showcase vienna issue 335 Apr 2012Featuring creative talent and services from the most exciting production locations
Welcome to Showcase Vienna, brought to you by Production Paradise. We present the very best of the Austrian capital's visual media industry, with much more information available in our dedicated Photo and Film directories.
Be sure to check our featured events:
- The Vienna Festival for Fashion & Photography (29th May - 6th June) will present contemporary trends from Austrian and international designers. Numerous fashion shows and exhibitions on fashion photography and the magazine industry are spread across the city. The Austrian Fashion Awards will also be part of the event.
- VIS Vienna Independent Shorts WIEN, 6th - 10th June, Austria's leading short film festival.
Our cover image was shot by Norbert Kniat.
carolineseidler.com Vienna illustrators' agents
"Pictures awaken one's desires and dreams, they enliven texts and explain content. Our focus is communication with the help of illustration and photography. For our clients, we visualize the tangible and intangible content. For publishers, advertising agencies, marketing departments, lawyers and hospitals we make visuals for packaging, print media, walls, digital media, traditional advertising, characters, exhibition stands, animations and movies. We offer comprehensive advice on style and aesthetics, technique, colour, line management, lighting, casting and location."
Founded by Caroline Seidler in 2004, the company has received numerous awards including CCA, ADC Europe, Cannes Festival, Binder Award, International Advertising Festival of New York, Lürzers, Novum, Freistil, Poster4tomorrow and the Children and Youth Book Prize of the City of Vienna.
"In 2012 we have dedicated portfolios to these themes; we call these the 'wish portfolios.'" Caroline Seidler, CEO.
Clients include design studios, advertising agencies, publishing companies, direct clients including lawyers, management consultants, banks and insurance firms, as well as trading and industrial companies.
- photo production
Wagner Productions Vienna photo production
Wagner Productions provides production services for photography and moving image shoots.
The company works on shoots in Austria, the Alpine Region, and also throughout Europe. Wagner Productions is equally comfortable shooting in Alpine environments, snow-bound locations, remote landscapes or urban settings.
Productions include shoots with photographers such as Christian Schmidt, Emir Haveric, Erik Chmil, Mats Cordt, Tom Mennemann, Frithjof Ohm, Josh Olins and Stephane Sednaoui.
making of - make up, hair, styling, productions Vienna photo production
Founded in 1999, Making Of is Austria's leading agency for photo productions, make-up, hair and styling, setting the standard for quality and professionalism.
Making Of handles all aspects of photo productions, including location scouting, casting, make-up and hair styling as well as production management.
The company chooses from a wide range of make-up, hair, fashion, food and set styling professionals along with designers for promotional outfits.
For more information contact Martina B. Cerny.
- post production
Rotfilter Vienna creative post production
Rotfilter is a leading Vienna-based post production and CGI company specialising in creating and refining photographic imagery across advertising, fashion and art.
Latest work featured in this Showcase includes:
- Manner confectionery from Austrian conglomerate Josef Manner & Comp AG. Together with lead agency Demner, Merlicek und Bergmann, Rotfilter created a unique collage style.
- Münze Österreich, internationally renowned for its know-how in precious metal processing and coin production, is a global player in the international minting industry. JWT Vienna created the idea for this shoot together with a top still life photographer and CGI rendering from Rotfilter.
- Casinos Austria is a leading national and international gaming company with numerous locations in Austria and abroad. To be stylish, modern and up-to-date were the main goals for agency Lowe GGK Vienna for the new campaign, with Rotfilter building a 3D casino room.
- Wiener Blut, the Austrian fragrance house, creates novel perfumes based on original themes and recipes of 19th-century Vienna. Together with founder Alexander Lauber, art director Alexander Wiederin and photographer Günter Parth, Rotfilter created a stylish and exclusive world.
Martin Siebenbrunner Vienna fashion photographers
Martin Siebenbrunner started his professional career only five years ago but has already obtained international acceptance. Normality has never satisfied him; he left this behind and found his passion in extremes - extreme poses, light and colours.
The Vienna-based photographer shows sensual looks, gestures and poses in intense interaction and with an artist's eye. The result: image collections relating touching narratives. Martin works for magazines including Madonna, FHM, Fashion-TV and Penthouse as well as for fashion labels such as Bipone, Tiberius and Callisti.
Visit his website or Facebook page for more information.
Friedrun West - West Studios Vienna fashion photographers
Photographer Friedrun West studied fashion and textile design in Vienna as well as painting and graphic design at the University of Applied Arts. She started her professional career as a self-employed graphic artist then switched to advertising photography. She owns Vienna’s biggest photo studio but still prefers to take photos on location. She especially loves digital artwork, from the original photo right through to the final print.
Friedrun has created a lot of photo artwork for packaging clients and has generated an extensive fruit and plant archive for her product images.
"Digitally, everything is possible.“
Studio Huger Vienna interiors & exteriors photographers
"I make reality look even better in my pictures!“
In the course of his career, Stephan Huger has made architectural photography his specialty. He regularly works for national and international companies and since 2008 has distinguished himself as a 'Qualified European Photographer' in Brussels.
Stephan completed his studies in the graphic arts at a federal institution for education and research, where he also passed his examination for the master craftsman's certificate. He has worked as a professional photographer since 1987.
Stephan is particularly interested in surfaces and forms, and especially the effects of reflection and shine. Unwanted effects, however, are concealed through intentional manipulation of light, or afterwards with the help of image editing. He works both in his own studio as well as on location.
Jakob Polacsek Photography Vienna people & lifestyle photographers
Jakob Polacsek (1976) studied communications at the University of Vienna. After graduating in 2003, he worked in various media related branches including journalism, film and advertising. As of 2005 his professional focus narrowed down to photography.
Be it editorial or advertising, Jakob's main subject is people which is where his strength lies. Excellent communication skills together with a keen eye for composition and detail allow him to consistently get the shot. His work has been published in magazines and campaigns around the world.
Clients include Sony, Samsung, 3, Adidas Eyewear, Redbull, Uniqa, NY Times and Brand Eins.
Visit his website for more information.
Christian Maislinger Salzburg advertising photographers
Christian Maislinger was born 1974 in Austria and his first passion was sports, especially the 110m hurdles. During his career as a professional athlete, he discovered his love for photography. In 1998 he began as an assistant at a well-established studio in Salzburg. At that time he focused on analogue art photography and worked for international artists and galleries such as Thaddaeus Ropac.
Christian currently runs his own studio in Salzburg and shoots advertising campaigns as well as fashion and lifestyle editorials for international clients and magazines. He recently photographed campaigns for Jette Joop, Lagermax , the "Voice of Germany” finalist Sharron Levy for Sprizzero, and a British campaign for Paul Green shoes.
Christian is currently looking for an agency.
Matej Fišer Vienna food & drink photographers
"Sweet dreams, smart minds, clear visions are Leitmotiv for the stories that pictures should tell In food, life, fashion or advertising."
Matej Fišer makes contemporary food concepts, not just images. From molecular gastronomy to all the classics, inventive food designers and young chefs - all graduates of Le Cordon Bleu - assist in helping the studio to complete projects across food, fashion and advertising photography.
A fusion of styles, emotions and techniques are the essence of images that contain a flair for life.
Citronenrot Vienna corporate & industrial photographers
Citronenrot is Gabriela Koch and Gerlinde Gorla, a female photography team based in Vienna. Working together in Europe and Hawaii for 10 years, the two are known for their open minded and straightforward female approach. Their ability to genuinely relate makes models and clients alike feel at ease, and this translates into pictures of confidence and openness. Regardless of whether they're shooting a building, a landscape or a person, Citronenrot offers a glimpse of the essence of the subject matter.
Featured in this showcase is their project Westbahnhof, a rare view behind the railings inside this construction site of a century, where the preservation of old and new technology comes together.
- models, actors, casting
LOOK MODELS international inc. Vienna fashion models
Look Models International I Wolfgang Schwarz. Two strong names in the industry for 25 years.
"In 1989, Wolfgang Schwarz decided to open a modelling agency. But Schwarz, a former model himself, didn’t open his agency in one of the more obvious fashion hotspots such as New York or Paris. Instead, he opened his agency in Vienna, in his native Austria, a country never particularly known for its sense of world-dominating style.
"Schwarz believed that Eastern Europe could offer many beautiful women eager to take on lucrative modelling contracts in the West, and soon he was opening offices all over the region - in Warsaw, Tallinn and Bucharest - scouting girls to be trained in the ways of Western hairstyling, clothing and make-up, before introducing them to the big players of the fashion industry in New York and Milan.
"Before long, Look Models became the largest model-scouting agency, not only in Europe, but the world."
Taken from Stephanie Marsh’s article in The Times of London, 14/01/2012.
- styling, hair, makeup
Sergej Benedetter Vienna hair and make up artists
Sergej Benedetter is an internationally renowned make-up artist, hair stylist and luminary between art and fashion. Born in Russia in 1969, Sergej moved to Vienna in the early 90s with nothing but his creativity. He soon became a make-up artist and hair stylist for top models around the globe, and also began working on prestigious photo productions. These jobs brought him permanent engagements in cities such as Milan, Paris, Tokyo, London, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Sergej's talent has been in great demand worldwide for over 15 years, working for international clients such as Harper´s Bazaar, Vogue and Madame Figaro. His vision has been well received across a variety of different genres as he was among the first to seriously explore the area between styling and art.
He has participated in fashion shows all over the globe and has worked for international clients such as Mercedes, Villeroy&Boch, Adidas and many more. As of 2009, Sergej has been official head of hair and make-up for MQ Vienna Fashion Week. Recently, he has worked on photo production and castings for Great Length, L'Oréal and Schwarzkopf, and for fashion shows by Schwarzkopf and L'Oréal with various star coiffeurs.
- equipment rent
digitalkameraverleih Vienna camera/ accessories photography
digitalkameraverleih offers the most comprehensive Pentax 645D medium format system for rent in Europe, and has just recently added the long awaited DA 645 25mm f/4 ultra-wide-angle lens to its line-up. This lens is built to exacting optical and mechanical standards with dust-proof and weather-resistant construction and a unique pull-out polarizing filter.
One of the most anticipated cameras in 2012 is certainly the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with its much improved AF system and better low-light capabilities. digitalkameraverleih is the first company in Austria to offer the 5D Mark III for rent. Other new rental equipment includes the latest versions of Canon's 300mm f/2.8 telephoto and 14mm f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle lenses.
A very welcome tool for on-location work is the Profoto BatPac power supply. It is a high capacity power source that can be used for flash lights as well as electrical devices such as computers, wind machines and more.