Interview with photographer Stefan Draschan

Like us, photographer, Stefan Draschan spends a lot of time in museums. Over the past few years, he has photographed museum-goers who inadvertently match the artwork they are studying and the results are glorious. 

Stefan's series was inspired by the view of the late Pontus Hultén, one of the founding directors of Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, that the museum is no longer just a place where artworks are conserved but a place where the visitors themselves become creative. The project first began in summer 2014, when Draschan saw and captured the first match: a guy sitting in front of a Georges Braque in Berlin. Since then he has captured scores of photographs which play with colour, form, pattern, and size to emphasise the corresponding elements between the art and the subject and the results are mesmerising,

Stefan has a book coming out in Spring 2018  published by Ateliers Henri Dougier with around 100 of his beautiful photographs.

We interviewed Stefan to find out a little more about his work, his love of museums and how books influence his work.

Stefan Draschan

Courtesy Stefan Draschan

Stefan Draschan

Courtesy Stefan Draschan 

Stefan Draschan

Courtesy Stefan Draschan

Stefan Draschan

Courtesy Stefan Draschan

Stefan Draschan

Courtesy Stefan Draschan

Museum Bookstore: How did you get into photography?
Stefan: I didn't do any serious photography before 2013. It was then that I stopped smoking and used my iphone to take photographs to keep my mind and hands busy. My brother saw my talent and gave me a camera as a present.
Museum Bookstore: Much of your work is about people's in museums. Why do you choose to work in museums? What do you find special about them?
Stefan: The museum is my natural habitat. Right now in Paris, i could live in the Musée d'Orsay and Louvre, with some excursions now and then to the Petit Palais, Orangerie, Jeu de Palme, Musée Picasso, Musée Gustave Moreau, Musée Monet-Marmottan...and the rest of the world of course. I never get bored.
Museum Bookstore: What is your favourite museum and why?
Stefan: This i can only answer for each city as there are so many great museums as there are/were great artists on earth.
Museum Bookstore: Are art and photography books important sources of inspiration? How do you use them?
Stefan: Oh yes, a lot! I studied a lot of photography just to find out how much amazing stuff there is already out there! 
Museum Bookstore: What is your favourite exhibition catalogue/ photography book?
Stefan: I love a lot of exhibitions and see the catalogue as a memory of home, as some exhibitions feel like home to me. If you had to push me for one, I'd say my favourite is the Impressionism Expressionism catalogue which accompanied a show at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin as i started my series there.
There are photography books that I have wanted for a long time such as Casa Malaparte - Karl Lagerfeld and a book of about Sabine Weiss and Martine Franck as i like their photography but know little about them.
Museum Bookstore: How can people find out more about your work?
Stefan: You can find out more at my website or on my social media accounts
I exhibit at exhibitions and fairs like f.e. Scope Art Miami and I lecture at the University of Applied Art in Vienna where i take the students to the Kunsthistorische Museum.
Museum Bookstore: Huge thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

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