare Barker Wells' family and newborn work not only captures key moments but also the in-betweens artistically.

10 Questions: Cristina Venedict

Cristina Venedict's fine art captured our eyes - it  not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly,  poetic and romantic. 

10 Questions: Zalmy Berkowitz

Zalmy Berkowitz's artistic vision describes rhythm and movement amongst the chaos of life’s candid moments. His film work makes you fall in love with analog all over again.


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10 Questions: Matthias Hombauer

 Vintage Trouble

Vintage Trouble

An electrical engineer armed with a Ph.D in molecular biology, Matthias Hombauer decided he should pursue his two greater passions - music and photography. Self-taught, Vienna-based Matthais stalked bands and shot 400 concerts before he became the exclusive photographer for Iggy Pop, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Fink and Portugal. The Man. Although he is a music photographer (more appropriately, a rockstar photographer), Matthias doesn’t see himself as a concert photographer but a portrait photographer. When you view Matthias’ work, you’re instantly on location - you can hear the music, feel the beat, jump up and down, go mad with the crowd. Fist in the air and no phones. We wish we were at every performance Matthias shot.  Read these tips Matthais has generously shared with us on being a rocker photographer.

1. What do making images mean to you?

As music photographer I always try my best to reflect the atmosphere of the concert I take photos of. My images should give the observer the feeling that he or she was there, standing in the first row next to me. If this is the case I am successful as photographer. For me, making images mean to capture a split second of our reality knowing that this moment will happen only once. This is the magic that motivates me as a photographer.

 Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

2. What is life to you? What it should be?

I think everyone has his own perception about it. Unfortunately most of us are trapped in the believe that working for a company, watching television and go out on the weekend is how life should be. I was living such as life until I finished my Ph.D. in molecular biology and started my own business as photographer and entrepreneur. Working on my own projects because I am passionate about them makes a huge difference in both life quality and motivation energy I have for my work.  I won´t say that this lifestyle is fitting to everyone, but I found the way for myself how I want to experience life.



3. There are a lot of professions out there - why be a music photographer?

I totally agree on this and because there are so many opportunities to choose from I tested many different professions before I started my career as music photographer. I am an electrical engineer and have a Ph.D in molecular biology. After years of frustration with my job and life situation I realized that I wasn’t going to be happy for the rest of my life with it. Instead I decided to follow my two passions instead: music and photography.

I have been a music lover ever since the first Guns N’ Roses concert I saw at the age of 13. I got my first camera when I was 28 years old and started to shoot concerts in small clubs without any professional photography training. I soon realized that music photography was the way I wanted to go in the future. So, I invested in some camera gear and shot every concert in Vienna I was interested in.

 The Prodigy

The Prodigy

I started to ask bands if I could take their portraits before shows and since then it’s been an unbelievable journey for me. I’ve shot concerts of more than 400 bands, I have worked exclusively for bands like Iggy Pop, The Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, Fink and Portugal. The Man. My photos were used on album covers, as tour posters and in magazines (such as Rolling Stone) and I am a regular contributor to international photography blogs such as PetaPixel and Huffington Post UK Last year, I toured with the German Balkan Band Shantel all over the world.

I also started my online project "How to become a Rock Star Photographerto help people finding and start living their passion as concert photographers too.

 La Dispute

La Dispute

4. Do you have a “second profession” or passion?

Beside my Ph.D. in molecular Biology and being a photographer I would say another profession/passion is marketing. I was able to build a worldwide community of passionate concert photographers form all around the world by self studying the topic for about 2 years reading books and watching workshops.

 The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

5. What are you reading now?

My online project "How to become a Rock Star Photographer" started to get a lot of media attention and I give lots of interviews and public talks not only music photography but also marketing related. Therefore my book of choice at the moment is “Steal The Show” from Michael Port which is about how to give great speeches. There is always something to learn and I love these challenges in life. If you never leave your comfort zone and think big, you´ll always be standing in your own way.

 Tv On The Radio

Tv On The Radio

6 Do you shoot with your left or right eye?

I shoot with both eyes open. This is a technique that will help me stay alert to what´s going on around me in the Photo Pit. I look with my left eye through the viewfinder and leave my right eye open all the time. This way I´ll catch any activity going on around me such as security guards pulling fans out or the movements of other photographers next to me.

 St Vincent

St Vincent

7. Are there any unseen experimental images in your attic you’d like to show us now?

Not that I know of.



8. Have you ever thought of photographing something other than music? If so, what and why?

Yes, because I don´t see myself only as a concert photographer, but also as a portrait photographer. I work as a freelancer for different magazines such as Forbes Austria and for a big austrian newspaper. I like the contrast of working together with managers and politicians where you need a totally different personal skill set compared to hanging out in fucked up clubs and shooting concerts. Don’t get me wrong. Music photography is still my number one passion and therefore I work with bands as often as possible.

 Skunk Anansie

Skunk Anansie

9. Who do you respect - in photography or elsewhere?

When it comes down to name someone who I respect in photography Anton Corbijn immediately comes to my mind. This guy has had almost every most famous musician in front of his camera. In addition, he’s responsible for most of Depeche Mode’s videos, and has been working with Arcade fire recently. I also love Martin Schoellers and Dan Winters portraits of actors and celebrates as well.

 The Prodigy

The Prodigy

10. If you were to start all over again, is there anything you would do differently? Why?

Probably I should skip university and start being a photographer 10 years earlier next time. Just kidding. I believe that everything in life has it´s meaning and therefore I would do everything the exact same way. I learned from every chapter in my life and integrated my experiences for the

 Fat Boy Slim

Fat Boy Slim

Bonus Q: Do you think the gear you use affects the way you photograph? Why? 

You often hear the quote “It´s not the camera it´s the photographer who takes a good picture”. I basically agree when talking about general photography, but in concert photography the gear matters a lot. Most of the time you have to deal with ultra low light Nikon D700 and Nikon D800 with Nikon 24-70mm f2.8, Nikon 80-200mm f2.8, Nikon 85mm f1.4 f2.8 and a Samyang 14mm f2.8.

I not only love the look of film, but I love working with old analog cameras too. Therefore I am still shooting most of my artist portraits with a 503CX Hasselblad and a Cal Zeiss 80mm f2.8 lens. Nothing can beat this combo in combination with a Kodak Portra 800.

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