Doing this project was my own initiative, and what had motivated me to do this was a short documentary Monika had seen about camels doing aqua training in Dubai. So for me one of the most important images of the series is the one of the camel swimming in the pool, where aqua training is performed to help protect the joints of these valuable racing camels. I shot the complete reportage with a film Hasselblad, which forced me to work a bit slower but also more precisely. If we do reportage today with digital cameras, we still work in a similar way. It’s more important to be precise and to tell a strong and aesthetically-appealing story than to just shoot lots of pictures.
Photographers Mathias Braschler and Monika Fischer first teamed up in 2003 when they began collaborating on their “About Americans” project, which involved shooting portraits of the individuals they met while traveling over 20,000 miles through 40 different states. A few other notable projects include their “Faces of Football” series, which follows the world’s most important soccer players; their “Human Face of Climate Change”series, which involved shooting environmental portraits of people from around the world affected by climate change; and their “Act Now!” climate activist portrait series, which was designed in collaboration with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Braschler & Fischer have won numerous awards for their impressively high-caliber image making skills. They’ve also had their photography projects appear in countless international magazines, published in photo books, and exhibited in galleries and museums all across Europe, Asia, and the United States. Some of their major clients include Vanity Fair, Time Magazine, New York Times, Forbes, Nike, Switzerland Tourism, Fast Company, Guardian Magazine, Stern, and Bank Sarasin. To check out more photography samples by Braschler & Fischer, view their portfolio or website.