Award-winning commercial photographer Dirk Rees began his professional photography career with 10 years of production industry experience under his belt, including working with film, advertising, and documentary projects.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, and raised in Germany, the London-based 2009 Hasselblad Master says that the transition from moving images to stills - and more recently back again to film - with the ability to capture a narrative, inspired his love of experimentation, innovative lighting, and other techniques, all of which give his images a distinctive cinematic look and feel.
Extensive travel in Africa cultivated his passion for landscape and natural environments before his early professional work in fashion photography. This Afro-European perspective led him to clients from the top agencies (TBWA, Y&R, Saatchi’s) and to Sony Playstation, Ford, ITV, HBO, British Film Institute, 125 Magazine, and Sunday Times to name a few.
"My work is eclectic and diverse with a strong storytelling and narrative flow, both in my professional assignments and my more personal stills and film work," says Rees. This is especially true for his Hasselblad Masters book project, which is based around movement & shape, body & motion.
"Raw Emotion can be portrayed in the most abstract ways (dance), but also lends itself to more commercial arenas (fashion), which we have become familiar with in our day-to-day lives," says Rees.
For example he takes high-impact, choreographed shots and leads into areas of more candid, simple portraits, captured when the subjects are either unaware or too exhausted to think about them.
"In these situations, we focus on ideal bodies captured in a precise moment in a single image,” he says. “A single image can represent everything; it’s the most powerful & most memorable rendering of movement precisely stopped in its time.”
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Text by Alice B. Miller