Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low have been collaborating as “Anderson & Low” since 1990, and have built up an incredible portfolio in their time as some of the most sought after fine art photographers. You'll probably recognise their famous portraits of athletes, which have been exhibited all over the world as well as being the subject of their 2002 book 'Athletes'.
Due to their worldwide success and experience, Anderson & Low have enjoyed worldwide success and we're fortunate to catch up with them to pick their brains for nuggets of brilliant advice for those photographers who are finding their feet and starting their journey into professional photography.
Hi Jonathan and Edwin! First of all, what can you tell us about your work, and specifically the ones you have provided for this interview?
These images really do illustrate the stylistic diversity of our work... one of our hallmarks is the diversity of styles we use, finding the best language for each new project, but that the underlying themes and ideas recur again and again in our work. These include:
- Looking at human endeavour and endurance and using sport as a window onto the human condition (all our athlete projects),
- The "classical ideal" of sport (Athletes, Gymnasts)
- Costume, identity and the projection of persona (Athlete/Warrior, Manga Dreams & Circus),
- Challenging people's perception, reality versus fiction, the boundaries of photography and people's expectations from looking at photographic images (On the Set of James Bond's Spectre Chrysalis, Manga Dreams and Voyages)