SEB AGNEW | Staged Photography. About.
Seb Agnew is an award-winning photo artist based in Hamburg, Germany. Within staged and often dreamlike sceneries, he explores the human psyche and our modern society. Here you can find more information about Seb's images and how he creates them.
Seb Agnew, staged photography, narrative photography, conceptual photography, cinematic, hyperrealistic, surreal, mysterious, magical realism, photo artist, photographer, Hamburg, award-winning, fine art, photo art, miniatures, post production, set design, compositing, prints, large-format prints
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Artist Statement

Seb Agnew: Portrait
All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
(William Shakespeare)

Seb Agnew is a photo artist based in Hamburg, Germany. Within staged and often dreamlike sceneries, he explores the human psyche and our modern society. Disorientation, momentary solitude and lonesome reflection are recurring themes within Seb’s conceptual body of work. His images are strongly characterized by elaborate set design, distinctive lighting and carefully arranged composition. In order to create his surreal, mysterious and cinematic settings, Seb transforms whole rooms or builds his locations completely as miniature sets in which he later integrates his life-size models.

 

During his studies of “Audiovisual Media” (B.Eng.) in Stuttgart, Germany, Seb specialized in photography and post production to lay the foundations of his future work. In order to pass on his skills professionally, he later studied “Vocational Education” (M.Ed., B.Sc.) at the university of Hamburg, Germany.

 

Today, Seb is excited to be able to work independently as a photo artist and to teach aspiring photographers at the “Vocational School for Media and Communication” in Hamburg, Germany.

How Seb Works

Seb Agnew: How I Work – Concept

Initial Idea and Planning

Every photo Seb creates starts with an initial idea. He takes his time to thoroughly plan a whole series of pictures which share the same concept but are individual motives at the same time. After intensive brainstorming and note-taking, Seb usually spends a couple of weeks planning each photo shoot. This involves the location, set design, lighting, props, models and technical aspects which need to be considered.

Seb Agnew: How I Work – Set Design

Set Design

Set design is the basis of Seb’s work. Depending on the image, this can be as simple as rearranging an existing location, but it can also mean transforming a room into a completely new scenery. Some ideas require locations that either don't exist or would be too difficult, time-consuming or expensive to construct as life-size sets. In this case, Seb makes use of miniature sets which he completely designs and builds by himself.

Seb Agnew: How I Work – Miniatures

Miniatures

Miniature sets allow Seb to realize his visions without any contraints. Rooms can be exactly as he imagines them to be – including furniture and props. Integrating “real” people into his miniature sceneries requires careful planning ahead – Seb is always striving for perfection in matching perspective, lighting and atmosphere.

Seb Agnew: How I Work – Props

Props

Similar to film sets, Seb’s photos make use of selected props which add to the mood and narrative of the situation. Seb enjoys covering ordinary rooms in ordinary objects, creating dreamlike sceneries which reflect a person’s psyche.

Seb Agnew: How I Work – Lighting

Lighting

Seb deeply believes in the power of lighting when it comes to telling a story and creating atmosphere. Since normal rooms are often restricted in size, he mostly works with a multitude of speedlights which can easily be modified to his needs. When working with miniatures, Seb makes sure to have the same look and feel as in his life-size photo sets. For this, he works with equally small, often custom-built light sources.

Seb Agnew: How I Work – Lighting

Shooting

Shooting life-size sets is rather a quick step in Seb’s workflow – compared to all the preplanning and lighting that goes into each picture. When shooting miniatures, this is, of course, a bit different since the model needs to be captured separately. Matching perspective and lighting realistically means that the light sources and colours from the miniature set have to be recreated in the studio. For best results, some parts of the miniature sets are rebuilt in life-size scale.

In order to capture the fine details of his sceneries, Seb works with cameras and lenses that provide high resolution images and crisp sharpness. This also ensures beautiful large-format fine art prints.

Seb Agnew: How I Work – Post Production

Post Production

Seb’s goal is always to capture as much as possible in camera, instead of relying too much on post processing. Still, post production is an indispensable step when finishing his images. Apart from precise colour corrections and selective adjustments, Seb often creates invisible photo composites with the help of Adobe Photoshop.

Seb Agnew: How I Work – Fine Art Prints

Fine Art Prints

Nothing is more impressive than a carefully crafted fine art print. Since Seb’s images contain lots of details, they are not meant to be viewed solely on screens. It is a totally different experience to see his photographs printed, especially in large format on beautiful cotton paper. For more information, make sure to visit his “Prints”-section.

Awards

2021

  • Aesthetica Art Prize: Shortlisted Artist
  • Fine Art Photo Awards: Nominee (Category “Conceptual – Professionals”)

2020

  • Chromatic Photo Awards: 1st Place (Category “Conceptual”)
  • ND Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Fine Art: Conceptual”)
  • Photolucida Critical Mass Awards: Finalist
  • Annual Photography Awards: 3rd Place (Category “Fine Art”)
  • BBA Photography Prize: Longlisted Finalist
  • International Photography Grant: Nominee

2019

  • Annual Photography Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Fine Art”)
  • One Eyeland World’s Top 10 Fine Art Photographers: Finalist (Category “Conceptual”)

2018

  • Trierenberg Super Circuit: Gold (Category “Gamble-Win-Luck”)
  • One Eyeland Awards: Bronze (Category “Fine Art”)
  • Chromatic Photo Awards: 3rd Place (Category “Conceptual”)
  • International Photography Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Fine Art”)
  • ND Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Fine Art: Conceptual”)
  • Chromatic Photo Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Conceptual”)
  • Fine Art Photo Awards: Nominee (Category “Conceptual – Professionals”)

2017

  • Trierenberg Super Circuit: Gold (Category “Converting Ideas”)
  • Trierenberg Super Circuit: Gold (Category “Doors to the World”)
  • Chromatic Photo Awards: 1st Place (Category “Conceptual”)
  • Moscow International Foto Awards: Bronze (Category “Personal”)
  • TeraBella Media Award: 2nd Place (Category “The Open Portfolio”)
  • ND Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Fine Art: Conceptual”)
  • Chromatic Photo Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Conceptual”)
  • Tokyo International Foto Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Fine Art”)
  • London International Creative Competition: Honorable Mention
  • Fine Art Photo Awards: Nominee (Category “Conceptual – Professionals”)
  • Shoot & Share Photo Contest: Finalist (Category “Personal”)

2014

  • Trierenberg Super Circuit: Silver (Category “Experimental Photography”)
  • Trierenberg Super Circuit: Bronze (Category “Experimental Photography”)
  • Docma Award: 4th (Category “Master”)
  • CGI at Photokina Award: Nominated (Category “Professionals”)

2013

  • International Photography Awards: Honorable Mention (Category “Fashion” & “Digitally Enhanced”)

Publications

2021

  • Aesthetica Future Now Anthology
  • Chromatic Awards Annual Book 2020
  • Passepartout Photo Prize Annual Catalogue 2020

2020

  • Dodho Magazine, Issue 12
  • Trierenberg Super Circuit – Quintessence 2000-2020

2019

  • Chromatic Awards Annual Book 2018

2018

  • Trierenberg Special Themes Circuit 2018
  • Trierenberg Super Circuit 2018 – Luxury Edition
  • Chromatic Awards Annual Book 2017

2017

  • Trierenberg Special Themes Circuit 2017
  • Trierenberg Super Circuit 2017 – Luxury Edition

2014

  • Docma, issue No 60
  • Trierenberg Special Themes Circuit 2014
  • Trierenberg Super Circuit 2014 – Luxury Edition

Exhibitions

2021

  • Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition (York, 28/05 – 05/09)
  • Zusammen: Let’s Go | BBA Gallery (Berlin, 14/05 – 29/05)

2017

  • Hartlauer Foto-Galerie (Linz, 06/10 – 26/11)

2014

  • Photokina (Cologne, 16/09 – 21/09)
  • Museum of Communication (Frankfurt, 24/07 – 27/08)
  • fotolia LAB (Berlin, 26/09 – 28/11)
  • Pirmasenser Fototage (Pirmasens, 25/10)