Cornelius Käss grew up in Munich, lived for a few years in Cape Town, and now splits his time between London, Mallorca, and wherever in the world his work takes him.
But always he can be found observing the light, people, and particular details of a place, capturing it all with his Leica camera. “I like interesting scenarios and unexpected moments,” says Käss, whose cinematic work is inspired by the street photography of Alex Webb and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
“I get more from being out in the world than in a studio.” Käss spent years assisting fashion photographers such as Francesco Carrozzini and Tom Munro. Now, on his own, he shoots documentary-style celebrity and fashion editorials for international editions of Vogue and Sunday Telegraph—and his eye is always wandering. This past summer, he spent 10 days in Rio capturing the color, humor, and heat of Copacabana and Ipanema. “There is such a general happiness there, a fire you can feel,” he says. “And the people are so open. It was my first trip there and it definitely won’t be my last.”