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Elise Boularan Mariano Brizzola Cyrille Derouineau Kyle Everett Smith Alexandros Garnavos Lotta Heinz Jamie Hladky Rammy Narula Jenny Olsen

Éva Ostrowska Adrian Saker Max Slobodda


Curator/Editor/Publisher: Isa Gelb www.punkroyaltiger.tumblr.com/ www.flickr.com/photos/isagelb/ www.instagram.com/punkroyaltiger/ www.instagram.com/underdogs_mag/ Cover & back cover: Max SloboddaguiĂŠ All images and text published in Underdogs are the sole property of the featured photographers. NO image can be reproduced, edited, copied or distributed without the express written permission of its legal owner. NO part of the publication may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of the publisher. 2


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This issue’s editorial is rather an open letter from me to Isa, the founder and editor of Underdogs. What prompts it is that, going forward, I will be stepping down from writing editorials for Underdogs. This move is simultaneous with changes in my life that have required me to step back from photography altogether, at least temporarily. Other than my lack of time to commit to photography, I am doing well. I am simply coming to terms with a situation where if I try to do too many things at once, all of them will suffer. With that in mind, it’s funny for me to think how I first took up photography because it seemed “easier” to fit into my working life than my first love, creative writing. As a creative writer, I found myself taking a “universal”—language—and attempting to shape it to fit a “particular,” my personal experience. To the extent I succeeded at doing this, the “how” was frustratingly obscure. Photography initially allured me with the idea of a simpler, more direct connection between artistic technique and representation of personal experience. “What you see is what you get,” as the saying goes, and I believed the “particular” I sought and struggled to grasp through writing might be captured in a photographic image with just one click. In fact, switching gears from writing to photography was fun. It felt luxurious to have a fixed image of a place, a person, or a moment available in the world for instant recall, instead of solely in my private, more fluid, memory and imagination. I shot thousands of photos with my first digital camera. Except for human mortality, there seemed no reason why I couldn’t shoot an infinite amount. Not all the shots I took I wanted to keep, but I thought a good number of them caught something. Those got uploaded to Flickr, and at one point I had more than 2,000 photos shared online. I don’t think I would have seen beyond what I call this “snapshot” mentality if it weren’t for Isa’s example in Underdogs, and—despite how vain it may sound—her featuring my photography in an Underdogs issue. Before seeing how Isa interpreted my work, in my viewing of the work of other photographers in Underdogs I did not recognize her vision. I attributed what I saw entirely to the photographers themselves. Likewise, when I viewed my own photos, I tended to see in them a static meaning I unconsciously affixed to them. But Isa’s interpretation surprised me, showing me something different in the images I thought I knew. I haven’t been able to go back from that. The best way I can describe the effect is that it showed me just how particular the particularity I took for granted in photography really is. Whether it be exposure, depth of field, film vs. digital, spontaneity vs. composition, etc., all these variables critically influence the reception of a photograph. In truth, I found myself thrust to the other extreme of the particularuniversal divide I experienced as a writer. Isa has referred to her pairing of photographs as a “grammar.” And with that, as both a writer and photographer, I think I’ve reached sufficient closure for now. I admire and am thankful for Isa’s work in Underdogs that so gracefully articulates a photographic language. JOHN KOCH www.flickr.com/photos/orphotographer/

This collaboration with John, which lasted 4 years, was very enriching. We exchanged many ideas about photography and I learned a lot from our conversations. Thank you for your involvment in the magazine. Underdogs and I will miss you John. 3


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ÉLISE BOULARAN

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ÉLISE BOULARAN

Carcassonne / France

HER CAMERAS Nikon D700 and Ricoh 500 G

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MARIANO BRIZZOLA

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MARIANO BRIZZOLA

Buenos aires / Argentina

HIS CAMERAS Nikon FE and Nikon FM2 with prime and wide angle Nikkor HC/Ai/Ai-s lenses

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CYRILLE DEROUINEAU

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CYRILLE DEROUINEAU Paris / France

HIS CAMERAS Fuji 6x7 GW670III with Kodak Portra 400 film

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Noordzee (Belgium) Work in progress started in 2011 along the belgium coast (65 kilometers between France and Holland) during the fall and the winter.

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KYLE EVERETT SMITH

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KYLE EVERETT SMITH

Los Angeles, California / USA

HIS CAMERAS Canon P, Olympus XA2 and Mamiya Super 23.

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ALEXANDROS GARNAVOS


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ALEXANDROS GARNAVOS Athens / Greece

HIS CAMERAS Two analogue cameras and one digital: Ricoh FF-3AF, Cosina CT1G and Canon EOS 1000D 30


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LOTTA HEINZ

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LOTTA HEINZ

Kallmuenz, Bavaria / Germany

HER CAMERAS Contax G2, Olympus XA, Olympus Mju i and Mamiya 7

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JAMIE HLADKY

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JAMIE HLADKY Canberra / Australia

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RAMMY NARULA

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RAMMY NARULA Bangkok / Thailand

HIS CAMERAS Leica M10 and Leica Q

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Portland, Oregon / USA

HER CAMERAS Canon D Mark II, Nikon FM2 Polaroid Spectra and Olympus XA2 55


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ÉVA OSTROWSKA

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ÉVA OSTROWSKA Paris / France

HER CAMERAS Canon EOS Mark III and Canon Canonet QL 17

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ADRIAN SAKER

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ADRIAN SAKER

Birmingham / England

HIS CAMERA Leica X1 and Neewer flash unit

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MAX SLOBODDA

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MAX SLOBODDA Dortmund / Germany

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THANKS TO ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS ÉLISE BOULARAN Carcassonne / France

www.eliseboularan.com/ www.instagram.com/eliseboularan/ www.eliseboularan.tumblr.com/

MARIANO BRIZZOLA Buenos aires / Argentina

www.instagram.com/marianobrizzola/ www.flickr.com/photos/marianomio/

CYRILLE DEROUINEAU

JAMIE HLADKY

Email: cyrilderouineau@yahoo.fr

www.jamiehladky.com/ blog.jamiehladky.com www.instagram.com/jamiehladky/

Paris / France

KYLE EVERETT SMITH Los Angeles, California. / USA www.kyleeverettsmith.com/ www.instagram.com/instatrife/

Canberra / Australia

RAMMY NARULA Bangkok / Thailand

ALEXANDROS GARNAVOS

www.rammynarula.com/ www.burnmyeye.org/rammy-narula/ www.instagram.com/rammynarula/

www.alexandros-garnavos.tumblr.com/ www.instagram.com/alexandros_garnavos/

JENNY OLSEN

LOTTA HEINZ

www.jennyolsen.org/ www.instagram.com/jennyolsenphoto/

www.behance.net/Lotta_Heinz

ÉVA OSTROWSKA

Athens / Greece

Kallmuenz, Bavaria / Germany

Portland, Oregon / USA

Paris / France

www.evaostrowska.com/ www.instagram.com/evaostrowska/

ADRIAN SAKER Birmingham / England

www.facebook.com/adrian.saker.1

MAX SLOBODDA Dortmund / Germany

www.slobodda.de/ www.instagram.com/max.slobodda/ www.flickr.com/photos/mslobodda

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Underdogs Issue 16  

Underdogs is a magazine about contemporary photography. Featuring Élise Boularan, Mariano Brizzola, Cyrille Derouineau, Kyle Everett Smith,...

Underdogs Issue 16  

Underdogs is a magazine about contemporary photography. Featuring Élise Boularan, Mariano Brizzola, Cyrille Derouineau, Kyle Everett Smith,...

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