5 Questions on Analogue Photography with Gigi Stoll


In this new ongoing series “5 Questions on Analogue Photography with…” we send out the same set of questions to photographers. This time, Gigi Stoll answered these and sent along a selection of her work.

Name: Gigi Stoll
Occupation: Photographer
Country: USA

1. Tell us something about yourself.
Originally from San Antonio, Texas. Grew up on a small Appaloosa horse farm. I started taking photos of our horses with my fathers 1960’s Polaroid/800 Land Camera.

LOMO PORTRAIT 2011 – Gigi Stoll (iMac)

Late 1980’s, I was discovered by a french modeling scout in Dallas, Texas called City Models – Within a month, they sent me a one-way ticket to Paris. A friend gave me an Polaroid 195.

I began shooting my model friends while traveling the world. These shoots began my Nude series for galleries & collectors. Portraits started soon after for various magazines & private clients.

2. Why do you still shoot analogue?
I am very partial to the rich texture & film noir feeling. I love the dense blacks. There is also a depth in the film that tends to flatten in digital photography. I miss the whole tactile process. Waiting for the film to develop. Louping contact sheets & discovering each image. Making the test prints. There was little retouching, color correcting or time spent on a computer. Film has a more pure, raw & honest quality.

3. What photographic equipment (cameras, films, and accessories) do you usually have in your bag?
When shooting private parties I like the look of a Yashica T4 with the feel of a Nikon 35TI. I grew up on a Nikon FM2. My favorite color film: PortraNC 400/220. Favorite B/W: TMX 3200 I plan to start doing projects with my Pentax 6×7 very soon. I miss the wooden grip. What a beautiful camera. Fantastic large negatives for scanning. I shot like that for years until I met a man from Leica and went digital.

4. Share a trick of yours that will always result to a great photo.
Step into your shot. Get personal. I rarely take many images. Most of my career has been with film. When I was short on cash, I had to make each shot count. Sometimes shooting two stories on a roll of film. Most times the first shot is the one.

Astrid Munoz for Vogue Paris 2005 – Gigi Stoll (Pentax 6×7); Big Apple Circus NYC 1994 – Gigi Stoll (Nikon FM2); Cecilia Dean for Indochine Book-Stoll 2004 (Pentax 6×7); Cuban Dandy Havana 2006 for LIFE.com – Gigi Stoll (Nikon FM2); Daria Werbowy for Vogue Paris 2005 – Gigi Stoll (Pentax 6×7); DESIRE NYC 1994 – Gigi Stoll (Nikon FM2); James Galanos for House & Garden LA 2000 – Gigi Stoll (Pentax 6×7); MILA NYC 1997 – Gigi Stoll (Pentax 6×7); The Pinch NYC 1991 – Gigi Stoll (Nikon FM2); Venice – Chelsea Hotel NYC 1994 – Gigi Stoll (Nikon FM2)

5. Which photographers influence your work?
I grew up on the other side of the camera so I like all kinds of photography. My favorite would be Irving Penn. Helmut Newton. Avedon. Diane Arbus. Lee Miller. Sally Mann. Peter Beard. etc. etc. And I must mention my first mentor – street photographer Flo Fox.

Thanks to Gigi for taking the time to answer these questions! If you want to see more of her work, check out www.gigistoll.com, www.twitter.com/GigiStoll, www.gigistoll.tumblr.com, and www.facebook.com/pages/Gigi-Stoll-Photography.

written by basterda on 2011-09-07 #lifestyle #interview #gigi-stoll #5-questions-series

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