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Community: Alicia Freksa

November 18, 2011

Introducing the up-and-coming candid fashion photographer inspired by Patti Smith and Liu Bolin

  • Text by Lea Rieck

Beautifully real models and candid expressions are at the heart of Alicia Freksa's fashion photography. There's a certain authenticity throughout all of her photographs - even if most of them are staged.

SV: What makes you smile?
Alicia Freksa: Funny cloud formations and squirrels make me smile. Once I saw a cloud looking like a squirrel. It still makes me laugh if I think about it.

SV: What was the first thing you ever made?
Alicia Freksa: I guess the very first thing I made was poo or puke! If it was something else – I was born as a genius.

SV: What’s your dream project?
Alicia Freksa: My next project is my dream project! I believe it's best to focus on the work that lies infront of you. What would I do, if I had the dream project and I completely finished it? I would have nothing more to dream of.

SV: What do you wish you had written / created?
Alicia Freksa: I wish I had written "Just Kids" the autobiography by Patti Smith. I would have had a magnificent life story and would have achieved so much. Last but not least I would be a great writer. But I don't want to complain. My whole life is ahead of me. I am so excited to live it!

SV: Who’s work / art / music would you recommend on checking out?
Alicia Freksa: chinese artist Liu Bolin. He is good. I always wanted to be invisible. He made it possible. I am still just looking for someone to follow me with a bucket of paint.

SV: How do you describe your work?
Alicia Freksa: My work is candid. I like to challenge my models but I don't wont to force them in roles they can't identify with. In my opinion staged pictures need time to build up emotions to look natural. I am not fond of massive digital manipulation. I like real people and choose my models because I think they are beautiful. If I would have to change them digitally, I might have chosen the wrong model.

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