Peter Halskov [peterhalskov]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
Started as a geeky teenager back in the film age (late 70's) doing photography as a hobby, but eventually left Denmark to go to university in England and finished with a degree in photography.
What has been your education as a photographer?
I ended up with a degree as Bachelor of Arts (Honours Degree) in Photographic Studies
Attended the photography course at Derby University back in the mid- / late eighties, when that particular course was the hot-spot for contemporary photographic art with lecturers such as John Berger, John Blakemore, Richard Sadler, Olivier Richon, etc.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
Exhibitions are not my "scene" anylonger, - I tend to prefer client satisfaction when doing campaigns etc.
Did win the Agfa Busary Award back in 1989, and still enter the annual competition / exhibition of the Guild of Photographers every year.....
Please list any awards for your work.
The Agfa Bursary Award - UK 1989
Silver & Bronze Medal - Guild of Photographers (DFF) - DK 2006
Silver Medal - Guild of Photographers (DFF) - DK 2007
The very best award is happy clients....
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
Research, brief from client, discussions are paramount element before going on assignment.
Planning and packing gear, arrange logistics etc. are just elements of the assignment, - should be basic to most working photographers.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
It's would be unwise to ignore the needs and expectations of the client. After all, they hire us for a reason....
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
LightRoom, FlexColor, Photoshop, costum-made applications, etc..
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
Robert Frank, Duane Michaels, Mapplethorpe, Leibowitz....and a lot of less-know fellow photographers
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
No, - not at all.
Amateurs are constantly getting better at what they do, and so are pros.
They just dont do the same stuff, work the same way or for the same purposes...
Technology is just a tool, and tools only work in the hands of good craftsmen with good ideas....
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
Normally with one or two assistants / apprentices plus whatever the job calls for. (models / make-up / decorator / stylist / etc)
Postproduction is also teamwork, involving our inhouse postproduction specialist.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
It not one or the other...its both, and in varying degrees depending on the assignment.
I very much like to get humour into images whenever possible, - that is to some extend my art.
Anyway you look at it, I and my people are quite skilled technically...
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
And be very aware of what is happening around you, no matter if you are in control of it or not.
Previsualize, - learn the process and practice it.
Get a good grip of photographic technique, - then you can concentrate your ressources on the imagemaking-process.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
Dont know, - have not used film in years.
Actually, thats not quite true: I have a Hasselblad Xpan panoramic camera, - that's a film-only camera....but it's not used much anymore.
I think i would feel "out of control" using film and letting filmlab and prepress people handle parts of the process.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
Generally, yes I think so.
But photography is much more than just images on the wall... There is a huge amount of very good photography and photographic art floating about on the internet, and it really is the perfect place to exhibit it.
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
The best technique is to develop a curious and inquisitive mind about anything you can do with photography.
Investigate and research new styles, techniques, clients and markets...always and constantly.