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Pacific dissent interviews photographer Martin Krahn (couples series)

Camera most often used?

I mainly use the Canon 5d Mark II and Fuji x 100s. 

Who’s your favorite photographer(s)?

Helmut newton, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh and Steven Meisel.

Favorite subjects to shoot?

I like to shoot portraits or people in general. I'm always looking for interesting faces and personalities. When I travel I try to capture landscapes, nature (but there's others who do way better than me), and special moments in the streets (something like: 123 - more here).

Sources of creative inspiration?

Blogs, tumblr, movies and other photographers of course.

Intention behind your photographs?

I don't have a set intention. When I am in another country I try to shoot scenes, buildings or candids of people. I want to convey the way things are. 

It's the same with the Couples series. I always shoot the couples in their own bedrooms. Sometime's I'll move furniture out of the way to get a clear image but other than that what you see is what you get. 

In the Couples series I only use daylight and there's no big retouching going on. I think people respond to the series because they can feel that they're real couples, not models and the couples in the series are really in love. 

How did you start taking pictures?

In 2003 I did an exchange program in New Zealand. In NZ you can choose photography as a subject so I took an analog photography class. I had to develop the films by myself and got to know about all the chemicals and process of film developing. When I got back to Germany I finished school and thought about studying design. I bought my first digital SLR in 2006. It was the Canon EOS 400d.

Future projects in the works?

I want to shoot more couples for the series and bring them all together for an exhibition. That would be great. But it's not easy to find new couples.

What inspired the Couples series?

I saw a couple of pictures of naked women lying in bed with nice sunlight and wondered why there aren't very many pictures of naked men or couples on the web. You alway see women looking sexy and elegant alone in bed but that gets boring. So I began searching for couples via Craigslist and that's how it all started :). There's always plenty of women writing to me, saying they like the pictures and want to contribute to the project but they have to ask their boyfriends… and here the conversation stops mostly :D. 

Martin Krahn is a photographer from Berlin. You can view more of his work here.

Instagram: @MartinKrahn