Fashion Photographer Ryan Tandya

Ryan Tandya is a fashion photographer from Indonesia, and NPM PHOTOGRAPH represents him. NPM Photograph is a creative artist management and media consultancy, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I stumble upon a few weeks ago with Ryan Photographs, and I was very moved by his creativity and talent. He is a self-taught photographer, and today we bring you guys a nice interview about his career.


For those who don’t know you, tell us about yourself

I’m Ryan a fashion photographer from Indonesia. I am represented by NPM, a boutique creative management in Jakarta.

How is fashion in your home country?

We are a work in progress. I would say foreign creators that are considered superior still heavily influence most of us.

How would you define beauty?

It’s anything that moves you. It can be a beautiful architecture, a wonderfully-crafted dress, or intangible things like intelligence and persistence. It comes in many forms.

Were you educate in photography or are you a self-taught photographer?

I am a Self-taught photographer.

What camera do you use most of the time?

For the past few years, I’ve been using the Sony systems. They produce beautiful pictures and are compact and lightweight. My current go-to cameras are the a7ii and RX1Rii.

Which photo are you currently most proud of?

My pride is for the very passionate people I work with.

Comparing where you are now with where you are when you first started, what could you have done differently to get to where you are sooner?

If it had been possible, I would have ditched uni so I could start creating sooner.

You’ve clearly worked with a wide range of models, what tips can you recommend to people looking to expand their portfolio?

You have to really want it, be very eager and persistent.

Describe a typical shoot.

Research, sketches, doodles, scribbles →casting (very crucial) →deliberation →more deliberation →arguments regarding the looks onset (this is where the magic happens) →photoshoot →photo culling with the fashion editor/stylist →post-production →final picture.

How much time do you spend taking photos, versus retouching photos?

It really depends on how elaborates is the assignment. I will always try to lessen the needs of the post by trying to get everything right on set.

Favorite accessory?

I’m always weak for fascinators and hats.

Who would you like to work with most?

I’ve been dreaming to shoot a white-haired old lady in pompous outfits, Iris Apfel crazy. Nanas are cool!

Favorite photography book?

There are too many. Right now it’s between Mapplethorpe Flora and Tim Walker: Story Teller.

To know more about Ryan, please visit: Ryan Tandya

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