Christian Angerer has been in the media business since 1985. His passion is cinematic photography, especially in black and white. With his companies he works for national and international clients. He has received numerous awards for his work on the international stage, including ADC and Cannes Lions.
How do you prepare your cinematic shoots?
Similar to a movie shoot. Just adjusted accordingly. Scribbles of settings. The set is a stage – whether built or natural – and it is here that the actor must feel comfortable and be able to come out of his shell. Every shoot is based on a concept. It is classic storytelling.
In a feature film, thousands of individual images tell a story. And that is the task. A photograph has to be just like a movie and be able to tell a story in just one (1) frame. This is sometimes much more difficult. And, perhaps most importantly, you need to build, foster and allow a special sphere of trust with whoever you are working with on set. And this sphere must be genuine and reliable.
You really don’t use Photoshop for post production, do you?
As a rule, no. I edit almost all images with light and shadow. For me, the true beauty in women and men is genuineness and authenticity. It is the fine character traits such as mystery, intimacy, movements, moments as well as the emotions and honesty. That’s what I try to find out and work out together with the person I’m photographing. And there is something special in almost every person, a secret.
Do you also find wrinkles and signs of aging beautiful?
Show courage of character, be real women and real men, but please be real. A lot of Instagram pictures today are manipulated via Face App and Co, slick and alienated, a real identity theft. There is an urge to achieve absolute perfection, which cannot be maintained in real life and thus frustrates many people and makes them ill. Personally, I would also find it boring and quite pretentious to rob women and men of their identity in hours of Photoshop beauty surgery.
Do you have a passion for black and white or do you also shoot in color?
For me personally, black and white is more intimate. It goes beneath the surface. Monochrome also leaves more to the imagination. It’s mysterious and expressive. I already have the black and white view in the viewfinder.
I develop the pictures in color and in black and white.
These are two completely different processes and approaches.
Often black and white wins, sometimes color wins, and quite often both images are strong.
It depends on the intended use which one will be used.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Hollywood actors or people like you and me. In your pictures, they all look particularly expressive and authentic.
We advertisers, photographers and directors are often far too superficial in our visual perception. We like to see the fast foreground, the striking, instead of the hidden.
There are so many technically skilled photographers and directors, yet I often miss the storytelling, the subtle and special in the commercials, TV shows or feature films. For this you need an open, curious, watchful eye. Every day anew.
Are there any tips you can pass on?
People, characters and souls are different and not linear. They move like rivers and that’s what you should get involved with and capture the story that this other person allows you to tell.
Who would you like to photograph?
I like to photograph a wrinkled, laughing grandma with her toothless husband in a bistro in Paris with a glass of red wine just as much as a Hollywood star or politician, as long as she or he is interesting. But I prefer to photograph women. Women have a lot of advantages over men. On the one hand, they are charming beings who can show more emotions. They are magical, strong, brave and vulnerable at the same time. To come back to your question, if I could choose one person to photograph – probably Jesus.
Because I would be the first to take pictures of Jesus (laughs). To capture this inconceivable benevolence in pictures and to be able to tell a story about it would be a great gift for me.
FADDY US MAGAZINE, New York City
GREAT CINEMA IN ONE PICTURE
MR. ANGERER is internationally known for his special eye for details and his cinematic works with models, Hollywood stars or music legends.
Typical for him: Each picture is like a clip from a feature film.
For his work as a creative, Christian Angerer has received international awards such as the coveted golden Cannes Lions or medals from the Art Directors Club. Only recently he received a gold award as “Photographer of the Year (Germany” from an international jury.
Christian Angerer has his base in Munich/Germany. Mostly, however, he can be found in New York, Barcelona, Cape Town, Paris and Venice, because there “every corner can tell something special and magical. Christian Angerer’s passion for capturing the essence of each location is evident in his diverse portfolio. Whether he’s strolling through the bustling streets of New York, exploring the vibrant architecture of Barcelona, immersing himself in the breathtaking landscapes of Cape Town, soaking up the timeless charm of Paris, or capturing the enchanting allure of Venice, Angerer’s lens brings out the hidden stories in every corner. His ability to infuse magic into the ordinary, unveiling the extraordinary in his photographs, is what sets him apart as an exceptional photographer. With an unwavering dedication to his craft, Christian Angerer continues to inspire audiences around the world with his cinematic works that blur the lines between photography and storytelling.