Andreas Laszlo Konrath brings his authentic and material relationship with photography to bear in his portrait and fashion assignments. Calling forth the rich heritage of photography and film’s experimental history, Konrath creates visual encounters with his subjects that are enduring and authentic. His images appear in magazines including Holiday, Man About Town, New York Magazine, Variety, Vibe, W, as well as in advertising campaigns and special projects for Pierre Balmain, Rag & Bone, and the Toronto International Film Festival. Andreas Laszlo Konrath has photographed iconic cultural figures including Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, David Byrne, Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Debbie Harry, Ewan McGregor, Sam Rockwell, Jerry Seinfeld, Patti Smith, Kanye and new creative talents including Lil Buck, Devonte Hynes, Ezra Miller, Willy Moon, Dylan Rieder, Gabourey Sidibe and Liu Wen. Andreas Laszlo Konrath’s deep capacity for subjective visual storytelling underpins his commissioned and independent short films, which carry his evocative aesthetic. Konrath is also a leading creator of zines including J.O.E., Made in Brooklyn, If the Kids are United and Anthony No Name At Gmail Dot Com. He is the co-founder of Pau Wau Publications with designer
Brian Paul Lamotte.
– Charlotte Cotton, 2015
I was born in 1981 at High Wycombe Hospital and grew up in a small town named Chorleywood, just North West of London. My father, an architect from Hungary, and my mother, a ballet dancer turned movement teacher from England, are both retired. My brother, 7 years my senior, is a support worker.
At the age of 11, I was in a “death metal” band with my best friends and brothers Richard & Robert Phoenix. We named ourselves Discharge (it took us a while to find out about the real band Discharge) and attempted to play early Sepultura songs and a few notes of Napalm Death. At 13 years of age, I rediscovered skateboarding from an earlier and brief stint from 1989 – 1990 when my Mother had brought me back a skateboard after working in Los Angeles, California. It was a Jason Jesse Santa Cruz Slick and still had some life in it until I updated my equipment to the advanced shapes of 1994, receiving a Mad Circle Justin Girard board for Christmas. Skateboarding dominated my life and I proceeded to destroy my body on this wooden toy until the age of 20 when I ended up in a hospital with a ruined left knee thanks to a dreary winter session at the South Bank 7. During a painful recovery and an NHS misdiagnosis of my disintegrated ACL I took the time off to focus on the punk band I was trying to play in from 2000 – 2003, with whom I was the bassist and toured the UK several times playing every toilet bowl possible. Notably, several members ended up creating the band Gallows after my departure.
During this time I had also picked up my first camera after my brother gifted me a copy of Tulsa by Larry Clark for my 18th birthday. While I studied my one year Art Foundation course at Amersham College of Art & Design, I decided to shift my focus from graphic design and concentrate on taking photographs of what was around me; skateboarders, bands, friends and general youth related activities that one’s time is occupied within the suburbs of London.
After completing the course I went on to study my Degree in Fine Art at London Guildhall University, located in Whitechapel. I learnt a lot during this time under the watchful eye of my tutor Patrick Brill (Bob and Roberta Smith) and carried on photographing my friends, perfecting my approach and documenting my culture.
In 2004 I had the opportunity to move to New York initially interning at photo agencies and assisting photographers, while operating my own darkroom on Canal Street for several years, making photos on the weekends and printing late at night.
By late 2007 I had picked up some editorial assignments, the first of which was from Interview magazine and in early 2008 I was nominated as one of PDN’s 30 under 30. Over the next few years, some other nominations followed including SPD and D&AD awards, some more editorial and commercial assignments, several exhibitions in New York, London, Copenhagen and Sardinia. At the end of 2008, I had also started a partnership with my good friend Brian Paul Lamotte, a designer, producing limited edition zines and artist books under the independent imprint we founded together named Pau Wau Publications.
I currently live and work in Brooklyn, New York.
– ALK, 2017