The Eisbach, a small creek running through Munich’s center.
With a very strong current, ice-cold, hence the name, Ice Creek.
Since years, a few Munich surfers are riding the only inner city stationary wave of the world.
First illegally, then tolerated by the police, finally officially allowed.
It’s been a fight. But it is more than just a wave. It became a passion.
I took the pictures of their faces.
How does photographing on film inform your artistic practice?
I am sick and tired of arguing photographical processes.
But when it comes to black and white portraits, for me, there is nothing that comes even close to my Hasselblad loaded with TMAX400. I develop and enlarge my negatives in my darkroom.
My daughter complains about the size of it.
It is larger than her living room
The first money I earned, I spent for a Canon AE-1, I was twelve years old.
I never stopped taking pictures ever since.
It stuck with me through hard times.
Today, it feeds me and my daughter.
If asked to take pictures of weddings, I rather work as a 1.AD or producer in the German film industry.
Wolf-Nils Malchow - Holzstrasse 12 - 80469 Munich - Germany