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Norbert Von Aachen

location: London/Vienna/Dubai/Los Angeles

Merging technical expertise with an artist’s eye, Norbert Von Aachen has captured award-winning imagery in advertising, fashion and beauty.

From the beginning, Von Aachen understood the importance of mastering the processes of executing a photographic shoot. His passion for excellence is evident in every step, from pre-production through to post-production. Norbert Von Aachen has developed his reputation for delivering the highest quality imagery through his ability to showcase a brand’s aesthetic with his meticulous lighting, location, set design and casting.

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Allison LoBalbo

location: California

Guided by a sense of romance and adventure, Allison LoBalbo crafts imagery connecting travel brands to the world.

Sought for her sensitive visuals, Allison draws inspiration from the era and work of her great grandfather, Italian fashion designer Bendetto Lo Balbo, whose coats were photographed by Richard Avedon and Irving Penn, and seen on the covers of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar in the 1950's.

Select clients include: The Ritz Carlton, Travel + Leisure, Cotopaxi, La Marzocco, & YOLO Journal.

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Stephan Gladieu

location: Paris, France

Gladieu began his career in 1989, covering war and social issues, travelling throughout Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.
Today he still produces reports and portrait series for international magazines. Still, he focuses mainly on his personal and artistic work through portrait series whose DNA is the colour and considered composition.

He likes the iconic character of an image, its frontality, its readability and the boundary between real and unreal.  The majority of his work is conducted in Asia and Africa.

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location: Mexico City, Mexico

Viridiana is a Mexican photographer with studies in arts and design, she also attended EFTI in Madrid where she completed a master's in photography.

Viridiana was Marie Claire’s Mexico photo editor. After winning Harper's Bazaar's new talents award in 2016, her career began through fashion and editorials for publications such as Vogue, ELLE and L'Officiel. She has undertaken commissions in Mexico, Paris, Barcelona and New York. She loves to build a collection of contemporary, honest and beautiful imagery while mixing digital, motion and analogue formats.

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Thandiwe Muriu

location: Nairobi, Kenya

Thandiwe Muriu's work takes you on a colourful, reflective journey through her world as a woman living in modern Kenya, as she reinterprets contemporary African portraiture, and presents a bold new vision of a woman and her autonomy. Creating surreal illusions that are not digital manipulations but rather pure photography, she confronts issues surrounding identity and self-perception while seeking to redefine female empowerment through the application of her choice of materials, such as fabric and common household items. Her work is marked by precision and intentionality from the conception of a piece through to its final printed form.

Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, Thandiwe discovered photography at age 14, experimenting with her fathers old Nikon camera. Self-taught, she immersed herself in books and video tutorials, learning from every resource she could find, as Kenya did not have any formal photography schools. By age 17, she was working professionally, and by 23 had shot her first solo advertising campaign. By 2019, she was photographing campaigns for some of the largest companies in East Africa.

As the sole woman operating in the male-dominated advertising photography industry in Kenya, Thandiwe repeatedly confronted questions around the role of women in society, the place of tradition, and her own self-perception. These experiences inspired her first work, the Camo series, a project of cultural reflection. Camo was the catalyst for her to push new boundaries in her photography, leading her into a deeply personal artistic journey.

Since the start of her artistic career in 2020, Thandiwe’s works have been acquired by numerous public and private collections. She has been commissioned to create works for Apple, the United Nations, Lavazza and Swiss Red Cross among others. Thandiwe opened her first solo-show in Paris in October 2023. This year, she launches her book, Camo, and will be showing at the collateral event of the Venice Biennale, Passengers In Transit, presented by the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA Lagos). 

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