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January 26, 2006
I'm with Sidney, the first picture is way better. You see the character of the marzipan people far more clearly and the flesh and blood people looking in on them echoes their smiles. Much, much better than the second one. Be glad they had to go with the "wrong" one ;-)
Sarah Mackenzie
http://eleven47.com
January 23, 2006
You'll get them published next time! Great work on the photos. I particularly like the top one. The man and the mazapan have such similar expressions and facial features, the marzapan could have been modeled after him.
irja
http://www.ladypictureshow.com
January 22, 2006
Das naechste mal wirds bestimmt klappen :)
n3on
http://www.cannedenvironments.org
January 22, 2006
Damn! You were so close... You did what you could, and I`m sure they`ll remember you for trying so hard. Well done! It will pay off one way or the other. Thanks for sharing the story and the photos :)
alfred
http://www.thelocomotives.blogspot.com
January 22, 2006
Hello! Long time since I have been here reading about your career now. But very nice to see that things are happening. I wish U the best of luck for the future! :))
Pal
http://www.palbergstad.com
January 20, 2006
What the sign says in the London underground, counts for you from now on, I guess. "Keep your belongings with you all the time". I'm sure you're not going out your house without your camera. ;) It's a pitty that you were slightly too late, but they remember you now anyroad. So maybe next time? I agree with the other comments, the first picture is way much better and interesting. Some people will never get that :). Keep going on!
Wen
January 19, 2006
Eigentlich ist das erste Bild interessanter. Und die Spiegelung ist auch nicht störend. Aber so ist es nun mal. Die Bildredakteure entscheiden was "gut" und was "schlecht" ist...
DanielK
January 19, 2006
Wow! And damn... ;-) Sorry you didn't quite make it this time, but I also think you might have gotten your foot in the door, and you got some valuavle advice... That first image is very good IMHO!
Arthur
http://www.arthurfleischmann.com
January 19, 2006
I am not a magazine editor but I like your picture with the reflections & looking people more than the second one which is "clean" but with no soul. But "Die Zeit" is a very conservative magazine for it's design. And I guess the client is always right. :-( Compare this with "Focus" which got a much cooler design.
Sidney
http://my_sarisari_store.typepad.com
January 18, 2006
nice one!! seems like you now have your foot in the door, but dammit carry the bloody camera with you all the time now!!!!!! keep us updated anyway daniel ps.. when you in London next? whats happening with Magnum there?
Daniel
http://danielcuthbert.com/


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How a valuable contact emerges through a coincidence

A marzipan replica of Austrian Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel is dancing with Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik in the shop window of the "Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery" Demel in Vienna. Schüssel is dressed up like Mozart with a white wig made out of sugar and in a red brocade robe. Wolfgang Schüssel is standing on a globe out of sugar icing which should illustrate Europe
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Last weekend I went through the old city center of Vienna together with my girlfriend and we came across the traditional and well known "Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery" Demel. They are master craftsman in doing small, or from time to time large, masterpieces with marzipan, sugar icing and chocolate. These pieces of art are then displayed in the shop window of the bakery which is mostly frequented by tourists.

What the bakery created this time was a marzipan replica of Austrian Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel who is dancing with Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik. Schüssel is dressed up like Mozart wearing a white wig made out of sugar and a red brocade robe. This is a tribute to two major Austrian long time events. The Austrian Presidency of the European Union and the "Mozart Year 2006". I found that pretty funny and just snapped four or five photos of it.

I know that I sometimes have a hard time to make a long story short, and from time to time I even make a short story long... I'll try to get to the point now:
Yesterday a good friend of mine who is a photographer herself forwarded an e-mail to me which was send out by one of the picture editors of "Die Zeit". That's a very good weekly newspaper from Germany that I enjoy reading myself. This picture editor was on the lookout for a photograph showing the described marzipan replicas of Schüssel and Plassnik for their next issue. They urgently needed it on the same day because of production deadlines. Well it's "Die Zeit", a pretty big name... Should I send those pictures I took or shouldn't I? I want to leave a good impression... I decided to send the photographs. I quickly converted the RAW files, color corrected the images and send them to the picture editor. At the same time I called to tell them that I just send an e-mail. The lady I was talking to looked at the images right away and told me that she can't really use them because of too many reflections in the window. I attached my contact details as well as my portfolio website martinfuchs.com to the e-mail I was sending her and she started to look at it. We've been talking about some of the photos, the internship I did at Magnum and upcoming projects. She was very friendly, generous with advice and she even said that she likes what she is seeing on my website. We should stay in touch... Sounds like a good first contact for me.

After the phone call I grabed my camera, made sure everything was in working order and drove to the city to take more photographs of these marzipan figures. This time more concentrated...

A marzipan replica of Austrian Federal Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel is dancing with Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik in the shop window of the "Imperial and Royal Court Confectionary Bakery" Demel in Vienna. Schüssel is dressed up like Mozart with a white wig made out of sugar and in a red brocade robe. Wolfgang Schüssel is standing on a globe out of sugar icing which should illustrate Europe

After shooting this nice couple from the inside and from the outside I called the picture desk from "Die Zeit" to ask if they still needed photographs. I've been told that they found an image already which is not exactly what they are looking for but they are working on the layout with it. If I am fast and have some decent shots I can still send them over and they'll look at them. I jumped into a cab, went home, downloaded the files onto my laptop, renamed all of them, selected three images, converted the RAW files, captioned everything and send them away.

Only three minutes later the lady I was talking to before called me back to tell me that these images are way better than the ones I send in the afternoon. She was just talking to the Art Director but the layout for the article is almost finished with this other image they where using before. She apologized, thanked me for my engagement and said: "Well, if these images just would have come a little earlier..."

Posted by Martin Fuchs on January 18, 2006 12:22 PM

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