Stunning Fashion Photography by Austrian Photographer Andreas Ornter (Slightly NSFW)

Stunning Fashion Photography by Austrian Photographer Andreas Ornter (Slightly NSFW)

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Austrian fashion photographer Andreas Ortner creates highly detailed work, showcasing his subjects in rich, colorful images. Having established a distinct style, Ortner’s work is stunning and imaginative.

Self-taught, Ortner began photographing after buying an analog Pentax at a flea market in Brooklyn. While he now works digitally, Ortner says he still likes to take an analog approach; slow and deliberate. Shooting for over twenty years, Ortner’s clients include big names like Vogue Italia, Lacoste, and Harper’s Bazaar.

You can find more of Ortner’s work on his website.

Images courtesy of Andreas Ortner, used with permission.

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21 Comments

Derek Yarra's picture

Incredible. Thanks for sharing!

J Cortes's picture

Hate that guy . Amazing work !

Dudley Didereaux's picture

Actually I see only two or three that could be used in a fashion magazine, or commercially applied by the designer.fashion house. Excellent artistry, but not fashion work.

David Vaughn's picture

Says the street/nature photographer. lol what?

M L's picture

hey Dudley, this is fashion photography what you are talking about is amore commercial realm of photography called service photography.
finally f stoppers is covering someone good.

Thomas McInnis's picture

It's not a question of good. There is a massive disconnect between what F-Stoppers / Flickr / 500px etc consider 'fashion' photography, and what is actual fashion photography.

Myself - I would call myself a 'testing' beauty photographer. The above work is testing fashion photography. Really really good testing photography. The styling, retouching and lighting is all very reflective of web based trends - and totally disconnected from the major and influential fashion magazines. These images could be run in small online (and maybe on demand print) fashion magazines. And they look great. The models love them, the stylist loves them, the makeup artist loves them, BUT if the model's agent is good, they probably won't put them in her book unless she is really new..... why? Because they are not going to get her booked for the actual fashion editorials or campaigns.

I have not once seen the work of someone who I would consider an actual fashion photographer highlighted on this site; and that is fine, but just recognise that there is a whole world out there of fashion photography that operates without even an inkling that this website exists, and vice-versa.

If you are interested in what fashion photography is today, look up these magazines/websites: Numero, 10, AnOther, A Magazine, Bon International, CR Fashion Book, Gentlewoman, POP, iD, LOVE....

I think DD's original comment was perhaps not necessary, and he/she tried to drop a complement in there, but it shows that he/she actually knows what is out there. And they are NOT talking about the 'more commercial realm of fashion photography called service photography' - which is clearly different again and no-body would seek to hold that up as interesting or relevant. Its just the stuff we churn out for money...

M L's picture

Thomas, I hope you took a look at Andreas' website before making a judgement based on the above photos, leave it to Fstoppers to pick the most "testy" photos. He has been published in international additions of Elle, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar among other magazines. While he might not be shooting for the most fashion forward magazines that you listed he is head and shoulders above the talent that Fstoppers usually tries passing off as Beauty and Fashion photographers.
http://controvento.foliodrop.com/categories/fashion

Thomas McInnis's picture

In fairness to you I did not scroll down on the first page of his fashion gallery because I saw Factice magazine. But I also recognised a few of his photos which are saved in my reference folder. I want to assure you that these comments are not in any way meant to suggest his photos aren't good. Or great even. Many of them are sublime. But you have to admit if I named the top 10, 15, or 20 fashion photographers working today I would get blank stares from most of the F-Stoppers community.

There is a reason why regionally syndicated versions of Harpers/Elle/Vogue are not on my list - because they too are disconnected from the rest of the industry: their main audience pick them up at the supermarket, and this demographic mostly purchases the merchandised accessories that the brands develop to catch that end of the market, or more likely they purchase the online store copy of the style that comes out 3 weeks later. In fact even the 'mother' versions of those magazines are pretty bad these days - thus why Carine left Vogue Paris to start CR Fashion Book.

I am frustrated that on a website that I mostly enjoy there is such a massive chasm. I think it is a shame because I see so much richness and excitement in the fashion photography that I love; mind you I don't think it is the fault of the writers/editors of this site. It is more a result of the way digital has influenced the distribution of fashion titles. One of the unique characteristics of the internet is the ability of people to pursue a niche interest and completely miss out on a closely related topic because search engines like google just show us things that are connected by links to the stuff we have looked at before.

After I submitted the above comment I thought to myself - what is the point of venting like that in a comment? It is not a positive contribution. And I realised I should do something more pro-active. Perhaps the editors of F-Stoppers will accept an article from me? Or perhaps I sound too mean when I write :)

M L's picture

Thomas I like your thinking and you are right about the chasm that there is here, also why I actually got excited to see someone profiled that was a step above what is usually shown here. Years ago I assisted some of the best photographers of the time Barry McKinley who was from NZ but spent a lot of time in Australia and Fabrizio Ferre were the two that I was first assistant for quite some time, every month I was with them as they shot Italian Vogue and L'Uomo Vogue among others, that was a super creative time and there was so much more freedom, never had to make sure you were photographing 20 different advertisers for each story. Celebrities didn't come with 10 PR people and great photos were the result. I was lucky to have been 2nd assistant to other amazing photographers, Sante D'Orazio, Mark Seliger and others before the explosion of magazines like Pop, Love and CRFB. I really hope to see some articles from you that would raise the level of knowledge here.

Robert Sakowski's picture

He´s living here in Munich (Germany) and his Studio is just a few minutes away from my flat. I realy love his work. I would say, that he is one of the best Photographers in Germany. A few weeks ago my girlfriend had a shooting with him, and what can I say, the images are great.

Lee Christiansen's picture

"Ortner began photographing in 2005..." He's been "Shooting for over twenty years..."

Sheesh - 2025 already. How time flies.

Sander van der Veen's picture

Where do you see that? (Or is it changed allready?)

Lee Christiansen's picture

It's been edited since...

Sander van der Veen's picture

Cool work yes, thanks for sharing it!

Mark Patten's picture

It's not what I expected. But, that is Fashion in itself isn't it? It grew on me the more I looked at the pieces. l ended up liking quite a few. So, Kudos. Show me more...

Iván Holc's picture

Thanks for sharing!

Major W. Latimer's picture

Really stunning images.

Sebastian K's picture

His name is Andreas ORTNER btw... not Ornter.

Hugue-Robert Marsan's picture

Great Photos!

Jason Ruggiero's picture

This is great work! Thanks for sharing!

Lamb Taylor's picture

Woah. Hang on there. I am a quiet soul but I have to say something about Dudley D's and Tommy Mac's extremely pretentious comments. Maybe FStoppers members are not all up to date with the latest fashion photographers and many don't have experience with the real fashion world but when I hear people that think that know what fashion photography is or is not it makes my the blood begin to boil. I am very pleased to hear that Thomas is not saying the featured photos aren't good and Dudley loves the artistry. Thank God I didn't think that their comments were condescending! Like art, passing judgement on what is or is not fashion photography can be extremely subjective. Everyone is entitled to their opinions. But isn't it more honest to just say you like or don't like someones work on this site (of course respectfully and with valid reasons) than deciding if it fits into a category of which you decide you are an expert. Especially when you get the judgement wrong! And before Big Mac gets his knickers in a twist I subscribe to ID and Numero. You might want to add Dansk to your 'let's name drop trendy fashion mags' list.