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Inside/Out: Johannes Graf

November 29, 2011

City inspirations with Munich's emerging fashion photography talent

  • Text by Christine Bierhals

Satellite Voices met the up-and-coming, experimental, 32-year-old Johannes Graf who is much more than just a fashion photographer. We spoke with the Munich-based creative about his talents, his dreams, his hometown and his passion – photography.

Satellite Voices: What’s your occupation?
Johannes Graf: I´m a photographer specialising in fashion. Beside that, I am set designer, production manager, psychologist, DJ, clown and sometimes, host.   

SV: How do you describe your photography?
Johannes Graf:
I would say it´s a mixture out of staging and spontaneity. One important thing for me is to find something new, to really create a new picture or a new story. Sometimes that is very hard to get because I ask myself where does inspiration end and where does copying starts?

SV: What’s your dream project?
Johannes Graf:
 I don't think I have a specific dream project. I have a lot of projects I dream of, but try to realise them, so they will no longer be a dream. But maybe to have a Hollywood light and special effects crew one day on set, with all their lightcranes and artificial rain machines. And maybe to shoot with Daria Werbowy one day...

SV: Where do you live and what inspires you about that area of town?
Johannes Graf:
 I live in Munich in Westend which is close to the main train station. I like to live there because it simply has "corner and edges". For Munich it´s a very multicultural area which I totally love. There is much more energy in the streets. I think inspiration itself I more find in movies, magazines, books, stories and of course when I travel to foreign countries. I think I am so familiar with my neighbourhood that I simply miss good pictures here because I see them every day. On the other hand, everything in foreign places looks perhaps overinspiring to me. I was in New York last year for the first time and suddenly even a bus stop or a letterbox looked cool and interesting because it´s just something new for my eyes.

SV: How long have you lived in your city and brought you there?
Johannes Graf:
 I've lived here for almost six years. I grew up in Penzberg, a small town south of Munich closeby the mountains. After school, I moved to Cologne to study there but I came back to Munich as I missed the nature too much.

SV: What does Munich mean to you?
Johannes Graf:
 To have such wonderful landscapes so close by where other people stay for holiday is very lucky. Munich is my base and my home and gives me enough space to feel free to do what I want. I´m glad to live close to my mother and brother which is a very important thing for me right now. All in all, I think Munich is an incredible place to live here in Germany.

SV: What are your plans for the weekend?
Johannes Graf:
 I will go climbing in this new bouldering gym in Munich. It´s the perfect balance for me and my work.

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