Capturing the Paradoxes of Life

An Interview with Claudio Edinger

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1952, Claudio Edinger has travelled far and seen much of the world. Whatever his keen eyes taken care to observe, his mind took a note of and even more importantly, whatever his mind maintained a journal of his camera was sure to translate on photographic plate. Over the years he created a treasure trove for audience carefully uncovering the untold stories of human heart or uncared for saga of a city’s life.

A student of economics of Mackenzie University in São Paulo, Brazil, Claudio Edinger’s journey into the world of photography begun in early seventies. In next four decades he received Leica Medal of Excellence, 1983 for ‘Chelsea Hotel’, Leica Medal of Excellence, 1985 for ‘Venice Beach’, Ernst Haas Award, 1990 for ‘Madness’, Higashikawa Award, 1999, Japan, Porto Seguro Award, 2010, Sertão da Bahia, Hasselblad Award, 2011 for ‘Downtown Los Angeles’ among many more noteworthy awards and accolades. Paradoxically, his selective focus has become all encompassing in his visual story telling.

A Single–Minded Idea

Photography of Marsel van Oosten

Marsel van Oosten used photography as a way of injecting life into the hectic pace that he was living at. With a full time career in advertising with two gold lions at the prestigious International Advertising Festival, Cannes, France, against his name there was little time for him to think of anything else. A trip to Tanzania however changed a lot of things in Marsel’s life. In the close proximity of the wilderness the roar of lions and the laugh of hyenas felt like music to the ears. Life started charting a new route. Five years after this experience Marsel found the charm of his new love to be too overwhelming to ignore. He gladly switched his advertising career with his new identity, the wildlife photographer.

Marsel’s exploits from behind the camera lenses fetched him Nature Photographer of the Year in the International Photography Awards, 2005, 2006 and 2008, 2011, 2012, Nature Photographer’s Network Awards, 2012, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 2009 among many other noteworthy achievements. His biggest accomplishment however, was learning to listen closely the whispers of nature and observing into the depths of an animal’s eyes that have ‘the power to speak a great language.’

Grace and Delicacy

The Art of Shadi Ghadirian

Born in 1974, Tehran, Iran, Shadi Ghadirian’s exposure to art happened early. She only needed shifting her glance across and thousands of years of history of the country she was brought up in was ever so ready to inform and educate her. From the ancient depiction of relief to the intricacy of Mina-Kari and Khatam-Kari; from the miniature paintings of Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād to the work of Mohammad Ghaffari better known as Kamal-ol-Molk in later years, Iran always threaded rich motifs in art history. Closer home Shadi saw her elder sisters study different expressions of art. However, it was not until she joined University of Art for studying BA in Photography that she delved into the world of visual storytelling. In her own words, ‘I was 19 years old when I went to University of Art in Tehran and started studying photography. I grew up in a family where everyone was familiar with art. My father owns an antic shop and my mother is a housewife. Two of my older sisters studied art. One of them studied cinema and the other one handicraft. I was 4 years old when the revolution happened. I don’t remember much of it but I felt it even at that early age. War happened when I was a teenager. It was a terrible experience for me. I remember the loud noise of violent explosions that worried me all the time. As I went to the University of Art I was fortunate to meet very important personalities like Bahman Jalali and Kave Golestan who inspired me a lot. They had done many things with their photos and I realised I can learn the art of storytelling from them.’

Alone in an Overwhelming Landscape

An Interview with Cameron Davidson

Cameron Davidson’s life may well be considered to have been pages taken straight from Richard Bach’s fabled novella, Jonathon Livingstone Seagull. ‘“To begin with,” he said heavily, “you’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself.”’ These words might have crossed his mind many a time while flying in a single-engine VFR or Cessna 172 / 152. For, those flights have given him a vantage point that not many are privileged to gain. The insight Cameron received in his aerial journeys through a shifting angle of viewing resulted uncovering instances of fragile ecosystem; and even ailing earth’s anguish permeating into human life through death and devastation. His works on Great Mississippi River flood or more recently in Haiti on the aftermath of the earthquake are striking examples of that.

Cameron is the recipient of Luerzer’s 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide, 2012 & 2010, Landscape Photographer of the year, 2010, International Photography Awards (Aerial Photography) and International Photography Awards (Haiti), 2009, a few to mention from his notable list of achievements. ‘Chesapeake: The Aerial Photography of Cameron Davidson’ is an emotional interlace of Cameron Davidson’s two decade long affair with Chesapeake Bay. Read the full interview to understand and gain that added perspective that Cameron has been so kind to share here with our readers.

Storytelling for a Purpose

An Interview with Mark Tipple

Mark Tipple is a documentary filmmaker & photographer from Sydney, Australia and over the last few years has been hailed worldwide for his craft. But much like the vast expanse of the ocean that he has fallen in love with over the years, true appreciation for his art comes from understanding the depth of it. With camera in hand he filmed and photographed the touching story of the youth of Kigamboni Community Center, Tanzania; the aftermath of the much hyped Jakartan dream; the village of Navakai, Fiji ravaged by natural disaster; and the vulnerability of the great white shark in Guadalupe island, Mexico coordinated with his brother Luke Tipple, the marine biologist. Very recently he extended his support for another noteworthy cause led by Surfers against Sewage for their ‘Protect our Waves’ campaign.

Widely appreciated, ‘The Underwater Project’ has added a new dimension in exploring the violence or the passivity of blue and its relationship with man. Mark Tipple’s own words are the bathymetry of the profoundness of his passion.