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Thomas
Weiss
Germany
What interested you about becoming a photographer?
– I came into touch with photography as a teenager when I got a semiautomatic Minolta as a present of my parents. As the distinctive feature of photography I regard – then as now – being able to conserve an event in a documentary way. Photography is for me like an emotional glimpse into my own soul, a way of realizing the unknown in the known, creating a deeper meaning by capturing a moment while going beyond the mere visible. I like works of art which broaden one’s horizon, which teach you seeing again and photos you can forget or ignore any time.

Where do you find inspiration to make your photographs?
– First of all, I get inspired by the location itself. Besides, other photographers’ works are a valuable source of inspiration. I try to fathom why they pictured an event exactly the way they did and then try to figure out how I would have done it or would do in order to get my point of view incorporated. I also draw inspiration from any type of exhibits of visual arts in museums.

What do you most like to photograph?
– Different genres are reflected in my portfolio: My current focus is on street, people, nature, architectural and museal photography.

Who are your favorite photographers?
– Photographers I get inspired by and whose works of art I like to study are: Edouard Boubat, Philip-Lorca diCorica, Günther Förg, Josef Koudelka, Saul Leiter, Ben Shahn, Louis Stettner.