Creative Lead


Published bi-weekly the Digital Features are showcasing selected photographers, presenting a fresh S Magazine exclusive in which the artist has the complete creative lead to express what he stands for – all entirely shot on Leica S or Leica SL.

Joseph Chen

In ‘Gods & Monsters’, Joseph Chen tells a post-apocalyptic tale where survivors and over-large, mutated creatures come together on a remote island, merging into a sci-fi creation with a distinct signature and visionary message.

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Mynxii White

In ‘Simulacrum’, Mynxii White tells the story of a being abandoned in space, who decides to clone itself to escape loneliness. The models Ava McAvoy and Ema McKie slipped into the respective roles, while stylist Douglas VanLaningham made sure the looks fit to the story.

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Tom Hoops

Fascinated by the Japanese Mafia, Tom Hoops created 'Chinpira’, an impressively authentic-looking story in black and white – Kendo, does a very convincing job at playing the role of a striking young Yakuza.

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Patrick Meroth

Mystical and romantic, Patrick Meroth‘s The Secret Garden takes the viewer into a secret and mysterious world. With airy, light styling by Bernadette Prechtl, garden nymph Emilia Lampe gives expression to the photographer’s inspiration.

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Sarah Storch

In ‘Palazzo’, Sarah Storch plays around with the pirate theme. At the historic Saal de Pologne in Leipzig, she staged model Pia in eccentric, rebellious looks by stylist Lisa Filippini.

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Ram Shergill

The landscape of southern Spain served as a backdrop for Ram Shergill’s ‘Goldmine’, capturing exalted, anthropomorphic-zoomorphic impressions in exuberant designs by Jack Irving.

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Jana Cruder

With ‘Lucky Hobo’, Jana Cruder produced a nostalgic, vintage story where Clinton Van Arnam, with a very personal attitude, steps into the world of trains and locomotives in search of his own, real identity.

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Janina Fleckhaus

In “Fragile Nature”, Janina Fleckhaus explores the theme of transience, creating a secretive, melancholic dream world with picturesque still-lifes, landscapes and portraits.

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Christian Geisselmann

In Christian Geisselmann’s latest story, ‘Cross Walk’, a mysterious girl roams the streets and sidewalks of Greenpoint, which he has captured in a muted, sombre colour palette behind a light New York haze. Her appearance is tomboyish, a little Gothic, and sometimes hidden behind glasses or under a large, floppy hat. She’s true to herself, and nobody else.

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Aglaja Brix & Florian Maas

Aglaja Brix and Florian Maas’s new story, ‘Devil’s Dance’, stars a model named Natalie and take us into the studio for an experience that is hallucinatory, sexy-futuristic and a little unsettling – Natalie glows in different colours, casts unusual shadows, and even dissolves and solarises around the edges.

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Christian Rinke

Christian Rinke is a citizen of the world. He was born in Germany, grew up in Peru, has lived in Hamburg, Berlin, London and New York, and is about to take his baby daughter back to Peru to reconnect with nature. For ‘Deconstruction’ he teamed up with the stylist with the best vintage collection in Brooklyn, Ali of A Noble Savage, to find some beauty in a changing America.

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Benjamin Tietge

Circles, triangles and squares, the basic elements of the Bauhaus movement of the twenties, form the creative framework for Benjamin Tietge’s ‘Bauhaus’ series – the lighting and the static poses taken by model Dasha, establish a reference to the expressionist and experimental films of the era.

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Danillo Turilli

Influenced by the sensual flair of the Italian cinema of the fifties (‘La Dolce Vita’) and Helmut Newton’s staging of feminine eroticism, Danillo Turilli’s ‘A Night with Sir Nikolai’ captures timeless black and white images of model Katrin Tonn wearing alluring lingerie by Opaak, Wolford, Eres and Beate Uhse. Anna Fried and Julia Kunstmann were in charge of the styling.

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James Meakin

James Meakin created his feature ‘Off-Road’ in South Africa. Shot in a reportage style, the series is a blend of spontaneous moments, urban street scenes and opulent landscapes. In images reminiscent of a modern road movie, model Charme Husselmann skilfully channels the character of a young vagabond with a mixture of melancholy and joie-de-vivre.

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Julie Nagel

For ‘Spectral’, Julie Nagel used prisms, soap bubbles and crystals to create kaleidoscope and rainbow effects, and combined them with soft, pastel colours. With her red hair and pearly, white complexion, model Laura Mertens is the perfect match for Nagel’s magical, fantasy world.

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Enrique Badulescu

The gorgeous beaches of Tulum, Mexico, were the setting for Enrique Badulescu’s ‘Solarisation’, an amazingly intense, surreal-psychedelic riot of colour, where he orchestrates modern and fresh looks by stylist Romina Herrera Malatesta portrayed by top model Caroline Kelley.

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Arved Colvin-Smith

For his ‘Colour Explosion’ creative story, Arved Colvin-Smith turned unblemished faces into canvasses, highlighting make-up artist Linda Öhrström’s impressive experiments in colour and form.

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Joachim Baldauf

For ‘Don’t blame me for…’, Berlin photographer, Joachim Baldauf, staged the beauty of his models – who differ from the common stereotypes – in a markedly spartan setting, producing an insightful and impressive photo series full of surprising and valuable details, that underline Baldauf’s photographic accomplishments.

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Elizaveta Porodina

With ‘Re-Model’, the Munich photographer, Elizaveta Porodina, has created an emotional story surrounding the model Veronika Rusakova – a very experimental composition that deals with the various phases of growing up.

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Esther Haase

“Je t’aime ... moi non plus“ by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin was the source of inspiration for Esther Haase’s photographic and cinematic interpretation of the theme. A splendid, former Largerfeld, villa in Hamburg served as a backdrop for the series and the film – a love story with Isabelle Surmont and Harald Nicolas Stazol, told in timeless, classic black and white, and with a look and flair of the sixties.

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Benjamin Kaufmann

Fascinated by the nature, landscapes and breath-taking light found in the northern reaches of the planet, Benjamin Kaufmann produced ‘Norður’, an unusual combination of high fashion, beauty and Icelandic panoramas. Raw motifs taken from Nordic nature find visual counterparts in abstractly-futuristic fashion, make-up and hair-styling productions.

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Bil Brown

Weimar Los Angeles is a story about wild nights in today’s Los Angeles, corresponding in its own way to the blossoming, colorful and decadent lifestyle of Berlin in the twenties and early thirties. An exciting, black and white fashion editorial by American photographer, Bill Brown.

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Loreen Hinz

Loreen Hinz’s photographic work deals with the ideal body. In Deformation, she twists, distorts and deforms that which is perfect. Wearing designs by Tata Christiane and Niels Gundtoft Hansen, model Joe Jungbluth at times takes on the role of an Italian Madonna, at times of a Dali-esque interpretation.

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Monica Menez

In her latest fashion film, ‘Bello’, Monica Menez tells a frivolous and catty story about a classic love triangle, where a housemaid takes revenge on her employer. A film full of bizarre situational comedy and surprising dance elements. The accompanying photo series expands on the story with further spicy aspects revolving around the confusing web of relationships.

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Antonio Paredes

Inspired by Hanami, the Japanese cherry blossom festival celebrating the blossom that fades away after a brief moment of incredible beauty, Antonio Paredes’s softly blurred photo series stages model Anabel playing the role of a fragile western Geisha. Stylist Jeanne Dekonink does a brilliant job adding modern and floral details.

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Max Montgomery

In ‘City Lights’, photographer Max Montgomery stages model Elyes Taylor in extravagant-lascivious looks by stylist Irene Albright – an outing into New York City’s neon-permeated night-life.

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Tristan Rösler

In ‘It’s Strange’, Tristan Rösler stages a ‘love story’ theme in the style of a road movie with two women. Stylist Heike Held is responsible for the easy-going look of the models, Luca Aimee und Olivia Leonarda.

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Rui Faria

London photographer Rui Faria features model Marta del Caño in “The Queen of All My Dreams”, a mysterious story about a young widow commemorating the loss of her older husband after a rather short marriage. The black and white looks by fashion editor Katie Felstead do a clever job of orchestrating the bizarre field of tension between wedding and funeral.

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Aglaja Brix & Florian Maas

In ‘I want to believe’, Aglaja Brix and Florian Maas use every kind of genre – from beauty to street photography. Shot in New York, this resulted in a dynamic story full of exciting perspectives, which plays with contrasting, glitzy beauty images with something of a camouflage look.

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Michał Massa Mąsior

Inspired by the opulent shapes and speckled patterns of the ‘Flashbacks’ collection by fashion designer Anna Załucka-Kuczera, Michał Massa Mąsior created a dynamic-urban series where he plays with everything from American portrait genre to wide-angle shots in a central perspective.

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Tina Trumpp

In ‘Shades of Sensuality’, the German photographer Tina Trumpp gives form to female nudes. Natural light and soft contours create a very unique, delicate and sensual image of women.

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Christian Rinke

Christian Rinke approaches the theme of beauty from a very different perspective. ‘After’ reveals what remains following a night of wild partying. Stylist Fernando Torres was in charge of finding the right look with top brands such as House of Holland, Topshop Unique, Burberry Brit, and Ashish, among others.

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Reno Mezger

For “A Celebration of Man”, Reno Mezger and Art Director, Uta von Fintel, focussed on male nudes. For the professional models involved in the production, it was not about taking on a role, but rather about expressing their personalities by interacting with the photographer.

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Anna Daki

Her visual sense for physical forms never fails her: in collaboration with stylist Sheina Miretskaya, photographer Anna Daki’s unique and mysterious imagery shaped model Diana for ‘Chambre Nº 12’ for the S Magazine.

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Julie Nagel

German photographer Julie Nagel chose a run-down, industrial site as a location for her apocalyptic ‘Born 10.0’ story. With his unusual look – a combination of a fighter’s disposition and a certain vulnerability – model David Balheim personalises the ideal of survival in this setting.

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Yves Kortum

Fascinated by strong, self-confident, yet sensual women, Luxembourg photographer Yves Kortum’s series ‘A Touch of Newton’ presents pictures full of cliché-like, dramatically exaggerated femininity. A contemporary encounter with the great master – successfully interpreted by Kortum in his own, unique manner.

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René & Radka

Floriography, that flourished in Victorian England, is the cryptological communication of secret messages by means of flower arrangements, and was the inspiration for ‘Tussie-Mussies’, a series where the Los Angeles photographer duo Rene & Radka create pictures of children set in floral compositions. It is the spin-off of a long-term art project and hopes to culminate in an exhibition and a photo book.

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Rui Faria

In ‘Völur’, the Portuguese photographer Rui Faria plays with his image of the ideal woman: strong, self-confident and resolute, while also having an implicit soft, feminine and erotic side. He chose a Viking female warrior as the heroine for his models, Benthe de Vries and Elsa Brisinger, to emulate.

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James Meakin

British photographer James Meakin’s ‘Raw Beauty’ series presents up-and-coming model Jena Goldsack on the craggy coastline of her home county of Cornwall – a uniquely magical combination of two Celtic beauties.

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Tristan Rösler

Their preference for nineties fashion is unmistakable: for ‘Sleepless’, photographer Tristan Rösler and stylist Cornelia Nicoli made good use of Cape Town's unique lighting to create a graphic-urban sports and lifestyle story.

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Marie Hochhaus

Hamburg photographer Marie Hochhaus tends to work on stories revolving around young girls. It was a particular location that was the inspiration for her ‘Catch a Tiger by the Toe’ story. Model Charlotte slipped perfectly into the role of a young woman who lives isolated from society, in a world of her own creation with its own particular rules.

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Monica Menez

In both her photography and her fashion films, Monica Menez knows how to combine the grotesque and the humorous in a graphic style that is both powerful and original. “Women” are always central to the motif. Their power is also very recognisable in the interplay of fashion and accessories in Temporary Wardrobe -  even though on this occasion the focus is only indirectly on the woman.

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Michael Philipp Bader

German photographer Michael Philipp Bader found the perfect location in Denmark for his ‘Run the Dune’ photo spread. He chose models Iréne Amuquandoh and Suri North very specifically because of their contrasting skin types. The outcome was an interesting mix of sports, fashion and portrait photography.

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Aglaja Brix & Florian Maas

The surreal and apocalyptic atmosphere of a neglected backyard was the inspiration for “Don’t Care”, a series by the German photographer duo Aglaja Brix & Florian Maas. For the photo shot, model and singer Anna-Maria Nemetz slipped into the role of untamed vagabond, emphasized by stylist Fabiana Vardaro’s rebel look.

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Enrique Badulescu

For “High Blood Pressure”, renowned Mexican photographer Enrique Badulescu worked with artists Vicky Steckel and Ward Stegerhoek, as well as model Alejandra Guilmant. Their efforts resulted in exciting body-painting creations – an explosion of colours that explore the boundaries between art, photography and body, and cause high blood pressure.

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Jennifer Endom

In “Verbalism”, German photographer Jennifer Endom – with the support of model, Charlotte Kay, and stylist, Julia Quante – looks for the balance between feminine strength and the fragility of the female character. Warm and cool colour contrasts, distance and proximity, and opposing materials, all serve as stylistic means to achieve this end. A conscious choice for a more intimate fashion photography.

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Joachim Baldauf

For his “Berlin Portfolio”, German photographer Joachim Baldauf created a real relationship between his protagonist couples and the locations, giving the images a fascinating, time-transcending energy.

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Julia Kiecksee

Empty alleyways, gloomy street corners, and run-down backyards in London are the stage for German photographer Julia Kiecksee’s ‘Strangers’ series, where she gives the models room to play, combining the pressure of their glamorous industry with a what-the-shit attitude. London stylist Alton Hetariki gets the right look together, with a mixture of luxury and second-hand fashion.

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Rui Faria

The yearning for spring and summer, a new, fresh, colourful season, a renewal of life, of hope and energy: that was the train of thought of beauty photographer Rui Faria, when he created ‘Changes of Hue’, exclusively for the S Magazine.

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Michał Massa Mąsior

In “Boyhood” polish photographer Michał Massa Mąsior contrasts the youthful strength of male model Rostsislav Tomylin in an interesting dichotomy with his hometown Cracow, in which a strongly figurative tradition seemingly can’t keep pace with its own surprising metamorphoses.

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Coco Neuville

In her “Rendez-vous Parisiens” story, French fashion photographer Coco Neuville mixes stylistic elements of fashion and reportage photography. In her documentation, she stages Parisian female artists without changing the individuality of these unusual personalities.

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Tristan Rösler

German photographer Tristan Rösler used the urban backdrops of Hamburg and Berlin for his authentic and expressive fashion story “Disparate Youth”. The focus is on a youth culture style that is reminiscent of Larry Clark’s film, Kids.

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Mike Tinney

Touching on Shakespeare’s drama “Henry VIII”, British photographer Mike Tinney staged the poetic Of the Field series of stills. It shows gorgeous flowers that have already passed their zenith. Tinney looks to capture these moments and reflects on the fugacity of existence.

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Neil Francis Dawson

“Fourth Ward” is the original name for New York City’s “Two Bridges” district, that has yet to be invaded by hipsters. With its magnificent but run-down 19th century buildings, it exudes the perfect kind of morbid flair that Neil Francis was hoping to find for his story. This is where he put model Alexandra Hochguertel in the spot-light for a reportage-like fashion spread.

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Hector Perez

In Naked City, the Spanish photographer Hector Perez presents sensual human bodies in contrast to stern architecture. The resulting images are a combination of intense dynamics and minimalistic aesthetics.

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Mikael Wardhana

Artist and couturiere Yi Qing Yin says that the creative process is only perfect if she succeeds in evoking the soul of a garment. The one-of-a-kind designer contrasts sumptuous armour with fragile and airy structures. In collaboration with Yi Qing, the Australian photographer Mikael Wardhana set the stage in Paris for his visionary interpretations of her motto exclusively for the S Magazine.

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Christian Geisselmann

Run down districts in Brooklyn are the backdrop for The Gang, a series in which Parisian photographer Christian Geisselmann sets the stage for rebellious and striking female characters. Using faded colours and grainy landscape format, the photographer achieves a movie look inspired by the imagery of Bruce Davidson.

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Anna Daki

In her Körperbau, the young Ukrainian photographer, Anna Daki, combines the sensuality of the human body with the objectivity of architecture. The models, who have a deliberately natural style, adopt angular poses reflecting architectural structures and lines. Thanks to the rich contrast of black and white, the imagery gives rise to a bionic interplay of construction and biology.

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Takahito Sasaki

With Fiction, Takahito Sasaki has created a feature that explores minimal abstractness in a playful interaction of contrast and continuity. The unusually wide, portrait format, together with the great fashion styling by Marina German, captures a story-telling atmosphere in a cinematic approach.

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Julia Kiecksee

Inspired by the Sci-Fi thriller Ex-Machina, photographer Julia Kiecksee's Robot series uses contrast-rich, black and white and powerful colour pictures, with futuristic, metallic-looking creations by stylist Alton Hetariki, to produce concepts based on the theme of Artificial Intelligence.

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Christoph Musiol

In a masculine dialogue between fashion and architecture, Christoph Musiol transforms three-dimensional spaces into two-dimensional compositions. Working with labels such as Brioni, Dolce&Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, and Ermenegildo Zegna, stylist Bodo Ernle creates a fashionable counter pole.

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Max Montgomery

During a photo shoot with the new Leica S at the Hamptons, British fashion photographer Max Montgomery set the stage for contemporary Bohemian chic, using a diversity of photographic styles – from extreme, emotional close-ups to classic fashion photography.

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