Questions and Answers
I have put together some frequently asked questions. If you’ve got the feeling that something is missing here, don’t hesitate to drop me an e-mail and ask at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How did you get the internship at Magnum? – That’s sort of a nice story. I’ve been to New York for the first time in February 2004. I came here for a week with my girlfriend. A couple of days before flying back home I decided to call Magnum. I told them that I dig the work of Magnum Photographers and asked if I could come over to look at the office, see how everything works. It didn’t work out before I left but stayed in touch with Mark Lubell, Magnums New York Buerau Director.
He later invited me to come back to the opening party of the 2004 Annual General Meeting which took place in New York in June. Almost all Magnum Photographers coming together in one spot! Of course I flew to New York and met Mark and some photographers there.
In fall 2004 I called Mark again to ask him if I could do an internship at Magnum. After sending my resume and a portfolio I called back a couple of times, send a selfmade selfpromotion piece and was then connected to BJ, and Claudine Boeglin from the Magnum In Motion department in which I am interning. We have been talking about our mutual expectations and what we want to do together. After that I booked my flight and off I went to New York.
May I use and/or republish your pictures? – All images on this website are under copyright. If you’d like to use any of these pictrues please contact me.
Do you sell prints? – If you are interested in buying a print please email me.
For how long have you been involved into photography? – I got my first camera when I was about 10 years old. Since that day I was always taking pictures. I started to get really serious with photography about two years ago.
Do you have another website with pictures other then those from New York? – Yes, you can visit my photographic portfolio website at www.martinfuchs.com.
Why do you shoot digital and not film? Where are the differences? – I shot film with a Canon EOS 1 and a Leica M6 rangefinder camera before. There have been a lot of discussions regarding digital vs. film. I don’t want to repeat all that. I think that both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. As always in life there are two sides to each story. I can only say that going digital for my project was the perfect decision. It supports me in shooting whatever and wherever I want to. I can change the ISO speed from one frame to another which is a great advantage. I can shoot hundreds of photographs without having to think about the cost of processing them. I can be faster in viewing and editing the photographs, I can publish them on my website on the same day I shoot them, I can send the pictures to people I photographed immediately and I the quality of the digital images produced with the 20D is amazing. It also helps me to shoot in low light situations since you’ll more likely try to shoot under conditions you normally wouldn’t with film.
And I finally have the possibility to try and shoot color without having to load color film into my camera. Personally, I am not much into color photography just because I have the feeling that I am not very good in it. I think that there are great color photographers out there. Now I start to enjoy that more and more.
I am sure I will not return to film completely. There are just so many advantages a digital camera offers. But I can think of using film for certain projects. For personal stories where I don’t have tight deadlines, for projects were I want to stand in the darkroom again. As mentioned earlier it always depends on what you are doing. There are always two sides to life as well as to photography.
How do you convert your digital RGB files into Black and White images? – I got quite a lot of e-mails asking that. I will be writing a short sort of tutorial in which I’ll explain my way. Stay tuned.
Did you ever take pictures of kangoroos at home? – Actually there are no kangoroos in Austria. I don’t even think that we have some in the Vienna zoo. Austria is about 10.000 miles away from Australia. I’ve never been there…
And how did you realize this website? – I designed and coded the website on my own. The Content Management System is powered by Movable Type.
First I designed all the different types of pages in Photoshop. As soon as I was happy with the layout I started programming those pages in HTML. I am not using a WYSIWYG editor such as Dreamweaver but I am writing the HTML code myself in a prgramm called Macromedia Homesite. It’s a great programm helping to have a better overview of the code you write through different colors used.
The next step was to set up the new Movable Type templates. I just took my HTML pages and inserted the appropriate MT tags into my HTML. Testing, testing, testing and it was done.
A great resource for a lot of tips and tricks concerning Movable Type is a website called “Learning Movable Type“.