Berlin based artist duo BILLY & HELLS latest personal work »Côte d’Azur«
BILLY & HELLS is the pseudonym for the creative duo comprised of Berlin based photographers
and directors Anke Linz and Andreas Oettinger.
The Photographers met in the mid 80’s and shortly after began collaborating creatively. Inspired
by the photographs of Irving Penn and Helmut Newton Andreas and Anke started to work in the
field of fashion photography.
They stumbled, more or less by coincidence, on a technique that would define their future works.
The results were special and surprising. BILLY & HELLS’ photographs exist in a world of
in-betweens. Their deceptively simple, straight forward portraits convey a certain complexity.
The archetypal characters depicted in their photographs – soldiers, cowboys, nurses – possess an
underlying sense of mystery, hinting at the duality of the sitter as well as the fictional world they inhabit.
Seamlessly blending past and present, reality and fantasy, their photographs become a nostalgic diary,
purposefully left open for interpretation.
Styling: Heidi Wieser Plaetz
Hair & Make up: Gabrielle Theurer
BILLY & HELLS won several awards during recent ADC Switzerland Contest.
Gold for category announcement, silver for category posters and bronze in category foto and illustration.
Agency: Publicis Communicatons Schweiz AG
Hair & Make up: Jazz Mang / Gabrielle, both@Basics Berlin
Styling: Lee Sang Kook @ Basics Berlin / Heidi Plaetz