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Asger Carlsen: From Crime-Photography to Mutilated, Disfigured Human Form

USA – Asger Carlsen is a well-known Danish artist who started his career as a crime scene photographer. After his stint as a crime scene photographer, he moved to the advertisement world and then to New York City almost a decade ago. Later on he ventured into a medium called human-sculptural photography that brought him much acclaim. His images consist of mutilated, disfigured and distorted human forms with a typical obscure quality to them. He has collaborated with photographers like Roger Ballen and media entities like Esquire and New York Times. Carlsen has also authored and co-authored books based on his work. Presently he lives and works from his studio in Chinatown in the New York City.   What is the inspiration behind your human-sculptural photography? In one of your interviews you’ve mentioned that “style” is very important and also that you were inspired by Andreas Gursky, a German landscape photographer, at the beginning of your career.  Gursky was a long time back thing. I believe I said it in relation to explaining where I came from and what I used to do. It’s been a long creative journey for me. I came from a professional photography world as you …

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Hans Gremmen: ‘Peeling off the layers’- Understanding the link between Photobooks and Design


Netherlands –  Hans Gremmen is a talented designer based in Amsterdam known for his innovative work with photo books. Regularly sought out by photographers, Gremmen is known to be quite an authority on photobooks, having worked on several photobooks, including ‘Cette Montagne C’est Moi’, ’Sequester’, and ‘Libero’. Emaho caught up with Hans in November, 2014 to have a conversation about his passion for the medium and everything regarding the photobook tradition and the contemporary photobook scene.   Manik: What inspired you to become a designer of photobooks? Hans: It was not an obvious choice. It happened by chance. After graduating, I worked for architects and made text-based books. One day, a friend asked if I would like to participate in a collective project, involving10 photographers. They needed a graphic designer because they wanted to make a magazine, so they approached me. I liked the offer as I had been working a lot with type. As a designer, you always depend on the offers that people bring you. Even though I liked what I was doing, I thought it would be nice to do something different. So, together we made this small magazine. What happened next was important as Jaap Scheeren and Anouk Kruithof, …

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