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In Conversation

Alexandra Waespi

Published by Matthew Attard Navarro | In Conversation, Fashion
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When did you start photography, and how did you get into it?

I was taking photos growing up, documenting travels and friends. I have always been fixated with the magic process of film. Eagerly waiting to pick up the prints and to keep those memories forever. Though, I really got into it my last year of high school when I was introduced to the darkroom.

What are your favorite subjects and why did you move into fashion photography?

I like working with people. When shooting with a model I approach it more as a study of that person. It could be as a character in fashion or an intimate portrait. My first inspiration was when I saw Diane Arbus’s portraits. That introduced me to a new world of photography that I hadn’t seen before. I was extremely inspired and knew at that moment that being a photographer was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I think seeing great work gets you excited and puts your thoughts on a different wavelength. It opens up new options, especially when just starting out. You see what you resonate with and find how you can take those ideas and apply it when you are behind the lens.

What do you think of the current industry & do you think fashion photography in general has progressed, or do you believe we’ve regressed to try to emulate the works of old masters?

I don’t think it is regressing to try and emulate old masters. In any decade you see the same style of work published over and over, but there is also always new talent pushing boundaries and creating beautiful work. I don’t think that will ever change. Though, I do wish I lived in the days when editors would flip through printed contact sheets or Polaroids rather than watching the image appear on a computer a second after it is shot.

Coming up with something new, is obviously hard, but is the new factor important to you, or would you prefer working on something that’s currently ‘fresh’?

I don’t think about my work as being new or fresh. I just work on what I am passionate about and keep true to my feelings.

Are there any projects you are working on ?

I am working a lot in the darkroom here in Berlin. There is this amazing expired German paper from the 90’s that I am printing hand made diaries of my street work with. I am also continuing to evolve my manipulation work as well; larger scale, darkroom painting, photocopies and collage journals

What’s your favourite photography medium?

I love to work with film. Black and white, color, Polaroid… they all have a special place in my heart and work. I can’t choose only one camera either. I like to work with a Konica Hexar, Polaroid Land Camera and Nikon FG most of the time.

What do you like in fashion & what do you dislike?

I like the art and craftsmanship of fashion. As far as shooting fashion I like collaborating with a team. I dislike the plastic part of the industry – heavy retouching.
Category In Conversation, Fashion
Tags Alexandra Waespi, Photography