GMARO & Interview with the genius photographer Holger Nitschke.
GMARO Magazine MAY 2019 ISSUE #08 Cover photographed by Holger Nitschke.
Cover Model：Marie Louwes
Model Agency：Mega Model Agency
Make-up Artist：Ilka Preuth
Where are you from Originally?
I’m from „Varel“ a small town in northern Germany, near the north coast. I’m actually based near Oldenburg/Lower Saxony.
Give me a brief description of your career trajectory – professionally trained or not, opportunities that led to breakthroughs.
I started photography back in 2004 - it began with concert-photos but after a short period I started to capture people. All my skills are self-taught, I don’t study photography. In the early years I felt home in the gothic and fetish-scene and also my models come from that subcultures. In 2011 I felt limited within the scene so I started to capture more (let me call it) „natural“ individuals/models.
How does your background affect your work?
Because of the subculture-years, I mentioned above I think that my work has a slightly dark impact.
What is your creative Mantra? Like what do you live by to stay on the cusp as a creative image maker?
“Never give up” I’m very self-criticism - often I’m not happy with my results. Not rarely I think about throwing down photography and do something else - but there is no chance, I couldn’t give up, I live for images. That makes me go up every day. I’m down when I don’t shoot nearly every week.
Who’s work inspires you to push the envelope creatively and why?
I love the work from Helmut Newton and Peter Lindbergh - they are real photographers - no plastic and Photoshop! I constantly watch the work from others on Instagram, Behance and some other sites. Furthermore, I’m very inspired by music (I love to play music when I shoot and do the post) and art films and music videos.
What is the single most important outcome of an image when creating a campaign or editorial story for a client?
To create a mood - the mood is everything, technical perfection is minor.
In your free time, what kind of pictures do you like to shoot and which ones do you avoid?
I always love to shoot people and fashion but I also discovered to do some street and architecture when I travel to different cities.
What makes an image iconic?
What is the best way to describe the working relationship between you as a photographer and your stylist on any given project? How important is that related to the success of that project?
I think it’s very advantageous that we both like the same type and expression of the model - so the things just flow.
Since the photography techniques and equipment change quickly, it is important to stay up-to-date. What do you do to always keep up with the times?
In the past years, I’ve bought so much stuff but I could do my actual work with one of my first cameras. Please don’t misunderstand: I love technology but the industry makes us think about that getting the newest and most expensive stuff makes us a great photographer - I think that’s wrong. Many images from today are looking more „old-school“: noise, unsharpness, blur, under or overexposed images - the analog revival. The mood is everything - you can’t buy it.
What do you feel ties you in personally to your work?
Time and the need for sleep. :-)
Is there anything else you’d like to share with GMARO magazine?
Never give up ;-)