Apr 26, 2018
Anna is a German photographer who specialises in portrait photography, creating minimal takes that are beautiful, timeless and very expressive at the same time. In her images, Anna seeks to capture the feelings and emotions that her sitters possess, showing their strength, beauty and fragility alike.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
AF - Hi I'm Anna and I'm a portrait photographer from Dresden, Germany. Last year I finished my three-year training in photography and now I'm preparing all the necessary stuff for my exhibition in June in Nürnberg (www.141analog.de).
am - How did you start in photography?
AF - Somehow I always had a camera, but it was only 6 years ago that I really started to take conscious photographs. At that time, I completed a one-year school internship with a Dresden photographer and he first showed me how to handle a camera. Then my mother gave me her old SLR camera with the standard lens and I began to photograph animals, plants and landscapes. I quickly realized that I did not get far with an 18-55mm lens, so I bought my first really good macro lens and lay down in meadows, fields and forests to scan every tiny animal. Photography became an important part of my life and so I decided to complete a three-year training. In my education I devoted myself more and more to portrait photography and until now I have fallen for it.
am - What draws you to work mainly around female portraiture?
AF - There are several reasons. On the one hand I like the female body shape, that is peculiarly adapted to photograph. On the other hand I see that men often want to be photographed in one way: strong and confident. I'd rather show the gentle aspects, also the sensitive and emotional ones. Unfortunately that is not the way men want to pose. Anyway, I am lucky that I can photograph women with all their specific features.
am - What inspires your work?
AF - Light. Nature. People.
am - How would you describe your visual language?
AF - It's a kind of minimalism, but it is also calm and gentle.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
AF - My favourite photographers are Hannes Caspar, Ryan Muirhead and Jan Scholz.
am - What are your main interests as an artist?
AF - I want a picture to have an interesting atmosphere. When people look at them, they should feel the timelessness. For me personally, genuineness and naturalness are important too. I don't want to have a picture that will loose its interest in the future.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
AF - I really love „bad“ horror movies like „The Evil Dead“ by director Sam Raimi.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
AF - I don't have a favourite book. Recently I bought the book „A Different Vision on Fashion Photography“ by Peter Lindbergh. I admire his meaningful pictures that are always masterful and fabulous.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Anna Försterling