Creatives often reach their fullest potential through collaboration. When creative DNA is defined by collaboration itself, the result is something that possesses the power of a combined perspective. This is precisely the case for Rene and Radka, the Paris-based, German-Czech photographic team whose work has appeared on the pages of Vogue, W, Numéro China, Wound, Citizen K, Elle, Vogue Nippon, and New York Magazine to name a few. To add to this impressive list of creative career accomplishments, Rene and Radka have also shot campaigns for Kenzo, Adidas with David Beckham, Absolute Vodka, Miss Sixty, Energie, John Lewis, Aston Martin and Van Cleef & Arpels. This creative duo is so revered in artistic circles that French TV channel ARTE made a documentary about their creative work called “L´art et la manière”.
After completing their studies at the Fachhochschule für Fotografie Dortmund (University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the Film Academy of Performing Arts Prague– Rene and Radka respectively– both photographers moved to Paris where they met and began their collaboration.
Rene and Radka’s photographic achievements extend well beyond their high-gloss resume, having put on international exhibitions including “Moonage daydream” (2006) in Berlin, followed by “Comme play with us” (2007) and “Under water” (2009) in Paris, which showcased their unique and surreal underwater shots that have been celebrated in magazines such as Vogue Italia, New York Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, French Photo, Art Actuel, Connaissance des Arts, Palace, Exporama, Zoom, and Beaux Arts Magazine.
Exhausted but impressed nonetheless? Creative Mapping certainly was, so we caught up with one-half of this ridiculously talented duo, Radka, to delve deeper into the creative mind that worked up the ranks to become one of the most respected and successful photographic teams in the art world.