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I got interviewed! – Teresas Interview with Eleanor on e.m. papers

I noticed the other day that I had not shared the link to the interview here that Eleanor from e.m papers had done with me a little earlier this year. Which is strange, because really, together with our exhibition in Moscow, it’s one of the nicest things that happened in the last few months! (And there were a few!)

Eleanor is a real inspiration to me – she dumped a high-paid corporate career to found her own company of paper goods, e.m. papers, that she has now been running very successfully since 2006. She’s one of the few people I know who manage to be both crazy and down to earth in the best way – clever, fun, and really just one hell of a girl.

Hop on over to her blog to find the interview in which she asked me about how we started Iconoclash Photography, the challenges and joys, as well as some future goals. Enjoy!

xx T


Moscow High – Personal Project and Exhibition

Last year we had the enormous pleasure to be invited to Moscow by Simon Mraz of the Austrian Cultural Art Forum, and spend ten days in Moscow to shoot a personal project, titled Moscow High.

We had spent a few days in Moscow earlier (maybe you remember this engagement shoot). And while we were strolling the streets at night, especially in the fashionable clubbing district around the old Red October Chocolate Factory (near the Red Square), we noticed the large amount of women, single or in pairs, always in high heels and super-fashionably dressed, who were on their way to the clubs. While the scenes in the clubs themselves often revealed boredom and loneliness – with a lot of staring at cell phones going on - the vibe on the street was one of anticipation. Walking in their skyscraper stilettos with unflinching professionalism , the women seemed concentrated and determined, as if they were on a mission. Like athletes before their performance; performers before the show.

The fruit of our exploration of this subject are right now part of an exhibition in the House on the Embankment, Moscow, and an exhibition in Vladivostok will follow in January 2015.

You can read a detailed project statement and description of our work on our website (in German), here.

And here are a few of many of the images we took in those cold Moscow spring nights. Enjoy!


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You’re cordially invited!

For most of you, it will be a bit far, but in case you happen to be in Moscow this week, pop on over to the legendary House on the Embankment (near the Red Square) to see some of our images exhibited!

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Artists Portrait in Moscow – Eugenia Kokoreva

I met Eugenia in Moscow at Simon’s, where she was preparing her exhibition. We had no real way of talking – she speaks only a few words of German, and I only know one sentence in Russian: “I am a photographer from Berlin, may I photograph you?”. No great help in a conversation.

Nontheless, we liked each other, and I knew right away that I’d like to photograph her for my series of women’s portraits in their homes. Simon translated, and Eugenia agreed, and two days later Daniel and I set in a cab, the paper with the adress written in Kyrillic letters firmly clasped in hand. We drove for a long time – everything in Moscow seems far apart –through grey periphery, and of course with absolutely no clue where we were.

All the better then, to arrive in a quiet street, patches of snow and birch trees here and there, at the Artist’s Commune. It’s a house specifically for artist, where they both live and have their studios, from back in the times of the USSR. Almost all of the people we met had been living there for over thirty years, some closer to fifty years. 

Eugenia was warm and welcoming, she showed me her studio and her paintings, and with the help of a tiny German dictionary even related some of the stories linked to her paintings: her stay in Israel, her family’s fate in the Holocaust, and the fact that the little girl standing next to her father in the snow, holding his hand, was herself as a child.

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A different kind of holiday – The Balboa Castle Camp


Last September we had the pleasure to join the Balboa Castle Camp, a week of dancing classes and parties in the romantically derelict castle of Beesenstedt, Germany.

For those of you who are not familiar with Balboa, it’s a beautiful Swing Dance developed in California at some time in the 1920s and 30s. It’s usually danced to very fast music from the era (think Artie Shaw or Django Reinhardt), but danced in a closed position – making it intensely fun and at the same time, well, pretty romantic.

Needless to say, the week was fantastic. Some of the world’s best Balboa dancers imparted some of their knowledge and glamoured up the evenings, and every night, live bands kept everyone on their feet into the wee hours.

So put on some Swing music and enjoy the blog post and/or the extended gallery!


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