Man vs. machine

Some shoot digital, others shoot analogue. Some use medium format, whilst others religiously use large format. Most, however, aren’t defined by the camera they use although they very much see their choice of equipment as an extension of their work. Here we profile three Belgian photographers’ cameras.

Satoru Toma

Brussels-based Japanese photographer Satoru Toma seeks out the marginal landscapes, a city’s behind-the-scenes wilderness. His recent book Ask the Cat, published by Le Caillou Bleu, documents a walk along Brussels’ boundaries.

Satoru is photographed with his Toyofild 45-A. “(I like it for) its slowness as well as its format and huge precision.”

Satoru will be taking part in a group show dedicated to contemporary Belgian photography at Bucharest’s MNAC from 30th May 2012.
satorutoma.com

Michel Mazzoni

Michel Mazzoni is based in Brussels since 2007. His work explores notions of time, space and territory and is a constant balanc- ing act between light, focal point and frame. He has more recently been focusing his attention on places which history seems to have touched and abandoned. Michel has published three books (Zones, Straight in the light and God’s left eye) and is represented by Anyspace gallery.

Michel is photographed with his Linhof Technica. “I’ve lately been using the Linhof quite a lot. I like this model because it’s fold- able, is very precise and extremely reliable. I also like working with it because it demands a lot of reflection.”

michelmazzoni.com

Frederik Heyman

Antwerp-based photographer Frederik Heyman mostly works in fashion and advertising. His conceptual and futuristic work has resulted in commissions for everyone from Vogue Homme Japan and Metal Magazine to Bruno Pieters and Kenzo.

Frederik is photographed with his Canon Eos 5D, mark II. “The 5D is fast, sharp and easy to handle in complex surroundings.”

Frederik has a solo show, Pen PALS, at Base Alpha Gallery in Antwerp starting 17th May.
frederikheyman.com