ELEPHANTS IN HEAVEN
 

(Fridey Mickel, TAZ Berlin, Nov. 2017)

I especially enjoyed taking the time to come up with the questions for the following interview, because I feel like I had to push much harder than usual to find what was sitting just beneath the surface of these photos.
The elephant portraits seem at first rather straight forward, but the more I spent looking at his images the clearer to me it became just how great his photos were—simple, yet breathtakingly accomplished and…just utter genius. Back in its beginning up until really quite recently, Photography was always kept consciously separate from other forms of Art; the argument was that the mechanism of photography did the artistic work of the creator, and therefore wasn’t as much a creative thing. While there are tons of good examples of photography proving this philosophy untrue, for me–especially in terms of photographic portraiture– Joachim Schmeisser is at the top of my list.
Golden Giant II
Kenya 2013
52.5 x 70 cm
20.67 x 27.56 in.
Edition of 15
90 x 120 cm
35.43 x 47.24 in.
Edition of 10
112.5 x 150 cm
44.29 x 59.06 in.
Edition of 5
Windows
Platin Palladium

PROFILE


JOACHIM SCHMEISSER 35 years ago Joachim Schmeisser started his career as an advertising photographer. Beside the commercial photography he dedicates himself to themes of personal interest. Top priorities are people and socially relevant subjects. “I see photography as a mirror of my feelings and it should direct full attention at the subject’s essence. It is all about beauty, fragility, fugacity, and mindfulness, dignity and the soul, as well as the right of every individual to have a equal place on this planet.” His aim is to have a look behind the scenes and to bring the invisible to the surface. His pictures touch our hearts – the emotional language of the soul.
The insightful animal portraits of the “orphan elephants”, which are being cared for by the “David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust”, have become a real affair personal matter for him. After initial exhibitions of the portraits in 2009, Joachim Schmeisser received prestigious international awards, including the much sought-after Hasselblad Master Award 2012.












www.joachimschmeisser.com








PRESS


Selection

NDR - DAS! - mit Joachim Schmeisser
SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG - Charakterköpfe
TAZ Berlin - Interview – In heaven with elephants and Joachim Schmeisser
BR Abendschau - Dickhäuter auf Fotopapier
Schwarzweiss Magazin - Ein Himmel für Elefanten
PHOTO International Rettung für Dickhäuter
fotoMagazin- kleine Riesen
FOTOCULT - Italy – Interview
PROFIFOTO - Elephants in heaven
FOTOHITS Sensible Dickhäuter
WELT Kompakt - Ein Waisenhaus für Elefanten
Madame - Bewegend
D Magazine - The end
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY UK - Out there
NAU NUA - Interview – Elephants in heaven
Leica Fotografie International - Elephants in heaven

The eye of photography - Elephants in heaven
Leica Fotografie International - Orphan Elephants
Bild Akademie - Elephants in heaven
Fotografr - Elephants in heaven
Rettet die Elefanten Afrikas - Elephants in heaven
Berner Zeitung - Elefantenwaisen in Ostafrika
PHOTOGRAPHIE - CLOSE UP Africa
FINANCIAL TIMES DEUTSCHLAND - Die besten Fotografen der Welt
HASSELBLAD MASTER BOOK - Volume 3 EVOKE
BETTER PHOTOGRAPHY - Orphan Elephants
VICTOR by HASSELBLAD - Orphan Elephants
BILD AM SONNTAG - Das sprechende Foto
Hürriyet - Turkey
PhotoLine - Turkey
ATLAS JET MAGAZINE - In the realm of light
Donaukurier - Bilder von großer Kraft und Menschlichkeit



VIDEOS


Dickhäuter auf Fotopapier – Joachim Schmeisser im interview mit der BR Abendschau vom 24. November 2017



Behind the scenes – Elephants in heaven Part I




Behind the scenes – Elephants in heaven Part II



AWARDS


MOSCOW FOTO AWARD 2015 2nd PLACE
MOSCOW FOTO AWARD 2015 HONORABLE MENTION
HONORABLE MENTION ART TAKES MIAMI ART BASEL MIAMI 2014

FINALIST WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2014
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2013 HONORABLE MENTION
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD 2013 3rd PLACE
HASSELBLAD MASTER WINNER 2012
PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE 2012 BRONZE
AL-THANI AWARD HONORABLE MENTION 2011
HASSELBLAD MASTER FINALIST 2010
Graphis New York Gold 2009
Graphis New York Gold 2008
Graphis New York Gold 2007
Graphis New York Gold 2006
Graphis New York Gold 2005
Graphis New York Gold 2004




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