Short bio: I’m Frank Machalowski, a German photographic artist and photographer, born in Berlin who lives and work in Leipzig today. After studying economics in Berlin and applying myself to various trades I work as a freelance photographer and artist since 2011. My major areas of interest are the city and the country side, these two opposite fields with all their major differences and their potential for a perfect interaction become more and more attractive to me. Some photographs of my series ‘monster’, ‘multiexpo’ and ‘tierwald’ were shown in Germany, France, USA, UK, Spain and Italy at galleries and festivals. I’m part of a permanent collection of the Bibliotheque nationale de France in Paris. For my artistic projects i work mainly with analogue photographic techniques.
Why do you photograph on film? I first got into photography as a hobby and at the beginning I was mainly into digital photography, but then I started shifting back to film as I found the charming characteristics and atmosphere of film photography to be more fascinating. Today i even develop and print most of my photos by my own. Furthermore i love the work in the darkroom to control bw material by chemicals (contrast, pushing, toning etc.).
What is your work about? I’m a fine art photographer – black and white – mostly analog. I use multiple exposure and other analog techniques to create a universe that runs parallel to but ultimately departs from our own, existing in the ambiguous realm between real life and make-believe. Photography is a part of my life for more than 20 years. First as a hobby since 2011 as my profession.