JONAS LINDSTROEM — Interview
Jonas Lindstroem, photographer and director, Berlin, London.
Hello Jonas, how are you?
Very well thank you.
Can you introduce yourself?
I’m a photographer and director working between Berlin and London, mainly in the field of fashion. I started out as a photographers’ assistant after finishing school, then moved on to study visual communications in Berlin and London.
For a while now film, besides photography, has become one of my main fields of work and I enjoy that balance. It started closely connected to my fashion photography work, but is evolving into a more narrative approach to film and experiments with large scale installations.
Where does your interest in photography and film come from?
I was always documenting what was around me in some way or another, starting with photographs and films of my skateboarding days when I was in my teenage years. What I do always involves human beings, and at some point fashion was the natural progression of that. I like that fashion creates a framework that gives you the opportunity to reflect everything that is happening around us, it is very much in touch with the now.
What photography means for you?
Photography is a means to elevate real life. Still or moving, I like the impact a well-taken image or film can have on you, both initially and over time. It’s the space between the image and yourself.
Your work focuses on fashion subjects. What do you like about that?
I like to understand fashion in the broader, more sociological sense of the word, as a means of expression in societies. It is interesting to see something becoming relevant through the right image at the right time, and also what happens when that image transcends time, very contrary to the initial idea of fashion, which is always rethinking itself every six months.
Is there a shooting that marked you more than another?
It’s always the next one that’s most intriguing.
Who influenced you in terms of image’s aesthetic?
It’s hard to pin it down, but definitely the new German school of people like Tillmans or the Becher students, also in terms of my understanding what it means to be a German photographer.
In films Werner Herzog, Lessons of Darkness is one of the most darkly magnificent films I’ve experienced.
Which books are on your bedside table?
Outsiders, by Howard S. Becker.
The last word …
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Images ©Jonas Lindstroem.
Portrait ©Christoph Mack.