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Nikolai von Bismarck
Count Nikolai von Bismarck was born in Germany in 1986 and raised in London
He is the great great grandson of Prince Otto Von Bismarck, the Iron Chancellor of Prussia who turned his country into the unified Germany in the 19th century.
His Mother is called Debonnaire, and his father, is Count Leopold Bismarck.
He is a professional photographer who has worked with some of the world’s best photographers.
His first job was working for Mario Testino in 2003. His first photo-shoot was commissioned by Isabella Blow when he was just 18. From June 2008 to December 2010 he worked for Annie Leibovitz to further his knowledge and understanding of photography. His own work has since appeared in numerous publications including Harpers Baazar, Tatler, The Mirror and The Times. For his photographic projects, both personal and commissioned, he has travelled widely in Burma, Cambodia, and to the slums of Bombay. He has taken photographs of and for the orphanage in Oradea, Romania, where he spent time living in and photographing gypsy colonies.
He started taking photographs when he was 13, while visiting the Maasai tribe in Kenya. “I heard they believed that taking their photo was stealing their soul, so I took a Polaroid camera down I showed them what these devices did and handed them a Polaroid to keep. And then I was free to take photos”
By was assisting celebrity and fashion photographer Mario Testino, who taught him that a successful photo shoot is all about creating an on-set mood with music and an upbeat attitude — or the opposite, depending on the end goal. “I was shooting a stripper in New York,” explains von Bismarck, “and I was using Richard Avedon’s photos of Marilyn Monroe as a reference. She looked tragic. I wanted to recreate this, so I played Leonard Cohen and refused to talk to the stripper. Afterward we had a good chat and a good laugh.”
He photographs are known for always being about the extreme: extreme rawness, extreme humanity, extreme glamour
Speaking about his solo exhibition about Ethiopia he said "For three weeks I drank cow’s blood for breakfast, washed in the river and slept in a tent that was guarded by kids with AK-47s. I took a lot of photographs, I painted with them, drank ouzo with them, fired guns with them — I became one of them."
Nikolai has been a friend of Princess Beatrice since they were toddlers. One of the first photo shoots he took was for Princess Beatrice’s 18th birthday. This and a close friendship made the press link them as a couple but both camps denied this and stressed they were friends and had been since toddlers and their families had always been close.
The pair are still friends with Beatrice supporting his photography exhibition and recently trecking the Inca trail together.
Nikolai’s official website http://www.nikolaivonbismarck.com/
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