Iris Project

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If you google the word iris you will most likely find definitions like: “circular structure in the eye”, “responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil”, or “the pupil is the eye’s aperture, while the iris is the diaphragm.” But nowadays your search may also land you in non-anatomical terminology through Felix Mayrl and Oliver Colin’s lens. Both photographers created the collective “Kollektiv-Lumen“ in Germany, where they obtain a high resolution photographic image from your eye using their self-developed macro-camera system, creating an unique work of art. The prices range from 350€ to 2600€, depending on the size and frame of the piece.

How did the project get started and how does it work? Who developed the camera you use?

The whole story began when Felix Mayrl and I (Olivier Colin) worked as product and advertisement photographers in a studio in Leipzig, back in 2012. We didn’t know each other before. We quickly became friends and as we worked on a few projects together, we shared our creativity and had loads of fun. Felix was already working on a photocamera system for iris photography. The original idea comes from him. He invited me to look over his experimental prints and the camera, and I was quite amazed by the complexity…I told him “- ok, let’s have a look at it, my friend”. From this day on we have worked together on our Iris Project , developing a new camera system almost every year to achieve better quality and performance. I owned a creative agency in Mexico for some years, and I wanted to create a new structure. We thought that a collective structure was best adapted to our work (Iris Project, journalism/press and documentary photography), so we put together the Kollektiv-Lumen, working with other photographers and creative people.
Nowadays we own an atelier, where we print and produce every piece of art. As our clients come from all around the world, we work with an international shipping service, and provide our clients high-end quality.

I saw your pictures from Mexico, when doctors operated on 300 people affected by cataracts. Did this work influence the art you created?

No, not directly. But these photos were among the first I uploaded from Mexico. It was quite interesting to me. Now I am more aware of issues concerning people’s eyes!

The project will participate in the WEP (Winter Enrichment Program) at the KAUST Universty in Saudi Arabia, from the 21st till the 24th of January. The theme is “Human Machine Future”. The Kollektiv will also exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair in London Battersea Spring (8th – 11th of March 2018), at the AAF Brussels (15th – 18th of March 2018) and definitely at the AAF Amsterdam 2018 again.

by Felix Mayrl and Oliver Colin

 

by Felix Mayrl and Oliver Colin

 

by Felix Mayrl and Oliver Colin

 

by Felix Mayrl and Oliver Colin

 

by Felix Mayrl and Oliver Colin

 

by Felix Mayrl and Oliver Colin

 

by Felix Mayrl and Oliver Colin

 

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Laís Pamplona is a Brazilian born Business Manager & Professional Ballet Dancer based in Austria. She connects artists and buyers. Her goal is to get a reader, regardless of background or interest, excited about different types of art.

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