Andreas Kock is an iconoclast in the mould of Helmut Newton. The Swedish fashion photographer, known for his extraordinary fashion shoots, looks to the ideas and images of art and film history for his inspiration. His new photo series is called “Little Miss Newton.” It is hard to picture a more fitting tribute to the founder of the fashion-nude genre.
Do you remember Hitchcock’s film “Rear Window” where through the window on the other side of the courtyard a mysterious story unfolds? Something of this expectant tension – even without the violence implied in the film – can also be found in the photography of Andreas Kock from Stockholm. Originally created as a fashion spread (fashion photography is again revealed as a source of inspiring photographs...) the images fascinate through their emotionality and the mise-en-scènes so precisely arranged to the last detail. Kock is a perfectionist; his stage sets continuously develop within a conceptual phase. On the set he behaves like a theater director and wants to transfer exactly the picture he sees in his head into his Hasselblad or Mamiya. His subjects are female, self-confident, and strong – often shown in provocative poses. His clear, theatrical control of colors and light/dark contrast are reminiscent of the American painter Edward Hopper. Thus he is bound to the desire for the subtextual, the stories that he only suggests with his photographs.