String-puller extraordinaire – she is over the moon at the fact that, after thirteen years, her baby is out of the woods! Fashion is an affair of the heart for her; networking just comes naturally. The only thing that makes her a little sad sometimes is the fact that her beloved cherryred 1970s Opel Cadet can't accompany her on all her travels.
Unrelenting strictness as an editor and unrestricted passion as a freelance author are two aspects that define her. The expert in German studies is a glowing admirer of Thomas Bernhard and in addition to the German language, has a soft spot for German music – last but not least for some of the bands from her hometown, Düsseldorf, at whose concerts she can always be found in the front row.
Everyone in Berlin who has anything to do with fashion knows this author, who is always excellently informed and a source of information. Good style doesn't just interest her in theory. In her own shop 'Belleville' the business woman used to sell avant-garde clothing and she also teaches at the distinguished Esmod Academy. How she manages to raise her kids on top of all that remains a mystery.
Even in the most stressful final correction phases this graphic designer keeps a cool head. He’s the poker face of the editorial office, who always manages to pull the ace out of his sleeve at the last minute. Thanks to him and his first rate graphics agency, Chewing the Sun, in Wuppertal, we can look back on seven years of top class layouts, as well as the J’N’C logo.
A tree of a man! The unabated creative power of the illustrator who has been illustrating our city guides for four and a half years now – you can almost feel it coming off the page. Klonek is particularly successful in the US, most recently he worked for the New York Times, Wired and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Other Busy Bees
Despite being just 25 years old, the Stuttgart all-round talent Dennis Fischer has already had more different jobs than the average pensioner. After finishing school and completing a car mechanic apprenticeship, he began his professional life by working full-time at his parents’ window-fitting business. But what his family didn’t realise: Dennis had long since sold his soul to fixed-gear bikes and photography. The proof can be found by the dozen on the internet and in the most diverse print magazines, as well as on the pages of the ‘Love for Barcelona’ book, which was published to commemorate the fixed-gear photo exhibition of the same name. For J’N’C he photographed ‘Playero Total’.
“Inspiration always comes unexpectedly. Sometimes it makes us happy, sometimes it confuses us, and in the worst case scenario it remains a secret for us because we don’t know how to deal with it,” explains the Polish-born stylist Edyta Kopcio when asked about the core of her work. And with her contribution to the J’N’C photo spread ‘Le Pierrot Solitaire’ the 32-year-old, who has meanwhile relocated to Berlin, is once again proving that the key to genuine creativity lies in always seeing the world with eyes wide open.
Born and raised in North London, Felicity Sagoe not only discovered her love for vinyl records and films by Wim Wenders, Stanley Kubrick and Werner Herzog at an early age, but, armed with a Zenith camera, she also shot her first photo series at the tender age of 15. What began as a hobby turned into a profession after her fashion degree and, in 2006 with the founding of her own agency Rootdown, has led to commissioned work for publications including BabyBabyBaby Magazine, Junkie Magazine and Russian Vogue. Parallel to the planning of her first exhibition, Felicity photographed model Jessi M’Bengue for J’N’C.
After growing up as a child of nature between elks and bears in the solitude of northern Sweden, Åsa Lundström moved to Stockholm when she was almost 19 years old where she first completed an art degree at the renowned Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts & Design, before stopping off via New York and London in 2008 to become a stylist in Berlin. The meanwhile 36-year-old, who fastidiously avoids meat products from massproduction farming and, despite a fiercely passionate love for the German capital, misses the peace, tranquility and fresh air of her native country, took care of the right look for J’N’C in ‘You are me’.
As a freelance journalist, copywriter and lecturer for fashion texts and photography Gerlind Hector not only works day in, day out, on the subject of fashion, but is also aware that everything is linked together anyway. Which is why, despite her instinct for style and class, the parallel reading of Spiegel, Brand Eins, Bild and Gala is no big deal for her. After periods in Düsseldorf and Hamburg, for a few years now she has been living with her family in Grünwald, the Beverly Hills of Munich, where she has so far successfully managed to resist the ultimate assimilation in the form of Botox injections, silicone implants and hair bleaching. For J’N’C the yoga fanatic and passionate camper has taken a closer look at the subject of jersey pants.
Born and raised in Niigata, Japan, Akihito Igarashi moved to Europe after he'd finished school, where he began a degree in design at the London College of Fashion with the aim of becoming a stylist – only to then swap his sketchpad and sewing machine for a camera to concentrate fully on fashion photography. After returning home, the now 28-yearold worked as a photo assistant in Tokyo before returning to the Thames metropolis after missing it so much. There, for different magazines as well as his own blog, he is currently documenting the many and varied interfaces of fashion and music in images. For J'N'C the chain-reading 'Parklife' fan set 'A Scarlet Angel' in scene.
In 2001, Danish born Jakob Brondum gave up his ambitious career as a professional horse rider, sold his horse and – armed with his savings, his 'My Sharona' single by The Knack, several bags and suitcases and a head full of ideas – moved to London where he began a degree at the Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. After stints as a stylist's assistant at Dazed & Confused and Harper's Bazaar he not only created the right look for The Horrors, Franz Ferdinand, Grand Olè Party and Peaches Geldof, but also worked as a stylist and consultant for Louise Amstrup and 1205. Jakob loves his new Prada shoes, summer sun, days off and New York shop/restaurant institution 'The Smile'. For J'N'C he took care of the styling for the Courtney Love homage entitled 'Dirty Blonde'.
Whether as a stylist, fashion editor, DJane or on a design mission with her own fashion label Proportion – there’s no stopping the bundle of energy known as Alexandra Heckel. So it’s hardly surprising that her portfolio has taken on virtually biblical proportions during the past nine years and, alongside magazines like Intro, Spex, Deutsch and Vanity Fair, also includes the most diverse work for television channels, sportsmen and women and musicians. To relax after a busy day, the Berlin resident recommends either a cosy cooking session with good friends, going to a ‘Belle and Sebastian’ concert or watching ‘I’m a Cyborg but That’s OK’ on DVD. For this issue of J’N’C she was responsible for the styling of ‘Leaving Ibiza’.
“30 degrees in the shade and hordes of party people below are spilling into the Hotel Bon Sol in Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza. Now I’m almost forty I say: Party my ass. Tomorrow we’re shooting an editorial here for J’N‘C à la ‘Leaving Las Vegas’. That’s more my kind of party. Getting through the day with Licor 43, a sweet brew that looks great and tastes okay. During the past ten years I’ve photographed my way through a lot of parties and rock’n’roll, until I realised that taking the photos was what was important to me. But even the best film gets boring if you watch it three times a week. That’s why I’m looking forward to tomorrow and my sofa in Berlin.”
As a Brit and self-confessed 'man in grey', Andy Rumball loves noncolours. But because he's not totally averse to change, a few years ago the photographer swapped the grey skies of his hometown for the grey skies of Berlin, where he, if requested, is also willing to portray the life and work of his colleagues and clients, including Nike, Spex, German weekly newspaper Die Zeit, The Wire, Neon and 4AD Records, in full colour. And it goes without saying that he has always remained faithful to his monochrome passion. For this issue of J'N'C Andy photographed the 'The Forest' editorial.
Johanna Ruebel was pretty much born with the travel bug. She moved from Hamburg to France with her family at the age of seven and with her Baccalauréat under her belt she hotfooted it to the ateliers and lecture halls of the renowned Central Saint Martins College in London, where she dedicated herself to the art of graphic design and photography. The tortoise and tea lover currently divides her time between London and Berlin, from where she photographs and illustrates for publications including Teen Vogue, Sleek Magazine and Flux. She is making her J’N’C debut in this issue with the ‘The Tender Spot’ fashion editorial.
Born in 1978, Johannes Thumfart studied philosophy and history in Berlin and Paris and graduated with his thesis about colonialism in Latin America. As well as teaching at the FU Berlin and the Colegio de México in Mexico City, Johannes is a freelance journalist whose work has been published in German newspapers like the Süddeutsche Zeitung, TAZ and Die Zeit, as well as in different English magazines such as Lodown. For this issue of J’N’C he is reporting directly from the hotspots of Mexico City.
Rachel de Joode
Born in 1979 in the Dutch town of Amersfoort, Rachel de Joode started out studying time-based art at Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academy, before devoting herself as an artist, graphic designer, editorial photographer, curator, auction house founder and Meta Magazine publisher to a completely genre-spanning art approach. Her work hasn’t only been shown in exhibitions in Amsterdam, Xiamen, Mexico City, Oslo and Herzliya, but also on Arte-TV, in Picnic Magazine, Vorn Magazine, the NY Arts Magazine, as well as featuring in different publications by the Gestalten Verlag. For J’N’C the Berliner-bychoice captured the secrets of Mexico City on camera.
After taking the graffiti scene by storm as a member of the RUF crew for a good 15 years, Erwin Wenzel realised he also wanted to present his artistic views on reality in a legal way. This desire was so overwhelming that, during his photographic training, he finally decided to swap his spray can for a camera and start focusing his attention on films instead of graffiti-bombing trains. This proved to be an extremely sustainable decision, which not only rewarded the Düsseldorf local, who is meanwhile a father of two, with a wide portfolio of noteworthy clients such as Die Zeit, MTV, Insight, BMG and Style and the Family Tunes, but also brought a sense of calm to his life. For J'N'C the Sardinia fan shot the ‚The Early Bird' editorial. The soundtrack was provided by The Beastie Boys and Die Ärzte.
Originally from Berlin, Valerie Soschynski stayed in her hometown to study fashion journalism and media communication for five semesters at the Academy of Fashion & Design. In 2010 she gained experience in the editorial office of Elle in Munich. And she left her beloved capital city for a second time to move to Düsseldorf for four months and start a work experience placement at J'N'C. Since then the 23-year-old has been valiantly finding her way through the depths of fashion jungle on a daily basis and sharing her findings with the outside world via blog texts. In the current issue Valerie is not only presenting the most interesting fashion newcomers in 'Labels to Watch', but also the most coveted 'Moody Goods', this time with an 'Animal Kingdom' theme.
Why can't the attributes of both 'nature lover' and 'aesthete' be combined in one person? This was a question René Fietzek asked himself. Shortly after leaving school, he bid farewell to his idyllic homeland of Eastern Friesland in the north of Germany to try his luck in Hamburg and Vienna during a long drawn-out degree in theatre and media sciences – which he finally found in the study of photo design at the Lette Verein photography school in Berlin. René, who now lives in the German capital, sees himself as less of an artist and more a dramaturge, prefers to photograph using only natural light, doesn't like unnaturally posing models and enjoys being inspired by good food, good books and adventurous travel. For the current issue of J'N'C René shot 'Modern Mimesis'.
Yves Borgwardt actually wanted to become a surgeon, but this dream failed due to his major fear of blood. After studying and doing military service he ended up behind the camera instead of in the operating theatre. After training to become a photographer he went to work in Berlin, where he still lives today. Yves Borgwardt likes the smell of freshly printed newspapers and the sound of Gregorian chants. For his Hell fashion spread, produced for J'N'C together with his girlfriend, the stylist Saskia Schmidt, he sought and found inspiration in ancient myths, rituals and celebrations.
Born in Copenhagen, at the tender age of just sixteen, Lea Nielsen headed to London, where – after having to give up her intended career as a professional dancer due to an injury – she discovered the fine art of photography, and from then on barely left the house without a camera in her hand. After her first assignments in fashion and theatre the meanwhile 28-yearold returned to her hometown, before setting up camp in Berlin a short while later. For her 'Silence is golden' J'N'C shoot the ice-skating enthusiast and proven flea market expert was inspired not only by the visually stunning work of Ingmar Bergman and the strong women of 1930s cinema culture, but also by Patti Smith's 'Just Kids' biography and the musical works by French composer Yann Tiersen.
Whenever Svea thinks that her life is boring and she finds herself spending most of her time watching trashy TV on her purple couch in Cologne-Mülheim, she ends up meeting the most fascinating people. Like Karl Lagerfeld recently. Svea studied fashion journalism, then German and philosophy, went to Berlin to work for ZEITmagazin, took up her fashion journalism studies again, moved to Hamburg for the Financial Times Germany and thereby qualified as a competent editor for the J'N'C News. And just when she thought her life could possibly take another boring turn, she met Dirk Schönberger at the opening of the first NEO store in Hamburg. He may not smell quite as fragrant as Monsieur Lagerfeld, but he certainly had a lot to say – about suits and leather shoes, his brave new world and the tabula rasa theory.
The illustrator, who was born in Valencia in Spain, is not only able to speak considerably quicker than us, but has also managed to describe himself in seven sentences. So let’s allow Sergio to have his say: “Drawing is my passion and also how I earn my living. I love cycling – especially through Berlin. I like the socialist-realist aesthetic of the sixties, films by Wes Anderson and the poorly recorded lo-fi music by a lot of the K-Records bands. Owls are my favourite animals, but I actually think all animals that live in the woods are great – as well as the actual woods themselves. I enjoy hanging round parks and looking at plants. And I love travelling around the world, which is why I immediately need to start planning my next trip!” For this issue of J’N’C, Sergio applied his creative skills to the subject of ‘Fashion and DIY’.
Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Adriaan Louw initially studied graphic and commercial design, earning his money as an animation and motion artist. He then found his true passion in travel and photography in 2003 after becoming bogged down by the everyday grind of corporate agencies. And the 38-year-old has been travelling the world ever since. As well as his camera, his luggage always contains a copy of Ayn Rand’s ‘The Fountainhead’, the DVD of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ and an MP3 player packed full of new and old songs on random mode. For the current J’N’C City Guide the self-professed rabbit lover embarked on a search for the hottest hotspots of São Paulo – and he quickly found what he was looking for.
From a Catholic girl’s school in Stuttgart to the catwalks of Paris, from a fashion design degree in the idyllic German town of Pforzheim to a part-time job in a second-hand store in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The life of Marina German, who meanwhile works in London as a stylist, is a vibrant and exciting journey, criss-crossing through the metropolises and landscapes of Europe, where there is always plenty to discover. For example favourite songs and life soundtracks like Neil Young’s ‘Rockin' in the Free World’ or underwear labels like Mary Portas, which not only completely produce in England, but also work intensively with unemployed youngsters – making fashion less superficial. For J’N’C Marina German worked together with photographer Christoph Voy on ‘Hay Birds’.
In Katharina’s words: “I was born and raised in Cologne-Mülheim, then via London, Melbourne, Stockholm and Copenhagen I set off for Berlin-Neukölln, where I live now, when I’m not currently taking photos in New York or exploring Rio de Janeiro for J’N’C, where I sought out the city’s coolest Cariocas in favelas, cemeteries and on beaches with stylist Alexandra Heckel. I used to travel around as a documentary filmmaker, and also worked as a photo and fashion editor and published my own magazine entitled ‘Neue Probleme’. Meanwhile I am fully committed to photography and have already collaborated with people like Sofia Coppola, Moby, M.I.A., Robyn and Florence & the Machine.” To be continued ...
Born in Wuppertal and owner of a Belgian passport, Jolien Deckers was quite literally born with internationalism running through her veins. This might explain why the now 24-year-old gets just as excited about German forests and mountains as she does about Flemish Kriek (cherry) beer, paintings by the British Impressionist Alfred Sisley and French literature – en français, of course. The ballet-loving Düsseldorf resident is meanwhile cultivating her penchant for razor-sharp word acrobatics, which she discovered at a very young age, during her degree in English studies and Romance languages, as well as currently in her work for J’N’C. She researched interesting newcomers for this issue’s ‘Labels to Watch’ section.
Born and raised in Ekerö, a small village near Stockholm, at the young age of eight Linda Alfvegren already preferred taking photos over going to school, which at an early stage paved the way for a life dedicated to "stopping time and looking back", as she refers to the fine art of photography. And inspiration is everywhere: looking out of her kitchen window, on her way to the supermarket, on her travels and on the football pitch, which she takes her eight-year-old son to several times a week. Linda is currently working on a children's book, planning at least two exhibitions – and fortunately managed to find enough time to shoot the 'The Artist' editorial for this issue of J'N'C.
Tel Aviv, Bergen, Buxtehude – Frauke Berg has been constantly on the go over the past few weeks and hates monotony. Especially of the creative variety. "Sitting at home and staring at the ceiling is not for me," emphasises the artist and illustrator from Düsseldorf, who is already hard at work on her next exhibitions. With musician Anja Laumann she is currently working on a project that is a liaison of sound and drawing. Frauke is also planning a record with the label of the Slowboys from Düsseldorf that will feature her edgy experiments. And on top of all that, she also illustrates for ZEIT Magazine and hip fashion journals. Oh, and not forgetting: Frauke was also responsible for the 2012 Kunstfilmtag (Art Film Day) trailer. In her opinion "every day offers new opportunities that are just waiting to be seized."
Andreas 'Andizett' Zimmermann is a man of many talents. In 1998 he made an appearance as a model in the first ever J'N'C shoot and, as the in-house photographer of our city guides and co., has remained true to us ever since. When he's not currently sailing the seven seas on behalf of J'N'C, which is something that takes up a lot of his time, the 37-year-old from Düsseldorf, who has a photography degree from the renowned Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, is working intensely at the intersection between commercial art and artistic photography for galleries. Andizett is already on first name terms with his three moody tortoises Chelona, Hermes and Times Machine, who together are just as old as him. And as part of the 'Spontaneous Random' project he has immortalised the architectonic possibilities of Lego bricks. For this issue of J'N'C he travelled to Madrid.
Born in 1982 in Hamburg, Fee Romero spent the majority of her childhood and teenage years in London and Berlin, before training at Estée Lauder and then becoming a self-employed hair & make-up artist at the tender age of 22. But because there's more to a creative life than locks, in her rare free time Fee teamed up with Spanish sculptress Adelaida Cue Bär to develop film and photo concepts beyond the norm. A cooperation that resulted in them setting up the all-round-project group La Roquette in Hamburg. For J'N'C the duo, together with photographer Amos Fricke, set the scene for the 'Blue Blood' editorial.
Born in 1971 in Freiburg in southern Germany, Gulliver Theis inherited his first Kodak Retina 3 from his grandfather in 1985. He experimented with it for a year before getting serious and succumbing to the art of photography in 1986. After winning the German Youth Photo Prize, in 1991 he first attended the Basel School of Design before studying communications design at the HAW Hamburg from 1994, finally ending up at the New York International Center of Photography in 1996. His passions are photography, food and travel. His personal mission: further developing the medium – from the pinhole camera down to large format, there isn’t much he hasn’t tried out! Additional interests: people, the world, politics and social issues. He doesn’t like: senseless consumerism and fleeting trends. For this issue of J’N’C Gulliver Theis portrayed his current hometown Hamburg.
Born in 1982 in Shiraz near Persepolis, raised in Germany and meanwhile at home in Berlin, at an early age Neda Rajabi started trying to get the bottom of the mystery of human beauty with a camera. But after leaving school she initially decided to study product design – before then finally finding her calling as a photographer after all. On set the passionate Persian cuisine chef and foodie prefers working with friends and kindred souls from the most diverse of disciplines, because “then the work doesn’t feel like work, but fun. The mood is right and creates that special something which gives the pictures a certain quality!” Neda likes travel adventures, unique sounds and fragrances and is quickly bored by boredom. For J’N’C she took photos of ‘Jolie Fleurie’.
Growing up in the Black Forest and on the shores of Lake Constance, a pre-teen Ingo Fast found it difficult to decide between painting and sailing as his first true love. So he simply combined both by doing countless drawings of sailing boats, which he gave to his family. It was an obsession, that, years later, led to an Atlantic crossing as well as a degree at Berlin’s Hochschule der Künste (University of the Arts) and The Parsons School of Design in New York. Meanwhile based in Bangkok, Ingo spends his time playing table tennis, listening to music, swimming and keeping his kids amused, when he’s not busy supplying his global clientele, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, the New York Times, Time Magazine and American Express, with illustrations. For this issue of J’N’C Ingo Fast drew his vision of the it-bag.
During a turbulent childhood and adolescence in Ishikawa, Japan, Shuhei Shine learnt to appreciate his camera as an adequate tool for the long-term archiving of everyday life, as well as expressing his creative visions. His first job was working for Miyazawa Masaaki, before he set off for London with several suitcases and his entire equipment in 2009, where he has earned his crust as a freelance photographer ever since. When Shuhei isn’t rushing from set to set or settling down to watch his favourite DVD ‘The Shawshank Redemption’ for the umpteenth time, he is travelling around the globe, always accompanied by the songs of Japanese rock musician Kyosuke Himuro and several issues of the Manga series JoJo Bizarre. For J’N’C he took photos of the ‘Pale Riders’.
A plastic flamingo in his neighbour’s garden served as the catalyst for Gunnar’s career. The London-based Norwegian is meanwhile a sought-after fashion and advertising photographer and has worked together with renowned colleagues like Steven Klein and Nadav Kander. Although his profession requires him to travel from one metropolis to the next – he is currently busy in New York – he still sees himself as a real country bumpkin. For him, nothing can beat trudging through the neverending darkness of a Scandinavian winter, wrapped up in half a dozen jumpers. For this issue of J’N’C Gunnar took photos of ‘Thelxinoe’.
John Gripenholm can still remember his first ever camera: it was black with an orange button. But it wouldn’t make the cut these days! After all the Stockholm-native is a sought-after photographer, shooting for labels like Lee and Monki and for glossy magazines like Dazed & Confused and Elle. He is a real perfectionist when it comes to lighting and light reflections. “Sometimes, when I’m talking to someone, I find myself paying closer attention to the light than on what they’re saying,” he admits. It seems that his profession has certainly left its mark on the non-blonde Swede.
Just like German film director Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day” and “The Day After Tomorrow”), stylist Bodo Ernle also comes from the lovely city of Sindelfingen near Stuttgart. Disaster films aren’t really his cup of tea though; his five years spent at Bravo Girl! were just far too harmonious for all that kind of drama. Currently Bodo lives in Berlin-Kreuzberg but is on the move a lot, jetting round the world for magazines like Celebrity, Mr Style and Indie. You can tell by his styling that Bodo likes contrasts – in his personal life too. Glittery jacket or graffiti shirt, frog’s legs or fast food? It doesn’t really matter: he’s quite happy as long as he has a trip to sunny São Paolo in the pipeline.
Someone who starts off their career as a Love Parade reporter is probably not someone you’d want to mess with anyway. But Annekatrin Looss is also an expert in kung fu and tai chi. But she only whips out her blue judo belt when someone really gets her goat. Which thankfully doesn’t happen that often, because the native Berliner is a real bundle of fun. And the smart jeans expert Jason Denham, whom she interviewed for J’N’C, thought so too. Currently the freelance journalist has plans to move to the countryside. Anyone who has a vacant, pretty house by a lake, for Annekatrin, her family, friends and assorted pets, should give her a call.
"You really are a damned crow!" We can bet our bottom dollar that no one has ever said that to Franziska Klün. No, that's just the english translation of the title of a book of intimate interviews by her favourite literary journalist André Müller. Just like her role model, the 30-year-old journalist has sought out a specialist subject: Berlin's permanently changing fashion scene is her hobbyhorse, one which is unlikely to ever wear thin. Franziska was also involved in the development of the Berlin zitty Fashion Books, the must-have guide to Berlin's fashion scene of which there is meanwhile an entire series. every fashion freak based in the city on the spree River would give their eye teeth for a mention on its pages.
Florian Danner, our photographer based in Witten in the northeast of Germany, really does have a great set of pearly whites. And he needs them too, as his favourite food is a juicy steak with a salad garnish. His meat has to be grilled to perfection though; that's something he's very fussy about. But in all other respects, Florian is very much a fan of surprises. His favourite kind of holiday involves a rucksack and no travel itinerary, either to the taiga or the tropics, as long as it's extreme, that's the main thing. And as far as his work as a fashion and advertising photographer is concerned, he loves "simple, subtly emotional aesthetics with an artistic touch". So there you have it, a man with ideals!
Biki likes it brightly coloured and extravagant! The London stylist with Nigerian roots is based in Berlin and loves experimenting with weird and wonderful looks. So it only makes sense that she is turning her hobby into her profession and making a name for herself on the fashion scene. She was head stylist at the Africa Fashion Day during Berlin Fashion Week and is currently working for various online and offline media. Her special trademark is definitely her humour, which is a rare commodity amongst bloggers. On her website My Fashion S/ash Life she explores 'the world of fashion and that crazy little thing called life'.
Rainer Rudolf Benoit
Rainer is getting closer and closer to achieving his goal of paying off his debts before the climate crisis gets too serious. Firstly, because springtime has finally had mercy on us, and secondly, because he has a steady flow of work coming in. The Düsseldorf photographer is always open to anything outlandish and, as a keen mathematician in his spare time, he can easily prove the existence of chaos based on complex dynamic systems. For J'N'C he flew to Venice to visit isko's Creative Room, their new R&D division, and didn't lose his cool, even when the customs officials asked him to take his cameras apart three times. But then again, anyone who was lucky enough to spend their childhood in Mauritius, is sure to have the art of maintaining a calm composure down to a tee.