The Line – An art Walk through London with Charles Darwent
Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
Knepp Castle Estate for Brandeins
Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
This time last year, shortly after the first lockdown had been lifted in the UK, Brandeins commissioned us to spend a day at Knepp Castle in Sussex – for a photo essay about the conservation pioneers Isabella Tree (author of ‘Wilding’: Return of Nature to a British Farm) and her husband Charlie Burrell. After they abandoned traditional industrial farming methods 20 years ago, nature has now taken over their 3500 acre estate. Visitors can explore the grounds. The safari centre runs wildlife tours and there is a fabulous shop with home made products. After a 3-month national and international travel ban, it felt like being on holiday abroad for the day. Life as we knew it had restarted, if only for a short time.
Carl Zeiss UK
Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
As most social restrictions will soon be lifted in the UK and people slowly make their way back to their offices, here’s a story we shot for Carl Zeiss’s in-house magazine ‘Zoom’ which was published shortly before the first lockdown. Their newly designed open spaced office and production facility near Cambridge encourages employees, clients and guests to come together so as to share ideas and have access to the latest updates on products and services. As some of us have become used to a home office routine and online meetings during the pandemic, others will look forward to interact and work alongside colleagues once again. A possible future solution for many companies will be a hybrid model. It is a new working method which will mean a big change to conventional office space.
BMW & MIT collaboration – Pushing material boundaries
Wednesday, June 6th, 2018
The BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT’s (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Self-Assembly Laboratory have successfully developed printed inflatable material technologies that self-transform, adapt and morph from one state to another. This visionary commission is showcased at the V&A museum in London, and for the first time on display during „The Future Starts Here“, a highly anticipated exhibition that draws new pictures of an advancing future.
We met Martina Starke, Head of Brand Vision & Brand Design at the BMW Group and Skylar Tibbits, Founder/Co-Director of the Self-Assembly Lab MIT, to produce a short video and photo story for the unveiling of their first collaboration at the Cassina showrooms in Knightsbridge. A fascinating concept which will shape and change things to come in more than one industry sector for sure.
C3 – K+S Mining
Monday, September 19th, 2016
Not too long ago we were in Dubai having after work drinks up on highest bar in the world. This time we go down the same distance and explore the life of miners at 750 metres below street level. With temperature constant at 23 degrees throughout the year, we were asked to shoot a story on safety at work for K+S SCOOP. We may not have had such great views as from the Burj Khalifa but it certainly felt as special being there, and strangely safe so far down. Not sure if it was always like that…
WRKSHP – AGENCY FRANKFURT
Thursday, August 25th, 2016
It can feel a little strange when one of your jobs commissionaires, office neighbours and friends ask to have their picture taken by you for their own company promo. Working with the design agency WRKSHP, this wasn’t the case and we ended up having a relaxed and fun afternoon together. We decided to use our familiar office surrounding of the ‘Bahnhofsviertel’ in Frankfurt, as well as the office itself to capture a set of B&W images. They can now be seen on their newly designed website. Many thanks again to Saira and Julia for being so spontaneous and trustworthy!
11 Freunde – Adrian Tempany
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
The Hillsborough disaster of 1989 was an important yet sad moment for any football fan in England, but also for most other European countries. Watching events unfold like that on TV at the time, is what made the safety aspect for the fans and stewards change forever. We were asked by the German football magazine 11 Freunde, to photograph the author of the book ‘And the Sun Shines Now’, Adrian Tempany at the Guardian offices in Kings Cross, London. As a lifelong Liverpool supporter and actual survivor of this shocking event, he tells his own chilling story of this particular day. One can only hope that it won’t happen again and that a great deal was learned from it! Though having watched the first round games and the behaviour of some of the fans during this years European Championships in France on TV, doubts come to mind…
brandeins – Eliot Higgins
Monday, July 11th, 2016
A bare looking office, no pictures on the wall, the blinds drawn. We took a short train journey to visit Eliot Higgins in his Leicester office from where he has created quite an online following. Higgins is a man who has received significant praise and support from human rights groups, journalists, and non-profit organisations for being among the best out there when it comes to weapons monitoring, especially during the Syrian Civil war, the Russian intervention in the Ukraine and the downing of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. But how is it possible that an entirely self taught, ex unemployed finance and admin worker, with no background in military weapons, has become such an expert in this particular field? The answer is simple and brief; You need a laptop, a microphone, start watching and analysing hundreds of videos each day on Google, Facebook and Youtube! Anyone can do it…
Georg Fischer – Globe Magazin
Monday, January 18th, 2016
We’ve recently covered a story for Georg Fischer’s Globe Magazine. Our 3 day journey took us to their UK location in Coventry to document the Piping System and Machining Solutions section, as well as some of the people running the day to day business. Early starts meant that we were finished by mid afternoon with the individual portraits, which meant that we could concentrate on photographing the spaces from various heights and angles using their impressive shelving cranes. Wish I had a handy tool like this next time we need the extra 5-10 meters in height adjustment.
C3 – OBI
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
A recent trip to one of the biggest DIY stores in Germany gave us an insight on how competitive this market is right now. Obi’s direct competitor Bauhaus, decided to open a brand new store right across the street for a bit more market share in their region. Some of the tactics used and enforced between the two sets of store managers resembled more a comedy script rather than a serious business strategy. Our DIY experience turned out to be a fun day at the office and who knew that you could have such a enjoyable time in a Hardware store.
Lonely Planet offices for brand eins Magazine
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015
Back in the summer, we were given access as the first photographers to visit and document the new Lonely Planet offices in London. Their CEO, Daniel Houghton was in town to check out the newly furnished premises and to oversee new projects and business strategies. The half filled office floor didn’t feel much alive yet, but some desks showed evidence of full day to day work activities already. With many new guide books, platforms and ways to explore travel locations around the world available, it’s clear that the travel industry is in a healthy and happy state at the moment!
Brand eins – London’s property market
Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
The property market in London is an ongoing topic not only in the UK but also abroad. With ever rising house prices and increasing numbers of property development, we spent time meeting people who are directly involved or affected by the issues.
We produced a series of images for German business magazine brand eins which are featured in this month’s issue alongside Ingo Malcher’s journalistic investigation.
SonntagsZeitung – Thomas Cook CEO Peter Fankhauser
Friday, October 9th, 2015
Zurich based newspaper, Sonntags Zeitung, recently sent us to meet and photograph Peter Fankhauser, CEO of Thomas Cook. We were faced with the choice of some of London’s greatest landmarks including the City, the Museum of London and the Barbican Centre, yet we chose Thomas Cooks headquarters where Mr Fankhauser felt most relaxed and right at home. The company remains the second largest Tour operator in Europe, even with recent mergers making the competition tougher than before.
H.O.M.E. Magazine- Exploring Modern Manchester
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
H.O.M.E. magazine commissioned us to produce a series of photographs documenting and celebrating modern Manchester, showing how it is turning into a creative hub that rivals London. We spent the three days meeting some of the city’s leading Creatives and looked at the changing landscape with it’s new architecture.
Both football teams beware, there’s more to Manchester than football to enjoy!
Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
The project page has been updated. We have been documenting the filming of Passing By, a short film about love and standing still directed by Palle Nodeland. We were also invited to document the rehearsals of the theatre play ‘Karl und das zwanzigste Jahrhundert’ at the Schaubühne in Berlin.
Lotus F1 factory
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
The Georg Fischer annual report 2014 has finally been published and we’re very happy that we were asked by the agency Signum to contribute.
Our location this time – The Lotus F1 factory in Oxfordshire. Our subject to photograph – Phil Parkin, Area Sales Manager for GF Machining Solutions Ltd. Our highlight of the shoot – allowed to push last years Lotus F1 car back and forth into position by 2 meters! That’s as close as we ever get to driving one I guess…
Julian Birkinshaw for Brandeins
Monday, March 2nd, 2015
We recently visited the London Business School to photograph Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship Julian Birkinshaw. The shoot was commissioned by our regular Hamburg based client Brand eins. It was a pleasure working with the journalist Ingo Malcher again, on this interesting subject of Strategic Management. Finding out that common sense is actually not the key element in our everyday life, but rather uncommon sense instead; this all left us slightly confused for the rest of the day (if not the week).
Ian McEwan – The Children Act
Friday, February 13th, 2015
We recently photographed the Man Booker Prize-winning author Mr Ian McEwan for Der Spiegel Magazine. Our location was set. We travelled to a hotel in London where we found him in the basement, in deep conversation with the journalist about his latest book ‘The Children Act’. A couple of hours later, with the shoot wrapped up, we saw him wonder into the night amongst all the crowd of London’s West End. Let’s see if this will turn out to be another success story.
Capital Magazine – Taxidermy
Friday, July 11th, 2014
There has been a lot of debate about taxidermy recently. We photographed a ‘Taxidermy workshop’ with Lee Paton, fashion designer and taxidermist for Capital Magazine. Lee instructed a group of students on how to skin and stuff Rats and Guinea Pigs – incredibly interesting but at points a bit grotesque. Lee informed us that his students are mostly female vegetarians.