A Classical Photographer





Rudy Hemmingsen is a photographer with a classical trained eye. In his photograph he likes to get close to people, capturing what could be said to be traditional portraits with a focus on showing people’s character in a straightforward manner. He doesn’t need to use artificial manipulation in the post-processing, but trusts his ability to observe and catch the spirit of his fellow human beings at the moment of capture. Rudy is drawn to life, to graceful composition, to light and colours. He uses all the characteristic features provided by the camera to capture the worlds as he sees it, for instance using a slow shutter speed as some of the examples here shows.

Rudy’s pictures were taken during the Bolivian photo workshop I taught in Bolivia last spring, and if you want to see more of his pictures from Bolivia, you can look up the book Bolivia 2013 which showcases the work of all the participants. All the images are available on preview, but it’s also possible to buy the book.


About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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54 Responses to A Classical Photographer

  1. Wonderful images, thank you for sharing. MM 🍀

  2. that opening portrait is incredible! the workshop images reflect the powerful quality of work produced in a very short time. sometimes words are not needed, and the images alone tell us what a rewarding time all of you had in bolivia.

  3. RobynG says:

    All are wonderful images, but the first two, I love! Thanks for sharing! Robyn

  4. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) says:

    Those portraits are amazing. Both reveal the character behind the face.

  5. 1cruzdelsur says:

    Faces without makeup. Faces with footprints marked by a hard life. Found by an artist who walks the path and the paths of the world. Fabulous shots.

  6. Monica says:

    Wow! Fantastic portraits in this post. And the workshop book contains absolutely stunning images!

  7. Maggie says:

    Stunning. Absolutely remarkable.

  8. Rick Diffley says:

    Thanks for sharing Rudy’s work which is terrific!

  9. Lisa Gordon says:

    These are such beautiful portraits.
    So much character and emotion in each one.
    Have a wonderful weekend, Otto!

  10. Sally says:

    I had to view these a few times. They capture so much more than the outward appearance of the individual: stunning depictions.

  11. daisy says:

    Hi Otto — such an interesting line, “trusts his ability to observe and catch the spirit.” So much the better!

  12. Angeline M says:

    A true photographer that trusts his camera and capturing the moment, and showing it as it is. Great photos.

  13. Truly captivating photos.

  14. fotonita says:

    Herlige bilder! De to første er mine favoritter.

    God helg til deg : )

  15. Beverly says:

    Excellent captures of beautiful expressions. Thank you for sharing other photographer’s works…it is always enlightening. Have a wonderful weekend.

  16. Francina says:

    amazing beautiful photos, thank you for sharing, Otto.
    groetjes, Francina

  17. Wow! Just awesome! Wow!

  18. viveka says:

    Rudy, a very interesting photographer – once again I been shown that even a blurry photo is great and artful. Thanks for introduction.

  19. I absolutely love these portraits. The first two are just wonderful. I love the expressions on the faces and they are true standouts. The other two, somewhat blurred, are really interesting, and I spent quite a little bit of time examining how the “out of focus” really brought me into them differently. I would enjoy experimenting similarly!

  20. likeitiz says:

    Great portraits! So alive!

  21. Sun says:

    a wonderful look at how images are made in the classic style. it reminds me of baking homemade bread verses going to the store to buy a loaf. the old way brings forth a richer product. thanks, Otto and Rudy.

  22. Rudy definitely seems to capture their character. These are wonderful.

  23. janechese says:

    Intimate-far more character than the botox-beauties.

  24. Thanks for intrducing this photographer to us, Otto. I really do like his understated style. The book gives a wonderful insight into the lives of the people.

  25. Martina Egli says:

    Fabulous portraits! I like that the women don’t look into the camera, it makes the portraits more enigmatic.

  26. kuujinbo says:

    Especially love the last two. 🙂

  27. KarenAnn says:

    Gorgeous portraits! Their tough life AND yet their happiness is so evident on their faces. A lesson for those of us who lead “the easy life” in a well-developed country.

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