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Artist of the month: photographer Christoph Liebentritt

Vienna-based, Lower-Austria raised Christoph Liebentritt is specialized in photo reportages and portrait photography - both film and digital.

He is a pas­sion­ate trav­eller, has an obvi­ous love for the visu­al, and, not so obvi­ous, has a degree in Social Stud­ies but has a deep­er inter­est in cap­tur­ing the nature of peo­ple all over the world. Frame of Mind has tak­en a moment to speak to Christoph about the dri­ving force behind his free­lance pho­tog­ra­phy, take a read:

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What first got you inter­est­ed in pho­tog­ra­phy, what lead to you becom­ing a pho­tog­ra­ph­er?
I could now write a lot about my love for the visu­al, about the attempt to catch peo­ple and moments or about the cre­ative process or sim­i­lar things. The truth of the mat­ter is that pho­tog­ra­phy entered my life as a hob­by and grad­u­al­ly grew into some­thing very sig­nif­i­cant. Now I work quin­tes­sen­tial­ly as a pho­tog­ra­ph­er full time. A rather prag­mat­ic approach in which my degree in Social Stud­ies became irrelevant.

Being spe­cial­ized in por­trait pho­tog­ra­phy – what makes a per­son inter­est­ing to you?
For me it has noth­ing to do with phys­i­cal fea­tures which I could list here. It’s more a spon­ta­neous and intu­itive deci­sion which makes me ask a per­son to do a por­trait. It can be the cowherd in India for whom I jumped off my motor­bike and climbed into a riverbed as well as the bar­man from next-door.

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When and where do you feel the most cre­ative and inspired?
With my own inde­pen­dent projects and a high degree of free­dom where I can do as I wish. I love work­ing with peo­ple I real­ly get on well with, peo­ple I can trust when it comes to style and opin­ion. On a cre­ative lev­el, this for me is a won­der­ful and fruit­ful exchange.

You’re also pas­sion­ate about trav­el­ing – what is one place you are dying to vis­it?
Although I have been around a bit there are still quite a few coun­tries on my list. The next des­ti­na­tions will be Japan and Aus­tralia as it looks. Sub-Saha­ran Africa I would like to trav­el more extensively.

What is the most spec­tac­u­lar place you have ever done a shoot­ing at? Any fun­ny sto­ries about that expe­ri­ence?
High up at the very peak of the Großvenedi­ger moun­tain after a two day climb with a roped group high above the glac­i­er – down to the very deep end of the stage pit of the State Opera in Vien­na. The range is thank­ful­ly rather wide.

If you could do a pho­to­shoot with any­one any­where, who and where would that be?
A good ques­tion I’ve got no quick answer to. It is always dan­ger­ous to take pic­tures of peo­ple whose work you admire. Some­times you thus destroy an image you cre­at­ed in your mind. It hap­pened to me while shoot­ing a musi­cian at the Burgth­e­ater in Vienna…

01 Dec 2017 · neubau eyewear