Photo Interview Jan Rasmus Voss
Photographer: Jan Rasmus Voss
Birthday: 30th December
College: I went to Albert College, Canada, but that is a high school. Besides that, no college.
Favorite Color: Black on white
Hmm, that’s tough, but I recently grew very fond of Sibylle Berg. She writes about a Yoga teacher in Sri Lanka who has to listen to speed
metal music, because he can’t take the harmony.
I love movies by Wes Anderson and I hate movies by Jean-Luc Godard.
Wine and cheese.
“You can’t always trust your mother” Lou Reed
For how long have been in photography?
I am taking pictures since I was about twelve. I am in Professional Photography for about four years.
How did you start?
I started with commercial film production and became a directors assistant after a while. From there on I was a camera assistant, camera man, editor…pretty much everything you can be on a film set. On the side, I always took pictures and people were very encouraging about that.
How would you define yourself as an artist?
I would prefer others to define me as an artist. I just do what I like.
Where do you find inspiration?
Fashion magazines, museums and movies.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts?
I have a huge folder where I save tons of pictures that inspire me. Before a job, I go through it and pick out the ones, that are suitable.
Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology?
I think it is fair to use every technique available to make a person as good looking as possible, even if the end result looks a bit “superhuman”.
That is what painters through the centuries did and that is what I do with light and photoshop.
Did you work for lnterntonal brands? Which ones?
BMW, BARBARA I GONGINI (DENMARK), TRENDSETTER MAG (TURKEY), besides that, mostly German based companies and magazines. My main goal for the next couple of years is to work more internationally. I travel a lot and countries like India, China and the middle east fascinate me.
Did you work with Top models? How was your collaboration with them?
I worked with a lot of models, but none of the top 10 so far. In general, I can say that most of them are very professional and we have a lot of fun.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction?
Any one where an art director gives me a challenge. Whenever I can achieve something that looks really hard in the beginning, I am happy.
List of your clients?
On my website
Best and worst experience?
Since equipment rental people always seem like they can tell a pro from an amateur from a distance, I felt very special when the old, very strict boss at a rental place took me aside after a couple of years and said “Mr. Voss, we appreciate your work and it looks like you are doing very well”. A small moment, but I felt like I was knighted by the Queen. The worst was taking pictures for an insurance company at five in the morning at minus 25C for three days in a row.
Who are the photographer’s you admire the most?
Lindbergh, Newton, Crewdson, Robby Mueller (DOP), Christopher Doyle (DOP) and recently I love Willy Vanderperre
What about architects and designers?
If I was a photographer in the the 80s, I would spend all my millions on Zanotta Design from Italy. I love expensive design furniture.
What are your next projects?
Shooting a campaign for a big German car company and going on holidays right after the last shooting day.
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