Russian-american multimedia artist Slava Mogutin’s POLAROID RAGE is greatly influenced by his bicultural dissident and refugee experience. His new series is an excellent selection of a wide variety of portraits that he took in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin, creating these compact memories of displacement and identity, pride and shame, devotion and disaffection, love and hate.
Facing genuine intimacy is always a different experience and going through renowned british photographer Stuart Sandford’s new photobook is no exception. THE BEST WAY TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IS IN BED is erotic, yet gentle, carefully composed yet absolutely natural. By demystifying nudity he creates a world in which emotions are running wild, making us feel free at last but also reminding us: we all are vulnerable to the elements of love.
Every time when we look at Shane Reynold’s photos, there is some mystery to them. It’s like getting only a glimpse of something unknown, something desirable. We want to know more, we want to know a story, any story that could have possibly led to the creation of the picture. The New York based photographer’s new series is no exception: we are stuck in time, we are losing the grip on reality, we are lovesick for someone who may not even exist.
The most wonderful thing about collages is that they are never a whole. They make us imagine the picture behind the picture, instead of revealing it. As one of our favorite German artists, Stefan Gunnesch has a unique vision: his works may be pleasing to the eye, yet they do carry the uneasiness of something unspoken. With his new series, he went even further, opening a door to a dangerous place entirely built out of memories.
Loving without fear – the essence of columbian painter Daniel Marin Medina’s work is undoubtedly simple, yet as wonderful as it gets. Mapping sexuality while identifying himself as someone who is far from being a perfectionist: his philosophy of love truly shines through every brush stroke he makes.
"I take photos to understand better" – having a history in fashion, Tokyo-based photographer Keisuke Morizawa is the one who observes instead of interfering. Finding both peace and passion behind the camera, he works on the border between reality and daydreaming.
Armando Terrero, a fashion photographer from the Dominican Republic but living in Barcelona, studied and worked in advertising, graphic design and the illustration industry and it shows in the concepts, compositions and simplicity of his photography. In his sessions he combines analog and digital photography.
Born in Abarán, Murcia (Spain), Bran Sólo defines himself as a “Good person, painter, illustrator, designer and photographer, as well as many other things I never wanted to be“. In 2012 he decided to abandon his work as a computer scientist and lifestyle to devote himself fully to drawing and enrolled in the Murcia School of Art.
Shane Reynolds is a photographer based in New York City. He began taking photos at 17, using his grandmas garage as a “studio”. After attending Ithaca College he spent the past few years living in New York and London. Shane now works primarily with film, which all of these pictures are on. And we are completely in love.
We're in love with the work of Zeno Spyropoulos, a Berlin-based photographer, who has just published his first photography book, YOUNG AND RENEGADE. "Showing raw moments of intimacy, and creative or sexual expression as they naturally occur, pictures that normalise a culture of sexual and bodily freedom, regardless of sexuality and background."
Jaihang is a photographer and graphic designer, born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and now living in Taipei. His photos are a mix of self portraits and depictions of couples in every day life. His longterm project ROOM TAIPEI, shot over a period of eight years between Taipei and Shenzhen, was published as a book in early 2021.
What is inspiration? Mexican American photographer Agustin Hernandez answer to that question was "I like travelling and spending time in new cities to find inspiration. But a lot of my inspiration comes from my childhood and my catholic mother." Agustin, we love your inspiration. And we like to visit you in your fragile space.
Leo Maki is a photographer and video maker based in Warsaw, Poland, with an eye for colorful light and beautiful portraits. Lucky Container, there's a series with its favorite color: CODE BLUE. The series is about a phrase used in hospitals in exceptional situations when the patient needs immediate attention and help - because his heart has stopped.
There is always a story behind the pictures. This one is about a long journey through the desert, about hardships, danger and persecution. But it is also about pride and strength, about pioneering spirit, about challenges and arriving. Photographer Yarden Amsalem from Tel Aviv takes us on this journey into the desert and tells us that story. The name of the project is THE JOURNEY OF FARADA AKLUM. So, how might this story end?
Wojciech Woś is a visual artist from Poland / based in Berlin, who shares with us not only his work, but also his personal diary – with the art of painting. Capturing emotions through portraits and telling stories of feelings and intimacy – that's Wojciech's work and aesthetic, and we love it.
Santiago Mora is a Mexican visual artist and art director who defines his work as a curatorship of everyday life moments. He captures ephemeral energy, exploring the possibilities of the pictorial medium through the use of technologies such as digital images that he uses as a reference. His work reflects about contemporaneity, addressing issues such as communication, identity, consumerism, and sexuality.
We're in love with the paintings of Richard Stabbert. His artworks capture scenes full of togetherness, romance, longing and love. "As I begin a painting, it's as if I fall in love anew. Every brushstroke can shake me with despair or raise me in triumph. I look to the canvas like the face of a lover" We love.
Steve Marais, photographer living between Berlin and Bern, has opened his archive for us and allows us to enjoy some summer memories. This year is coming to an end. A year full of limitations and changes, losses and restarts, disappointments and successes. We are happy to share Steve's archive with you. And we're counting down the days until New Year's Eve and can't wait to start the new year with new intentions, some summer sun and a touch of hope.
The golden rule: find a way to communicate with the people in front of your lens. Show them as they really are. Be authentic. Make us sad or make us happy or make us think. Make us feel something... Jacopo Paglione, a photographer from Rome, understands how to communicate. And the results are beautiful snapshots full of trust, intimacy and respect.
Birk Thomassen's latest series CORNUCOPIA is part of a wider project called LIGHTROOM - a gay adult movie, which we will talk about in more detail soon. Birk followed the project with his camera and his unmistakable style and allows us to dive into the world of lust, desire, freedom and experimentation. His pictures reflect the energy that reigned during the shooting and behind the scenes.
DAILY REVOLUTIONS, the new photographic project by Arden, pays tribute to the non-normative women who are part of their life and a source of inspiration for them. With this series, Arden wants to give visibility to a diverse group of women who „give us their vision of being women and show us their little big daily revolutions.“
Somewhere between dark dance floors, brightly lit bedrooms, and misty parks on a Tuesday morning, you can find the freedom everyone talks about when talking about Berlin. With his new book LUST SURRENDER photographer Spyros Rennt captures this freedom – clear, powerful, intimate, unromantic, unsparing. Or quite simply: realistic.
Samuel Cimma, the photographer of souls, as he describes himself on Instagram, is back with a new book. KTEMA ES AIEI – the title is inspired by a Greek locution by Thucydides which means "possession for ever" – contains more than 100 pictures on 70 pages. That means 70 pages full of youth, sweetness and love.
Anne-Sophie Guillet, Brussels based photographer, shows what it means to make gender roles fluid, or better: to make gender roles obsolete. In fashion editorials and photo series for magazines she claims that the age of stereotypes is over. It‘s all about what‘s in between.
Delightful, delicious, beautiful, seductive, vulnerable... There are many words to describe the pictures of Thibault Gaëtan Dubroca, a French photographer and talented painter. Words which describe the emotions of the viewer. And we all know that it is always a good sign if art triggers emotions - whatever they may be.
Giulia Gr is an Italian artist based in Berlin working mainly with photography and self portraiture, focusing on issues of identity, sexuality, intimacy and self love. The pictures are an extract from a visual diary Guilia created during a time of self isolation this spring together with her partner.
Today we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with Arden and their wonderful photo series, SERES / BEINGS. It's about the visibility and the beauty of each individual and the diversity that God has brought to this earth… or some other wacky alien.
Amanda Björn is an artist and curator interested in the connection between bodies and space. FRANK AND FELIX is an ongoing photo series exploring the friendship between Felix and Frank in Havana, Cuba, celebrating love, friendship, and sexual freedom amidst a political backdrop of an embargo that has excluded the island from the rest of the world for the last sixty years.
Welcome to Daurismo – the world of Daura, a freelance film and instant film photographer. Their greatest passion is the conjugation of documentary and portrait photography to represent contrasting realities, the different paths of womanhood and the ever-expanding gender spectrum. CHOSEN FAMILY, Container Love’s main theme this autumn and title of this wonderful story.
NEW QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY is a new book edited by Benjamin Wolbergs and published by Verlag Kettler. It presents a contemporary collection of queer and gay photography and features more than 40 queer and gay photographers from all over the world.
Ian M is a photographer currently based in Barcelona working in both film and digital photography. His exclusive series DON'T TELL ANYONE I WAS HERE explores the ideas of voyeurism and pleasure by exploring the border between loving to be observed and forgetting that someone is looking at us.
Yan Yufeng, born and raised in Chengdu, China, is an artist based in Milan and Shanghai. In his ongoing long-term project BOY COMFORT ZOOM, observing and exploring modern masculinity, he portraits boys and men from all over the world in places familiar to them - the models themselves pick the location for the shoot.
Andrew Kung, born in San Francisco and based in Brooklyn, NY, is a photographer who, through his images, aims to portray and celebrate Asian American beauty as a normalized beauty. In his first fashion, narrative photo book, THE ALL-AMERICAN, he aimed to redefine what it meant to be masculine and American in the context of the desexualized Asian man.
George Griefy is a photographer who splits his time between London and Greece. This mix of Mediterranean lifestyle and multicultural big city life has influenced his work and offers us some playful, pointed and minimalist artworks. When asking George about his inspiration his answer was: I was born online.
The naked body is one of the central issues of photographic research, heir to a long artistic tradition. Manuel Scrima's approach to photography is fully part of this tradition: the staging of the human body does not have a narrative or celebratory intent, but is functional to the exploration of the relationship between the figure and the boundaries of the surrounding space.
The new monograph ZWEI by Berlin/L.A. based photographer Florian Hetz presents a cross-section of his work and his unmistakable visual world. In ZWEI he presents more than 200 photographs from both sides of the Atlantic facing each other and creating a dialogue between seemingly unrelated images and situations.
Berlin-based photographer Sven Serkis spent the first few weeks of Corona lockdown at home, in quarantine with his partner. The couple spent 54 days together on 90 square meters, 24 hours a day. GESPERRTER AUSGANG - an experiment in lockdown.
In his autobiographical directorial debut, our LOVE OF THE MONTH, Faraz Shariat tells an authentic and at the same time miraculously exaggerated story of the queer adolescence of an immigrant son in Germany - and thus provides a resolute counter-draft to conventional German cinema.
Are you ready for some more summer feeling? How about spending at day at the beach with the boys? Watch the sunset, read a book, go for a swim - and share a kiss. This is part 2 of the summer series by Tel-Aviv based photographer and video artist Asaf Einy.
YOUNG AND FREE is the name of the current series of the photographer Sergey Melnitchenko and was part of the PhotoBasel at the Tempelhof in Berlin. Well chosen as a title, young and free is exactly what his pictures are illustrating: free of conventions, well composed and simply making you want to see more.
This project by Mexican photographer Nelson Morales is about the Muxe community of Oaxaca, which they are also a part of. Muxes are considered the third genre in Mexico and are quite accepted in society, however, it is not widely accepted that they have lovers publicly. In this series they enter the deepest desires and fantasies in the company of their friends and lovers.
Asaf Einy is a photographer and video artist based in Tel-aviv. We invited him to celebrate our Summer of Love with us. Absolutely perfect for the times when not everyone has the chance to just get on the plane and fly to the beach.
It is Sunday, July 26, 2020. We are sitting in the office, writing this post. It is Corona time, we do not demonstrate on the streets. But we’re there. So let’s celebrate our queerness, our diversity, our otherness. Thank you, Birk Thomassen, for celebrating with us with a Best Of, with which we honor this day. And next year we dance again.
“I had just arrived in the States, I had culture shock. I was not brave enough to explore myself, so I explored myself through other people,” Shen Wei once said in an interview. The Shanghai-born, New York-based photographer created the series ALMOST NAKED by taking portraits of strangers in America. So let’s see if we are able to explore the photographer’s mind.
The Summer of Love continues with a trip to the Italian mountains. Samuel Cimma, born in 2001 in a village in North Italy, between Milan and Turin, went on a little vacation with the boys to the Italian countryside. Here are the results of their mountain trip.
Chloe Rosser is a photographer living in London. In her series FORM & FUNCTION, Chloe transforms the body into fleshy sculptures that allow her and us to look at the human body differently.
Alex Avgud is a Russian-born photographer whose work is a continuous exploration of human resistance to various forms of oppression. This time he shared a selection of his Instagram cuties with us.
The Summer of Love continues with Kostis Fokas' latest feature on our website, CALIFORNIA DREAMING. The series was shot in California in 2019. Celebrate the sun, the colors and the California sky with us. And then let's all get naked and jump into that swimming pool together!
We are in love with the work of Nana Yaw Oduro. A great photographer with a wonderful eye for the perfect picture. So graphic, so colorful, so cool. High time to give Nana a place in our Container Love family.
Armando Frezze Durand is an artist from Buenos Aires and we had the pleasure to show some of his work over the last years. Today we celebrate with this series of 2017 the youth, the strength, the pride and the beauty – in all of us.
The Summer of Love continues with Pt. 2 of this lovely series by Annika Weertz. She joined the band Pacific Swell on their summer tour through the Basque Country, creating an authentic portrayal of a band. Jump on the tour bus with them and join the ride!
This time, COSMOS by Alexan Sarikamichian is our Love Of The Month. COSMOS is the story of three friends spending a weekend in the woods where true feelings start to arise. Being away from home and surrounded by nature and themselves, makes their true desires possible.
Carlos Darder is a photographer from Palma de Mallorca, Spain. He was influenced by his mother's photography and focuses on capturing everything that surrounds him - his friends, intimacy, daily routines and the meaning of youth. Join us in spending a day on the beach with him!
Bettina Pittaluga is a Paris based French-Uruguayan photographer. Her work focuses on intimate portraits of human beings, diversity and capturing the simple beauty in everyday life. We discovered her work for Vogue Italy and ID Mag and totally fell in love with her Instagram feed.
Annika Weertz follows the Danish rock band Pacific Swell to shed light on the emotional connection and individuals that a band is constituted of by being directly fixated on the individual members. Can't wait for Pt. 2!
Kostis Fokas' pictures look like sculptures that we would like to place all over the apartment. Instead of the apt, Container Love had the pleasure of showing Kostis' work at several exhibitions in the last years.
This time THIS IS NOT BERLIN by Hari Sama is our Love Of The Month. Have fun watching it. The film was celebrated at its world premiere in Sundance and has since received numerous awards.
Christian Ruess is a creative director and photographer and also the founder of the Container Love exhibitions. For the time between the exhibitions, Chris has created a series of exclusive images for Ryker Magazine.
Anderson Zomer woke up from hibernation. In the second part of his NATUS project he depicts young and naked men in nature. Why, we asked: "Because the simplest form of being is spontaneous, pure and real – pretty much like nature."
Every month a new poster boy. For the party series Kann denn Liebe Synthie Sein by Photographer and DJ Katja Ruge, a small queer photo series was created by Creative Director and Photographer Christian Ruess.
Annika Weertz is a German photographer whom we had the pleasure to showcase at our recent Container Love exhibition. With her focus on love and intimacy, she exposes people’s vulnerability and breaks down traditional gender roles.
Stefan Gunnesch was one of the chosen artists for this virtual experience. His collages - a mix of photography, drawing, graphic prints - are abstract, compelling and just gorgeous. At Interzum 2019 we presented a part of his series DAEMONIEN.
This is what bodies look like. Not thin, white and perfectly shaved, but with everything that comes with it – stretch marks, underarm hair, scars, wrinkles or dents. Just beautiful. Because we love their look, we took some of her works to Interzum 2019 and presented them to the audience.
Sergey Melnitchenko is a photographer from Ukraine. His shared story is about young athletes from Mykolayiv, Ukraine, passionately united by becoming the best of the best in athletics, acrobatics, fitness and bodybuilding.
For a series of nasty club exhibitions of Container Love, Creative Director and Photographer Christian Ruess has realized a small queer photo series. Friends, lovers, and Instagram sweeties are portrayed in funny situations.
Stefan Gunnesch is a Leipzig based communications designer we have been following for a while, stunned by his play with abstraction and anonymization of the human body with techniques of collage, painting, and drawing.
Armando Frezze Durand is a photographer from Buenos Aires and director of the "Container Love of the month" short film VIDEONEGRO. With his uncommon style he creates a world that revolves around universal forms of inclusion and exclusion.
London based fashion photographer Paul Peter has developed his own aesthetics by putting a provocative twist on the classical approach to photography. PSALMODY is his most recent editorial for Issue 4 C.A.P. 74024 Magazine.
We are in love with Manuel Scrima, a talented artist from Milano who got into many fields of creative work since he was a child. And he has never really stopped: from documentary to fashion photography, from video making to directing, he does it all.
Christopher Sherman is a photographer and creative director living in Toronto and New York. We thank God that she created the Internet to bring Christopher's work to us. We have shown some of his analog works at the Container Love exhibition at the Reeperbahn festival 2017 in Hamburg.
If you look at Sven Serkis’ long-term project N1, you’ll mostly see bodies. "I often reduce my nudes as far until there are no differences anymore and in this way, we are all equal.", he said. We love his existentially unique and quintessentially nude style.
Anton Shebetko is an Ukrainian artist and photographer based in Amsterdam whose work is mostly weird and funny, sometimes gentle and intimate, but always focused on LGBT-related topics. And that we dig a lot.
AdeY’s work captures those little moments of social oppression, isolation, anxiety and depression and the hidden humor that comes with it. His work shows that we do not only change in relation to our environment but that our environment adapts to what we become as well.
The work of Dutch photographer Berber Theunissen consists of the kind of mix we really love: poetic with a dark undertone, powerful and yet soothed by the simplicity of composition. We’re giving you her series FRISSON which we exhibited at Container Love in 2017.
This project by Kostis Fokas is stripped from all the previous surreal and vivid shades of his aesthetics, only to reveal a bold approach to the way young individuals view other bodies in the streamlining pattern of physicality that emerged in the digital era.
Rebecca Ruetten is a nomad artist, her base being Berlin. She is covering a variety of topics from renaissance inspired fast food series to the punk scene of Myanmar – always spot on and with the aim to break gender stereotypes.
SOUL BREATHE – a romantic series captured by conceptual fashion photographer Ruslan Isinev, exclusively for MMSCENE PORTRAITS. The pictures celebrate the beauty of male model Vladimir Chiriac – represented by Das Model.
Rainer Torrado is a photographer who is living and working between Paris, Hong Kong, and Madrid. He regularly contributes to international fashion magazines and has shown some of his stunning pictures at the Container Love exhibition.
Daria Nelson is a Russian soul from Ukraine, now based in Paris, turning her dreams into reality. She feels strongly about tolerance, equal rights and respect for people and blessed us with this beautiful series about overcoming gender boundaries.
Photographer Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert published his first book in 2016. Through his intimate portraits and in combination with interviews he creates a new insight into the community which he supports through his platform for trans- and genderqueer people.
Amandine is a photographer based in Paris. Her series WHATEVER relates to the Lolita movement during the early 2000’s. The theme focused on teen hyper-sexuality and bad taste at its height, displayed and salvaged by pop culture.
London based fashion photographer Paul Peter created FISHERMAN'S FRIEND exclusively for the second issue of Beton Paper. We have shown it at the Container Love exhibition and are showing it here again for your viewing pleasure.
Ruslan Isinev is a conceptual photographer based in Moscow, Russia. We had the pleasure to showcase his work in several Container Love exhibitions. And we’ll continue to do so as well as believing in his biggest goal: creating a world in his own melancholic style.
Loreen Hinz is a good friend and fashion and art photographer based in Berlin and Leipzig. Together with art director Christian Ruess she did this wonderful fashion collage series about the absurdity of gender roles.
Rainer Torrado is a photographer & art director who is living and working between Paris, Hong Kong, and Madrid. He regularly contributes to international fashion magazines, but this time he shares his stunning project THE XXY GENERATION with us.
Narcissism is the thematic superstructure of the video installation »I need a break from shining« , presented as a collaboration between the multimedia artist duo Schall & Schnabel and the audio visual artist Lucas Gutierrez.
NATUS is a project by Anderson Zomer that, at first sight, depicts masculinity in a poetic and romantic way. But then again it presents today’s young people confronted with prejudice, the false limitations of masculinity and the taboos of society.
We’re deeply in love with the analog photography of French photographer Nicolas Gavino, who is always sensual and intimate with a playful wink. The internet describes his work could as erotic, sentimental, romantic and free. We absolutely agree.
It’s about everything we consume today, or everything that consumes us. About how we see ourselves in pictures, in selfies, in that new space we pay so much attention to. Human’s friend and enemy: social networks.
With an empathetic and self-reflective sense of intimacy, Birk Thomassen tells stories about youth, love, sex, and self-awareness. His visual aesthetics, especially his depiction of gay men, derive from his isolated upbringing in Denmark’s countryside.
Karolina Hanulak is a photographer from Poland whose work focuses on body and acceptance. Capturing intimate moments, skin and textures, Karolina gets us closer to real beauty and uniqueness untouched by the daily manipulation of the media.
Paul Peter is a fashion photographer from London. His series THE BUTCHER BOYS was exclusively shot for Rollacoaster Magazine. TBB is the first of Paul’s works that we presented, dating back to the art and music festival MS Dockville in Hamburg, 2016.
Laurence Philomène is a non-binary photographer, director and curator living in Montreal/Toronto. Working around themes of color theory, queerness and gender identity, she turns all gender stereotypes into oblivion.
Daria Nelson, an amazingly talented photographer, is currently living in Paris where she creates a unique and powerful synergy between two of her passions: photography and fashion. We are very happy to show you some of her stunning work right here, right now.
This series is a KALTBLUT exclusive story and photographed by Ruslan Isinev, conceptual portrait and fashion photographer from Moscow. Model and king are Daniil Kydryavcev, a face featured in many magazines.
So much talent, such an amazing eye, so many gorgeous shots! It is a truly wonderful, sensual photography project about the male body. We are genuinely grateful and honored to announce André Carlos his Container Love Family membership.
This time PRÍNCIPE DEL BARRIO is our Love Of The Month. This short film was made by Armando Frezze Durand, a Buenos Aires based artist. At our exhibition at Riverkasematten in Hamburg we have shown this film in our Love Lounge.
We are deeply in love with the artwork of Schall & Schnabel. The Berlin based duo is an award-winning multidisciplinary studio for directing, photography and digital art. We exhibited some of their photographic work at Container Love 2 in Hamburg in 2015.