Kai von Rabenau (mono.graphie)
A VALUABLE QUALITY FOR A DESIGN STUDENT + A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL
Insistence and genuineness + Insistence and detachment
FAVOURITE FOOD NOW
YOUR MOST VALUED POSSESSION NOW
My Leica camera
YEAR OF PROJECT
PROFESSIONAL PROJECT BRIEF
One image from the self-initiated portraits series Typologies 03: The Nameless – Iran Orphans, which assembles portraits according to varying parameters
Medium-format colour photography
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.
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.
The image hasn’t really been exhibited yet, so there’s been little feedback so far.
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.