Contender: Henrique Schiefferdecker

Henrique SchiefferdeckerHenrique Schiefferdecker

Henrique SchiefferdeckerHenrique Schiefferdecker was born in Sao Paulo Brazil, but educated in German speaking Europe, graduating from Glion Hotel Management School. Schiefferdecker then traveled to North America, studying computer animation at UCLA and multi-media at Vancouver Film School. Returning to Sao Paulo in 1997, he opened NMedia as well as assisted Photographer Eduardo Rezende. Learning from Rezende inspired him to move to New York City, where he is currently a full time student at the International Center of Photography.

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When did you shoot these photos?
Over the past 10 months.

What was this project for?
It’s a personal project.

Can you tell us the story behind photos?
This project is about my girlfriend Meki, whom I met through New York nightlife. I took the opportunity to take candid pictures of her, as I believe they are genuine expressions. She came from simple beginnings from a small village outside Manila with no restaurants, no scene, no buzz. Everyone had a humble living and was satisfied. But she was hungry for the world.  She barely spoke English when she arrived in New York. She embraced this lifestyle, or better yet the lifestyle devoured her. She’s looking for more satisfaction, striving to reach something that she believes is out there.

What cameras did you shoot with?
Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Sony RX100

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