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Mischa Fanghaenel is a photographer who lives and works in Berlin. Fanghaenel was born in Moscow in 1976 and grew up in East Berlin as the son of an architect couple. After discontinuing his training as a portrait and fashion photographer in 1999, Fanghaenel initially withdrew from portrait photography and instead focused on abstract photography. During this time, he developed his distinctive artistic signature inspired by impressionist painting and constructivist photography, as well as by the style-defining works of the photographers Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Odermatt and Friedrich Seidenstücker.
Fanghaenel's sharp-edged black-and-white style is convincing in its aesthetic appeal. Alongside his photographic endeavors, the now 47-year-old worked as a bouncer in Berlin's nightlife for more than two decades. With the start of his work at Berghain in 2010, he resumed his career as a portrait photographer after an 11-year hiatus – Berlin techno culture is a core theme in Fanghaenel's oeuvre. In his photographs, the atmosphere of the night becomes palpable in an experimental mixture of light, shadow and movement. His portraits lend individual grace to notable personalities of the music industry, including names such as Wolfgang Wagner, Pierre Boulez and Christian Thielemann. In recent years, Fanghaenel's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, for example at the Berlin galleries Foyou Kunstraum and Enter Art Foundation, at Stockholm Art Week, the Adidas Night Jogger Show in Moscow, and also at König Galerie.