FORCE
The magazine of the photo-essay
July 2017 issue
“A free, really high quality photo-essay magazine.  Fabulous!” Stephen Fry. British actor, writer and film maker
Daniel Nicoletta To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.dannynicoletta.com My career as a San Francisco based freelance photographer began in 1975 as an intern to Crawford Barton, who was then the staff photographer for Advocate Magazine. I also worked in Harvey Milk's camera store in the heart of the burgeoning lesbian gay bisexual transgender mecca in the Castro district and I was also involved in Milk's victorious election to public office as one of the first openly gay elected officials in the world. Crawford and Harvey and many others along the way instilled in me a great love of photography as a tool for recording history in the making. My photographic work maps my enduring romance with San Francisco and its's people, especially the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. After I opened my studio in 1990, I began a series of portraits of acquaintances and
Andre Lutzen To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.andreluetzen.de André Lützen, born in 1963 in Hamburg, studied visual communication at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (Academy of fine arts) and at the International Center of Photography New York. André Lützen has received various awards for his work. His photographs have been exhibited in numerous museums and festivals, including Haus der Photographie/Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Krefelder Kunstmuseen; Hamburger Kunsthalle; Noorderlicht Photo Gallery Groningen; the New York Photo Festival; Photo España; and the photo festival “Les Boutographies” in Montpellier.  He taught photography at the Muthesius Hochschule in Kiel and the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen. His photography has been published in several monographs: Generation Boul Fale (2001), Loch im Kopf (2005), Before Elvis there was nothing (2008), Public Private Hanoi (2010), Zhili Byli (2014) und Inside Out Kochi (2015). André Lützen is represented by the Robert Morat Gallery, Berlin und the agency laif.
Damian Bird To commission him or to request prints of his work: damianbirdphotography.com Damian Bird, is a photographer and photojournalist with many years of experience, working in war zones and trouble spots around the globe.  He was educated in Photography at the Surrey College of Art and Design and at the London College of Communication where he studied for a post graduate degree in Photojournalism.  In 2011 he founded Life Force magazine with his business partner and wife of 14 years, Alice.  As well as Editing Life Force magazine, he is currently engaged in photographing a series of photo-essays on English culture and has recently returned to Afghanistan. He continues to have his work published in national and international newspapers and magazines  including The Times, the Telegraph, the Express, the Observer, GQ, Esquire, Dazed & Confused,The Face, Country Life and Geographical magazine.
Sarina Finkelstein To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.sarinafinkelstein.com Sarina Finkelstein was born in Columbia, MO.  She received her BFA in Photography from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO and her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Finkelstein’s monograph with publisher Kehrer Verlag, The New Forty-Niners, is an exploration of modern-day gold prospectors in California which was a 2014 Photo District News' Photo Annual Winner in the Books category and appeared internationally on BBC TV, in Io Donna and Euroman, and in online galleries with Esquire, Slate, WIRED Raw File, Business Insider, Next Avenue, Daily Mail and Bullion Magazine. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, the London Telegraph's Sunday magazine, SEVEN, Italian Amica and German Fluter
and online on New York Times’ Lens, TIME, NPR, Discover Magazine’s Visual Science, PDN's Photo of the Day, Feature Shoot, LensCulture and Conscientious photo blogs. Finkelstein was a 2010 Critical Mass Finalist and participant in Review Santa Fe and a speaker and award recipient at the Society for Photographic Education National Conference.  She has exhibited in solo shows at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR.  She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and fellow photographer, David Leventi.
celebrities from the LGBT community. The studio became a vibrant crossroads for the community during the ten years my doors were open. During those years my emphasis on portraiture took root. I became intrigued by what occurs when the sitter's environment is minimized in a studio context where collaborators simply rely upon what the sitter is wearing and the nuances of expression and body language to distill a mutual sense of purpose. It is a privilege and a joy to be the conduit for those moments when a sitter's soul reveals itself for all to see in a photograph. My work has been featured in numerous books, periodicals, films and collections.
He lives with his wife and four children in Devon, England.
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Florian Geiss To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.floriangeiss.com While great moments can appear just as suddenly as they disappear, photographer Florian Geiss captures these fleeting moments so they live forever.   Geiss' images impress a rooted involvement in the genuine atmosphere of his large body of work and through capturing these great moments and intimate interactions between subjects in complex settings, he has become an immensely sought after photographer and director. Florian is deeply skilled in connecting the subjects in front of his camera and capturing them in a cinematic style when the perfect moment of emotion, action, light and style merges. And with his high level of execution, Geiss' emotional and energetic photography inspires advertising campaigns and brand imagery for clients
globally. With years of experience incorporating action in his still work, Florian has made the natural progression into shooting films as well, often alongside his still work. After studying photography and film in Bielefeld in his native Germany, Geiss relocated to Hamburg to open his photography studio, where he is still currently based. However his projects take him and his talented team across the globe. While his impressive client list is a true evidence for his outstanding skills, his numerous international accolades and memberships in the Art Directors Club, BFF and AOP als speak very highly of his work.
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Tom Atwood To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.tomatwood.net Tom Atwood has shot over 100 luminaries such as Hilary Swank, Buzz Aldrin and John Waters.  He won Photographer of the Year from London's Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, first place in Portraiture in the Prix de la Photographie Paris and has won over 30 other awards. Atwood's work has exhibited at the Museum of Photographic Arts, the George Eastman Museum, the Center for Fine Art Photography and several other institutions.  His work exhibits at various galleries, most recently ClampArt, Steven Kasher, Louis Stern and PDNB. Atwood's work has been featured in over 150 publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, Art Newspaper, Elle and PDN.  And he has
appeared on Sirius, CBS and other networks. Atwood has a Bachelors from Harvard and a Masters from Cambridge (England). 
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Michal Iwanowski To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.michaliwanowski.com Michal Iwanowski is a Cardiff-based, Polish born photographer and a Ffotogallery tutor. He studied Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, graduating in 2008. Iwanowski’s work explores the relationship between landscape and memory, looking for histories, individuals and traces about to fade.
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Jory Hull To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.joryhull.com American, b. 1971, New London, New Hampshire, based in the Southeastern United States. Engaged in commercial design and advertising work, commissioned projects, and his own photography, painting, and collage, Jory Hull creates images informed by a keen eye for telling details and formal qualities. Having studied painting and photography simultaneously, Hull knows how to make the familiar appear abstract and the everyday seem strange and remarkable. In his photography projects, Hull
has captured documentary, black-and-white images of an Alaskan salmon-processing plant; evocative, poetic views of sky over land from an airplane window; and the sleek exteriors and complex interiors of vintage racecars, which he abstracts into symphonies of bright color, shapes, and contours.
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Andrea Kunzig To commission her or to request prints of her work: www.andreakuenzig.de Andrea Künzig is a photographer based in Berlin. She has lived and worked in various countries in Africa and Asia. One of her latest projects has been documenting People of Turkey, while living for 4 years in Istanbul. Andrea received her degree in Political Science at the Free University Berlin. In 1994 she went to Jerusalem do document the Israeli-Palestinian situation between Peace efforts and conflicts. This was followed by long stays in Israel, the Arab world and in Kenya. Much later, she attended a professional class in Photograpy by Prof.Arno Fischer in Berlin from 2001 to 2004. Andrea undertakes documentary photo projects worldwide, focusing on political,
social and humanitarian themes. Her clients are distinguished magazines and newspapers, including GEO, The National Geographic Traveller, Deutsche Welle, Focus and DIE ZEIT as well as NGOs, such as the German Foundation for World Population, SOS Children’s Village, Terre des Femmes and UNDP. Andrea has been presented in numerous exhibitions and for GEO Magazine she has been working in Kenya for the last 19 years on the long-term project ‘Basic Needs’: “How does a child lives in Africa?” She has received several awards, grants and two scholarships “VG Bild Art” in Germany. Agency: laif photos & reportagen. instagram: @andreakuenzig // facebook: Andrea Künzig Photography                                Andrea Künzig has published two photo books: "Visions: Palestine" (2004) and "ISTANBULUM" (2010). Both at Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg.
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Daniel Naude To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.danielnaude.com Naudé was born in 1984 in Cape Town, where he continues to live. He graduated with a BA Visual Arts Honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch in 2007. Naudé has had solo exhibitions at Stevenson Cape Town and Johannesburg (2011, 2010 and 2014) and showed selected photographs from Animal Farm in the print room at The Photographers’ Gallery in London in 2013. Group shows include Chroma (Cape Town) and The Loom of the Land (Johannesburg), at Stevenson in 2014 and 2013; In Focus: Animalia at the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Lyon Biennale, La vie modern (2015); Joseph Walsh, Johannes Nagel and Daniel Naudé at Artists House, New Art Centre, Wiltshire (2014); Apartheid and After at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (2014); The festival artist at the Aardklop National Arts Festival, Potchefstroom (2012); Neither Man Nor Stone at the Iziko South African
National Gallery, Cape Town (2012); Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria (2011); Bamako Encounters African Photography Biennial, Mali (2011); Greatest Hits of 2007 at the AVA Gallery, Cape Town (2011); Breaking News: Contemporary photography from the Middle East and Africa, works from the collection of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, in Modena, Italy (2010); and PEEKABOO – Current South Africa at the Tennis Palace Art Museum, Helsinki (2010). Naudé’s first book, Animal Farm, was published by Prestel in 2012, followed by Sightings of the Sacred: Cattle in India, Uganda and Madagascar in 2016, also by Prestel. Naudé took part in the Fall 2011 residency programme at Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colorado.
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Ursula Sprecher & Andi Cortellini To commission them or to request prints of their work: www.sprechercortellini.ch Ursula Sprecher (Basel, 1970) and Andi Cortellini (Basel, 1965) currently live and work in Basel, Switzerland. Both did a apprenticeship at a studio for photography accompanying the school for art and design in Basel/ Switzerland. They have been collaborating on the HobbyBuddies series since almost ten years. The series has received numerous awards and has been exhibited at Scope Art Fair, Miami; Photoforum PasquArt, Switzerland; Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, and Kunsthalle Memmingen, in Germany; and other venues. The work is part of the permanent exhibiton of the Museum of the Cultures in basel, Switzerland. The series has been featured in many magazines, such as GEO, Chrismon, NZZ, Independent on Sunday, Stern, Photo International, Red Bull
Magazine, and many others. This work also has been published in numerous internetblogs around the world.
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Gregor Sailer To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.gregorsailer.com For Gregor’s CV, follow the link
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Tito Mouraz To commission him or to request prints of his work: www.titomouraz.com Tito Mouraz, 1977, Portugal. He finished the Visual Arts and Photography course in the Superior Art School of Oporto (Escola Superior Artística do Porto) in 2010, being this the city where he lives and works currently. Exhibits regularly since 2009 in Portugal and abroad. Some of the most significant exhibitions have taken place at Módulo Gallery (Lisbon); Format International Photography Festival (UK); Blanca Berlin Gallery (Spain); Museu da Imagem (Portugal); Fotofestiwal Lodz (Poland); Festival Circulation(s), Paris (France); Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (Lisbon) and Encontros da Imagem, Braga (Portugal). Winner in 2013 of The Emergentes DST International Photography Award and the
Portfolio Review Award, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa. In Portugal he is represented by Módulo - Centro Difusor de Arte (Lisbon) and in France by Voies Off Gallery (Arles). His work is present in the BES Art public collection and in some private collections.
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Beth Yarnelle Edwards To commission her or to request prints of her work: bethyarnelleedwards.com Since 1997 San Francisco-based photographer Beth Yarnelle Edwards has been photographing people in their homes.  Beginning in the Silicon Valley suburbs, she has also worked by invitation in five European countries. Her photographs have been exhibited and published extensively in the U.S. and Europe, and she has been the subject of solo museum exhibitions at Château d’Eau in Toulouse, France; the Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi, Belgium; The Oakland Museum of California; and the Reykjavik Museum of Photography in Iceland. The winner of CENTER's 1999 Photography Project Competition, Edwards' work can be found in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, LACMA, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and many other European and American institutions. Edwards’ first monograph, Suburban Dreams, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2011. She is represented by Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, and Galerie f5,6
in Munich, Germany.  Edwards received her MFA from San Jose State University in 1998. Edwards is currently rephotographing the people in Suburban Dreams.  In some cases, more than twenty years have passed since the original photograph was made.
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