About

Mierswa & Kluska is a collective project by the two photographers Andreas Mierswa (right) and Markus Kluska (left) since 1997.

Coming from still life in the very beginning, we now work on the whole range of photography including latest 3D technologies. The common sensibility of our work is our interest in experimental working techniques to get away from the well known looks of the various genres. Our studio is based in the centre of Munich, Germany.

Hochglanzwerkstatt

by
Tobias
Haberl

Es kommt immer noch vor, dass Kunden zu Mierswa-Kluska kommen und überrascht sind: Weil sie einen Fotografen erwartet haben, einen mit Doppelnamen vielleicht – aber Mierswa-Kluska, das sind eben zwei Fotografen und zwei Menschen, die sich – das muss man dazu sagen – irgendwie ähnlich sind: beide aus Bayern, beide um die 40, beide eher leise als laut.

Das Studio eine ehemalige Autowerkstatt, ist 600 Quadratmeter groß; die Einrichtung elegant, geschmackvoll, zeitlos: zwei große Foto-Studios, Makeup-Raum, eine Sofaecke mit Kamin, eine Bibliothek mit den wichtigsten internationalen Magazinen - für die meisten arbeiten sie regelmäßig: L´Officiell Hommes, Vogue Gioiello, Madame, Elle, Vogue Accessory, Tush, russische Vogue, italienische Amica...

Mierswa-Kluska ist ein international gefragtes Fotografenduo aus München mit Agenten in Mailand, Frankfurt, Zürich, New York, eine Anlaufstelle für hochwertige Magazine und Luxuskunden wie Falke, DeBeers oder Swarovski, alles richtig, aber wer die beiden kennt, würde es anders beschreiben: Mierswa-Kluska, das ist eben auch ein professionelles und vor allem sympathisches Studio, das sich rund um die zwei Fotografen entwickelt hat. Ihre Arbeit erledigen sie mit einer abgeklärten Professionalität und diskreten Routine, die man nicht spielen kann, nein, dafür muss man 15 Jahre erfolgreich gearbeitet haben.

Wenn Andreas Mierswa und Markus Kluska fotografieren, läuft Musik, die Atmosphäre ist locker und gespannt zugleich, ab und zu fällt ein Wort. Die beiden posieren nicht, sie sind bei der Sache. Und sie ergänzen sich so gut, dass keine Reibungsverluste entstehen. Angefangen haben sie mit Still-Life-Fotografie – Mode, Schmuck, Autos – inzwischen arbeiten sie verstärkt im Bereich Fashion und Beauty, zum Beispiel für Burlington, Peek&Cloppenburg, MCM, BMW etc. Technisch anspruchsvolle, komplizierte Bilder, extreme Close-ups, Explosionen, Wassereffekte. Wenn Kunden unverwechselbare Bilder haben wollen, rufen sie Mierswa-Kluska an, deren System sich seit Jahren bewährt: eine effiziente, flexible Firma mit festem Sitz in München, die seit Jahren kontinuierlich mit internationalen Stylisten und Makeup-Artisten zusammen arbeitet, außerdem: eigenen Retuscheuren vor Ort, einer Studioleitung, festen Ansprechpartnern, eingespielten Abläufen. Und deshalb auch München, weil sie sind wie diese Stadt: effizient, kreativ, hochprofessionell – und irgendwie charmant.

High-Gloss Garage

by
Tobias
Haberl

Every now and then, you can still catch the surprise on the customers’ faces when they enter the offices of Mierswa-Kluska. They might have expected to meet a photographer, maybe some guy with a double-barreled name – but Mierswa-Kluska are simply two photographers, i.e. two separate persons, that are – admittedly – quite similar: they are both from Bavaria, both around 40, and both rather modest than boastful.

The studio, a former garage, is about 600 square metres and in a classic sense elegantly and tastefully decorated: two large photo studios, a makeup room, a sofa and an open fireplace in one corner, next to a coffee table decked with the most important international magazines – incidentally, most of them are regular customers: L´Officiell Hommes, Vogue Gioiello, Madame, Elle, Vogue Accessory, Tush, Russian Vogue, Italian Amica...

Mierswa-Kluska is a duo of two elite photographers from Munich with agents in Milan, Frankfurt, Zurich, and New York, and they are an exquisite address for high-quality magazines and luxury customers like Falke, DeBeers or Swarovski. Though all these descriptions might be accurate, any person who gets to know them personally might notice something very different: Mierswa-Kluska is in fact a highly professional and, above all, likeable studio that has evolved around the two artists. Their distinct professionalism and discreet routine is nowhere close to being a mere act. No, it is rather proof for something they must be doing successfully for 15 years.

When Andreas Mierswa and Markus Kluska are shooting, they have music running in the background, the atmosphere is relaxed and eager at the same time, only occasionally someone will utter a word or two. These two guys never pose, they are highly focused. And they complement each other so well that there is no chance for any friction whatsoever. They started out with still-life photography – fashion, jewelry, cars –, but these days, they mostly work in fashion and beauty and for companies like Burlington, Peek&Cloppenburg, MCM, BMW etc. Technically challenging, complicated pictures, extreme close-ups, explosions, and water effects. Customers call Mierswa-Kluska for unique pictures, because their system has been tested for years: an efficient, adaptable company with permanent roots in Munich that has continuously worked with internationally acclaimed stylists and makeup artists, not to mention: in-house retouchers, studio management, reliable contacts, and well-coordinated operations. And that is why they are based in Munich, because they are both so much like this city: efficient, creative, highly professional – and somehow charming.

The perfect image - creating objects of desire

by
Andreas
Mierswa
and
Markus
Kluska

We are fortunate to have started our photographic career in the beginning of the nineties, when digital technology first appeared in photostudios. In addition to experimental exposure techniques, film treatments or set building, we suddenly had a new tool to produce innovative images to feed the fashion industry’s hunger for unseen powerful images. Digital technology made everything possible, pixel by pixel, to produce the perfect image.

But – the opportunity of total control is worth nothing without a precise vision of the final perfect but nevertheless subjective object of desire. It’s not to see the world, but create – with the help of art directors, editors, stylists and retouching artists - which is the common sensibility of our photographs. The visualisation of an attitude is the beginning of these invented photographs.

We are excited by the history of photography, where we draw much of our inspiration from to combine with modern opportunities. In particular, the Czech avantgarde photography of the 1920s, the light pendulum figures of Peter Keetman, the unsettling and absurde compositions of Guy Bourdin, are influential in our photographic ideas.

Combining creativity and technology inspires new ways of looking at things. It drives our obsession to create the perfect image, and above all, to define our client’s products as objects of desire.

Studio Mierswa & Kluska

by
Reto
Brunner

It’s rare that after a quick first glance everything already seems obvious.That might be the reason why I can recall my first meeting with Mierswa-Kluska so well. It took place in my office at MADAME, where I was working as Creative Director at that time. Mierswa-Kluska came by to show me their portfolio. And only after the first two pictures I realized: these images are simply and totally different.

Andreas and Markus’ portfolio had something that was often lacking in many photographers books I’ve seen over the years: a clear, universal, consequent and uncompromising picture language. With their strong continous style, they underlined the fact that they themselves considered their work as “cool“ and that they were not willing to yield to often changing superficial trends or would produce whatever the market demanded for.

This was the beginnig of an extremly inspiring and long lasting collaboration. Their curiosity and the strong will to stand up to their leitmotif “geht nicht, gibt’s nicht“ (anything is possible), is what makes the work of these two artists so distinguished. There are few who manage the visualisation, the understanding and the final realisation of a client’s idea so well.

No egos are in the way when it comes to realising an idea – purely the creative process. Well known structures are broken open, old methods get replaced by more innovative ones. Mierswa-Kluska are always in the search of the new, the ultimative prefect image. I remember countless days of research, mere endless hours of going through photo books and magazines and nights, full of sighting videos, the internet and other various archives – to be finally rewared with the inspiration through which a photo idea evolves.

I’ve been working with many, many different photographers throughout my career: But I experience the process of creating art with Mierswa-Kluska as one of the most inspiring.

Reto Brunner was Artdirector of GERMAN VOGUE before he relaunched MADAME, where he introduced Mierswa-Kluska. He now runs his own office, Reto Brunner Creative Consulting.

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