"I see things. It is what I am here for. In a pushbutton world where everything is digital and everyone a photographer, ambiance is distinction. We all have different limits and you must sometimes see the edge to find yourself."
Egon Gade works out of Copenhagen for Danish and Scandinavian design companies. International design icons such as Bang & Olufsen, Fritz Hansen, Maersk Sealine, Carlsberg, Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen are amongst some of his clients. Simplicity best describes Egon's pictures. Growing-up in a country with famous designers like Arne Jacobsen, Paul Kjærholm and Hans J. Wegner has significantly influenced his work as a photographer.
Egon's career as a commercial photographer began in 1981. At the age of 22 he opened a studio in the center of Copenhagen where he began specializing as a still life photographer, which was rather unusual in Denmark at that time. His client list grew as he started working for companies including Carlsberg, Royal Copenhagen Porcelain, and Georg Jensen Silver. During the 1980s and 90s he became known in Denmark as 'The Beer Photographer’. Egon has worked on many international campaigns and has won numerous awards in the Clio Show, Cannes Lion, Lurzers Archive, 200 Best Photographers. His fields of expertise include Architecture, Still Life, Portraits, Interior, Landscape.
"I see things. It is what I am here for. In a pushbutton world where everything is digital and everyone a photographer, ambiance is distinction. We all have different limits and you must sometimes see the edge to find yourself.
Technology should be exploited, but you must know when to stop. It is not a repair kit. I used to love life in the darkroom, but the printer is no lesser match. Although I usually know exactly where I want to go, things can still change before your eyes. I always improvise in the process. An actor’s portrait or a grand studio setup, all I want is for you to see what I see."
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