In late 2014, Isabel Karl-Herunter, David L. Robertson and Maurice Warniers had their first opportunity to capture photographs together at a workshop near Mendocino, California, organized by Greg Gorman, a highly-respected portrait photographer. Four months later, David and Mattia Zaldini met at a photography workshop in Venice, Italy, photographing Carnevale. What was immediately evident was that these four photographers had diverse but coherent approaches to portraiture.
Isabel prefers working with models in field and studio settings where she has control over gesture, lighting and surroundings, and creates tension and excitement with her use of bold contrast. Mattia wanders the streets wherever he travels, and records the human condition in somber tones, creating a sense of mystery and inviting the viewer to discover the story hidden within. Maurice is the one who loves to experiment with point of view and perspective that can be whimsical or dramatic. David is the traditionalist in this group, who enjoys equally working with models and searching the streets for portraits, attempting to direct the viewer to what he believes is most important in the image, rather than leaving the viewer to explore.
Although these photographers come from Austria, Belgium, Italy and the USA, and approach photography from very diverse directions, they share a common passion for portrait photography presented in black and white. They prefer black and white images because that removes any distractions and focuses attention on the “hero” of the image.