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Bjarke aka Managing Dictator

Bjarke was born many years after most of his favorite lenses were made. The majority (except for the Leica ones of course) date back to the 1850-1940s. He's not that old, even though his two clones, Hjalte (16) & Viggo (11) think so.

Nerdy info: Shot on Impossible Silver Shade 8x10" Polaroid with Sinar P2 and 305 mm Kodak Portrait Lens @ f/4.5

In his early teens he fell in love with death and black metal, and he used to growl in several obscure bands. He released his first underground fanzine, Nagual, back in 1991. He formed the vinyl only (now, that's analogue!) label Prutten Records in 1995 and in 1997 the metal label Mighty Music, which is still active on the international music scene. Bjarke also owns Denmark's largest independent music company, Target Group, and he recently opened a rock bar, Zeppelin, in central Copenhagen.

In 1995 he was hired by The Danish Broadcasting Corporation as a radio host for national radio P3 where he stayed until television caught him in 1998. Since then he has produced hundreds of shows, from comedy to documentaries for a variety of broadcasters. His most recent television production, "Nærkontakt" (Close Encounter) just aired on DR2:


Nerdy info: shot on Sony FS700 (@200 fps) with Leica M-Summilux 75 mm f/1.4

While making a living out of producing living images for many years, it's the dead images (pun intended) who really excites Bjarke. Through out the last couple of years he's plowed his way through a variety of formats from digital kleinbild and medium format to analog large format, and most recently ultra large format. His images can be seen here. He also specializes in 4x5" & 8x10" Polaroids which you can get a glimpse of here. He recently built our very own 20x24" monster camera which can be seen in the studio, located in our physical shop. 

His first photographic book, "After", was published in Denmark in 2015 and will be published in the rest of the world in 2016. It contains 150+ post-coital portraits.

 

Also remember to check Bjarke's Vimeo account for his other video endavours, including a portrait of Basim, winner of the Danish Eurovision Song Contest:



Nerdy info: Shot on Canon 5D Mark II with Zeiss Distagon 21 mm f/2.8 and Zeiss Distagon 35 mm f/2, Canon TS-17 mm f/4 & Canon 50 mm f/1.2