PHIX were commissioned by MAGNUM PHOTOS to create a film series for HUAWEI. This was a very special project which saw us travel to four different countries and spend time filming and getting to know four very special photographers - Steve McCurry, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Bieke Deporter and Erik Madigan Heck.
Steve McCurry brought us to Rome, an inspirational city of history, art and beauty. “One of the great things about photography is just wandering and exploring a place with your camera. It’s about life and about just being here, being present, enjoying your time in the world,” says Steve McCurry. He feels there’s “some kind of connection can happen between the photographer and the subject, something in the expression or look that speaks to you in a very deep, profound way”. There is a different story behind every portrait. It is emotional and relatable, even magical.
“In my opinion- a photographer is a monk. He is alone- a monk means mono- one, alone and in meetings others alike, we are united in monsastery.” Like his words, Gueorgui Pinkhassov’s images are also poetry- capturing the magic of accidental moments and the visual complexity of life.
"I think it’s important if you take a picture with a phone or a camera to tell small stories that are close to you,” says Bieke Deporter. We went to Ghent, where she has set up a temporary studio in an empty house- turning it into a studio of inspiration and creativity. She is a Magnum Photographer- who enjoys to use the low light function of HUAWEI P30 Pro to capture interesting stories of people at night.
“Photography isn’t really about recreating what you see, it’s about making something different,” says Erik Madigan Heck. Erik is an Art Director’s Club gold medalist who has photographed celebrities like Adele and Roger Federer. His work has been featured in the Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and TIME.