Imagine that you were suddenly given the task of finding some photographers for a few celebrity portraits and a few Lardini suits. Add to that a few studio shots for Swatch, a little glossy reportage for Condé Nast Traveller magazine and for good measure a couple of wild CD covers and then finish off with some super-sophisticated high fashion studio model shots. A daunting task, certainly, as each type of shot demands a certain element of specialisation from each photographer. It becomes a case of ‘horses for courses’. But suppose all the work had to be carried out by the same photographer! You could understandably give up immediately or you could contact Uli Weber. He has done all of them and very well too.
His interest in photography started when he was a child. College in Rome, Italy and assisting in London set him on the road to where he is now, many years on and with an AFAED Award and a Communication Arts Award to his name.
Behind his pictures is his desire to “create meaningful images which trigger that certain ‘wow’ effect”. As a hint about his inspiration, he mentions the explosive imagery of Nick Knight, the gritty work of Danny Lyon and the dreamscape pictures of Jacques-Henri Lartigue.
His present work is all carried out with a Hasselblad H1. He works digitally, though he mentions how he misses his printer friends from his darkroom days. He likes people and underscores this by saying that meeting so many in his line of work is one of the great advantages of being a photographer. He likes to travel too and again photography provides him with the opportunity.
Regarding advantages and disadvantages Uli mentions a new twist on the digital revolution - he misses Polaroids. When travelling in more remote parts of the world, the Polaroid could become an icebreaker, “ … especially if it was the very first picture they saw in their life. The incredible moment to witness the joy of somebody seeing themselves on paper”.
Have a look at his website to view a very fine collection of work that has an unusually wide span.