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March 1, 2020



Photography by Maximilian Haidacher
Interview by Karin Svadlenak Gomez

Austrian visual artist and photographer Maximilian Haidacher shows through his images, how humans have reshaped and utilised space in our civilised world, purposely leaving out the actual creators of the objects built - the humans.

"Find out what's best for you and stop comparing yourself to others."

TPL: Maximilian, when did your interest in photography begin?

MH: As a teenager, I was magically drawn to that 35mm film camera on our living room shelf, so I picked it up - and never put it down again ever since.

TPL: Where do you find your inspiration?

MH: Travelling, nature, magazines, the internet and social media.

TPL: Do you have any favourite artists or photographers you would like to share with us

MH: Certainly the German Neue Sachlichkeit movement and the Düsseldorfer Schule, with artists like Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Candida Höfer.

TPL: Has your style of shooting changed since you first started?

MH: Definitely. When you start out, you have no idea what's your style or where you should be going. You basically just try to reshoot the clichés you have in your head, the notion of a "good" photograph. Only after a couple of hundred useless rolls of film you start to understand where you have to go.

TPL: Where is your favourite place to shoot?

MH: I love to take long walks on my own, discovering new neighbourhoods and quarters of the city. That's how I find most of my motifs - by chance.

TPL: Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?

MH: Well, I actually do think it is important. That doesn't mean you have to have the best and most expensive equipment out there. But my advice to someone just starting out would be to put away your phone and get a cheap used 35mm camera or some DSLR with a fast prime lens. The simpler the better. A machine that can just do one thing - taking pictures. Then take it with you all the time and learn to see the world through that camera.

TPL: What characteristics do you think you need to become a good photographer? What’s your tips or advice for someone in your genre?

MH: You should be a visual person. You should love to look around and see things. Concerning the genre of architecture photography, it helps to be very precise and accurate, and you probably should be interested in the technical aspects of cameras and photography.

TPL: Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?

MH: I tried some painting and drawing, but I wasn't very talented. Photography has always been the best way to express myself...where I felt at home.

TPL: Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?

MH: I'm always working on a couple of projects simultaneously, but it's too early to tell right now which one is going to be good enough to go public. But all of them are dealing with architecture in some way.

TPL: “If I wasn't photographing...

MH: I'd be an architect or a musician."