"I am a classically trained photographer with a minor in history who eventually pursued a career in finance, finally becoming a financial analyst. It took me years of experimentation before I found my niche market…I never thought I was going to be a fashion photographer"
Arthur von Trypa has had an incredible journey, from the opposite poles of tracking markets to taking photos. But his business background prepared him for the realities that face every successful artist - commercialisation of their product or service. He worked hard to find his niche, and this took him to New York City, Toronto and Miami.
He and his partner Yaryna are also house photographers of TOM*-Toronto Fashion Week, and official accredited photo/video team of New York Fashion Week Men's. Arthur normally photographs on the runway and occasionally street, while Yaryna does front row, backstage and interviews. Arthur attributes much of his success to his partner's support and creative contribution.
Arthur was recently published in Vogue Italia, but he sees that as just the beginning. Each point of recognition in the fashion industry is a stepping-stone to the next big thing. Taking small steps (or in Arthur's case, big steps) can get you there faster than trying to take a short-cut to the finish line.
We were so grateful to find out Arthur's story first-hand, because he opened up to us in so much detail. We can't wait for you to read about how he got to where he is now, as well as his tips that he has kindly shared. Arthur's creative vision is so pervasive throughout his photography, so we really recommend that you check it out!
Hi Arthur, please tell us something really cool about you!
Since I am a fashion photographer, I do appreciate fashion, the work going into it, the art. I have a collection of 450 shirts mostly bespoke (custom made just for me) and over 200 ties. Every time I visit a new place, I try to buy a piece of clothing or accessories that is produced locally, be it a tie, suit, dress shirt, shoes or a set of cufflinks…
How did you get to where you are now in your career?
I am a very social person, and have been introduced to many people in the industry by friends of mine… After graduating from Ryerson University, I kept in touch… After my first fashion shoot, I started doing fashion shows, assisted staff Rolling Stone Magazine photographer, photographed Miss Universe pageants, over the years things started falling in place...
How did your education prepare you for the future?
I am a classically trained photographer with a minor in history who eventually pursued a career in finance finally becoming a financial analyst. It took me years of experimentation before I found my niche market…I never thought I was going to be a fashion photographer, I loved the clothes, though… One day a friend took me to see a supermodel Christy Turlington, who signed my photo and wished me good luck! That was the turning point! I have attended and photographed shows in Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City & Toronto, it helps knowing fashion, fashion history, art history, history of photography. It also helps being exposed to some of the best equipment out there, as well as knowing photographic chemistry inside and out, I was blessed to be there. At some point while at university I took the archival processes workshop at Eastman Kodak House, which is an amazing experience if you like black & white photography!
What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?
When it comes to photography I absolutely adore Helmut Newton for his black & white photographs, the way he photographed supermodels was something that is no longer done these days. I admire David LaChapelle for his amazing colour photos. Inspiration in my life, however comes from the best young journalist, art director, designer, photographer & scientist Yaryna Rybak. Without her I would have been lost, she challenges me intellectually, pushes my creative side, is a wealth of information, and above all calms me down!
Do you feel like you’ve met your goals and are successful?
I don’t think you can ever say that, I love to learn, I love to be pushed, to challenge myself, to say I have met my goals would simply be premature! There’s so much to accomplish! After recently being published in Vogue Italia, my goal is to be published in all four major Vogue magazines, the American Vogue, Vogue Paris, British Vogue and Vogue Italia again!
If you had to do it over again, what would you change?
I would have moved to New York City at the age of 13 and started earlier!
What advice would you give someone who is young and wants to have a position such as yours one day?
Be respectful and social, introduce yourself to the people in the industry at the early stages, designers, stylists, makeup artists, hair stylists, magazine editors, advertising agents, models, modelling agencies, clothing buyers and other photographers. You have to read, feel and breathe fashion! These are the people that can help you! If you ever have to do a job that requires equipment you cannot afford, rent it! It makes your life so much easier!
How do you stay inspired?
I read books, on-line and printed magazines, watch fashion shows, I attend gallery openings, I continuously watch store displays, I flip through catalogues looking for ideas, and above all I am seeking inspiration, guidance and creative challenges through my partner Yaryna! I do have a substantial collection of magazines that I can go back to, many fashion & art books, as well as books on photography, I am constantly looking into social media, seek ideas on the Internet. Being challenged and inspired by another person makes this creative connection...
What photography related tips would you give our readers?
Read photography magazines on-line or printed, read equipment reviews, surround yourself with people from the photographic community, attend trade shows.
How can people reach you for a job? And how would they know your rate?
They can contact me via email, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or call 416-876-2000. Rates depend on the complexity of the project, time duration, location, permits if needed and copyright...
What's your favourite camera?
I use many different cameras for different jobs. I use 35mm film, 35mm-based digital, medium and large format cameras. Runway is the Nikon D5 territory, Nikon D800 for the studio if the time is of essence, Hasselblad for commercial work, large format 4x5 Sinar or 8x10 Linhof for advertising and creative work. Black and white 35mm film photography is always done with a Leica, while I use a medium format Rolleiflex/Sinar for studio or outdoors if I have to use film or want to use digital back with it at the same time. I process all my black & white film myself, while colour and digital are done at the lab. I use minimal amount of Photoshop. I have used most types of film and most digital cameras over the years, and I see why there are so many types. They are tools to do a job, and they are designed to do that job well. There’s no universal camera out there!
Tell us something very interesting while working with a model.
I was working with an MMA fighter who was extremely shy. I could not get him to pose at all. I poured a glass of wine only to find out his liver was shut, and see him totally drunk within minutes!!! He ended up goofing around, but in the end I ended up with one amazing photo!
Who is your favourite model?
I have photographed Coco on the runways of New York City for a number of years, we have met many times, I have her wonderful book 1000 Poses with my personal inscription! She’s classy, beautiful and very talented!
Who is your favourite make-up artist?
Dylan K. Hanson
Who is your favourite designer?
Karl Lagerfeld is my favourite designer of all time. I also like Greg Lauren, Ralph Lauren and Tom Ford. I love the designs of the fashion houses like Brioni, Burberry, Gucci, Kiton, Louis Vuitton & Prada!
When it comes to bespoke tailoring, I absolutely admire English fashion, Savile Row tailors, and Jermyn Street shirt makers from London!
Who is your favourite hair-stylist?
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