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"I became involved in photography through a series of events over a period of time. When I was in high school, my older brother was taking photography so my parents set up a home darkroom in our basement bathroom. One day all of my brothers’ equipment was stolen from his car, so he stopped doing photography all together, leaving the darkroom unused. So the next year in school I enrolled in photography. I played with it throughout high school and early college, but it was just “fun” not my major in college. Then I transferred to the University of Iowa as a junior with the intention of being a Native American studies major (it was one of only three such degree programs in the country). But when I arrived they told me I would need to start over as a freshman in order to receive the degree. So, on a whim in my counselors office, I said screw it, I will be an artist and changed my major to Fine Art..."

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"Born in 1960 in Quito, Carbonell, Ecuadorian painter, emigrated to Mexico in 1986. Carbonell studied painting in Barcelona and was part of a group of young painters influenced by informalism. Tàpies was an influential figure for him. Tachism and working with different materials, accidents, chance, and texture are all highly influential in his works. He likes to experiment and is influenced by the avant-garde. His own work is realistic in nature and combines elements of romanticism and minimalism..."

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"Michal Zahornacky was born in 1988 in Povazska Bystrica where he also currently lives and works. He bought his first camera in 2010 and since 2011 he is active in the world of photography. You can find his work on slovak as well as on foreign web portals, which are dedicated to photography. His favourite focus of activity is black and white photography. You can find a lot of emotions in his portraits, usually showed in depressive atmosphere. The light and the darkness play the main role and create the spirit of the picture. He focuses on capturing the world of human and the space around... in the same time Michal invites the viewer to listen to the silence of the world and a man."

Musetouch edition 27

 

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Gioia Cordovani is an amazingly talented professional visual artist living and creating in Rome, Italy.

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"Kat Moser explores the potency of the female form and the otherworldly aspects of earth and water through her elegant, ethereal and often enigmatic photographs. By envisioning age-old cultural narratives we first experienced in fairy tales, mythology and legends, Moser allows the viewer to revisit mystery and imagination through fresh eyes. Over the past two decades, Moser's photographs have been widely exhibited and her work is included in numerous private collections. She studied with photographers Joyce Tenneson, Doug Beasley, Elizabeth Opalenik, and Connie Imbodem and counts among her influences Clarence John Laughlin, Deborah Turbeville, Sarah Moon, and Duane Michals. Kat Moser maintains a one-woman studio in Omaha, Nebraska..."

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"Willi Kissmer was born in Duisburg, Germany in 1951. Multi-talented as a teenager, Kissmer was
undecided whether to dedicate himself to the visual arts or music. He studied at the Folkwangscule, University of Essen and later taught printmaking at the University of Duisberg. As for his music, Kissmer is now an accomplished guitarist and has recorded three albums to date. Although Kissmer's art is relatively new to North America, the artist is no stranger to the Americas, Europe, the Former Soviet Union, or Asia, all of which he has traveled through extensively. Described as a contemporary master, Kissmer's art has been shown in galleries and museums from California to Leningrad.The artist employs combinations of etching, aquatint, drypoint and mezzotint techniques on his copperplates. A range of warm tones and the talent to bring an electrifying edge to his subject, in part, links Kissmer's art to a long tradition of realism in northern European painting. For this skill, Kissmer has built a solid reputation and an avid following in Europe and a rapidly expanding interest in North America..."

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"I am a graphic and children's book designer based in Bristol, UK. I completed my degree in fashion design and illustration but had previously studied fine art, graphic design and textile design, I have been working as a graphic designer and illustrator for 10 years..."

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Michael Taylor is photographer based in Belfast, UK. His series “Lumen” is the overall title for a lifetime photographic investigation of light. Where light is the subject.

Read an exclusive interview with Michael, written by Maia Sylba, Musetouch edition 27.

 

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"British artist Hush merges various street art approaches with traditional art practices to create complex and original work. The artist presents contemporary depictions of traditional portrait and figurative imagery through an inventive mix of seemingly incompatible themes and aesthetics. Through his technique of layering divergent aesthetics, Hush’s contemporary paintings disclose the beauty produced by years of decayed tagging and the possibility of creating something new..."

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Taida Celi was born in Kristiansand in 1989. She initially started with drawing and painting as a creative outlet before she decided to pursue photography. She is seeking aesthetic and deeply personal expressions, the challenging aspects of human emotions.

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Christian Schloe is a talented Austrian artist whose work includes digital art, painting, illustration, and photography.

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Margarita Georgiadis was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1968. She educated herself in philosophy and physics. This research underpins her work, to such an extent that she fondly compares painting to writing. Georgiadis had an epiphany after the passing of her father. It was a confrontation with the reality death. Her subsequent work strives to depict the imperceptible, using translucent layers of muted colors, among other painterly devices. For Georgiadis, the act of painting serves to "elucidate a relationship between thought and emotion". Her work was shortlisted for The Archibald Prize in 2009. It is exhibited regularly at the Rex Livingston Gallery in Sydney and the Edwina Corlette Galleryin Brisbane.

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"If I could travel and photograph people and places in all their intricate beauty for the rest of my life, that would be all I could dream of."

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"I am a photographer, living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have started shooting underwater about three years ago. While my underwater photography often involves commercial, bridal and fashion shoots, my conceptual work speaks of a subconscious denial of reality. I believe that photography as a medium lends a kind of realism to these ‘fantasies’, allowing it to exist in closer relationship to the viewer..."

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"I'm a member of the Union of Polish Art Photographers. I used to be a chairman of Warmia and Masuria Photographic Association. I live in the north of Poland, in a pretty town of Olsztyn. At present, i use computer methods to take photos with digital techniques only. Pictures that I create, are the extention of what I was doing earlier tradition using photographic methods..
The theme of my work is usually a man and his portrait. The method I use is a digital fotomontage. I treat my photos totally different from those created by techniques of photographic materials producers. I try to do every work with my own 'particular method'."

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Vernon Trent was born in Romania in 1967. His journey to the art you see today began as a child. When most children his age were playing games and attending parties, Vernon was honored with his very first photographic exhibition. As the seasoned age at 10, his talents were already recognized by the local photographic community...

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Self-taught photographer Zena Holloway, a daughter of an airline pilot, was born in 1973 in Bahrain and now lives and works in London. She is famous for her underwater projects. She was travelling the world as a SCUBA diver instructor when she discover her interest for underwater photography, which lately became a real passion...

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Mara Light was born in 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. Her artistic journey began early in life within the home. “Creativity was always encouraged by my parents” says the daughter of two artists. Her mother studied painting in New York and her father studied photography at the Art Center College of Design.“I was often drawing and being creative in some form or another,” says Mara.

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Julie Poncet is, the way she likes to call herself...an amateur photographer. This amazingly talented and unique visual artist is living and creating in France.

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"Right now I like making ink drawings on adhered together sheets of vintage book paper, there is a fragility to these images that I find interesting (as if the wind may blow them away at any moment) and the hand drawn stark black lines against the intricate printed words of the book pages offer a strange fusion and depth that seems to give the images a kind of 'meaning' and back story, even though unconnected in a contrived way. I never pick the image for the pages or visa-versa they just collide as chance permits, any meaning they may have is purely created by the observer and their own imaginings."

Musetouch 27/September 2013.

 

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