Ilan’s journey as a photographer only began in 2011 but he was quickly recognized as one to watch, winning a plethora of national and international awards, most recently being awarded the title of 2018 Auckland Photographer Of The Year by the NZ Institute of Professional Photography.
Ilan say's he is thrilled to be working in an eye-opening field that enables him to get amongst New Zealand’s culture. The people, the atmosphere and the landscape having all contributed to his shift into a photographic career where he enjoys exercising his creative spirit.
His project Bare Truth is a captivating collection of portraits of New Zealand men who are humble, courageous and vulnerable. Their edgy portraits are presented in monochrome to emphasize their shape and form, using simple background to eliminate distractions so the viewer can focus on their body language and facial expression. He says “In creating this collection, I aim to demonstrate a clear style, to tell a story while being imaginative and thought-provoking. My goal is to present work that is strong and distinguished with a clear narrative sense. I wish to inspire people with images that are crisp and sharp, to be creative and artistic, to evoke emotions and to show a personal vision.”
Cracked by Ilan Wittenberg
I met Alicia online and we began brainstorming ideas for a portrait photograph that was ‘timeless’. I loved the idea of applying a mask onto her face and extending it to her torso. The idea was to create a cracked earth background using drought as the theme. It took 2 hours to apply the paste onto Alicia. I love the sad look in her eyes!