Michelle, Paris, Publisher discussed on Monocle 24: The Big Interview
My grandfather's picture from nineteen fourteen, the t took with Walter Mickle, Holzer after Swiss glaciers, and by looking at my family albums. And photographs of Walter Middle Holzer. I thought the first pictures of glaciers and basically I started recording the declined offer all the glacier masses in the world. And from money looking at me, I must have probably the morath carbon footprint indoor world probably as yourself. So. Our life drastically changed a nice thing. This is incredible. What's happening today? We have right now about sixty three percent less global pollution than we had in the month of December. So maybe we were kicked in our gut by these. So going back to aviation, this is the way we live our life, but I always feel like new, horizons new opportunities. You talk about a little bit of a correction here documenting what's happening with the ice mass around the world may be some type of headings for, of course, all of the flying that you did, and maybe you're also compensating for my flying as well Michelle. But you also were in these times right now everyone said, okay there's a correction going on and it's good that we were all doing video conferences now that we're able to not get on planes but is there also a danger because you are a man who has a history behind the lens that you need to be witnessed things as well I mean we see right now that. There's maybe a fashion to use local photographers to cover conflicts because it's cheaper on one side maybe it's less danger but. I believe that may be the local photographers. Talent is they might be they might deliver great images, but they have a different perspective if you travel to as zone of conflict or another photojournalist as you approach it with a different set of eyes. Do you Michelle that there's a danger today that we try to push these things further away people say maybe there's not the value of sending a photographer week and do it remotely and is that a problem in your mind? You know I think there is A. Great talent on every continent on. I. Think we in Times like this. We have no alternative. I stopped my normal activity about ten years and Golden. More into contemporary art and installations, and I think I left my business. The Way I knew it exactly at the right time because I never want to be in the Serb miss business anymore. Yourself you're. A- publisher. Yes, we are somehow in his business, but we are creating our own content and I think the incredible part is. Going back to my grandfather, he had a dream and then three brought him beyond borders and he created he's content. There was no aviation in nineteen zero nine he went to Paris over an open border. And within three weeks, he basically drove everyone in Paris. Crazy. He almost killed them by his shoot knowledge of flying in such a short time but I think and we think an opportunity he took the opportunity to. Around himself with other adventurers so I think we have to now become adventurous in our own world I. Think we need to find to good. Your in a world of doing arts, you're a curator collector do installations. This is also about out of just taking flight and telling a story grandfather but this is also your move into starting your own publishing company as well. Working with someone. Amazing. Like steidl Germany, I mean, really one of the most revered publishers. I believe thanks to Mr Lagerfeld's they did most of the work for. Chanel. So work going strange enough. No finally finally outs between enough and you know the most thing call passed away on my birthday last year on February Nineteenth Nineteen Ninety Canoe mountain an Carl gave me my first assignment. Abor my first published pictures were must've campaign and. Became 'cause publisher. They want talk about the form of the book when you went and spoke to. Mr. Steidl, what do you want physically and I want you to describe to our listeners? What is the brief? The texture of the pictures aviation is an amazing thing. I think one of the incredible things aviation is how it's documented. We're so fascinated with flight and people talk about the plane-spotters and I believe it probably GonNa be the one. If we're truly going to move to a digital world I, think one of the last places where you still have print devoted to any subject, it's going to be aviation because I even see looking in this journal of Nineteen Fifties I magazines like airplane and all kinds of clippings. About your grandfather, and there is this remarkable reverence for the men, the women engineers who have been able to get these aircraft into the sky why? Why do you think that is and and tell us a little bit about what this book will be I. Think I'm an extremely aesthetic person Seoul everybody asked me. You need to interview the people that. Are Left. All were at your grandfather new I tried to talk to some of them, but it was very sketchy. First of all, they're all in their nineties. So the memory is not always a correct. So I started reading you know and Tamara through Def- articles I felt I wanted to make an object this book anti the object he's extremely aesthetical it's. It's almost like a F- The book has to be an object like an airplane like It's GONNA be in in silver and blue basically and has to wreck painless or three read pages in the whole book mentions the caller of Swiss air but basically all nine eight I took images denied loft. Images that I remembered from my grandfather, he loved to be photographed with airplanes. There is some extraordinary progress on link say Maurici should look at them. Is Incredible. He testing his airplanes on link Serik because he had these factory on the lake and he basically put floats on his airplane because he felt when the planes led the on water, they're gonNA take a lot of socks much better than on on a runway. So he put basically water skis on always planes and tested his planes on water and he built himself and super bursch racing motorboat, and he was driving his fast feet vote by the other pilots landed his planes now who would think to build? A race boat on Lake Serik and who would sink in one, thousand, nine, hundred twenty to land on Lake instead of on land intestines there. But my grandfather last night that so inbuilt he's factory on links Eric. He tested this airplanes on the lake and he drove or his partner strove the motorboats to take out the planes taking off and landing on makes Eric I don't think the Zurich Boston shoots bullets I would like that very much day. The propeller-powered Bush I think he wants the only only about. They. Wouldn't have caught him anyway. But I've actually it's. It's an amazing story because when you think when you look at these images in here of these flying boats or these water enabled aircraft I've often thought wouldn't it be great? Not Concord but wouldn't it be wonderful if there was a service that you could get on a plane here and fly down to Geneva off the lake take off right here in and Boone Zurich at then and then land right at the boundary. PECCI four, fourteen years you couldn't take off on the Hudson River and flying on the flying boat to an Aso. And you could go for Miami. To Nassau Harbor. In.