March 15, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Photo Interview:

Name: Stevie Kahn
Age: 36
Birthday: September, 24th.

College: University of the West of England, Bristol.
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Book: Anything by Dean Koontz, Stephen King or James Herbert.
Favorite Movie: Total Recall (the old one with Arnie obviously!)
Favorite Food: Burgers and Champagne (combined it’s an absolute winner!)
Favorite Quote: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” ? Susan Sontag

For how long have been in photography? How did you start? I have always loved photography and travelling which generally come hand in hand. But it has only been recently that I would define photography as being a hugely important part of my life. Dec 27th 2015 was the day that I decided to actually explore what my camera was truly capable off instead of simply putting on the automatic mode and shooting.

How would you define yourself as an artist? I love shooting in low light with the focus being on cityscapes, landscapes, astrophotography and colour. Literally as much colour as I can fit into a frame – you will never see me editing in B&W! My favourite shots will generally combine reflections, clouds and colour galore.

Where do you find inspiration? Through Photo sharing websites such as 500px and Instagram.

Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life today? My biggest inspirations in the photography world are Daniel Cheong and Dany Eid. I will never forget the first time I saw their images and my jaw hit the floor. I had the pleasure of meeting both recently and am proud to now call them my friends. In my life, my wife. She is my biggest critic and her opinion is the most important to me. Being South African she has a natural ability to tell me bluntly if something sucks or not!

What for you is the most enjoyable part of your photography?Exploring new locations for a shoot, waiting for the right conditions, taking the shot and then seeing the picture on your camera’s viewfinder. When you capture a “jaw dropper” the feeling is akin to scoring a 25 yarder in the top corner!

Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts? Dubai, where I am based, has many great photographers and coming up with original content requires a lot of brainstorming.

Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology? Digital technology has meant that anyone can create incredible images, gone are the days of spending hours in the darkroom (lightroom is the digital equivalent). There are so many different techniques that have been made freely accessible such as digital blending, long exposure and HDR thanks to the evolving nature of both DSLRs and editing software. I like lightroom as I can tweak the raw image to my liking and generally try not to do too much as I want the image to be a representation of what actually happened.

What type of camera do you use most? Canon 6D

What is your favorite lens? Canon 16-35mm wide angle lens takes around 75% of my shots. This lens is the Chuck Norris of the wide angle world and the images you can produce are super sharp.some short questions now…

Luxury cars: Bentleys and Astons.

Fashion Designers/Fashion Brands: Tom Ford… simply wow

Describe your style: “Define yourself“… English chap! Suit jackets and brogues!

Luxury watches: Omega

DJ/Music/Singer: DJ Andy C/Hip Hop/Jay Z

Hot places: Maldives (utterly incredible)

Travels: Maldives, Japan, South Africa – Cape Town is my fave city on earth

Basketball players: I’m British so my knowledge is pretty limited but Kobe Bryant!

Sports: Football, Rugby, Cricket, pretty much everything.

Who are the sportsmen or sportswoman’s you admire the most? Steven Gerrard (football), Richie McCaw (rugby) and of course Usain Bolt.

What has been your most memorable assignment and why? I got taken to the police station whilst shooting light trails on the main highway in Dubai as someone driving their car thought I was taking pictures of them! Luckily the police were understanding and let me off after I showed them no people were in any of my shots. I will never forget my wife ringing me to ask where I was as we were supposed to be meeting for dinner and I had to tell her I was in the back of a police car!!

What are your favourite three images you have shot recently? A 3 shot panorama of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi, a 5 min long exposure in Dubai Marina and a 3 shot HDR sunset in Sri Lanka.

How important is an awesome website for your business? It’s currently being built – very important as it is still the most easily accessible method for people to contact you.

What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have? Patience – for a perfect shot one may need to revisit a location multiple times waiting for the right light conditions. It also means that if you are married to a photographer that you need to be equally as patient!

Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? Collaborating with The Travel Hub whilst visiting South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe this year.

List of your clients? I am relatively new to the game so am still building my brand but am collaborating regularly with The Travel Hub as well as providing images for local magazines in Dubai.

Who are the photographer’s you admire the most? Dany Eid and Daniel Cheong – top photographers and top guys too

What about architects and designers? Adrian Smith designed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. I literally never get bored of this building!
What are your next projects? Complete website, sell prints, collaborations online through my instagram (@steviekahn) and travel the globe to create content! Japan is next for Cherry blossom season.

DEFINE KLASSIK MAGAZINE for the audience? Cool, chic and informative.