Oftentimes, the greatest obstacle to capturing an intimate, honest, and revealing portrait is right in front of you, acting as a barrier between you and your subject. And this can certainly be the case especially when shooting in close proximity with a DSLR. But for Huawei’s latest campaign, which relied on the talents of renowned New Zealand photographer, Stu Robertson, best known for his global project, Peace in 10,000 Hands, the brief was to photograph 100 people using the new P10+ smartphone, which boasts a Leica lens.
The results are impressive and inspiring and reveal what can be done when intimidating gear is not part of the equation. The subjects for the project come from all walks of life: from drug dens in Auckland to Darling Harbour in Sydney, with the portraits telling 100 stories that would otherwise go untold.
Robertson was tasked with shooting portraits in Australia and New Zealand, using the P10+ to both capture and edit the images. He met the majority of subjects randomly, wandering the streets at night. His goal: find the most interesting looking people.
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About Stuart Robertson
Born 1969, Auckland, New Zealand
Contemporary artist, adventurer and humanitarian, Stuart Robertson melds photography, sculpture, film, symbolism, and social media with cast glass, neon lightboxes and metal fabrication to create stunning large scale art works that speak profoundly to the viewer, causing a confrontation of one’s own preconceptions and an acknowledgement of our similarities in the human condition.
His photographic work has gained momentum internationally photographing the likes of Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu, Demi Moore, Emily Blunt, Danny Devito, Daryl Hannah, Ringo Starr, Brooke Shields, and many others.
His current project, Peace in 10,000 Hands, creates a global conversation and ripple effect with more than half a million followers, and growing daily. He draws on the phenomenal power of modern social networks and instant borderless communication that makes mankind more connected than ever before in history.
Robertson has developed and refined his practice over 30 years. His works have become highly collectable and now hang in many established art collections throughout New Zealand, the USA and Europe as his profile continues to gain significant momentum.
The artist’s passion for seeing the world through an alternate view runs deep. His grandfathers were both prolific photographers with their own darkrooms and camera collections. Their love for the medium underpins the artist's own obsession.