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While creating a completely new individual by combining body parts from assorted people is not a new idea in photography, Nils Orth’s carefully composited portraits created with a Nikon DSLR D70 and Adobe Photoshop were fascinating enough to position the 24-year-old as a winner of the 2006 Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

Grabbing the top title in the photography division, Orth, a student at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia competed against 1,800 students from 24 countries. The annual competition recognizes the world’s most promising artists and their skill with Adobe software.

“I’ve always been very interested in portraits,” said Nils from his studio. “Capturing them well is the fundamental of photography.”

After a year studying abroad in Rome and several years in working in a surreal style with a huge tableau and elaborate settings via a medium-format camera, he decided to get back to basics with portraits. Capturing portraits made him feel like he was returning to personal work, work that evoked feelings in him.

“I’ve always been fascinated with people and people-watching,” he said.

 

 

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