Hailing from South Africa, photographer Marcus Maschwitz now lives in London with his wife and daughter. He is certainly no stranger to the world of music photography, having shot with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Papa Roach, Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, The Blackout, Of Mice And Men & Alabama 3, to name a few.
With a career spanning back 19 years, Marcus shows no sign of stopping any time soon - adding a further string to his bow with the recent launch of his clothing label, Your Mother. We caught up with him to find more about the man behind the lens...
Zebra & Giraffe
What made you want to be a photographer?
I was really into skateboarding back in the day and it was all I did all day. I had a close group of friends and we formed a little skate crew together. My dad had an old point-and-shoot film camera laying around so I’d use it to try and capture some of the stuff we were doing but it never really looked too good. It used to bug me because we’d be doing really good tricks and I’d see the same kind of tricks on the covers of magazines overseas … it got me thinking a lot about why my photos looked bad in comparison. This got me researching and I ended up learning a lot about lighting and framing. I was hooked from then and I loved that I was getting to document our adventures and those memories sparked something that I couldn’t let go of.
What equipment could you not live without?
My passport. Haha. In terms of work I’d say a camera, a lens, some lighting and a computer with some hard drive space. Sounds simple but essentially, even though I have some really decent gear, I’m not too precious about it. I’ve created some amazing photographs with some really cheap (crappy) gear over the years. I’ve also come across a ton of people over the years that focused too much on their gear and missed out on moving forward by just taking photographs.