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Retro Kolkata Exclusive : Interview with Award winning Portrait Photographer Joachim Bergauer

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The style is evolving. For me, the carrier was the darkroom. Later, I took over this workflow and transferred it to Photoshop. The continuity of photography is the key.

RK : Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. We look forward to you. Let us jump into the past. What moved you to photography for the first time?

Joachim Bergauer :The beginning was that I took the camera of my father at the age of 12 years. It was all analog and I knew when it was green, I had the right exposure. After illegally stealing the camera and exposing the last 8 images, I knew it would be annoying. After a week my dad took the camera and it was like a tribunal. I was quoted in the living room. I knew the situation was stressful. He looked at me and held a few pictures in front of my face. Did you take the pictures. I confirmed. He replied. The photo salesman was very impressed by the pictures and would like to exhibit them in his display. I got from him a fee of 5 films. So my career started as a photographer .

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RK :Is it easy for you to take photos? Were you ever unsure of your talents?

Joachim Bergauer :The film inspired me and other photographers. At 18, I saw a reportage by Helmut Newton and I thought. I can do that too. Later, there were other photographers and one day I had no role models but only admiration for photographers who handled their creativity well. Uncertainties I had at the beginning of my career - not later .

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RK :What are your favorite genres of photography?

Joachim Bergauer :There is no favorite genre. I love photography as a whole. In the model photography much depends on the model. The better the more resonance. At the reportage it is the arrangement of the picture etc.

RK :How do black and white and color play a role in your work?

Joachim Bergauer :Very decisive. I'm from black and white photography. I learned the technique in the darkroom. It is more appropriate to enter into dialogue with people. You are asked to recognize the essential in the picture. We can compare it like this. Go to a good restaurant or to McDonalds . The color is sometimes the sodium glutamate and also emphasizes the artificiality such. b. with my esteemed colleague David La Chapelle .

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RK :What are you looking for when you have a camera in hand? What kind of camera, lenses and lighting devices do you use?

Joachim Bergauer :I am looking for the moment that enchants me. Sometimes it takes a long time for the moment and sometimes it is immediately there.

I take pictures with several systems. There are no favorites because the systems are now all good.

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RK :Their monochrome photos convey depth and often reveal deeper stories. How do you decide which moments you want to capture?

Joachim Bergauer :The stories are the main vehicle. There are a lot of picture series that I present in exhibitions. In the online area it is difficult, because each picture has a survival time of a few seconds.

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RK :What was your most inspiring encounter since the beginning of your photographic journey?

Joachim Bergauer :The journey to the Peulh in Somalia. A nomadic people who traveled from Ethiopia as animals to Senegal and thereby completely changed culturally.

RK :Each of your pictures seems to be a well-thought-out idea of ​​creation. We want to know what flows into the design process of each frame you want to create.

Joachim Bergauer :These are stories that affect us all. How to deal with the world. Respect is the keyword. If the respect for people is not there, the pictures will be bad. Reflection and empathy are the bearers of the pictures and their stories .

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RK :Your photography is so inspiring and you create such beautiful art. We especially love the expressions you grasp. Want to share some of your favorite tips for photographing such amazing expressions?

Joachim Bergauer :Time is the factor. We live in a fast moving time and observing a situation is the essence of photography.

RK :What is the axis of your work for you - technical and conceptual?

Joachim Bergauer :Technology is the prerequisite for implementing the conceptual work. Both is important.

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RK :Which photo are you most proud of?

Joachim Bergauer :There are many pictures that I love. There is a book of mine, where I z.b. the Peulh represented. I really like this book although it is only part of my job.

RK :In your opinion, what qualities cancel some photographic portraits of normal photos of people? Can you give some examples of great photo portraits that are of great importance to you?

Joachim Bergauer :I am a friend of photography Salgados. I love its atmosphere and proximity. From Him came the message. It is the background that makes up the picture.

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RK :Do you think photographers need to build a relationship with their motives or do they need to stay separate?

Joachim Bergauer :Yes, there should be a trust. Again, the aspect of time is important.

RK :You have received many awards from high caliber competitions. What do you think is important to develop your own photographic voice?

Joachim Bergauer :The style is evolving. For me, the carrier was the darkroom. Later, I took over this workflow and transferred it to Photoshop. The continuity of photography is the key.

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RK :Do you have any advice for photographers who are just beginning?

Joachim Bergauer :Do not put everything in immediately. Work quietly and look at the picture the next day.

RK :We (Retro Kolkata) try to build a single stage for all artists because we believe that artists are the most beautiful creation of God and that geographical boundaries can never break their unity and harmony. Please say something about our initiative and a special message to your followers.

Joachim Bergauer :Recognize the beauty and accept everything that scares you. It is a cycle of creativity. When one is happy by recognizing what gifts the world has for us, one also has the key to seeing.

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