The category FASHION is just as hard to judge as the SCREENINGS category. Fashion photography has long become a part of our everyday lives– shot in a sexy studio, nearly lifeless in the streets, or even uber-elaborately staged outdoors in the wilderness. Borderline experiences? Yes. Please. That is why Lagos-born and London-resident Buki Koshoni took home the prize as the perfect representative of our times. His works are young, sexy, fast, hard, tender – whether in photo or film. We congratulate Buki Koshoini from the depths of our hearts on his Fashion Gold Award at GoSeeAWARDS15.
About - Buki Koshoni, Lagos born, London based, sees his motifs with a film director’s eye, and that is precisely what makes him such an exciting photographer. He stages cool fashion stories with a complex, condensed atmosphere and presents both fashion and bodies in an almost sculptural way. The love for fashion, film and the human form is evident in Koshoni’s artwork, which integrates identity, personality and the body aesthetic. Taking an intimate approach to his subjects, his photography celebrates personal narratives whilst creating images that draw the audience into this visual journey.
After honing his craft at St. Martins, London, Koshoni has released a number of books celebrating the art of portraiture, in addition to directing music videos for EMI and Sony Records along with a wide range of commercials and television programs. Passion, courage and creativity have inspired him as a photographer to expand his vision across prints, books and clothing. "The subject of personal identity has always been an ongoing conversation in my personal life, and through photography, I’m able to capture and explore this dialogue. I like to shoot narrative portraits & video, placing people in costumes and situations that either compliment, validate, or disassemble their public or personal persona. /bukikoshoni
Beauty fashion looks are her trademark. Berlin-based beauty photographer Frauke Fischer, who is usually more at home in the area of beauty and that very successfully, also skillfully realizes her lighting art in the area of fashion photography. The prize in 2015: Silver in the category FASHION for Frauke Fischer. We present the winning motifs plus a selection from her client repertoire for you on GoSee.
Editorial - D La Repubblica delle Donne, Cosmopolitan (Australia), Cosmopolitan(D), Diva, Gala, Die Zeit, Allure( Russian),Qvest, Vision China, Myself, Hong Kong Tatler, Madame, Gala Style, Elle (Spain), Elle ( Germany), Grazia (FR), Tush online, Glamour,GIOIA!, Marie Claire (NL), Marie Claire (Indonesia), Marie Claire (Brazil),Vogue Wedding (Japan)
Commercial - Samsung, Sony BMG, Blickfang GmbH, Nike, Westgate,Select NY, Draft FCB, Arthen Kommunikation, Zalando, Villeroy&Boch, Glossybox, Janvier Burger & Stasch, DM, Kaviar Gauche, Liebig, Dietrich Emter, Gretchen, Blutsgeschwister, Nivea, Schwarzkopf, L’oréal, Native Instruments, RPM, Londa, Publicis, Garnier, Thjnk, Douglas, .... /fraukefischer
The fashion spread which our GoSee members liked best in our 2015 PUBLIC VOTING is titled “Where the Wild Things Are” and was created as commissioned by MEN'S HEALTH. It was entered by stylist Yilmaz Aktepe, who with his works was also among the winners in 2014. And the jury also rewarded the audience's favorite: He also won 2015 Fashion Bronze. The spread was photographed by Sven Bänzinger.
The editorial is based on the children's book “Where the Wild Things Are” by American illustrator and author Maurice Sendak. The impetuous little Max imagines a world, in which he tames wild monsters and becomes their king.
“To depict the monsters, I wanted to use the costumes of the 'Hässlichen Chläuse' , which translates to 'Ugly Hobgoblins", from Swiss Appenzell” Yilmaz tells GoSee. A Silvesterchlaus or New Year's Chlaus is a masked person, who maintains the custom celebrating the turn of the year in the Swiss canton Appenzell Outer Rhodes. The celebration takes place twice, once after the Gregorian calendar on 31 December and again according to the Julian calendar on 13 January (old New Year). Over the course of these days, the Silvesterchlauses go from house to house ringing their bells in what is referred to as 'Schuppeln' (small groups) singing and performing a kind of natural yodeling called 'zauernd' to wish a good year.
“The traditional clubs are very cautious towards strangers,” Yilmaz explains “and only reluctantly show 'outsiders' their customs and traditions”. And the Chläuse costumes are destroyed every year and rebuilt for the next year. That's why it took a year of preparation so that photographer Sven Bänziger (Swiss himself) could win the trust of an Appenzeller and make him enthusiastic about our project. In the snowy mountains of Appenzell, we were finally able to realize the spread. We were warmly welcomed by the local observatory, which provided us with a base camp and supplied us with local specialties to eat.” We have the great spread for you on GoSee. /yilmazaktepe
GoSeeAWARDS15 Merits go to last year's SCREENINGS AWARD 2014 winner, Swiss photographer Cyrill Mater (/cyrillmatter) as well as to Bertrand le Pluard from France (frenzypicture/reps/bertrand-le-pluard).