No. 418

8 Exposures...with Thomas Krauss

Patrick Tobin, | May 11, 12:00 PM

Hello, Impossibles! Welcome back to 8 Exposures, our instant film Q&A series. This entry brings you photographic Frenchman Thomas Krauss

Q1) What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: From the moment I fell for instantaneous photographs I‘ve tried different ones, but mostly those that use 600 film. The very first one, the trigger, the Archduke of Austria, was the fruit of an exchange for a Holga. Lately I’ve mostly been using an SLR 680, a 690, and an instant Type 100 back for my 4×5 camera.

Q2) Why do you like instant photography?

A: I honestly don’t know, my banker is after me. My wife and him agree so much in restraining my buying frenzy that I’m beginning to think there’s something between them…My photographs lack perfection. I don’t master any of the parameters at shooting…

Q3) What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: The one and only time during my childhood when I used a Polaroid was for Manu’s birthday. Manu was the little fair-haired boy who lived opposite us. (Since then he has grown and moved).
The boy I’ve always known.
The boy I cycled with.
The boy I watched the Tour de France withthe boy who made me hate the Tour de France.
The boy I played Monopoly withthe boy who made me hate Monopoly…So maybe he’s the one who made me hate birthdays and love Polaroid!

Q4) What’s your favorite Impossible film type?

A: Meat is my hobby-horse. The colour of meat. I’ve always been attracted to colour. When I started trying to feed my SLR 680, I naturally went for the PX 680 that was newly produced by Impossible…since then we’ve lived happily together and had plenty of children!

Q5) What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I started taking pictures 5 years ago. When my oldest girl was born. I can truly say that my two daughters are my favourite subjects.
I always come back to them as photographic subjects.
It’s as if they were the centre of a spiral.
I need to get away from them in order to succeed in my coming-back.

Q6) Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: As it is often the case since I’ve been doing instantaneous pictures, I got the idea from Polaroid. However I’m moving this project onto a 6×7 format.
To cut it shortpeople with an outstanding backside!

Q7) Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: I have very few if not little photographic references…however here would be my winners: the gold medal would go to Richard Avedon – I don’t think I need to justify my choice…The silver medal would be for Saul Leiter (I discovered him through my talented and friend photographer Pierre Belhassen. I would need a lot of bronze medals to give to those who inspire me day after day and who are not as well known as the two first winners!

Q8) If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: If we could bring back to life someone, I think I would love to shoot Daniel Emilfork. Once you’ve found him on Google pictures , you’ll understand why.

About Thomas

I live near Perpignan. I’m a dad, a spouse, a son, a friend… and sometimes a mathematic teacher!

Thank you very much to Thomas for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of his work, please visit his Flickr Photostream

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