Kai von Rabenau mono.graphie Berlin Germany – I Used to Be a Design Student

BERLIN, GERMANY

Kai von Rabenau (mono.graphie)

PROFESSIONAL YEARS

11

A VALUABLE QUALITY FOR A DESIGN STUDENT + A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL

Insistence and genuineness + Insistence and detachment

FAVOURITE FOOD NOW

Schnitzel

YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION NOW

My Leica camera

YEAR OF PROJECT

2010

PROFESSIONAL PROJECT BRIEF

One image from the self-initiated portraits series Typologies 03: The Nameless – Iran Orphans, which assembles portraits according to varying parameters

CLIENT

Self-initiated

TECHNOLOGY

Medium-format colour photography

TIME SPENT

3 weeks

WHY DO YOU LIKE THIS PROJECT?

I like the simplicity of it, where you rely simply and purely on your subject, without any additional effects or tricks; the distanced posture of the photographer versus the obvious humanity of the portrayed.

OUTCOMES

This image and this series made me change my mind about where I want to go with my photography; after working for ten years in mainly editorial photography, which is very close to graphic design in terms of working to a given brief, finding the best possible solution to a problem within a given set of circumstances, this series made me want to work in a different environment to have more freedom to produce images that will stand on their own.

FEEDBACK

The image hasn’t really been exhibited yet, so there’s been little feedback so far.

ANYTHING ELSE

Funnily enough, with mono.kultur, we just finished our latest issue on ECM records, who published the Tabula Rasa album. So another circle comes to an end.

DO YOU TEACH?

No – only individual workshops, mainly at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem (Israel).

IS IT POSSIBLE TO TEACH DESIGN?

Yes, I do. I learned a lot at college, namely to sharpen a sense for aesthetics and composition, but also how to develop and edit ideas, to find my own personal approach. I think design teaching needs to maintain an individual approach, to let students build their own style and creative process. And to develop a sense for quality – what is good and what isn’t.