Magdalena Wosinka. Not just a Polish name. Her lifestyle photography has a unique taste of California: sun, naked people, musicians, skaters, celebrities, etc. Her pictures are the result of a skateboarder turned into a photographer who wants to make models feel really at ease.
Magdalena Wosinka is a Polish photographer born in 1983. She moved to Arizona in 1991, where she started taking the first pics and developing the amazing California style she is famous for.
If I had to define her photography in just one word, I would say “rebellion”, because she’s not a standard photographer at all. She likes to take easy pictures of her subjects, because she has the ability to make people feel at ease (even if there is a camera pointed at them): the result is that her pictures do not seem like those for real publications, but rather shots taken with friends.
Her subjects are often girls: nude portraits of her friends and family (I’m referring to her sister), who are shown as goddesses on film, and portraits of some really famous celebrities, like Amanda Seyfried and Michelle Williams.
There are also many portraits of boys, with bikes, guitars, skaters and a lot of “street style”. One common feature of almost all her shots is a sunny and serene Californian atmosphere; it’s the same atmosphere which made the Golden State a glorious fantasy destination point for many people in the nineties.
Magdalena made a photography book, but hadn’t shown it to her parents, because “it’s weird: tons of photos of people with cocaine and lots of boobs,” she says. Maybe she’s right, but these photos are wonderful, even parents could understand and like them.
During her interview for Camerabag.tv, I think her best quote is “I wanna enjoy what I’m shooting,” something about being yourself and don’t care if 99,9% of people in the world don’t shoot what you shoot. And don’t even care about how you shoot, because you should feel at ease with your camera or with your film: do what you like and how you like it. This is the main thing Magda wanted to say.