Gerrit Hahn | Berlin, Germany

Short bio…

My name is Gerrit Hahn. I am a 33 yo portrait photographer. I am interested in the personal stories of people, their lives and what they consist of. I worked as a freelance photographer for 8 years now and lived in Berlin for the last 12 years. After working as an assistant for 3 years after I came to Berlin I started working for magazines and advertising. Realising that the most important part for me about my work is the people I happen to get to know I started working more with video lately.

You shoot film because…

When I took my first pictures it was on film and it didn’t take much time from that moment to find myself in my own darkroom. Developing and printing was an important part of the whole photographic process. The standard and industrial processes may have changed, the most important part for an intimate portrait is how I approach a situation as a photographer. And that did not change. I have to let go control in some regards, and the best way for me to do so is to trust in what I am able to do.

Your photography feels like…

For me it feels like I am back in the situation a photograph was taken. Perfect. It is a very deep sensation in many cases. Also I am listening to music a lot when I work and music inspires me a lot, so for me there is music in my pictures as well. I heard several times that people found my photography cinematographic and in some cases I see the point though there was never an intention behind that.

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