Even though he’s just over thirty years of age, Andreas Waldschütz has already gathered life and work experience in a pretty impressive number of countries. After growing up in Vienna and arriving at the point where he found the Austrian capital a wee too small, he packed his bag and went off to explore new shores – Californian ones, too, as he set out to discover San Francisco where he was involved in a film production company. After two years in California, he came back to Europe and moved to Berlin, later London. But then he decided that he might as well make Vienna his homebase again where he now lives, even though he travels a lot and has started making himself a name with beautiful productions shot in very extravagant locations (Andreas is not really a great friend of studio photography): For example, I absolutely love his editorial shot in Villa Maund somewhere in a mountainous region in Western Austria and realised in collaboration with Georgian-born design shooting star George Bezhanishvili.
Among Vienna’s talents in fashion photography, Irina Gavrich is definitely a name worth remembering: Ucrainian-born Irina has made a quick ascent after graduating from Ortweinschule in Graz and worked for international magazine titles such as Vogue UK and Harper’s Bazaar Russia. Apart from that, she is also a close friend and constant lookbook photographer for up-and-coming fashion designer Anna Aichinger, whose Alphagirl concept she supports with a convincing photographic language. Generally speaking, Irina confides in her talent to grasp the essence of a scene and to release the shutter in the very “moment décisif” (to quote an expression forged by Henri Cartier-Bresson) which her intuition allows her to detect.
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