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Grand-mère, baboushka, enfant j'avais deux grand-mère une d'orient une d'occident une grand-mère chanteuse,rieuse Annette aimait les grandes tablées au Phare, Paella avec l'ancien capitaine du port de Saint Raphael et c'était une odeure embaumante,enivrante Elle était la force faite femme. Il y avait de la coquetterie en elle ... toujours.

Philippe Mouhib Torremocha


cover.........Ana Paula Estrada editor...........Harper Staples design..........Samuel Delesque issue n#2.............June 2013 Light Architect Magazine Produced By:

The Grandma Issue*

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What inspires you? Where do you go to find inspiration? I love spending time browsing on youtube, it’s like a huge catalogue of nearly all the music videos in the world, professional or amateur. You can find anything on there. Is music important for your work? Why? About 70% of what I do is music videos, so music is very important for my work! How do you eat your carrots? I just eat them, how else?! The best place to listen to music in Copenhagen? That’s hard to answer. I think many places just play the music that’s popular at the moment. I find the music scene in Copenhagen really uninspiring, but maybe I just haven’t found the right place yet… Recommend a Danish photographer? I’ve always found Jacob Holdt to be a talented photographer, I think he’s very interesting. Is Copenhagen a good place to be an artist? Could you imagine yourself living and working somewhere else? The good thing about being an artist in Copenhagen is, because it’s a relatively small place, you can always find the people you need quickly, and they’re normally close by. But it’s also just like everywhere else in that there’s only a few people willing to pay for good photographs, especially now pretty much anyone can pick up a camera and take a few pictures. People are no longer bothered about the quality of the work. I would love to live and work in Paris one day, but for now I’m focusing on my work here in Denmark.

Schnapps or sild after a night out? Fernet Branca How do you mix being both a photographer and a videographer? Do you have to change the way you think about certain things depending on the medium? I’m always shifting between the two modes. When I come up with a concept, it’s always a bit of a struggle with myself as to whether it should be a video or an image. I’ve definitely become more aware of the way I work with photography now I’ve started making videos too. Do you think it’s possible to be an ‘underground’ artist today? I think so, but if you’re skilled I don’t think you can remain ‘underground’ for very long. Just making use of social media and other online platforms you can increase your exposure so much quicker than, say, 20 years ago.


Can anyone be a photographer? Today almost anyone with mobile phone can think of themselves as a photographer. What’s the craziest thing to ever have happened to you on set? The first music video I made was with Topgunn, Kidd and Klumben. We had to stop halfway through because Topgunn stepped on a nail which went right through his foot. We had to pause shooting for a whole day, but as a result we made “kysset med Jamel” which now has over 2 million views on youtube. Your best experience as an artist so far? Just being allowed to do what I do, and even better, to make a living from it, has been my best experience so far. It’s the coolest thing ever. 6



“Interview of the month”


Fiona Wilson New York City

Sara moved her three children to New York City from Puerto Rico to find a better life. Following the American ideal of the “land of opportunity�, she worked in garment factories doing piece work to support her son and two daughters as a single mother. Now, at 100 years of age, her strength and her successes are ever present in her children and grandchildren. The matriarch of a family that values intelligence, hard work and achieving one’s dreams.



Matthew Swarts Matthew Swarts attended Princeton University and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and has taught photography at Amherst College, Bowdoin Col-

lege, Ramapo College, The University of Connecticut, The University of Massachusetts, Boston, Middlesex College, and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He


Long Beach Island, New Jersey is the recipient of a J.William Fulbright Scholar Grant and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award for the best new work nationally in photographic portraiture.


Jessie Boylan Victoria, Australia

Grandma Joy feels her granddaughter Phoebe’s 34- week pregnant belly.



Hilton Beach, 4PM.

Andi Schmie “Tel Aviv Grannies 14

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We were waiting for the Orchestra to start the concert; she comes every week with different friends – this week her neighbours were the lucky ones.

“Tel Aviv at its beginning, just over a hundred years ago, was inhabited by early settlers and later a massive inflow of people – both young and old – mainly from Europe and the Middle East. Those young people are now the oldest part of the population and only 10% of them were born there. Most of these people, because of the historical era they were living in, had very particular lives. Their youth was not all about being carefree, their adulthood was about continuous wars and adapting. They speak the common language –Hebrew– with different accents and it´s still a deep part of their identity that although they are Israelis, actually they are partly- German, partly -Yemeni, partly- Slovak or partly-Hungarian. The “Tel Aviv Grannies” photo serial shows this elderly segment of the Israeli society. During a six-month stay in Israel, Andi decided to seek them out and find out how they go about their everyday lives. She walked the streets, visited the beaches, joined them in their play and sports activities to capture them on film. All of these photos were shot with three old Russian analog cameras; the final collection is of 90 images. “ 18


Gordon beach 6.30AM. A woman leaves her leg on the beach while she takes her morning swim.




Dizengoff Center, 1PM. Rosi Star was Austrian originally. She was having a Wiener Schnitzel after meeting a friend and before meeting another. She was fed up with her grandchildren, because they were calling here almost every day. “What do they think? Do I have that much free time for them?� 23






2.30PM. Getting ta

Frishman Beach, 1








TOP 3 INSPIRATIONS: (besides the travels, books, exhibitions and great photographers...)

1. Get the bus. It is very rare that I get the and don’t see a character out


of context, hear

a weird conversation, or see a great outfit. 2. Sleep. I always dream a lot. To go to sleep is like going to the cinema; any story can happen, ending only with the sound of your alarm clock. 3. Having a blank paper and a pen in my hand. Even though nothing amazing is going to come and fill that paper, it is always inspiring to have the freedom to potentially put down anything that takes your fancy. It’s the same feeling when I put a

film in my camera.

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Ana Paula Estrada “ I eat my carrots raw with lime, salt and chilli !”


Mrs. Laurel Carruthers (top left) “I was born in Goodwood in South Australia in 1917. How come I’ve survived this long? I don’t know. I was 23 when I got married; my dress was made from silk. Life now is so different, I wish we could slow down and go back a bit. I don’t think people these days are considerate like they used to be. I really enjoy when I‘m feeling good and when my grandchildren are around. I always like to sit near the window to watch the boats go by.” Mrs. Ruth Thun (bottom left) “I was born in Wondai, Australia the 21th of July 1940 John came to Cloyna and bought a farm, I heard plenty of comments about him and I thought ‘I just want to meet this fellow and see what he looks like.’ We got married the 9th of September in1960; it was a windy day. I had a satin dress my aunt made and we drove down the road with “JUST MARRIED” plastered everywhere! We had two girls and two boys and now we have 7 grandchildren. Nighttime is my favorite time of the day, after all the work is done and I can sit back and do a Sudoku puzzle.”


Mrs. May Haupt (Cover) “I was born in Haunchy, QLD in 1927. We were 9 children in the family and grew up on a dairy farm in Hunchy. I got married when I was 20 and we had two daughters. Now I have 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. I lived my era; I am 84 and I can tell life has changed.”


Nadia Sablin 37

Brooklyn NY


I love to eat a carrot salad called “Korean Carrots,” but it’s very much a Russian dish. You can see the recipe here: (http:// carrot-salad-kore an-style/). The secret they don’t mention is that you have to squeeze the carrots with your hands after you add the spices!



I am a photography teacher. I teach mainly lab courses, but try to inject as much history and theory into my curriculum as I can.




Téo Jaffre

“Ma ugly familly”



Agi Vedres

Budapest, Hungary.

“I’m the kind of personwho‘s interested in all of life’s moments. I like to live and of course, I like life too. I’m interested in the tiniest things that pass other people by; the most exciting moments for me are the ones that are almost unnoticed. The most insignificant objects gain an enormous importance in an unexpected moment, and that’s what I wait for in every minute, the bliss of coincidence.My photographs are visual journal entries.” (full story on



Jon Osborne

I don’t particularly care for organic. My carrots would be grown by me on my veggie patch; ideally they would be baby carrots, steamed, al dente.

Chingford, UK. Her name is Jesse Bolle. It’s a German name but my grandad changed it to Bollé to make it sound better. She is 90 years old and is incredibly energetic, constantly moving or doing something. She likes to sew and knit.



It’s certainly true that absence makes the heart grow fonder. While life in Australia is good, I miss my family, and have certainly gained a new appreciation for my grandmother. Her age and fragility are

more apparent from afar, but despite her body growing tired and old, there is still a sparkle in her eye. I hope the images capture something of her presence and energy.



Flavio Montrone Rouen, Normandy, France Baby carrots with peas and cream, not sliced. Name: Denise Age: 83 Occupation: Watching Questions pour un Champion.




Daniel Roblin Burma



Irina Grigore Postgraduate student in Anthropology at the University of Tokyo, Japan.


My grandmother used to live in the countryside back in

Romania but passed away two weeks ago. I really loved her and she taught me everything I know about gardening and


nature. She was very beautiful.



Alex Withey “ Sadly the lovely lady in the image isn’t my own grandmother, but she bore a striking resemblance to her. My grandmother is in her 70’s living in a small village in Finland. She is very passionate about nature and weaves her own carpets.”


Credits: photographers

Jamel Sundoo Fiona Wilson Matthew Swarts Jessie Boylan Agi Vedres Jon Osborne Flavio Montrone Daniel Roblin Irina Grigore Andi Schmied Ana Paula Estrada Nadia Sablin TĂŠo Jaffre Alex Withey

editorial team

Harper Staples, editor Samuel Delesque, designer

Apr 17 Jun 16

Philippe Favier @MEP 5-7 rue de Fourcy, Paris 4

June 9 Sept. 1

Blumenfeld Studio: New York 41-60 Somerset House, The Strand, London

June 2013

Copenhagen Photo Festival 2013 More information at

Feb 26 July 28

At War with the Obvious William Eggleston @MoMA, New York


LAM #2 - The Grandma Issue  
LAM #2 - The Grandma Issue  

Nana. Grandmere. Mormor. Mamie. Grandma. However you say it, wherever they are, this month at LAM we love them all. Welcome to our Grandma I...