Monochromatic Minimalism

Hengki Koentjoro | Monochromatic Minimalism with the X1D
Black-and-white photographer and Hasselblad Ambassador Hengki Koentjoro draws all of his inspiration from the ultimate artist, Mother Nature. Portraying themes of mindfulness and being one with nature, Hengki’s photographs capture beautiful simplicity through minimalistic scenes and monochromatic tones. On his most recent trip to Japan, Hengki explored the natural aesthetics of Hokkaido with the X1D-50c and the XCD 45mm lens.

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Hengki Koentjoro
Monochromatic Minimalism with the X1D

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Manmade Land | Hans Strand

Landscape photographer Hans Strand has always been captivated by Mother Nature and all her different sides, from the freezing Artic to tropical rainforests to dry deserts. Using the Hasselblad H6D-100c, Hans explores the interference of humans on nature from an aerial perspective in his project, Manmade Land.

At first glance, the geometric shapes captured from above resemble brush strokes found in a piece of Spanish artwork. But upon closer inspection, one sees that these marks are not natural – rather, it is manmade landscapes that dominate our earth. After years of photographing various sceneries around the world, Hans realized that, especially from the seat of an airplane, there is no denying the impact that human beings have had on the land. Taking advantage of the earth’s resources, humans consume and destroy without a second thought, resulting in a loss of diversity in wildlife and vegetation. “It is this kind of human destruction of the earth that I try to capture, both literally and figuratively,” explains Hans. “The patterns that human impact forms on the earth’s surface are graphic artwork in itself that I want to make us realize the extent of our actions.”

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Manmade Land | Hans Strand
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Hasselblad Ambassador: Peter Coulson

Peter Coulson, known as the modern age black-and-white master of Photography, specialises in the genres of beauty, fashion and fetish. His images are recognised and well known for their sensual, mysterious & elegant feel; always with a twist of his screwed up sense of humour. He has worked commercially as a photographer for over 15 years.

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Hasselblad Ambassador: Peter Coulson
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Kim Keever | Painting or Abstract Photography?

A two-year-old thought turned into reality when Art Photographer Kim Keever was searching for a way to create atmosphere in his tabletop landscape images. Having tried smoke and clear plastic, Kim’s eureka moment came when a friend was throwing out a 100 gallon aquarium. He decided to start experimenting with painted water and his unique approach proved to be a hit.

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Kim Keever | Painting or Abstract Photography?
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Introducing the Hasselblad Masters 2018

The Hasselblad Masters is widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most prestigious professional photography competitions. The winners were selected by a combination of a public vote and a professional Masters Jury – comprising internationally renowned photographers and imaging experts.

Landscape
Benjamin Everett – USA
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Wedding
Victor Hamke – Germany
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Beauty & Fashion
Michal Baran – Ireland
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Architecture
Kamilla Hanapova – Russia
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Wildlife
Karim Iliya – USA
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Aerial
Jorge de la Torriente – USA
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Every Hasselblad Masters award winner will hold the title of ‘Hasselblad Master’ and be a brand ambassador for two years. In addition, they will receive a brand new Hasselblad medium format camera and be invited to shoot for a collaborative project with Hasselblad. This project will be printed and released in the bi-annual Hasselblad Masters book.

Winners will receive their awards, cameras and trophies at a special photokina 2018 ceremony in Cologne this September.

Congratulations to all the Masters 2018 winners!

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Finding Inspiration in Collaboration

Great photography takes the viewer on a journey, sometimes to a world we know but from a new perspective. Sometimes that journey is to a place of wonder and fantasy. Fantasy is a realm Hasselblad Ambassadors Kevin Then and Sails Chong specialise in.

Using the Hasselblad X1D and H6D-100c, the work that Kevin & Sails produces invokes a strong sense of fantasy, romance and wonder, utilising breathtaking locations and advanced lighting techniques to create images that have a striking cinematic and other-worldly quality to them.
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Finding Inspiration in Collaboration
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Rafael Rojas | Timeless

“In a digitally oriented world, I want to honour more than ever the existence, presence and permanence of the photography art book. I endeavour to create books with soul that delight all senses and are destined to be collected, enjoyed and cherished for many generations to come”

Hasselblad Master (Wildlife, 2014) Rafael Rojas explains the creation of ‘Timeless’, a photography monograph awarded as Best Fine Art Photography Book 2016 in the last IPA International Photography Awards and with a Silver Medal as Best Monograph 2016 at the Px3 Prix de Photographie de Paris.

rafaelrojas01a rafaelrojas01b rafaelrojas01c rafaelrojas01d rafaelrojas01e rafaelrojas01f… The end result was a book printed in an extraordinary high resolution (254 lines per inch), three different tones for black and white, intense Dmax and great contrast, wonderful separations of tone in the highlights and the shadows and one of the most exclusive and silky coated papers on the market, the PhoenixMotion Xantur.

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Rafael Rojas | Timeless
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