Biography

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Alan Schaller is a London based photographer who specialises in black and white photography. His work is often abstract and incorporates surrealism, geometry, high contrast and the realities and diversities of human life. 

UK based publications who have featured his work include The Guardian, The Financial Times, Time Out and The Independent. His work has also been internationally published online and in print. Alan's regularly has exhibitions, showing recently at the Saatchi Gallery and The Leica Gallery in London. 

Brands he has worked with include Apple, Philips, Huawei Mobile, Union Coffee, Kew Gardens, Huntsman of Savile Row and London Fashion week. He is a brand ambassador for Leica Cameras. 

He co-founded the Street Photography International Collective (SPi). It was set up to promote the best work in the genre, and to give a platform to talented yet unrepresented photographers. Today the SPi Instagram account is the largest dedicated street photography resource in the world with over 475,000 followers. Each month SPi has 12 million visits and receives over 60,000 image submissions.

Alan's own Instagram following now exceeds 160,000 people. 

Asides from photography, Alan writes articles for the Independent focusing on humanitarian issues. His author page can be found through this link.

He is also a multi instrumentalist with a background in music production, a field he worked in prior to photography.

 

FAQs

How old are you? 29 years old. 

Who are your influences? Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ernst Haas, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Sebastio Salgado, Cecil Beaton, Fan Ho, Don McCullin. 

Do you also produce colour work? Yes.

What are your favourite cities for Street Photography? London, Mumbai, Istanbul.

Do you need an assistant? I do not work with assistants unless on commercial shoots where somebody is provided.

Advice for new photographers? Have fun with the camera. Put in the hours, think for yourself and keep a camera on you all the time. 

What camera do you use? Leica M Cameras. Mainly the Monochrom Typ 246. I use a vareity of Leica M lenses.

Are you exhibiting at the moment? All current and upcoming exhibitions are listed here.