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By Severin - 5 min read

We’re excited to introduce you to handyfotohandy today! Daniel and Julia are two students from Düsseldorf, Germany, who recently set up the exhibition called “Handyfotohandy”.

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We’re excited to introduce you tohandyfotohandytoday! Daniel and Julia are two students from Düsseldorf, Germany, who recently set up the exhibition called “Handyfotohandy”. Needless to say that they are also taking pretty awesome pictures.

1. Hi Daniel and Julia! First of all, please introduce yourself: who are you, where do you live, what do you do, where did you meet and when did you start shooting photos with your cellphone?

We are two students from Germany who study exhibition and design. We’ve known each other for 4 years and during this time we were working on some projects. Our last one was an exhibition about the deployment of mobile photography in Germany. That was also the time we started taking photos with our mobile.

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2. You have organized the exhibition “Handyfotohandy” in Düsseldorf. Can you tell us more about it?

The exhibition “Handyfotohandy” deals with the subject of the past 10 years of mobile photography. The first camera phone was released in Japan in 1999. It wasn’t until 2001 that Germany was introduced to mobile photography.

The exhibition deals with the development of the term »mobile« as well as the development of mobile photography and camera phones themselves, personal experiences we’ve collected by working with different communities, some technical facts like the exponential growth of pixel resolution and storage capacity and also the downsides and limitations of mobile photography.

Over a period of two months we built cubes out of more than one hundred square meters of wood. The cubes of different sizes where the primary element in our exhibition. The exhibition was solely lit by these “photo cubes”. The front wall of each cube is a backlit photograph illuminated by a light placed within the cube. The labels with the descriptions are placed on top of the cubes.

3. Please tell us more about the book that accompanied the exhibition..

Unfortunately most people weren’t paying attention to the sign that read “Use your cell phone light to read the labels”. That was the reason for the book which included all information you could find in the exhibition. The book also shows some of our favorite photos and a couple of practical and juicy websites. Don’t be angry, EyeEm was included ; ).

4. All your photos are black and white and shot from the hip. How did you come to this style? Do you also experiment with other styles of shooting and processing?

We tested a lot of apps, and Hipstamatic was one of our favorites. In “Handyfotohandy”, we wanted to show some bevels of Mobilephotography and the diversity of “retro effects” are on of them. While exploring all the different possibilities to approach the subject matter we happened to sumble upon “Streetphotography”. We really enjoyed that specific approach, especially in black and white. It allows the actual subject to dominate focal point of the image and works best if you abstain from the fancy coloring of retro filters.

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streetphotography in Düsseldorf by Handyfotohandy on EyeEm

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streetphotography in Düsseldorf by Handyfotohandy on EyeEm

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streetphotography in Düsseldorf by Handyfotohandy on EyeEm

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subway in Düsseldorf by Handyfotohandy on EyeEm

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streetphotography in Düsseldorf by Handyfotohandy on EyeEm

5. What’s next?

Currently we’re working on an iPhone App and an iPad magazine. Hopefully, after that, there will be another exhibition to showcase our latest photography.You can find more information about “HFH – Handyfotohandy” on www.handyfotohandy.de or on our Facebookpage.

Great job Daniel & Julia! Followhandyfotohandyto get their latest photos directly in your Friend feed.

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