Alan Schaller is a London based photographer who specialises in black and white photography. His work often incorporates geometry, high contrast, surrealism and shows the realities and diversities of human life.
UK based publications who have featured his work include The Financial Times, Time Out and The Independent. His work has also been internationally published online and in print.
Brands he has worked with include Philips, Leica, Typhoo, The English Rugby Premiership, Huawei Mobile, Union Coffee, Kew Gardens, Huntsman of Savile Row and London Fashion week.
He co-founded the Street Photography International Collective (SPi). Today the SPi Instagram account is the largest dedicated street photography resource in the world with over 400,000 followers and 10 million visits a month. SPi was set up to promote the best work in the genre, and to give a platform to talented yet unrepresented photographers. SPi receives 60,000 image submissions per month.
Alan's own Instagram following now exceeds 130,000 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.
How old are you? 29 years old.
Who are your influences? Robert Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, Ernst Haas, Mary Ellen Mark, Elliott Erwitt, Sebastio Salgado, Cecil Beaton, Fan Ho, Don McCullin.
Do you ever shoot in colour? Yes.
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. Never take it too seriously. Put in the hours, think for yourself, keep a camera on you all the time and pick your moments.
What camera do you use? Leica M Cameras. Mainly their Monochrom Typ 246 model. I use Leica M lenses.
What do you edit with? Lightroom and Silver Efex.