Interview with Fashion Photographer Yuky Lutz

Contemporary Art Curator interviews Yuky Lutz, a fashion photographer and filmmaker from Spain, who lives between Barcelona and Zürich .

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY? WHEN DID YOU DECIDE THAT IT WAS WHAT YOU WERE GOING TO DO?

Hello! I'm Yuky Lutz, photographer based between Barcelona and Zürich and available to travel around the world, I love travel! 

I started in photography by accident, in fact I studied Graphic Design for Advertising. I was in my last year of career and I had to do a work of advertising photography, so I need find information about photographers. In that moment I realize I like it and I start to make shoots for myself, first in street after portraits and I simulate advertising campaigns for my studies.

HOW DID YOU GET INTO FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY?

I was lucky because after finish my studies, I looked for work how a graphic designer in a fashion company, they not give me a job like a graphic, but they was looking for a photographer, and in my portfolio I have a couple of pictures from the school, they liked my portfolio and I started to work.

WERE YOU EDUCATED IN PHOTOGRAPHY OR ARE YOU SELF TAUGHT?

I start like self taught, but after this I make some lessons for understand better the illumination and other things. But I think was good the studies I learn before, for example with Illustration, I learned about direction of light, shadows etc or in graphic design, about composition, colour, etc,  I think all I make before in my life help me a lot.

WHAT'S YOUR PREFERRED EQUIPMENT TO WORK WITH?

I use different equipment, depend of the day of mood I change camera, light, always is interesting change

WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION / WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

I find inspiration in books, photographers, cinema, music, and the daily life, everything is interesting.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANYONE IN THE WORLD TAKE YOUR PORTRAIT, WHO IS IT?

Charlotte Kemp Muhl

WHAT MAKES A GREAT FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY? 

I think if you can get the people say "I need this, because this clothes is amazing“ In that moment the fashion photography is good! Exist different ways to do it but in the end the most important is fashion.

WHAT ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECTS OF PROFESSIONAL FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY?

I suppose the most difficult is planning all, and try to find new ideas, but in fact is not difficult, is very interesting.

WHICH PHOTO/PROJECT ARE YOU CURRENTLY MOST PROUD OF?

I'm proud of the campaign I make for Coolway long time ago, because was my first time I work near to the art director and the all team behind the project, and how I love advertising and production, was amazing experience

WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS ONE OF THE MAJOR MISTAKES NEW PHOTOGRAPHERS MAKE IN PURSUING A CAREER IN FASHION?

I don't know really, but If I speak about my mistake and I notice more people ask me that similar question, is the worry about model, camera or about retouch. In that moment always come to my mind a sentence of Helmut Newton, His wife June was recording a making of video when He was shooting with Claudia Schiffer, with a reflex camera, after this, he go to speak with his wife June and say "Everything is automatic ( camera, mode ), Is all in my head"

Since that moment I just make shoots and enjoy.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER ASPIRINGPHOTOGRAPHERS?

The best you can do is shoot everyday, take a camera in your hand, like a cyborg, and not stop to shoot.

YOUR DREAM PROJECT?    

I want to make a personal projects and publish it.

To see more Yuky´s work check his website:

http://www.yukylutz.com