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COVER IMAGE BY BASSEM TAMIMI “WASHED”

POINT OF SIMPLCITY ISSUE#4.CITY AUGUST 2011 Teya Saveleva, editor in chief

Proof-reading team: Al McDermid Jade Leamcharaskul


4 POINT OF SIMPLICITY| EDITORIAL

CITY POINT OF SIMPLICITY #4

I am pleased to present the fourth is-

garet Morrissey, saturated romance with a

sue of “Point of Simplicity”, a free e-

metropolis portrayed by Oled Podzorov,

magazine about fine art photography.

hidden life of things and buildings by Mi-

This issue covers a huge variety of topics and themes associated with city. Of course, one hundred pages is not enough

khail Palinchak Jr., intimate moments of urban underground by Thomas Buffaz, and many more.

to show every aspect of what can be

Dear readers, here we show you the

roughly defined as urban photography,

tip of the iceberg called urban photog-

but this time we challenged ourselves to

raphy, and we hope that this issue of

introduce you to different artists and

“Point of Simplicity” e-magazine will en-

different meanings they put into this gen-

courage you to research the immense

re of photography.

treasures yet hidden in photo albums and

On the pages of this issue you will get

online galleries!

acquainted with everything “city” from classical architecture photography to urban exploration. We deliberately tried to exclude street photography, but you cannot separate a man and the space he lives in, so you may encounter some beautiful examples of this genre as well. Here you will find poetic work of Mar-

Teya Saveleva August 2011


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Acknowledgements I would like to thank every member and watcher of Ode-to-simplicity group at DeviantArt for your burning passion for photography and your kind support! I would like to express gratitude to Zev aka TimberClipse, Maya aka PhotoFairy, Raquel aka Kaminaru, Elaine aka 3wyl for spreading the word about our magazine and helping us find new readers. I wish to thank Margaret Morrissey, Oleg Podzorov, Mikhail Palinchak Jr., Thomas Buffaz and other authors who took part in making this issue for granting us an honorable right to feature their beautiful works. And the last but not the least, I would like to thank my the amazing team behind this magazine for their love for photography, open mind and courage to face new challenges! Thank you, everyone!


6 MAITRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY | MARGARET MORRISSEY

http://www.margaretmorrissey.com/


7 MAITRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY | MARGARET MORRISSEY

Margaret is a photographer from Dublin, Ireland. She started out as a painter, but fell for photography after buying a camera to take reference pictures for her paintings. Margret’s style is very poetic and‌ leisurely. Leisurely and calm as a painting. In this issue we featured the series Margaret shot in Venice. A bustling tourist attraction turned mystically empty and romantic as if palazzos and gondolas were posing specially for the shot.


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22 GUEST FEATURE | OLEG PODZOROV

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23 GUEST FEATURE | OLEG PODZOROV

Oleg is a 22 year old auditor from Moscow. He started photography in 2007, but his works were already spotted and featured by such giants as DigitalPhoto magazine. A prominent highlight of Oleg's work include an exhibition in one of the most popular art-spot of Russian capital: the Centre of modern art “Vinzavod”. By the way, Oleg plans an important event setting a benchmark in his creative work this autumn—so, please, stay tuned. Oleg’s photography is a like a cup of good coffee for an urban lover. Dark, yet colorful, empty, yet warm shots from Oleg are the photographs you will never forget. A mustsee for those, who love urban romantics and welcoming lights of a metropolis at night.


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PointOfSimplicity (PS): Oleg, thank you very much for joining us. Oleg Podzorov (OP): You are welcome. I will be glad to answer all your questions. PS: Tell us about your relationship with photography. Something tells me it’s a long and windy story. When did it start? OP: Well, it all started in summer of 2007 in New York. I was so impressed by the magnificence of the city, that I could not resist an urge to save the beauty of the huge metropolis in all its glory, with skyscrapers, bridges and yellow taxi cabs. It was the time when I bought my first DSLR camera Sony A100. Of course, my first shots were far from being good, but I did not let it get to me. I was so deep into shooting and searching for good angles that the results did not bother me. But then came the shot of the Apple store at the 5th Avenue. It made me realize that I actually can produce good shots. I still love this photo (http://500px.com/ photo/69981). PS: When I look at your photos I have a feeling that they are not photos, but movie stills. The photos are different, but the story they tell is all the same. How did you find the style? Was it a long journey? OP: Frankly speaking, I cannot say the same thing about my photos. I am still searching for the so-called “my own style”. The moment when I throw my creative self into one extreme, there is an-

other extreme that lures me into it. Although this is regarded as a problem with shooting pictures within one genre, it is characteristical of choosing a genre in general. In my opinion, it is more practical to work on one direction. It is like killing two birds with one stone, you know. PS: You have many cities in your gallery – Riga, Tallin, New-York, Boston. Without exception all the photographs are remarkable, but only the photos of Boston have some special romantic touch. Oleg, what is hiding behind those shots? OP: I see you felt that. It is really pleasant to know. Yes, indeed, Boston is not just another beautiful city among many others I visited. For the last 5 years I have been living there from time to time. And I fell in love with the city. This is the feeling I try to convey through my photographs. PS: Which shot (featured in this issue) do you like the best? Why? OP: One of my favorite shots is The Corner. First of all, it was shot in my favorite city. Secondly, it was shot in my favorite spot of my favorite city. It is a nice, ambient shot. That evening was very good: fog, silence, cool air, bottle of Samuel Adams, something calm and tuneful on the iPod. PS: Which cities would you like to stroll with a tripod? Do you have any special destinations?


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OP: Prague, London, Dublin, Amsterdam. I plan to visit Copenhagen on the nearest winter holidays. PS: What are the three things, except a camera and a tripod, the urban photographer cannot do without? OP: I think, I know only one thing. It is music. I do not have any material things in mind. You just do not need them. PS: What is your favorite part about urban photography? What is the most challenging part? OP: The most challenging part is to tune into the city’s “wavelength”. If you do not catch the wave, you will not make any good shots no matter how much effort you put in it. Usually you catch the wave as you go into the city, but sometimes you have to pull it of yourself, by listening to the music for example. PS: During the time you spent observing the cities through the lens were you lucky to witness anything special? Something a tourist will never see, or something that helped you discover a different side of New York or Boston? OP: When tourist come to such huge cities as New York, they are always in rush to visit as many places as they can. I do not rush. I spend time in one place looking for right angles or shooting with different exposition setting for HDR. It takes time. In my case, I am not a point that moves inside the city, I am the point the city rotates around.

PS: Do you follow work of any modern photographers? OP: Yes. Alexandra, Anastasia Volkova, Jan Scholz, Benoit Paille. By the way, none of these people shoot urban imagery. PS: It seems to me that these days you are drifting away from urban photography and moving towards portraiture. What made you take such steps? OP: Yes, it is true. There is a reason, and the reason is quite prosaic. I have not been to USA for the last year and a half. Other foreign cities that I visited so far do not inspire me as New York or Boston did. My trips these days are too short. On the other hand, I love portraiture as much as urban photography, although I am not that good at making portraits. PS: What is the most helpful piece of advice about photography that you ever came across? OP: Well, from the very beginning I decided to learn photography by myself through making mistakes and learning from them without listening to anyone’s advice. I have not been to master classes or read book or articles on photography. My best way of learning, which is better than any master class or book, is looking through hundreds of fine photographs everyday. PS: Oleg, thank you very much. It was a pleasure to talk to you. Is there anything you would like to add or say to our readers?


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OP: Thank you for asking interesting questions. I think my answer to the last question is a good piece of advice for the readers. I wish them luck in making good shots.

Š All rights for the artistic work presented on pages 24-34 belong to Oleg Podzorov.


38 PROJECT FEATURE | MIKHAIL PALINCHAK JR.

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39 PROJECT FEATURE | MIKHAIL PALINCHAK JR.

Mikhail is a versatile photographer from Kiev, Ukraine. Master of street and urban photography Mikhail was born into photographic family to a famous portrait and landscape photoartist - Mikhail Palinchak. On the next page you will learn about Mikhail recent urban project LOST FACES and challenges behind it. Mikhail’s favorite quote belongs to Pablo Picasso: “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them. ” When you browse through Mikhail’s photos, you realize that this line is indeed very true.


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At the root of the project Lost Faces

urban face. This is the birth of my first

lies an idea of the personification of the

picture, which started my whole series, a

city. Often people say that this or that

series of photographs of those human-

city has its own face, that a particular city

like faces found in everyday life, in every-

is different. However, if you think about

day places and objects. As soon as I shot

this a bit more, you have to ask, ‘what

these first pictures, as soon as I saw that

does this face of the city look like?’ I de-

first face, I began to notice them every-

cided to answer this question, decided to

where, wherever I went. Sometimes I do

search for a recognizable and tangible

not even have to look for them, they

face and shoot it. I called my series of

stare at me.

photographs ‘Lost Faces’ because of the faces I found in the literal and figurative sense of the word had been lost to the outside world. People do not pay any attention to them, do not notice them, and pass them by. Meanwhile, these fac-

Look! See the city with different eyes. Things are not always just things. Many things and places are alive and perhaps even more alive than many of us. They look at us, watch us, and are just waiting to be found.

es that stared, smiled, laughed and were amazed . . . and sometimes slept, watched the people.

I do not make any special preparations for the shooting other than to wait for suitable weather conditions and light,

It all started one day as I was just walking around the city searching for interesting shots, when I saw a blue metal wall and a yellow plastic tube that hung from the arc in front of that wall. I decided to photograph this urban still life, a piece of mosaic, constituting the environment in which we live. Coming closer, I saw large bolts sticking out of the wall, which were the two eyes of this awkward

walking through the city searching of faces with my old Canon 40D and 17-40mm lens. Very rarely do I need a long focal lens for shooting, but use mostly wideangle lens, since the faces of the city can be overwhelming, and the place where they are found can be very small. And of course the light—light and shadows of different objects decide what I will shoot when and how to shoot it.


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Š All rights for the artistic work presented on pages 41-51 belong to Mikhail Palinchak Jr.


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55 CITY CONTEST WINNER | FEATURED ON THE COVER OF THIS ISSUE

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“WASHED”

WINNER OF CITY CONTEST AT #ODE-TO-SIMPLICITY august 2011


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OLIVIER BERGERON “ANGLE”


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FLORIAN SCHMIDT “SOME KIND OF PROGRESS”


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PLMEGALO “SOMEARCHY”


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MICHAEL LAUKENINKS “REAL ESTATE BUBBLE”


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RED OGNITA “24 ”


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KEVIN SAINT GREY “STARING AT THE SEA”


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aKaRatboy “AGAINST THE GLASS”


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PETER NESKE “UNDERWORLD ”


FAMOUS DEVIANTART CITIZENS TALK ABOUT URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY


CHRISTIAN RUDAT In my opinion artistic photography's primary goal should be originality, realized by either visualizing concepts/stories/visions or by revealing something that does not meet the eye at first glance. I try to achieve the latter with urban photography by showing common places in a way most people would not perceive them. Another interesting aspect of urban areas is their intrinsic quality of working as a mirror of society or at least projecting a desired image of it.

PORTFOLIO


ALEXANDER KRAFT I will put it briefly. There are three main things I like about urban photography. First of all, it is versatile; a photographer can adopt any style to show the city. Secondly, urban photography is easy to access – it’s anywhere you go. And, the lastly, urban photography tells you a story about the city’s history. PORTFOLIO


EWELINA KURAL I started my journey with photography two years ago. The first photo I was actually proud of, was this shot from Prague. The weather was so bad, people walking everywhere but somehow I managed to stand still for that one moment. Urban photography delivers the following message: to look at how beautiful the world is and to see how extraordinary places are in our countries. We just have to look around, open our eyes and notice it. As a photographer, I have this privilege to present myself through my work. Every photo I take expresses how I see a place, exactly as it is in that moment through my eyes and for that I will be always grateful. PORTFOLIO


RAFAL BIGDA Cities are geometrical organisms within the natural environment of the Earth. Therefore, they create mathematical structures, which presented by the use of visual art (painting or photography) show their composition, relationship of solids or variety of factures. I am fascinated by urbanism and so I use photography for documenting cities, their architecture and structures. Inspired mainly by works of Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, Julius Shulman, or Eric de Mare I use black & white photography. Thanks to this I try to extract the essence of the city by taking an analytical approach to its fragments - buildings arranged in the grid of streets. PORTFOLIO BLOG


Debora Schmidt Actually I didn't plan to take urban shots, but consider photography as a kind of diary. Strictly speaking I use to take photos by intuition, whenever I discover an interesting motive. That is why I rarely leave the house without my camera.

PORTFOLIO GOOGLE+


Gilles Maselli I started urban photography several decades ago: architectural lines of buildings, graphics, and the atmosphere of the city captivated me once a for all. The places I visit as a photographer are magical: as commonplace as they can seem to anyone who walks by, the places I discovered have something different to them. Another interesting thing about urban photography is that with its help I can show an abstract side of things, the hidden graphics, the lines. The three best things about urban photography are the somber feeling, the contrast and the perpetual renewal of the usual things that we have seen before and that we see now. PORTFOLIO


NIRAV SOLANKI I enjoy taking urban photography because it’s the everyday things we enjoy looking at. Urban photography caught my attention because I travel a lot. During my travels, I captured those moments that people normally see everyday but with a different approach. With the help of a different angle and lighting, I perceived and captured ordinary things differently. I think that the best three things about urban photography are appreciation for architecture and the minds that created it; travel, travel & travel; and It's never boring because its ever-changing where ever you go. PORTFOLIO


Digit_AL I like urban photography because it gives a big-picture idea of one small pocket of the world that someone may never have the opportunity to visit. It also gives me the opportunity to interact with different people from different places that I may otherwise never meet, be it directly or indirectly. What I like most about urban photography is that it allows me to tell a unique story about the city that I live in. PORTFOLIO


ULRICH BEDNARZ Having been a research geologist in one of my former life, I believe that there is still some curiosity and spirit of research left with me. Urban photography is a wonderful way to explore back streets and side roads or to visit places that do not exactly have a 5-star rating in the guides. It is exciting to discover beauty and interesting details in things and places that sit there mostly unnoticed, often already for a long time. PORTFOLIO


CÉDRIC JOUQUAND I live in Paris and I like to walk in those streets and alleys. First I took architecture photography of buildings and monuments; there is a lot of things to see, and on each walk you can discover pleasant places. Later I shot urban atmospheres, but I realized that what is most interesting in cities are the people who live there. Now I like to take Street scenes, to catch the “moment” of city life. It’s difficult—sometimes I succeed and sometimes not . . . Unlike urban photos, in Street photography you can’t control the “subject”. PORTFOLIO


TOBIAS WILDEN Coming from a background of illustration and graphic design, I've been personally fascinated by the art of contemplative vision, including forms and objects of everyday life, for a long time. It was the chance of capturing those situations; often unnoticed architectural scenes in a mix of structure and geometry that gripped me from the get go. Creating graphical compositions in combination with urban exploration was, and still is a fascinating theme of many facets for me. PORTFOLIO


NIKOLAI GORSKI What I love most about the urban environment is its geometry, its clear and beautiful lines, its finite forms. These are my “models�. I try to emphasize these through composition, angle, and lighting. I love when an urban shot has something decorative or abstract about it, when it becomes a whole new artistic image that hovers above the real prototype. PORTFOLIO


KATERINA PAPANDREOU In the past few years I have discovered my love for photography. As a trained architect, I am used to take notice of the architectural environment all the time, so urban photography was a natural thing from the start. What I like most about it is the possibility to view the world around me in a new and different perspective. PORTFOLIO


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JACQUELINE BARKLA “CITIZEN ERASED ”


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SAKIS DAZANIS “SAFETY”


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NOORA MOR “ENDLESS END”


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ALESSIO IZZO “FROM ONE BANK OF THE TIBER ”


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TABUTEAUD SÉBASTIEN “A DAY IN THE LIFE ”


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WOOSRA “OVER THE CITY ”


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I. SCHMIDT “PRAHA ”


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LÚCIA PEDRO “URBAN REFLECTIONS ”


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JONATHAN CONDIT “BAY AREA ROMANTIC TRANSIT ”


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ERIK NAUMANN “AFTER TAKE IVY, BEIJING ”


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JAREK SYSAK “THE BLUE ARMCHAIR ”


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VOJTECH SVEC “4.4”


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AL MCDERMID “MAILSLOT”


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GÜLCE GOKMEN TURK “COPPERSMITH”


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NICOLAS KNAUBER “HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL ”


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MACIEJ LESZCZYŃSKI “FORGOTTEN”


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NADIRA VLASOVA “TUTOR'S HOUSE ”


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BILL BARFIELD “60² ”


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Last June, I was visiting a friend

The thing is that laughter, more than any

in Hong Kong for a few days. I've been

sound, always catches the attention of

there before and I knew that the city has

those who hear it. I can’t remember any

lots of incredibly photogenic spots. Every

noise from the 5 minutes before this,

place, each street is like a movie set

when I was walking in the station maze,

where lights, architecture and atmos-

focusing on the LCD screen, but the

phere are waiting to be captured by pho-

laughter caused me to turn in its direc-

tographers. I was hoping to take some

tion where I saw two people kissing on

good shots during that short trip and my

the opposite escalator.

camera was never far from my hands because . . . you never know.

Fortunately, my camera was already turned on, so I didn’t lose precious

On the third day, after a long

time waiting for it to be ready. Fortu-

afternoon of shooting in narrow streets,

nately, the last shot I had taken that day

high buildings, and crowded districts, I

was in the same kind of lighting environ-

was heading home around 11pm, when

ment, so I didn’t have to change any

the Hong Kong Island subway had

al-

settings on the camera. Fortunately, I

ready been deserted by the workers who

had done some shootings on that same

usually fill it during the day. I wasn’t ex-

long escalator the day before, so I was

pecting anything to happen in this empty

aware of the composition possibilities.

space and it seemed to be the perfect

Fortunately, I had taken the extreme left

time to sort the photos of the day on my

escalator, so I had enough space be-

LCD screen. After getting off the subway

tween them and myself to add more

train at the Wan Chai Station, I kept on

lines to my picture. And most fortunate-

sorting as I walked through the long cor-

ly, they didn’t see me aiming my camera

ridors and then on the huge escalator to

at them (maybe because I didn’t laugh),

the surface. And this is when I heard

so they kept kissing.

someone laugh.

Of course, I didn’t think about all

I don’t know why but when

of this at that moment and it spent less

someone is laughing, other people al-

time between the laugh and the shot

ways want to listen closer, maybe to be a

than it will take for someone to read this

part of a stranger’s joy and laughter;

sentence. The next second we were not

maybe there is a kind of empathy in this.

on the same level anymore and the next


after that, those two strangers were already out of sight with their feelings and stories. They left me with this unexpected spontaneous and lucky shot, which they probably don’t even know I took. Thanks to them for this great instant and thanks to this magazine for making it last a little longer. Thomas Buffaz August 2011


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ALISDAIR MILLER If you in search for yet unseen angles, breathtaking bird-eye panoramas, and exciting urban imagery, you have to visit Alisdair’s gallery. It is full of unforgettable shots (an when I say “unforgettable” we literally mean it). Alisdair will introduce you to the glory of urban photography that can only be reached in United Arab Emirates: cold blue tones, dizzy heights, striking lightning, dark passages, and many may more >>> PORTFOLIO

MATTHIAS HEIDERICH Matthias is the king of simplicity and minimalism when it comes to urban photography. Although we are used to dark black and white squares, Matthias proves that any city has a brighter side. Turquoise, orange, yellow, white are the colors he combines to paint the street he walks. >>> PORTFOLIO


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MARTIN STAVARS I guess that anyone who loves urban photography knows this name or has seen amazing photographs created by this man. Martin is a renowned artist, who has been to the most iconic urban spots of the world such as Toronto, London, Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris, Singapore… Martin has hundreds and hundreds of stunning shots in his collection, and every one of them is a unique masterpiece one would love to hang on the wall and meditate for hours watching it. >>> PORTFOLIO

HECTOR GUERRA Hector does not just take photographs, I think he paints them, he composes photographic poetry out of simple urban forms we pass by every other day. Hector’s gallery is a collection of beautiful , smooth long exposure shots, amazing details, and harmonious lines. Every time I visit his page I can dwell on one shot for a long, long time not able to move on, as if I was captured inside the photograph as well. >>> PORTFOLIO


124 THE END | THANK YOU! INDEX OF PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIAL USED IN THE ISSUE (IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE)

MARGARET MORRISSEY OLEG PODZOROV MIKHAIL PALINCHAK JR. BASSEM TAMIMI OLIVIER BERGERON FLORIAN SCHMIDT PLMEGALO MICHAEL LAUKENINKS RED OGNITA KEVIN SAINT GREY AKARATBOY PETER NESKE CHRISTIAN RUDAT ALEXANDER KRAFT EWELINA KURAL RAFAL BIGDA NIRAV SOLANKI DIGIT_AL ULRICH BEDNARZ CÉDRIC JOUQUAND TOBIAS WILDEN NIKOLAI GORSKI KATERINA PAPANDREOU JACQUELINE BARKLA SAKIS DAZANIS NOORA MOR ALESSIO IZZO TABUTEAUD SÉBASTIEN


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WOOSRA I. SCHMIDT LÚCIA PEDRO JONATHAN CONDIT ERIK NAUMANN JAREK SYSAK VOJTECH SVEC AL MCDERMID GÜLCE GOKMEN TURK NICOLAS KNAUBER MACIEJ LESZCZYŃSKI NADIRA VLASOVA BILL BARFIELD THOMAS BUFFAZ


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