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Frankiewicz & Rozniata – For The Love

Introducing the incredibly dynamic duo, Krzysztof (Chris) Frankiewicz & Aleksandra (Alex) Rozniata, the sixth joint winner of our competition, ‘For the Love’ with in collaboration with Kodak.

Based in London, this fashion photography tag team have created a stunning portfolio of work, with their own unmistakable style. They’ve worked for clients such as; Elle UK, Barbara Bui, Harper’s Bazaar UK and many more.

Their winning image really jumped out at us, the models bracing look into the camera, her arms cutting across the frame, all creating a brilliant and unique composition!

We had a chat with them to find out more about how their collaboration came about, where they find their inspiration and most importantly why they shoot film…
 
 

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First off could you tell us a bit more about you both and how you came to be a photography duo?

Alex Rozniata

Chris was in a photography school when we met, I had just finished my degree at my arts uni. It just came naturally that we started doing projects together.

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Your winning image really popped out to us, with the soft colours and the way the models arms are placed, it’s beautifully balanced. How did this image come about and was it for something in particular?

Chris Frankiewicz

It was a personal shoot for portfolio in Dungeness, in collaboration with stylist Simona Cepeliauskaite.

Where did your love for photography begin and what interests you the most about the medium?

Frankiewicz & Rozniata

We were both into it a long time before we met, it’s hard to say why, it just started.

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Being that you work together as a duo, what is a typical day on a shoot and how do you arrange who shoots what?

Chris Frankiewicz

We currently alternate using just one camera, usually one roll each for one look and we try not to fight too much over who shoots when.

Where do you find you get most of your inspiration from?

Chris Frankiewicz

It can be a model we really like, or some great location, or anything really. We collect magazines and books about photography and fashion, every time we go to central London we end up in some bookshop flipping through the latest publications.

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You’ve managed to work with the likes of Hunger Magazine, Vogue Germany, Harper’s Bazaar UK and many more publications. How did these situations arise?

Alex Rozniata

Commercial magazines usually get in touch with us by themselves. The story for Hunger was submitted.

What's your favourite film and why?

Chris Frankiewicz

I keep experimenting with all the different films that are currently on the market but there’s one we always come back to-Portra 160 and 400.With B&W it’s not as easy, but most of the time we shoot Tri-x.

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Digital or Analogue?

Frankiewicz & Rozniata

Analogue.

Looking through your Instagram feed it’s clear you predominately choose to use film. Being that you both shoot a lot of fashion and portraiture for magazines/publications, which is a pretty fast pace industry, do you sometimes feel pressure to switch to digital?

Chris Frankiewicz

We always try to push for using film and a lot of magazines are happy with it, also our clients will often let us shoot film. We sometimes provide visual feedback in a form of digital snaps so people can track how the shoot is progressing. Sure it’s more work to get it all together on film, but it’s well worth it and we’ve never had problems meeting the deadlines.

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Using just one word how would you define your approach?

Frankiewicz & Rozniata

Focused.

We understand you’re based in London, which darkroom do you like to use?

Chris Frankiewicz

I usually do all the processing at home myself, including colour negatives for all our personal work. For all commissioned work we use Rapid Eye and The Print Space or Photofusion for scanning.

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If you could give one piece of advice to future photographers what would that be?

Chris Frankiewicz

Pick a camera you feel comfortable with and start shooting. Anything, anytime, anywhere.

Do you have any plans or future projects that we should keep an eye on?

Frankiewicz & Rozniata

We’ve got lots of things going on at the moment. Can’t tell much more - follow us on instagram to see what we’re up to.

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What appeals to you the most about analogue photography and what do you think of the current state of it?

Frankiewicz & Rozniata

We love the fact there’s no preview, that you never know what you’ve got until you develop it and it’s always something surprising that you didn’t expect. Film colours are beautiful, much more magical than digital. It’s great that analogue is making a comeback.

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Updated:September 20, 2017

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