Hongkong Cityscape. Credits: Marcus Köppen.

A Moment in Time

An encounter with photographer Marcus Köppen

Connie Fluhme
Jul 15, 2015 · 12 min read
From the series ‘Drag Queen Olympians’. Credits: Marcus Köppen.

“That guy is not a photographer, he’s an artist”.

Reason enough to dig a little deeper and get to know the German photographer a bit better:

“The magic to capture a moment in time and then have to wait until it appears on paper.

Today this feeling has faded because of digital technology, there is no more waiting for processing and printing, which totally changed the approach to photography. Now it’s more about capturing the past.”

Cityscape. Credits: Marcus Köppen.

After I returned to Amsterdam I made plans to return for a couple of months and portrait/interview lady boys in Thailand. This project really shaped me as a portrait photographer.

The Girl got Balls. Credits: Marcus Köppen

Not only has he got a great eye for aesthetics and colour but he is also an incredible diplomat.

This skill being demonstrated in particular by convincing some of the ambassadors that our great photography concept would not damage their credibility or image. He also proved to be super charming and a great director by making our non-model subjects comfortable and dynamic in front of the camera. I’m really happy with the results we achieved in the shoot and they’ve translated really well across all of this year’s comms when integrated with the AGP visual identity style.”

Marcus Köppen in action, shooting the AGP campaign.
Dolly Bellefleur. Ambassador of Amsterdam Gay Pride 2015. Art Direction: Graham Sturt. Credits: Marcus Köppen.
Raymi Sambo. Ambassador of Amsterdam Gay Pride 2015. Art Direction: Graham Sturt. Credits: Marcus Köppen.
Emmaly Brown. Ambassador of Amsterdam Gay Pride 2015 and singer of the Gay Pride Anthem. Art Direction: Graham Sturt. Credits: Marcus Köppen.
From the series ‘Drag Queen Olympians’. Credits: Marcus Köppen.
From the series ‘People of Wasteland’. Credits: Marcus Köppen.
‘The Children of Vogue’ series. Credits: Marcus Köppen
The People of Wasteland. Credits: Marcus Köppen.
Cityscapes. Limited edition Posters available at Foam Amsterdam. Credits: Marcus Köppen.

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