work is known throughout the world. If you’re
a fan of Vogue Portugal and fascinated with the covers,
well you’re most likely looking at Marcin Tyszka’s
One of his most recent works, 25 magazine (new
launch). and the amazing
Vogue India March 2010.
With his very hectic schedule, EFM finally had the
opportunity to interview him.
Exclusively Fashion Magazine:
I love the work that you do. Can you tell me how
your career began as a fashion photographer?
I started very early as a TV
presenter in native Poland. 5-10-15 was the most
famous program for teenagers and students in my country
broadcasted in the first channel of national TV. I
spent 10 years in front of the camera. When I was 15
years old I had a chance to act in some big movies.
Photography was always my hobby. I started taking
pictures of my friends in the basement of my house,
being just 19 I won the Panorama of Young Professional
photography in Arles festival in 95' - this was a sign
I should concentrate on my photographic career, since
then - fashion photography is not only my job - it’s
also my way of life
EFM: Where do you reside?
My only house is in Warsaw, Poland. But, I spend my
time on a plane between Paris, Lisbon, London, Warsaw,
and Madrid, plus some more exotic destinations. I
love to shoot summer stories in Madeira. I bring my
clients to every January.
have worked on many top fashion magazines. Do you
consider yourself as the ‘go to’ guy for fashion
I hope to work for even better magazines - I spent this
new year in Mumbai - India - being invited by Vogue
India - I shot several stories for them - an amazing
experience- very exotic but also super professional-
Anaita Adajania - the fashion director is as professional
and creative as the best stylists in Europe-always
positive and with a smile they are all very happy in
India - I was amazed - you will be able to see my first
cover shooting for Vogue India - this march 2010
One of my favorite fashion spreads is the ELLE Russia
model Carmen Kass. Can you tell me the concept of the
I have worked with Carmen already on a ad campaign 2
years ago, she is just amazing and super fast. The
story was a 17 (looks) fashion spread - that took 8
I also loved working with Anja Rubik. I shot
her several times, including her first ever cover when
she was 15 years old. Two months ago I went with her to
Mexico to do an amazing story and calendar for 2010 some
days ago, she asked me to shoot for the magazine she is
the fashion director and great soul. 25 Magazine, I
did 2 stories, shooting high couture shows, with
supermodels only. You will see it soon
While conducting a photo-shoot what gives you
Depends, art, people on t he
street, movies I have seen, just life that surrounds me.
What do you look for in an assistant?
Loyalty and intelligence.
EFM: Do you prefer shooting on
location or in a studio?
I like both, but people
mostly want me for location shoots with natural light.
Tell me one thing that no one knows about you?
I don’t know.... I used to dance ballroom dancing,
I was even a champion of Poland in mambo...its sounds
surreal, I was going for competitions from Germany to
EFM: Do you ever find yourself
trying to evolve or reinvent yourself?
Every season every shoot, or at
least once a while. I just try to be very
objective. I look at my work carefully. I
study people’s reactions to my portfolio( it’s quite
special size wise- almost 1m big- printed on paper like
old photo albums in the 50'). After several
meetings I have a great feedback for my work. I see
what people like and what they are not crazy about, it
tells me what I should change and where should I go.
Can you enlighten our readers with your advice and tips
for aspiring photographers?
Just keep working and never give
There are many people who
some years ago didn’t want to meet me and now we are
friends working together every month.
Interview by Rochell “E” James